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.