September 2016 – August 2018

Coming from Macedonia, Germany, France and Spain…

Why ?

European Union is facing a severe economic crisis, more adult learning can help Europe overcome it, meet the need for new skills, and keep its ageing workforce productive. Learning is also essential for social inclusion and active citizenship. These days, people cannot just rely on the skills they acquired at school to last them till the end of their working life. The participation of adults in learning varies significantly between EU countries: from 1.4% to 31.6%, and the overall trend is that numbers are stagnating. The future European labour market will be simultaneously confronted with an ageing population and shrinking cohorts of young people.

As a result, adults – and in particular, older workers – will increasingly be called upon to update and broaden their skills and competences. This increased need for lifelong learning means we should have more flexible modes of delivery, tailored training offers and well-established systems of validation of non-formal and informal learning. The potential of information and communications technology (ICT) can be used to boost adult education and training through distance learning.

Innovation is needed in the European educational sector and especially in the adult education sector, as many adults need new skills and competences. The European Commission and the national agencies offer funding of courses for the people who teach the adults – in formal or non-formal set-ups. Training and innovation in ICT for adults are therefore priorities for the European Union. It is important to increase and improve the supply of skilled personnel in ICT also for trainer and educators in Adult education.

Our project aimed to promote the use of ICT in the adult learning focusing on ICT tools for distance learning, based on exchanging good practices between the partners and in response to the priorities of the Programme.

The main objective of this partnership was to develop an educational guide for a course “Life Long @Learning”. The proposed course is based on good distance learning and teaching practices and is the outcome of the combination of methodologies deriving from the multidisciplinary approach of the members of the partnership as well as from the experience gained during the teaching in the various participating countries.

Objectives

  • Enhance digital integration in learning at various levels

    Supporting teachers, trainers and educational staff in acquiring or improving the use of ICT for learning and related digital competences

  • Developing adult educator’s competences

    To deal with diversified groups of learners and make use of new technologies for better outreach and teaching outcomes

  • Improving and extending the offer of high quality learning opportunities

    Tailored to individual adult learners, including through innovative ways of outreach and delivery

Targets

LL@L helps educators, trainer with a open innovation online guide for:

  • Develop a new approach to adult education and training which focuses on learning outcomes and learner responsibility and autonomy.
  • Encourage the development of effective lifelong guidance systems, as well as integrated systems for the validation of non-formal and informal learning.
  • Ensure flexible arrangements adapted to different training needs of adults, including in-company training and workplace-based learning.
  • Developing mechanisms for ensuring that educational provision better reflects labour market needs and that it provides possibilities for acquiring qualifications and developing new skills which increase people’s capacity to adapt to the new requirements of a changing environment.
  • Promoting the acquisition of transversal key competences, such as learning to learn,
  • Making better use of ICT in the context of adult learning, as a means of widening access and improving the quality of provision.

Projects needs to be realized transnationally to have a wide impact in Europe and to cope the distance among countries such Netherlands in which ICT education is well developed to those country as Turkey that has less experience in this field. The transnational partnership allows to mix a variety of expertise that is an add value.

All transnational meetings enabled partners to share and evaluate good practices, and to develop innovative educational approaches in teaching ICT for adult learners.

Project achievements

  • Develop the E-learning Guide that support the development of content, services, methodologies and practice in the adult distance learning on the ICT-basis.
  • Create a successful relationship between the partner organizations.
  • Raise cultural awareness during the meetings.
  • Exchange ideas and know-how across the partner organizations to help promoting a lifelong learning culture.