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Integrating EPALE into lessons for Adult Learners - A Case Study

13/05/2016
, Ramon Mangion
Kieli: EN

A few days ago the National EPALE service organised a Lifelong Learning café. One of the workshops was in fact dedicated to the Maltese EPALE Ambassadors. A presentation was given by the project manager for Malta and I was inspired to create an activity that can increase the awareness about EPALE whilst also encouraging adult learners to conduct their own research and learn how to use the EPALE platform.

Context and Activity

I lectured a module titled 'Instructional Methods in VET' as part of the MQF/EQF level 5 Diploma in Teaching Adults offered by the Department for Lifelong Learning. The first lesson is always a good introduction to VET so as to be able to contextualise the lessons.

Consequently I prepared a pre-session activity with the following aims.

  • Aim 1: To introduce EPALE and to entice learners to become members 
  • Aim 2: To foster a sense of independent learning, and promote individual research
  • Aim 3: To create awareness about VET, that also results in fruitful discussions in class

The idea is that learners can go through the following steps (simplified for the purpose of this post) in order to prepare themselves for a workshop type of lesson.

Step 1: Viewing the video providing a brief explanation about EPALE on YouTube.

Step 2: Creating own account on the EPALE platform

Step 3: Using the EPALE platform to find articles, posts, and resources about VET and also about VET and Adult Education

Step 4: To prepare a summary of key points to be brought over for the first lesson of the module.

I am hoping to write another post or article on EPALE with the results of the discussion/workshop planned for this first lesson.

 

Please feel free to comment or  provide your suggestions on how I can improve this activity for future groups.

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  • Käyttäjän Ramon Mangion kuva

    Dear Mahira , This is a good suggestion, and as you rightly stated may also stimulate prospective adult educators to also contribute their ideas.

     

     

  • Käyttäjän Mahira Spiteri kuva

    It will be useful to have 'new' users engaged in the platform. For instance, they could provide feedback on which resources they found useful, comment on which content they would like to have more of, press like or unlike accordingly. This will enrich EPALE and may also stimulate new content relevant for what the learners would like to see. 

  • Käyttäjän Jonny Lear kuva

    Having a clear list of the aims you want to achieve for your lesson is always important. It keeps you focused and clear on your delivery of the session without wondering off. Your structure is clear and not over complicated, which from past experience I find can sometimes turn into an ever growing list of aims and objectives.

    I would suggest setting some time aside for reflection of your activities. For example asking participants how they found the pre-workshop preparation. I found good practice is generated from feedback.

    Thanks for sharing I look forward to your next post!

    Jonny
     

  • Käyttäjän Ramon Mangion kuva

    Hi Johnny Lear,

    Thanks for your post. I always appreciate any form of feedback and this is in my opinion the essence of EPALE; sharing ideas , discussing and networking.

    Regards,

    Ramon Mangion

  • Käyttäjän Ramon Mangion kuva

    Hi Johnny Lear,

    Thanks for your post. I always appreciate any form of feedback and this is in my opinion the essence of EPALE; sharing ideas , discussing and networking.

    Regards,

    Ramon Mangion

  • Käyttäjän Mahira Spiteri kuva

    This is an innovative idea. It helps new users to get to know about the e-platform and engage them in finding content that they are looking for. Well done for the initiative. Regards, Mahira