The KA2 ErasmusPlus project ‘YouDigIT’ was completed in October. The goal of this two-year project was to exchange existing practices around the use of digital tools aimed at helping low-skilled adults to work on their basic knowledge and skills.
Seven organisations participated in the project: Fræðslusetrið Starfsmennt in Reykjavik (IJsland), AIM Agenzia Intercultura e Mobilità in Rome (Italy), the Institut fur technologieorientierte Frauenbildung e.V. in Kassel (Germany), the Internetcafe ZwischenSchritt ASB Wien Wohnen- und Soziale Dienst gGmbH (Austria), Novi Iskar Generation Y in Novi Iskar (Bulgarije), Stichting Expertisecentrum Oefenen.nl in The Hague and Friesland College in Leeuwarden
in Reykjavik (Iceland), (both from the Netherlands). Friesland College acted as the applicant and project leader.
The project group mapped out the project and discussed progress in various meetings. In so-called Learning and Training Activities (LTTAs), teachers/supervisors of the various partners met to demonstrate tried and tested digital tools, discuss their experiences and reflect on their role as teachers/supervisors. The fact that the organisations were very diverse was an unusual and therefore instructive feature of the project. Although the target groups were adults, the similarities ended there: migrants, the homeless, young adults, adult women, working civil servants, the elderly and low-literates. Most of the organisations had teachers/supervisors and participants, but others such as Oefenen.nl and AIM did not. They involved teachers/supervisors from the organisations with which they cooperate. However, while the ‘educational’ practice was different, everyone was already familiar with the various target groups.
A total of 28 digital tools were presented during the LTTAs. These could be categorised into the following groups: language, communication, other, cultural and geographical, organisation and learning management systems. The main goal was to explore which digital tools were suitable for expanding the basic skills of the learners. The following aspects of the methodology for facilitating the teaching and training of basic skills were discussed:
- the role of the teacher in the use of digital tools
- the learning context
- the degree of self-guidance
- the methodology to be tested for transfer potential
Ultimately, a Top 10 Best Tools list was drawn up based on positive experiences. This is as follows:
- Google Translate
- Google Earth
For each app, general information is given, the methodology is indicated, 2 exercises are provided, the pros and cons are described for their use with low-skilled adults and the reasons why the tool is suitable for the target group are specified.
The above is described in the Inventory of digital tools and methods and survey results
On 21 November, a webinar plaats.
took place in which six of the above tools were discussed.
This project had an impact on all seven organisations. The organisations have gained more knowledge on which tools can be used in each individual educational context and with the target group of low-skilled adult learners. In addition, the organisations are now better equipped to guide their learners with a different approach, using ICT.
Ben Vaske, (Creative) director of Stichting Expertisecentrum Oefenen.nl / board member of Learn for Life / ambassador for EPALE NL