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EPALE discussion: the future of adult learning

létrehozta EPALE Moderator

Online discussion future of adult learning

On Wednesday 8 July 2020, starting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. CEST, EPALE will be hosting an online discussion on the future of adult learning.

  • How do you imagine the future of the adult learning sector in the next five or ten years?
  • What do you think will happen – and what would you like to happen?
  • What new challenges and opportunities will emerge?


We invite all members of the EPALE community to share their ideas about the future of adult learning with us: ambitious or cautious, optimistic or worried.

Share your experiences, tips, case studies and good practices with the EPALE community! 

Please join our online discussion, facilitated by EPALE Expert Gina Ebner, Secretary-General of EAEA.


Comments will be open on 29 June so participants can introduce themselves or post their comments in advance.

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Raya Malinova képe
Hello, everyone! I work for a private language-teaching centre in Bulgaria. What is interesting to point out about the situation here, is that even though some part of the learners took to online courses on Zoom, Google teams, Discord etc., a greater percentage of them still prefer to have normal classes offering personal contact with their teacher. I think this suggests that the role of the teacher as a motivator and a pillar of confidence for students is essential and even though distant learning has indisputable advantages in extreme circumstances, it won't entirely replace the classroom in the near future, esp. for adult learners, who have not entirely grown in the era of technologies. 
Camilla Sjöberg képe
I work in an adult school in Sweden and teach adults in Swedish and English. Today its even more important that each country in EU takes responsibility and invests in vocational education and supplementary basic education for higher studies. I am interested to hear how your countries prioritize adult education today after the Corona era. I can tell you what Sweden is doing today regarding it.
Hello everybody, my name is Carmen Stadelhofer and I am the president of Institute ILEU from Germany, we are an adult/senior education institution. I welcome you to join our online conference "Sharing beyond borders – New ways of care, communication and cooperation of older people along the Danube and in Europe in times of COVID-19”. More information you will find on our website: We will be happy to see you there and discuss among other topics also about the future of adult learning, digitalisation, rights of older people, age-friendly cities etc. together! Kind regards
Sylvia LIUTI képe
Hi everyone, I am really happy to take part in the discussion through EPALE. We as FORMA.Azione - are currently coordinating an ERASMUS + KA2 strategic partnership aimed at increasing adults participation in lifelong learning, mainly by improving their Personal, Social and Learning to learn competence. What we have already found so far, through an open discussion with key stakeholders and learners it's the need to reaching out to the most disadvantaged, by activating appropriate initiatives and tools. Not always online social networks are the most effective channels, rather in person meetings are considered more useful and productive. One important open question is also about motivation; how to better motivate adults to upskill and/or reskill? How to involve them in lifelong learning opportunities? I look very much forward to hear from you.
Rose-Marie SOULE képe
Dans la programmation antérieure 2007-2013 les personnes âgées étaient incluses comme public cible dans le secteur éducatif Grundtvig. Dans le Programme Erasmus+, ce public cible était moins visé. La thermiologie Sénior, renvoyait plus sur les secteurs éducatifs EFP ou EES.
Il semblerait que pour le Programme 2021-2027 ce public cible soit à nouveau inclus.

C'est une chance pour eux !!!! et pour toutes les structures qui interviennent auprès d'eux. La pandémie à mis en évidence la nécessité de les écouter, de leur donner la parole, de les rendre actifs dans toutes les activités mises en place et de capitaliser leurs approches souvent pragmatiques et essentielles dans les compétences numériques et la valorisation des compétences non formelles et informelles. Les liens intergénérationnels ont mis en valeur les principes de l'inclusion sociale dans tous les actes citoyens et quotidiens.
Gratitude pour cette nouvelle démarche qui favorisera la transmission d'un patrimoine culturel, interculturel, citoyen, européen et Humain, à la hauteur de nos engagements pédagogiques et éducatifs.
Hana Čepová képe
Our organization, Právě teď! o.p.s.  (Czech Rep.) which specializes in the field of education of seniors, tried immediately after the outbreak of the crisis in connection with COVID-19 to find a way to stay in touch with seniors. We knew from phone calls with them that they suffer the most from social exclusion and loss of contact with their loved ones.
Already in the first days of the crisis, we started to organize "evening talks" meetings on the Zoom platform, than bit later we gradually transferred to this platform most of our regular program (memory training, physical exercises, language conversation, lectures, etc.).

Of course, not all seniors were able to join Zoom. Some of them had a technical problem (missing headphones / microphone, camera, old PC..), for some it was a problem to go through the need to register in English (from the beginning of April). Aet we tried to help them connect (over the phone) and we created our own tutorial video. Nevertheless, many of them managed it and got involved in the activities and highly praised this way of communication in the given situation. 
But if we look to the near future, future seniors will be more and more technically proficient, and this way of teaching and contact will certainly find its place in future ways of communication (and learning).

In this way of communication, our organization used its experience from several Erasmus+ projects in which we participated/we participate. We used a lot of experience from the CriThink project during the "evening talks" (a lot of false information emerged from the beginning of the pandemic!!) and we also used the experience from the DigiAdult project when using technical aids. By doing physical exercises and memory training, we returned to the MemTrain project experience.

As already stated, we definitely see the future of (not only) education in the connection via (various) virtual platforms.

#seniors #covid #on-line #zoom #CriThink #DigiAdults #MemTrain,
Claudia D'Eramo képe
Dear Pedro,
the discussion will take place right here, and no registration is needed.
You can post your comments and share your perspective with your colleagues in this page.
Thanks for taking part!
Claudia (EPALE moderator)
Ekaette Archibong képe
Neomari Creative Sector Services , Hertfordshire, UK - we have had to move our art and craft courses onto a Zoom platform. The main issues have been access and ability to use technology especially as we are working predominantly with low income communities. We also noticed that we have had to provide more holistic services. Our business start up course has become more popular as people are looking for alternative ways to gain employment. During one of our sessions, the conversation turned to employability. We also have a contract providing activities for elderly tenants in a housing association. As we cannot havve face to face contact, we have moved Virtual Coffee Mornings online. This is where the barriers to digital technology and language can be seen to exclude participants. The way forward is enabling digital access, supporting alternative routes to employment and promoting functional creative skills for mental health and wellbeing.