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EPALE Community: Share your good practice examples and successful projects on digital adult learning

25/02/2019
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Good practice examples in Digital adult Learning

 

As part of our thematic focus on digital adult learning, we want to hear from you – the EPALE community – about any good practice examples and successful projects related to digital learning for adults.

Have you come across or designed an innovative methodology for teaching adults through IT? Perhaps you have been involved in or heard of a successful project that aimed to use digital tools in adult learning? Share your stories, tips, case studies and good practice examples in the comments below between 25-28 February and help to inspire adult learning professionals across Europe.

Don't forget to include links to the resources, projects and project outcomes mentioned, and explain briefly why you consider this resource/project to be a good practice example.

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Simona Gogelytė's picture
CONNECTED LITHUANIA project was launched in April, 2018. The main goal is to encourage and support Lithuanian citizens in acquiring digital skills for an effective, safe, and responsible use of the Internet. 

National Campaign Senior‘s Online 2018 – almost 12 000 participants

One of the first activities of the project on the national scale was national campaign “Senior‘s Week Online 2018”, which was held in October and involved 12 000 participants. “No coincidence we started with the campaign for seniors, because today this group of citizens is the least active internet users of all Lithuania's population. Therefore, the campaign and overall CONNECTED LITHUANIA project encourages society to acquire and develop their digital skillls more actively. The number of seniors in the campaign as well as the increasing number of participants every day is the evidence of the relevance and need of the events like this,” said Loreta Križinauskienė, the director of the project partner association “Langas į ateitį”. During the campaign, 65 public libraries as well as M.Mazvydas National Library invited seniors to the Senior‘s Online 2018 activities. Different topics were chosen for every weekday: free time information online, e-health, buying online, public e-services, e-security and online communication. According to the data obtained from public libraries, more than 6 thousand seniors attended activities, and more than 5 thousand became online webinar participants. The most popular topic for seniors was e-health. 

700 local communities involved

One of the main target audiences of the project are Lithuanian local communities. This is not only an opportunity for them to become a smart digital community, but also an opportunity to diversify their activities. During the three-year project, communities are expected to move online and their representatives will be offered a lot of opportunities to improve their digital skills and take advantage of the digital world. In 10 months CONNECTED LITHUANIA project team has organized several meetings with local community leaders and their appointed representatives called digital leaders. They have been introduced to the project activities and goals. Digital leaders network has already been established involving over 600 active community members which will help people in their communities to understand the role of the information and communication technologies as well as the importance to develop digital skills. They will inform their community about the ongoing project activities, digital skills trainings, help to recognize community digital skills level, initiate digital projects and encourage community members to improve their life improving their digital skills. 

More information www.prisijungusi.lt 

The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the budget of the Republic of Lithuania.
Nevenka Kocijančič's picture
Slovenian Institute for Adult Education – SIAE (https://www.acs.si/en/) deals with the basic skill of digital literacy from different perspectives. In addition to the description that Mateja Pečar presented yesterday, we are now introducing an educational film (https://youtu.be/OLd4gIdw17o) about this basic competence. It was created in the ESF project Adult Competences Development 2016–2022 (https://pismenost.acs.si/en/projects/development-of-adult-competences-20...).

This a personal story about a retired man, Mr Bojan Rus, that shows how obtaining knowledge, skills and abilities in the nowadays digital environment is necessary in order to be digitally competent. Digital competence can help you save up and fill your daily life with challenges. The user of the video study resource is presented with a personal story and learns about the digital competence.

The user thus builds their understanding about how often in life we come across digital environment and how our daily routine and the field or work are intertwined with digital and technological solutions.

The movie is 24 minutes long. It includes the Educational part, Let’s recap and the trailer introducing the basic information about 8 key competences.

During the educational part of the movie we learn more about the 8 key competences and see a detailed presentation of the digital competence. The Let’s recap part of the film summarises the information we learned in the educational movie about the digital key competence. In the last minutes, the trailer provides us with the basic information about the 8 key competences. All of them will be presented through the series of the educational movies titled On the Path to a Successful Life educational movies. 4 of them are already available with English subtitles (https://pismenost.acs.si/en/projects/development-of-adult-literacy-2011-...).

Educational Movies on key competences

SIAE has started to develop a concept of educational movies about key competences to provide basic information on key competences to adult learners. Movies are multimedia tools, especially useful for those adults who have more problems with written texts and therefore easily accept information through video. The main focus in the movies is on the personal experience of an individual and the development of the particular key competence through a change the protagonist has undertaken.

Educational movies are practical tools for animation and gaining the motivation of learners from various vulnerable groups. They have a motivational character and address learners through role models that have everyday problems but solve them through learning. Introducing a personal story causes the identification of participants in the field of adult education, and learning as the act of a protagonist in a video makes them think: ‘I can do it too, I have to do something.’ Emotional personal stories, therefore, engage learners in decisions to take individual actions, for example, they visit educational institutions and get information on learning programs. The educational part of the video is structured in such a way that spectators learn about all the main characteristics of the chosen key competence in a relaxed and humorous way. The didactic form of the movie is adapted to vulnerable groups of adults, so the educational content is presented in a very clear and simple way. Movies can be used either for the independent individual learning or as a tool for group work and learning, as warm-up motivation and/or as a summary for repetition. Educational movies with English subtitles are available for free at https://pismenost.acs.si/en/projects/development-of-adult-literacy-2011-...;
Nicki Panou's picture
In ARGO-Alternative Therapeutic Program for Addicted Individuals (www.argothes.gr) we have a group called "Digital Empowerment". Digital Empowerment is a creative approach to the teaching of information and communication technologies and it is also an effective entry point for its members, who are people that have either disengaged from the learning process or lack confidence with new technologies. This group helps develop communication skills, using creative tools and information techniques, always focusing on people’s lives, through stories, pictures, music, video and narration. Digital Empowerment puts the member of the group in focus, as it builds on the member’s experiences for their involvement with the group, through the development of a short video. You can watch some of these videos, created by members of the group here: https://www.argothes.gr/digital-empowerment-el/
Simon BROEK's picture
Welcome to the fourth day of online exchange of good practices in digital learning. Last day I provided an overview of the projects mentioned. I will provide a full summary later. I am looking forward to yet another productive day of exchange!
Andrea Rabassini's picture
I teach Italian as a second language to adult people. For my job I created the site La scuola con me (The school with me): it contains materials available for free to everybody who wants to teach or learn Italian as a foreign or second language.
Here my article for EPALE about the site: /en/content/la-scuola-con-me-site-teaching-and-learning-italian
Ewa Maria Grzesiak's picture
This is interesting topic and it's very needed in the adult education, but we shouldn't focus on only the new technology. It should be a part of the projects. Why? Becuase we observe addiction of mobile, social media, internet. Usually it's problem of young people, but it can be the problem of adults and seniors. We should always remember about balance between new technology and real life. New technology should be a tool, it shouldn't subsitute face to face contacts.
Panagiota Polymeropoulou's picture
The project “Mu.SA: Museum Sector Alliance” (ongoing project) is approved in the European Framework of Erasmus+ / Sector Skills Alliances. It aims to address the increasing disconnection between formal education and training and the world of work because of the emergence of new job roles due to the quickening pace of the adoption of ICT in the museum sector. Mu.SA addresses directly the shortage of digital and transferable skills identified in the museum sector.
The partnership consists of eleven partners from four Countries: Hellas, Italy, Portugal and Belgium with coordinator the Hellenic Open University - DAISSy Research Group, Hellas.
Mu.SA – Museum Sector Alliance project opens a series of online and offline learning opportunities to develop essential digital skills for museum professionals.
The online course “Essential Digital Skills for Museum Professionals”(MOOC) is especially designed for the museum community, both for professionals as well as students, volunteers or unemployed, who want to pursue their future career in the museum sector. The aim is to support these groups to improve their digital competences and apply them in their daily work at the museums.
The Mu.SA MOOC is a flexible, self-paced course that requires learner’s engagement for at most 10 hours per week. The course is organized in modules that allows students to develop a complete set of digital and transferable competences required for the museum sector.
The MOOC aims at enhancing the digital skills and 21st century skills of museum and cultural professionals. It consists of training modules based on the European e-competences framework (e-CF), DigComp and P21 – the course is a unique combination of these standards, and for this reason it is considered as best practice at European level. The instructional design was based on learning outcomes and is modular in order to allow each trainee to study based on his / her pace and availability.
The MOOC extends to 8 weeks of training and requires a total of 80 hours of training and study. Each week, it focuses on 1 e-CF competence (a European standard of IT skills) and combines competences from DigComp (the global standard of digital literacy of the average citizen) and P21 (a 21st century skill model) frameworks. For each competence, a separate training module has been designed, the material of which is grouped in units. Each unit includes presentations, videos and study material related to a set of learning outcomes that are assessed at the end.
Online tutors monitor, assist and facilitate learners’ training procedure. Once enrolled, students have guided access to all videos, quizzes, and assignments. The course is designed as to facilitate active participation, peer-learning and open discussion among the course participants.
The training platform was developed by the DAISSy team of HOU.
After the completion of this course, learners will be able to develop and use digital and transferable competences necessary for professionals working in the museum sector.
Beyond the ability to develop digital strategy, digital content or use digital tools and platforms, students will also advance skills like time management, communication, team-working, leadership and creative thinking.
The course is free and open for all, already running since the 7th of January 2019! The main language of the training is English and videos are subtitled in Greek, Italian and Portuguese.
Up to now, more than 5,200 people have registered in the course from all around the world!

Learners who will complete the MOOC and succeed in at least 80% of graded activities are eligible to continue their learning journey by applying for an advanced, 6 months specialization course. Selected participants can choose focused training in one of the emerging job profiles: Digital Strategy Manager, Digital Collections Curator, Digital Interactive Experience Developer and Online Community Manager. The selected group of at least 75 people (MOOC alumni) will be able to continue to the specialization course, that will include blended (online and face to face) and work-based learning (in a cultural organization), which will be conducted in Greece, Italy and Portugal.
More information about the MOOC in here and the Mu.SA project in here.

Vicky Maratou's picture
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach" is one of the main outputs of the Erasmus+ project TOY PLUS: Together Old and Young – Practitioners Learning and Upscaling Skills that started on the 1st of November 2016 and finished on the 31st October 2018. 
The online course addresses intergenerational learning issues, especially focusing on the age groups of young children from 0-8 years old and older people in the age of retirement. It can help anyone who wishes to participate in continuing professional development opportunities in intergenerational learning and discover practical ways to create good quality and sustainable intergenerational learning activities.
The online course is relevant for early childhood education and care practitioners, primary school teachers (working with 4 to 8 year-olds), social care practitioners working with older adults, community development workers i.e. practitioners and volunteers working in community groups such as those linked to community social and cultural centres, sports clubs, scouting or religious institutions, practitioners and volunteers working in libraries and museums, educational specialists in non-formal learning, etc.
Up until now, the online course has run twice and has successfully trained more than 150 adult learners from Europe and around the world. The online course is free of charge and will be available again, on the 4th March 2019. Registrations are open until Sunday, 3rd March 2019.
The MOOC platform has been developed and is supported by the DAISSy Group from Hellenic Open University, whereas the educational material has been developed by the experts in intergenerational learning, that is the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Beth Johnson Foundation/Linking Generations Northern Ireland and the International Child Development Initiatives.
Brikena XHOMAQI's picture
The Lifelong Learning Platform is partner in an Erasmus+ project called DIGIT (Digital identity). The project seeks to boost adult learners' digital competences for a responsible use of online identity. Through this project, the consortium aims to investigate digital identity implications for adults and provide the necessary educational instruments and supporting tools for adult educators. 

The project has already delivered two main deliverables: A Manifesto with Guidelines for adult educators and a poster with 20 Tips to reflect on one's digital footprint. The training programme is currently being developed and will be tested this year in pilots taking place in partner countries. With partners stemming from seven different countries (Belgium, Spain, UK, Poland, Greece, Italy and Slovenia), the project will last for two years (2017-2019).

More info on the project website: https://digitproject.eu


And Save the date for the project final conference in Brussels: 24 October 2019!