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EPALE focus: Digital skills as a way of accessing learning opportunities

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EPALE Digital Skills

EPALE's thematic focus from April to June is on Digital skills as a way of accessing learning opportunities

Society is becoming increasingly digitalised and inter-connected. The pervasiveness of the digital realm is affecting the ways in which people access services, how they live, work and use their voices and how they contribute to society. The need to develop a better digital education is closely linked to participation in society. In order to prosper in a labour market which is becoming increasingly digitalised, people need sound digital skills, job-specific skills and the motivation to cope with change and to engage in continuous learning.
Life-long learning opportunities, which are becoming increasingly available online, are essential both for low-skilled workers, and for those looking for continuous advanced training.
In fact, many platforms provide learning opportunities and tools. However, both learners and learning providers continue to experience barriers to accessing them due to a lack of adequate digital skills.  

Furthermore, digital skills are becoming increasingly important for ensuring access to essential services  during emergency situations such as the one we are currently facing with the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.

So, which digital skills will be essential over the coming years? How should educators develop the necessary knowledge and methods to support learners effectively through this transformation? How can training providers modify or expand their CVs in order to meet this growing demand for digital know-how?

Take part in this debate and share your expertise.
Get involved in sharing knowledge and points of view!
Have you been or are you currently involved in interesting projects dealing with digital skills as a means of accessing new learning opportunities?
Share your know-how and perspective with the EPALE community!

On 27 May 2020 you will also have the possibility to join our online discussion on Digital skills as a way of accessing learning opportunities.
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  • Portrait de Fausta Minale
     I detenuti vivono una situazione di isolamento che si è accentuata con l'emergenza legata al coronavirus e il lockdown. Non hanno più la possibilità di incontrare i parenti, gli avvocati, gli insegnanti, i volontari e tutte le persone che regolarmente venivano dall'esterno. Sono quindi diminuiti drammaticamente i contatti umani. La scuola come ha risposto? Con la didattica a distanza, ma soprattutto con il tentativo della video lezione in sincrono. In precedenza, nella maggior parte delle carceri italiane, non era consentito il collegamento internet nelle aule scolastiche. Questa nuova possibilità di collegarsi con il mondo può rendere possibili percorsi innovativi e una riproposizione dei contenuti disciplinari in modi totalmente diversi da quello che avveniva in carcere in presenza. I percorsi scolastici avevano l'obiettivo di portare il mondo “dentro” le strutture reclusive per far capire ai liberi il senso profondo di separazione e di invisibilità che provano i detenuti e le loro problematiche. L'idea che propongo è esattamente speculare al trend precedente: portare i reclusi “fuori” nel mondo, in una esperienza amplificata più realistica possibile, consolidando comunque competenze curricolari ma rimodulando gli obiettivi formativi sulla base delle nuove esigenze. E’ necessario rispondere alla sfida della pandemia andando a enucleare i fondamentali delle discipline, tenendo sempre presente che si lavora con reclusi. Cosa proporre? A noi tutti la risposta. Fausta Minale 
  • Portrait de Natália Correlo
    Hi everyone!

    Currently, Kerigma is participating as a partner organization in the development of the project Erasmus+ "Our Digi Space" that has two purposes. On one hand, we want to improve the skills of adult educators in terms of innovative teaching approaches related to e-learning environments and the integration of gamification elements, and on the other hand, we want to improve the digital literacy and skills of low skilled adults. At this point of the project, we have already developed a website you can visit: I think you will find helpful information if you are interested in using e-learning resources and gamification elements with your adult learners.

  • Portrait de Maria Parmakli
    Οι εκπαιδευτές ενηλίκων χρειάζονται ενδυνάμωση, ώστε να καταστούν ικανοί να δημιουργήσουν και να διατηρήσουν μια ψηφιακή τάξη. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό είναι απαραίτητη η επιμόρφωση σε θέματα παραγωγής ψηφιακού υλικού, όπως για παράδειγμα τη δημιουργία διαφόρων εγγράφων (google docs, forms), τη δημιουργία γραφικών, κα. Επίσης είναι αναγκαία η επιμόρφωση σε θέματα μεθοδολογίας της εξ αποστάσεως εκπαίδευσης και τη διδασκαλία μέσω ηλεκτρονικής πλατφόρμας, επιμόρφωση σε θέματα βασικών αρχών εκπαίδευσης ενηλίκων, αλλά και επιμόρφωση για παρακολούθηση από τους ίδιους τους εκπαιδευτές εξ αποστάσεως προγραμμάτων κατάρτισης. 
  • Portrait de Riikka SUHONEN
    Luksia, VET Education provider in Finland is coordinating an Erasmus+ Project FLIP-IDEAL - Flipped Learning in Adult Education. The aim is to provide tips and tools for adult educators to use the flipped learning approach with their learners - especially those learners who are only developing their skills in IT, literacy and numeracy. 

    In June 2020, we will have an online course as well as practical guidelines ready to be shared for adult educators in English, Italian, Dutch, Slovenian and Finnish. Hopefully these will be useful also for the wider community, as our partner group has found this knowledge and experience produced by the FLIP-IDEAL project particularly beneficial in these difficult times of Covid-19. 

    Please do check our website - we are happy to share our experiences!
  • Portrait de sylvie schmidt
    I am currently coordinating a future KA202 (or KA204) E+ project called Citizen 2.1. If you feel you can add more to it with an expertise on the topic of digital competencies for teaching and learning , feel free to contact me . Hope to have a return of your interest... 
  • Portrait de Dimitris Kiriakos
    My name is Dimitris Kiriakos and i am director of the biggest adult VET school in Athens , Greece and president of the Hellenic Informatics Union. I would like to contact you about future projects and collaborations.
    My details are:
    Dimitris Kiriakos, Email:
    Mobile: +306942819819
    Skype id : dkiriakos

  • Portrait de Marija Elena Borg
    Digital literacy has been a topic of high-priority for quite a while. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has, however, rendered digital literacy more important than ever. 

    In July 2019, an Erasmus+ project entitled VITA published a free repository of all the training material adult trainers can use to engage and help adult learners in catching up with digital skills. These include a curriculum of studies, as well as a good number of case-studies to facilitate learning. All interested adult trainers are encouraged to access and use this repository for free:
  • Portrait de EPALE SK
    Dear Marija, 
    thank you for this useful link. We will pass this information to the Slovak users of EPALE 
  • Portrait de Marija Elena Borg
    You're welcome! Should you require any further information on the project, please do not hesitate to contact the VITA Project Leader on 
  • Portrait de Margrét Sverrisdóttir
    In these strange times, where people are supposed to stay at home as much as they possibly can, people full of initiative have almost fallen over each other to offer all sorts of e-learning. In Iceland there is news almost every day on new courses, often completely free of charge, in other cases costing a low amount. There is even a combination of those two options available, the course itself is free but should the students want some sort of a certificate, they must pay a small fee. Where there are costs involved, many of the labour unions and employers’ organisations have opened the possibility of paying the full course fee directly out of their educational funds. The rule until now has been that 75% of such costs were refundable from these funds, into which both employers and employees pay a monthly fee. 
    Here is a new blog on e-learning offers in Adult learning in Iceland: