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EPALE discussion: Blended learning in adult education

17/11/2020
por EPALE Moderator

EPALE discussion: Blended learning in adult education

During this year, education in all sectors has been challenged in unprecedented ways with the closure of all types of education institutions. This has resulted in much debate about the future development of a blended learning approach to the delivery of education at all levels. 

Within this context, on Thursday 26 November 2020, starting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. CET, EPALE will be hosting an online discussion on blended learning in adult education.

The discussion will have a brand new format, starting at 10 with a 30 minutes live streaming, accompanied and  followed by the discussion on the platform’s comments.

The live presentation will be delivered by Lauri Tuomi, the CEO of The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (Kvs), and a board member of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA). He will examine the question of a blended approach to adult education citing examples of how this worked in practice in Finland during the exceptional period of COVID-19. The perspective for the blended learning is long-term as this year is the 100th anniversary of distance learning in Finland.   

The discussion will include the following topics: 

  • Is a blended approach to delivering adult education the best way forward in a situation of prolonged closure of adult education centres? 
  • What are the main challenges to implementing a blended approach to learning in adult education? 
  • What adult education initiatives and policies are required to implement a blended learning approach to adult education?

We invite you to share your experiences and reflections during our online discussion, facilitated by Dr. Tuomi and members of his team, and even before.

Comments are already open so participants can introduce themselves or post their comments in advance!

Watch below the live presentation on 26 November at 10 a.m. and the wrapping up session at 3:45 p.m. (CET)

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Retrato de Ioanna Xenophontos
I really liked what Mr. Lauri said: "It's all about learning to learn." Considering the pandemic situation we're asked to change and adapt to new ways of learning. I'm guessing this is a period of change, so some outputs may be unknown to us; yet, it doesn't mean that they have negative consequences. Really liked the approach of the discussion! 
Retrato de Guðfinna HARÐARDÓTTIR
Wanted to point out this community of practice on EPALE https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/private/adult-educators-digital-skills It was established in relation with an Erasmusplus project VET 4.0 and will be kept alive during the next two years at least as we were just starting today another Erasmusplus project Comm(on)-line with partners from Belgium, Northern Macedonia, Spain and Scotland. Our aim is to learn from each other how to create, guide and coach professional learning communities in an online learning environment. Out first TPM as well as the first LTTA have been held this week online, and it's a real challenge but also extremely interesting to participate and experience on my own "skin" how this works, the collaboration etc. 
Retrato de Ilze Ivanova
The perspective for the blended learning is long-term as this year is the 100th anniversary of distance learning in Finland.

Congratulations with this occasion! I Would like to say that many countries in Europe has a big experience in distance learning . It develops and develops due to the rapid development of ICT and different changes in society. This COVID period proved that we all have certain experiences and great wish and necessity to live"" hand in hand"" with with different approaches in virtual and face to face learning.
Retrato de Anne Gilleran
A very important point has been raised by Ilze from Lativia, regarding the necessity of having a support system for both teachers and learners in this context. What do you think such support systems should include?
Retrato de Guðfinna HARÐARDÓTTIR
While we have been both participating and providing online courses, there is a need for a technical assistant meaning it's too much work for the teacher having to both be the technical instructor as well as the subject teacher. Therefore an active helpline is probably needed when providing life courses online.
Retrato de Ilze Ivanova
Thanks for discussion !
It would be nice that in future the organizers of discussions would introduce  new approaches to organizing of them.It would be a good lesson  for us to see and even practice these methods. Let us consider that today 's discussion was a start for it. Thanks!
Retrato de Sara Saleri
Thank you, Ilze, and all participants, for your insightful comments!
And yes, this was our very first experiment with a live streamed online discussion and it is precisely our intention to continue explore new formats - both for these kind of discussions and also for other contents on EPALE. Stay tuned :)