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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 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:

  • Portrait de sylvie schmidt
    Hallo Margrét , 
    This is wonderful to notice how people are cleverly making the most of such a global drama , would you like to share your  newly acquired experience, tools and become our partner ? we have still some space for a partner to deal with the subject o digital competences in education or teaching and learning . Please contact me for more info. Counting on all ideas ..thanks 

  • Portrait de Paulo ANTUNES
    Our adult education class is in the 2nd year and ends secondary school by July 2020. As we work with the digital portfolio on google drive, the interruption of face-to-face classes (from Monday to Friday from 7 pm to 10 pm) was replaced by 100% online. However, adults have to register their activities online (google forms).

  • Portrait de Eszter KARVAZY
    Ebben a témában ajánlom a saját témahetünk cikkeit is:
  • Portrait de Alexandra Szabo
    Minden cikk nagyon érdekes volt a témában, remélem az angol oldalakon is lesz hasonló a hónapban.
  • Portrait de Kaire Viil
    E-õppes on võimalus saada nii bakalaureuse- kui magistrikraadi, läbi viia psüholoogilist nõustamist ning tõhusat coachingut. Kui õppijal ja juhendajal on motivatsiooni, siis saab e-õppe toel head teadmised ning oskused. Hea juhendaja peab tundma digiõppe materjalide loomise ning tagasisidestamise metoodikavõtteid. Õppemetoodika kattub paljuski ka tavaõppe omaga.

    Kuna inimeste digioskused on erinevad, uue õppematerjali ja kaaslaste ees võib olla aukartus, siis peaks digiõppe esimesed moodulid olema pigem lihtsad. Usun, et pikemal digikursusel võib tekkida tore õpikogukond. Õppija seisukohast on hea, kui digiõppe keskkondi poleks ülemäära palju, sest kõik uus vajab harjumist ja harjumuse kujunemine võtab parasjagu aega.

    Koolitajad võiks mõnel kursusel osaleda ka õppijana, siis osatakse end õppuri kingadesse panna. 

    Minu valdkonnas on sellest kevadest e-keelekursused reaalsus, kuna keeleõppes on oluline ka rääkimisoskuse pidev arendamine.
  • Portrait de Peter Mazohl
    Currently we run an Adult Education course dealing with digital photography. Due to the current situation in Europe we had to switch from Blended Learning to pure Distance Learning. First of all, we had to select an appropriate tool for the video conferencing. We decided for ZOOM for two reasons:
    • We own a license
    • The quality (all over) with up to 30 - 40 participants is OK (compared with other tools).
    The obstacle we found was the missing competence to join the lessons (for the first time). Even if Skype conferencing is popular many participants needed special assistance (for example by phone calls). Now we have solved the problems and continue with our course - people are online following the sessions, we can discuss and do the necessary knowledge exchange.
    Next time I'll report from the ERASMUS+ DISK Project ( In the frame of this project a course unit will be developed to give people the chance to use learning opportunities offered in the web (this means MOOCs as well as webinars or similar options).