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EPALE discussion: the future of adult learning

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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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Obrázok používateľa Donald Vogli
Adult learning in the future: better, faster, more. Learning as an adult has never been easier or more accessible. With technology making distance learning a very real and affordable prospect, people are becoming ever more in control of shaping their own careers. The trend is leaning far more towards vocational learning becoming more and more desirable – both for employers looking to fill skills gaps and for learners looking for a profitable and stable career. Adult learning is also becoming inescapable. The landscape of work life has changed. It’s now essential to keep upskilling to keep up with how quickly technologies and practices change.
Obrázok používateľa Regina EBNER
Dear all,
thank you so much for your contributions, which have made a really lively discussion! Both EPALE and EAEA will continue to work on this topic, so do keep up with the activities.
Hope to talk to you soon again,
Obrázok používateľa Balázs Bánk Németh
Dear Gina, Dear All,

Thanks for this platform dialogue at EPALE, and thank you all for your contributions! It was another learrning opportunity for a University-based researcher having worked with adult education organisations for twenty years for now! Wishing you a joyful nice Summer with lovely adventures!  
Obrázok používateľa Caterina Casanovas
I’ve tried to select some ideas of my colleagues and here is a summary as a contribution.
From ACEFIR team we want to share with all of you a few of our concerns on the specific topic of DIGITALISATION , ie ONLINE LEARNING & COMMUNICATION related to the FUTURE OF ADULT EDUCATION, 

 First PROS & CONS according to our own experience in Catalonia:
 - Pros: 
Without the possibility of online learning and communication in Catalonia the Academic Schoolyear would have ended in February. 
So at least some of us have been able to continue learning in other conditions 
- Problems: 
Learners without technology (device or connection) 
Learners who do not know how to use technology 
People who don’t know how to take advantage of technology effectively 

 Then how we see it for the next three years
-Take Political Action because Technology (connection & the necessary equipment) needs to become a universal good the same way electricity and water are. 
-As teachers, we must provide students with the minimum knowledge necessary to use these technologies. 
 -Avoid fashions and teach what is considered essential 
-Accompany students in making them learn how to take advantage of the benefits of technology . 

. Reinforce Teacher Training Offer 
we agree that Digital Training is one of the key points, but we have to think first about the Teachers who have found themselves unprepared to face the present situation. 
. Think about the support to the elderly 
 Most of them unprepared for this Digitalized World, which has been suddenly imposed by the pandemic . 
.Training people in Critical Thinking 
Without a critical thinking mindset, it will be very difficult to improve the quality of our life and work. People need to be taught how to distinguish fake news. 
So we believe that Critical Thinking is also an outstanding key point in the Future of AE
Obrázok používateľa IRINI GEORGIOU
hopefully  i believe that the 75% of adults could attend safely  most of their  educational aspects  through  technology which i believe that is going to be more advanced than in our days 
i wish that everybody could have a chance for adults education and especially senior citizens ,but because miracles take a little longer let's all of us get together to materialize good ideas and countries with more wealth and progress help the ones that though their putting a lot of effort cannot invest in money and time as much as other countries .
Step by step and with a lot of hard work   the problem with adult education in pour countries should be minimized
Obrázok používateľa Maren Lohrer
Let me focus on just one area: basic skills. We face the problem that many people who actually need some support in the fields of reading, writing, calculating, financial literacy do not attend courses in adult education. How to reach these people through easy low-barrier service? So if you ask what I would like to happen – more / better targeted approach to these people because basic skills enable their participation in society. 
Obrázok používateľa Dora SANTOS
I believe adult learning will be much more digital in the future. And this can be a great opportunity to engage and motivate much people to keep learning. it will happen very fast, much much more than we can imagine because technology changes are accelerating too quickly.
Obrázok používateľa Ilze Ivanova
I think we have to pay more attention to learning of senior citizens. They have great experience , that can be deepened with contemporary knowledge and skills. We have to think more about intergenerational learning.Senior citizens are also stakeholders in the society and intergenerational  learning and communication is of great importance.