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EPALE Discussion: How can digital learning be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative?

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As part of EPALE’s March focus on digital and e-learning, we would like to hear your views on how digital learning can be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative.

The discussion will be moderated by EPALE’s Thematic Coordinator for Learning Environments, Simon Broek. Don’t miss this opportunity to share with the EPALE community your experience, views and questions about digital learning.

The discussion took place on 23 March 2017 at 2:00pm CET and we covered the following broader questions:

  1. How do we ensure that digital tools have a valuable contribution in providing basic skills for all adults (i.e. making upskilling pathways a reality)?
  2. What is needed at the level of the adult learning professional, the institution level and the policy level?

**This discussion has now beel closed.

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Ringa Mingh's picture

Upskilling pathways targets adults with a low level of skills, e.g. those without upper secondary education and who are not eligible for youth guarantee support. They may be in employment, unemployed or economically inactive, with a need to strengthen basic skills. Member states may define priority target groups for this initiative depending on the national circumstances. Great post. Thank you so much for sharing this information. Very useful.

Fabrizio Pivari's picture


I'm from Italy. I'm a consultant of internet communication.


Inez Bailey's picture

Hi Simon and colleagues

Very sorry to have missed the real time virtual gathering this afternoon. A quick read through though has given me plenty of ideas so thank you for sharing your thoughts and projects.

A couple of comments to offer over and above the blog on referenced on p2.

Its important to consider digital in its widest sense and see how content can be repurposed across many platforms, some very cheap and accessible. In Ireland we have found that TV producers (like us all) must find ways to do more with less and through collaborations with NALA and others, it has been possible to explore linking basic skills content to nature programmes, health programmes, consumer programmes. Think Open University for upskilling but financed through State support for public broadcasting. Its a very attractive hook that can ease access to more formal learning. We will be looking at it in relation to how it might address letting the nation know about learning opportunities.


David Puttnam, a man who knows a lot about this area, is Ireland's digital champion and you can hear his views on the subject in an excerpt from a recent 4 part documentary NALA contributed to called Making Ireland Click 





EPALE Moderator's picture

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Thank you

Thank you to everyone that has taken part, I think we can all agree that this afternoons discussion has covered lots of interesting information. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Thematic Coordinator Simon Broek for his time and input, who will be closing the organised discussion now. We will however be leaving comments open so please feel free to continue the discussion.

Simon BROEK's picture

We discussed two issues:

How do we ensure that digital tools provide a valuable contribution in providing basic skills for all adults (i.e. making ‘upskilling pathways a reality’)?

We saw that many of you have examples of good practices on using digital tools in basic skills acquisition.

The discussion also highlighted some factors for success, such as:

  • learning needs to be relevant
  • learning needs to be tailored to life of the learners
  • accessible (via own device/phone)
  • supported or provided in a blended way
  • professionals need to be qualified and have expertise in using digital tools
  • Learning needs to be individualised, not based on stereotypes. Every learner is an individual.

What is needed at the level of the adult learning professional; the level of the institution; the policy level to ensure effective use of digital tools?

Here we moved towards what needs to be done at different levels to make better use of digital tools for basic skills acquisition.

We saw that many of you have clear ideas where there are challenges:

  • Digital is definitely not for all (some might miss out if provision is primarily online). Policy makers need to be aware of this
  • You need professionals that can deal with digital tools
  • Digital needs to be used for quality reasons not out of efficiency reasons
  • All learning (also digital learning) should be attuned to individual needs
  • Intergenerational learning could provide an answer in the workplace

This is definitely not the end of this discussion; rather I hope it is the start for continued fruitful exchanges (either bilateral or on EPALE) and that it adds to the knowledge base of all those involved in adult learning in Europe.

To speak for myself, I learned a lot! Thank you,


Flavia Virgilio's picture

In April our regional group will be engaged in a mobility activity in Finland. The aim is to explore how Finnish schools use technologies to improve L2 teaching and learning and to enhance migrants inclusion.

We are interested in visiting projects and groups working in the same issues.

Thanks a lot for this inspiring discussion, feel free to contact me

Rumen HALACHEV's picture

Hi Flavia,

Thank you very much for your contribution! EPALE members can contact you through your profile (clicking on your name and then clicking the 'Contact' button). I'd recommend that you click 'Edit' under your comment and remove your emails from there to avoid receiving SPAM. SPAM bots can crawl websites on the web and search for 'exposed' emails such as these ones above.

I'd also recommend using EPALE's Partner Search tool as a way of finding relevant projects and working groups. You can learn more about EPALE's partner search and how it can help you here.