Europa 
15-06-2018 

Webinar about handheld e-learning

INVITATION to webinar

 

Handheld e-learning  

 

When: 19 June 2018, 1300-1400 CETS

Planting a seed. Immigrant students learn to plant tomatoes on a language course at the Kaukametsä adult education centre in the Northern city of Kajaani. Photo: Anna Huusko.
Finland 
15-05-2018 

Finnish folkbildning's new role in immigrant education

A new law, in force since the beginning of 2018, assigns Finnish folkbildning the task of literacy and basic language education for immigrants. The new law creates a model intended to capitalize on the strengths of folkbildning: flexibility and versatility in delivery, methods and course duration. The Finnish folkbildning field delights in the more dependable, long-term resources accompanying the model but worries about the effects of the model on the freedom of folkbildning. This article takes a closer look at these hopes and anticipations and sheds light on the new integration training law and model.

Europa 
04-05-2018 

Webinar: Make Adult Education visible!

Learn how to make adult education relevant and visible in mainstream media.

Europa 
25-04-2018 

3rd Biennale Validation of Prior Learning (VPL), Berlin, Germany 7 - 8 May 2019

After Rotterdam (2015) and Aarhus (2017), the 3rd Biennale on the Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) will take place in Berlin, Germany, on May 7 and 8, 2019. Early registration starts in September.

Europa 
23-04-2018 

3rd Biennale Validation of Prior Learning (VPL), Berlin, Germany 7 - 8 May 2019

After Rotterdam (2015) and Aarhus (2017), the 3rd Biennale on the Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) will take place in Berlin, Germany, on May 7 and 8, 2019. Early registration starts in September.

Norden 
11-04-2018 

Quality in Validation of Prior Learning

Results from a research project about a Nordic quality model for validation. The model helps to identify and set focus on strategically import elements and phases in the validation process.

Island 
27-03-2018 

How education and research deepen local connections Webinar

This interactive webinar discussed how distance learning has influenced life in rural areas. Watch how and why educational projects have had an effect on the development of rural development.

Norden 
12-02-2018 

Webinar: Distance learning in rural areas

- Is there life after the end of educational projects?
5.3.2018 13.00 CET

Norden 
06-02-2018 

Evaluation of transformative learning circles

The TLC model proves to be an innovative way of organising further training for adult education professionals and shows results that promote entrepreneurship.

Danmark 
23-01-2018 

LEK: Improve your writing skills

One day workshop in Copenhagen to improve your writing skills.

Norden 
27-12-2017 

Silent learners - a guide

We explored if online learning activities can be organized so that it would make silent learners feel more comfortable and included.

Norden 
22-11-2017 

Nordisk Bærekraft

Stories from the New Nordic Education for Sustainability.

Norden 
10-11-2017 

To-Do: A Way of Integrating the Newcomers?

”The To-Do methodology has put all local stakeholders at the heart of the development work.”

Norge 
20-10-2017 

New pedagogical models for inclusion - Bergen

Invitation to seminar - Scandic Hotel Ørnen

Norden 
11-10-2017 

The aims of the conference

How do we bring about the best competence development for Nordic adult educators? What competences are needed?

Norden 
26-09-2017 

The Adult Educator’s Competences and Competence Development

This report maps the perceived competence development needs of adult educators and access to common Nordic initiatives within competence development.

Taru Kekkonen.
Finland 
11-09-2017 

Taru Kekkonen: Digital skills are the basics for today’s civics

In our series Nordic Profiles we meet Taru Kekkonen from Finland.

Norden 
11-08-2017 

Ord i Nord

Report from a Nordplus Adult Collaboration Project 2013-2015.

Europa 
11-08-2017 

Investing in skills pays off: the economic and social cost of low-skilled adults in the EU.

This Cedefop study provides a comprehensive and robust evidence base in relation to low-skilled adults in the European Union and analyses trends in low skills among adults as well as characteristics, determinants and risks of being low skilled.

Norden 
29-06-2017 

New pedagogic models

for inclusion of adults in worklife and civic society

Færöerne 
12-06-2017 

Language, Inclusion and Labour Markets

In what ways can adult education and learning contribute to better inclusion in society and to labour market integration?

Sverige 
09-06-2017 

Career Management Skills

Career Management Skills – What – Why – How?. Malmö, November 23-24 2017.

Finland 
06-06-2017 

Quality in Validation - Turku

Nordic seminar for practitioners

Europa 
29-05-2017 

Podcast: The state of play for validation

Jens Bjornavold and Ernesto Villalba talks validation with Johanni Larjanko at the 2nd VPL-Biennale.

Sverige 
24-05-2017 

Voksenlæreren og innovation

Hvordan skaber vi den bedste kompetenceudvikling for nordiske voksenlærere? Hvilke kompetencer er der brug for?

Europa 
15-05-2017 

Webinar: Using MOOCs for entrepreneurship & social inclusion

30.5.2017. Building skills among HE students and supporting refugees.

Finland 
25-04-2017 

Nordic entrepreneurial and innovative learning

Invitation to a Discussion Forum

Finland 
25-04-2017 

New pedagogic models

- for integration and inclusion of adults in work-life and civic society

Europa 
18-04-2017 

Webinar: The unreachables in adult education

9 May 2017 9.30-10.30 CET. This webinar is part of the LEK-project, where NVL is a partner.

Norden 
22-03-2017 

2017 Open education for refugees – Optimizing diversity through MOOCs

Webinar Wednesday 19 April 2017, 15.00-16.00 CET

Norden 
06-03-2017 

Summary: The Reykjavik conference on work and education for prisoners in the Nordic countries.

From 12 – 14th of September 2016 a Nordic conference was held at the Grand-Hotel in Reykjavik Iceland on behalf of NVL (Nordisk nätverk för vuxnas lärande).

Norden 
17-02-2017 

Webinar: The power of silent learners in a group

Have the courage to speak softly, to be yourself a silent learner. Diversity matters.

Norden 
15-02-2017 

Evaluation of the second Nordic in-service training course for adult educators on ’Knowledge for Sustainable Development’ - 2016

This paper presents the key findings of the evaluation as well as related input for reflection and recommendations for potential ways forward.

Norden 
09-12-2016 

NVL Podcast

The Nordic project Empowerment by employment is presented.

Danmark 
05-12-2016 

Presence at a Distance: Technologies and Methods for Learner Engagement

The 2017 AEDL Nordic Conference, 18-19 May 2017 Copenhagen

Europa 
07-11-2016 

ELM: Education and gender

The October theme issue, Education and Gender, is out now!

Europa 
02-11-2016 

European Distance Learning Week 2016

A week full of webinars, starting 7 November 2016

Norden 
31-10-2016 

NordPlus Adult project “Seniors on-line”

Presentation of a Nordplus project on seniors and ICT.

Sverige 
10-10-2016 

Adult Education in the age of global mobility

7th Nordic Conference on Adult Education and Learning 3-5 May 2017
Jönköping University, Sweden

Europa 
05-10-2016 

LEK-project webinar

This is for invited participants only

International 
03-10-2016 

GRALE III - the third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (ALE)

This report draws on monitoring surveys completed by 139 UNESCO Member States.

 
30-09-2016 

Virtual mobility webinar

29.9.2016.

 
30-09-2016 

Nordic seminar on Basic skills

Nordic seminar on Basic Skills and PIAAC.

Finland 
15-09-2016 

Liberal adult education certificate as a tool for validation

The aim of this report and the accompanying recommendations is to improve validation methods in non-formal adult education.

Norden 
07-09-2016 

Distans webinar: Communities of Practice

On September 16 2016 the NVL DISTANS network organised a webinar with Tryggvi Thayer who has led a group of university teachers and practitioners in a very successful project to support Icelandic teachers use of ICT in their teaching.

Europa 
05-09-2016 

Everyone will benefit from better validation policies

Validation of non-formal and informal learning makes our labour markets more resilient and contributes to the integration of migrants and refugees by valuing the prior knowledge and experiences of people.

 
05-09-2016 

Nordplus kontaktseminarium

Kontakteminarium för Nordplus

Norden 
24-08-2016 

MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE BY NORDIC CO-OPERATION

..we will hear inspirational results of projects that promote sustainable development that have been carried out in a Nordic
adulteducation in education for sustainable development.

Europa 
20-06-2016 

Validation of Non-formal MOOC-based Learning

This report presents the outcomes of research, conducted between May 2014 and November 2015, into emerging practices in assessment,

Norden 
19-05-2016 

Caitlin Wilson - Sustainable Development Network

"Interaction with others who are working towards the same goals but with different perspectives is probably the greatest source of new ideas I ever experience."
Caitlin Wilson - Sustainable Development Network.

Norden 
19-05-2016 

Online Guidance for Invisible and Silent learners

- Skills of a Detective Required?
The webinar took place on 18 May at 14:00 CET.
There are most often both active and silent learners in every classroom. Online learning doesn’t make an exception. Anyway, when talking about silent learners online the situation is quite much different from face to face.

Norden 
28-04-2016 

Taru Kekkonen - Distans Network

"I think that now is the time to learn more together with other networks and from them."
Taru Kekkonen - Distans Network.

Norden 
06-04-2016 

Key Competences of adult learners in a Nordic perspective

Publikationen præsenterer gode eksempler på nordisk og baltisk uddannelsessamarbejde inden for voksenområdet og giver et indblik i nye

Deidre and Göran discusses validation in Ireland and Sweden.
Norge 
15-03-2016 

Strong commitment for validation in Oslo

A silent white coat of snow fell on Oslo as almost 50 adult education professionals from all over Europe met at the AVA expert seminar on validation at the beginning of February. The goal: an action-plan to make validation of non-formal education a reality.

Island 
29-02-2016 

Work and education -cooperation and innovation

Education and vocational training of prisoners in the Nordic countries.
Conference organised by The Nordic network for education in prison, Reykjavik 12/9 – 15/9 – 2016.

Europa 
17-02-2016 

Adult learning in the 21st century

Join the free online course to learn more about adult learning in the 21st century. The course is free of charge and organized by EAEA.

Norden 
08-02-2016 

Verksamhetsplan 2016 for Validering

Detta ska nätverket Entreprenøriel læring og Innovation göra 2016.

Participants at the AVA expert seminar in Oslo 1-2 February 2016
Europa 
05-02-2016 

Validation of adult learning is a common concern in Europe

How can you prove that you have a skill? Can you grade democratic competencies? Validation in non-formal adult learning has been a thorny issue for decades. Now, we might be close to a solution. At least, that seemed to be the implicit message when more than 45 experts from all over Europe met in Oslo for a two-day expert seminar on validation.

Norden 
18-01-2016 

Folkbildning, key competences and validation

This report looks at what role Folkbildning has in providing key competences and how this can be validated.

Europa 
13-01-2016 

European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning

Finally, it is here. This second edition of the European guidelines is the result of a two-year process involving a wide range of stakeholders active in validation at European, national and/or sectoral levels.

Europa 
08-01-2016 

Validation and the value of competences - Road Map 2018

The validation network of NVL has compiled the report "Validation and the Value of Competences. Road Map 2018". The report provides a wide overview on current validation issues.

AVA
Europa 
15-12-2015 

Towards an action plan for validation

How can competences acquired in non-formal adult education and by informal learning be measured? Is it possible to make recommendations and an action plan for validation that would be useful in all EU countries?

Norden 
01-12-2015 

Nordic PIAAC report

This publication is the product of the Nordic PIAAC Network, consisting of members from all five countries.

To-do seminar på Bornholm
Norden 
30-11-2015 

New natives – an active resource for Bornholm

Fokus på nyanlända som en viktig resurs för Bornholm.

Europa 
26-11-2015 

Open Badges as a validation tool

We learn everyday, all the time. We can’t help ourselves, it is in our nature. In adult education we separate between formal, non-formal and informal learning. All of us use all three forms. For some reason the learning that takes place in a formal setting has come to be seen as the ”best” form of learning. It is institutionalised and provides the learner with grades or other credentials/certifications at the end of the learning period.

Europa 
25-11-2015 

Future learning and technology

Can you imagine a future in which machines can learn? What could it look like? Are machines going to learn with us, are they going to teach us, will they even need us?

Europa 
02-11-2015 

Study: Open Educational Resources

European study on Open Educational Resources (OER) in adult education.

Norden 
31-10-2015 

Guidance in validation within the Nordic region

The purpose of the report is to establish a common ground for discussing and developing guidance in validation, which will hopefully be a step towards seeking opportunities for improving the quality of guidance in Nordic validation systems.

Finland 
30-10-2015 

Innovative learning opportunities for immigrants

New opportunities for self-motivated and hobby-based learning are being developed for asylum seekers and native Finns in the Learning Spaces project launched by University of Eastern Finland.

Norden 
29-10-2015 

NVL Webinar on future learning

Can you imagine a future in which machines can learn?

Norden 
27-10-2015 

Implementation of National Qualification Frameworks

MAKING LEARNING VISIBLE IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES

Anni Karttunen
Finland 
07-09-2015 

NVL10- What happens in validation?

What has NVL done for validation in the Nordic countries?

Norden 
01-09-2015 

Nordic competence profiles for validation staff

Nordic Competence Profiles of Validation Practitioners and Competence Development.

Norden 
22-06-2015 

PIAAC challenges Estonia

Estonian participation in the PIAAC programme put to the test the expertise of the survey’s conductors and the competence of its analysts.

Norden 
18-05-2015 

Discussion Forum at the Design Factory

Discussion Forum based on the results of work carried out by an NVL task-force

Europa 
08-05-2015 

Digital competence and democracy

Has become a key competence in our daily life in the Nordic countries. And it is more than that. Digital competence can open roads to more democracy and makes new arenas for active citizenship. In a Nordplus project, Dldact, we have selected many good examples of how people in different countries have taken opportunities of digital tools to involve people in social activities and democratic processes. It is amazing how digital competence generates active citizenship.

Norden 
04-05-2015 

Webinar 8 May on digital competence and democracy

Webinar 8 May on digital competences and democracy.

in English 
28-04-2015 

Adult learning in a Danish society shocked by terror?

An Interview with Knud Illeris, Danish scientist and Professor in Lifelong Learning

Knud Illeris (Foto: DFS)Liberal Denmark has come into the media’s focus in recent years at least twice, most recently after the terror attack in mid-February. The image of an open, inclusive and exemplary multicultural society is crumbling. What has happened? How do you, as a researcher in Adult Learning, see this latest change?

KI:  I think that most people in Denmark experience the change you are mentioning, and as I see it, it is a consequence of a superior change from Denmark being a welfare state in the direction of what has been termed a competition state, i.e. that the final reason for political, organizational and administrative decisions and changes is what is supposed to be of benefit to the national economic competitiveness.

in English 
23-04-2015 

InfoNet Newsletter 2/2015

Since we last published a Newsletter (February 3), the European Adult Education InfoNet met for a Milestone Conference in Lisboa, Portugal. The conference took stock of the activities of InfoNet, not only during the preceding year, but since the beginning 10 years ago.

Norden 
22-04-2015 

Adult Skills in the Nordic Region

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden participated in the first round of the International Survey of Adults’ Skills. The survey is a product of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The survey assessed the proficiency in literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving in technology-rich environments of adults aged 16–65. This publication is the product of the Nordic PIAAC Network, consisting of members from all five countries.

Europa 
21-04-2015 

Learning aimed at cooperation; cooperation aimed at learning

PACESince the end of the 1990s, participation in transnational projects as part of EU funding programmes has become an indispensable element of adult education. This kind of project work creates new research results and pedagogical findings, shapes innovative educational concepts and learning products, and organises exchanges of information and the mobility of teachers and learners. By this means, cross-border cooperation plays a role in improving the quality of education.

Europa 
15-04-2015 

Euridice rapport

Adult Education and Training in Europe: Widening Access to Learning Opportunities

Norden 
10-04-2015 

Adult Education and the Planetary Condition

Adult Education and the Planetary Condition

in English 
30-03-2015 

To socialize, to learn, to grow personally – to live with your library

Ljubljana City Library

“I wish I came here sooner”, says 75-year-old Marko, who recently discovered the benefits of a library for the first time. Now he is no longer merely a retired merchant sitting at home and waiting for something to happen. He uses the library for reading papers, for computer courses and for meeting other people of his own age.

in English 
19-03-2015 

Education at a Glance: A promising Outlook for Ireland?

While the OECD statistics in Education at a Glance describe Ireland as having a promising outlook in that we invest more in education per student than most OECD countries, and that 93% of young people are expected to graduate from upper secondary education in their lifetimes we still have the fifth highest rate of unemployment among the OECD countries. The data show that the lower the levels of educational attainment the higher the risk there is of being unemployed.

Norden 
11-03-2015 

MOOC for Nordic education for teachers

A MOOC is a good way to offer further training for basic skills' teachers in the Nordic countries. This report explains how and why.

in English 
11-03-2015 

Cheaper and less painfulp

Conference on sex health in Malta“Money spent on awareness is much cheaper and less painful than cure.” This is philosophy behind campaigns on sexual health promotion in Malta. “We want to transmit a healthy message across the community to promote healthy lifestyle and sexual health. We use various media…” says The Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Dr Charmaine. She describes the sexual health campaign in this interview.

in English 
11-03-2015 

Narrow, simplified and with little ambition

Even though Danish feminist, Janice Foerde, was critical and sceptical towards the Millennium Development Goals from the beginning, her overall balance sheet of the process and result is not purely negative. Exactly the pragmatism and lack of ambition was probably the reason that the goals gathered such wide a backing, she thinks.

in English 
10-03-2015 

EPALE is taking shape

EPALEThe online portal for adult education that the European Commission initiated in 2014 under the name "EPALE" (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe, http://ec.europa.eu/epale/) became accessible in several countries at the end of last year. It is planned to gradually set up this kind of national platform in each country of the European Union. To do so, the adult education department, which has been assigned to the Directorate General for Employment since the restructuring under Juncker, has provided a total of 8.3 million euros throughout Europe according to this year's annual plan. On 15 April 2015 EPALE is to be officially launched in Brussels.

in English 
05-03-2015 

InfoNet and LLinE to merge: new online adult education magazine from September

InfoNet conference in Lisbon 2015Representatives of international, European and national umbrella associations, along with other experts, have met in Lisbon to instigate the development of a new online magazine on adult education.   The new magazine is mainly designed to issue high-quality articles, and is to be aimed at European and international specialists. The portal is to be dedicated to a certain topic every quarter, after which a corresponding magazine-like dossier with these articles and other information will be published.

Europa 
11-02-2015 

Cedefop report 2015

Work-based learning in continuing vocational education and training: policies and practices in Europe

island 
09-02-2015 

NVL webinar on digital democracy

How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era, with Pia Mancini
Wednesday February 18th at 16.30 CET - 17.30 CET

in English 
05-02-2015 

Educational investments and returns throughout life – and the new paradigm of "evidence-based research"

"Educational investments and returns throughout life" was the topic of a forum that took place in Bonn in October 2014, attended by top-class individuals. In a broader sense, this event is embedded in the context of discussions on the reform of the education system in the Federal Republic of Germany, which has been part of the agenda since the mid-1990s and which has been in the public eye with great intensity since the turn of the millennium. The impulse came from the results of international comparative studies and large scale assessments (TIMS, PISA, PIACC), which exposed the weaknesses and performance gaps in the German education system. The results of the first PISA study (2001) shocked the German public. 

Danmark 
05-02-2015 

The Nordic Model for Lifelong Learning: a solution to the crisis

Last week, Aarhus University hosted the international conference 'Learning Unlimited'.

in English 
03-02-2015 

InfoNet Newsletter 1/2015: Blended Learning

Blended learningThis issue of InfoNet Newsletter announces the recently published issue of the LLinE web magazine about Blended Learning. The issue carries articles on good blended learning practices and initiatives of European educators. Other articles deal with research about blended learning.

Norden 
29-01-2015 

Nordic peace project

On 10 October 2014 the project and network Norden for peace? hosted a seminar on Iceland.

Finland 
26-01-2015 

Ta kontroll över den virtuella inlärningen

Hjälpmedel för lärare i den virtuella djungeln

Norge 
22-01-2015 

Teachers want more learning

Teachers in adult primary and secondary education want further professional development and education.

in English 
20-01-2015 

From Difference to Differentiation

Challenging the European Area of Lifelong Learning To challenge something means to doubt it just as well as to dare it. "Challenging the European Area of Lifelong Learning" is the title of a Collection of articles from 37 authors, representing sort of an academic community in the field of european adult education, edited by Maria N. Gravani and George K. Zarifis. The book bases on the „Memorandum of Lifelong Learning“, therefore it is organised into five parts that quasi trail the structure of the Memorandum. These five aspects represents also „the core issues that Europe faces today in relation to the idea of making a ‘European Area of Lifelong Learning’ a reality“, so the editors voice.

in English 
17-01-2015 

Austria doubles funding for basic education for the next three years

Initiative for Adult EducationThe current programme of the Austrian government for adult education focuses on funding basic education and compulsory education for adults. Thanks to co-funding from the ESF, twice as many funds are available as of 2015.

in English 
23-12-2014 

Risk scenarios require rapid and qualified social intervention

Social EducatorPortuguese social educators want to be the main protagonists in the country's social action and education system. Their aim is to develop multi-disciplinary action in the social field to favour local community progress. At a National Meeting in Bragança, they focused on a core task for future success: knowing how to anticipate and cope with risk situations.

in English 
18-12-2014 

Learning in all environments

Évora University It was worth combining in a single publication the wide range of informal learning experiences achieved in recent years in the Portuguese Alentejo region because the publication of the book entitled Educações no Alentejo helps to stress the importance of new learning spaces and decentralisation of schools as exclusive knowledge and learning spaces.

in English 
18-12-2014 

InfoNet Newsletter 7/2014

What adult educators learn and experience in one part of Europe may inspire adult educators in other countries and help them improve the quality of their own offers. In InfoNet we consider it as one of our central tasks to facilitate this process of transnational exchange. In this issue community learning, motivating adults with low reading skills and intergenerational training are among the topics covered.

in English 
18-12-2014 

Recycle your competences

The Makers' Movement Manifesto   www.openeducationeuropa.eu / ImageThink What happens to our past knowledge when we change our career profile and requalifiy ourselves for a new one? Can we use it to the benefit for ourselves and other people? The maker’s movement may be the answer.

We live in an environment where most of us are trying to be experts at least one thing. We develop our knowledge day after day. It may look as a virtue thing - to push ourselves through course after course, with aim to build our well honed expertise. Truth is, that our inner motivation often plays a minor role as a trigger for such efforts.

Norden 
12-12-2014 

Piloting Nordic sustainability education

A Nordic network is piloting a post-qualifying course for adult educators, focusing on sustainability education. The pilot emphasises learning combined with practical action.

in English 
12-12-2014 

A Nordic perspective on career competences and guidance

The objective for this concept note is to contribute to a shared Nordic frame of understanding for career competences which can be used in the ongoing development of guidance in the Nordic countries.

in English 
10-12-2014 

Old memories and young hopes with SEMBET

Project SEMBETAn old adage dear to me says that we must always have old memories and young hopes. I think it is the perfect context to speak about adult education and intergenerational learning.In this context of intergenerational learning, young hopes are represented by young people, and old memories are represented by old people.

in English 
08-12-2014 

Learning makes you healthy: Reaching low-skilled adults through health care

Adults with low reading and writing skills rarely take the step to attend a course. They have often managed to get through life without any continuing education courses and are ashamed to speak out about their need to make changes and learn. A confidant, such as a doctor, can support them in taking the step to take part in educational offers.

island 
05-12-2014 

Investment in Adult Learning pays off!

The analysis suggests that adult learning is even more important for innovation performance than higher education.

in English 
02-12-2014 

Now it is official: Investment in Adult Learning pays off!

Adult education (manager training) - Photo: Akademie KlausenhofA research study in nineteen selected European and non-European countries[1] shows that the returns to adult learning are substantial and accrue to the economy, individuals and society. The analysis suggests that adult learning is even more important for innovation performance than higher education. This is explained with the fact that for example learning in the workplace through task complexity is the most important driver for innovation performance.

Europa 
27-11-2014 

Study on Analysis of Adult Learning Policies and their Effectiveness in Europe - 2nd Consultation Document

Effective adult learning policies can lead to a number of positive outcomes including:

in English 
24-11-2014 

Small courses with a huge impact

GO modell Investing in low-qualified employees pays off. Even short training courses taken directly at work can give them motivation, make them more open to changes and promote efficiency. The GO model provides information on the necessary educational measures and how knowledge learnt is incorporated into daily working life.

in English 
20-11-2014 

In the same boat - Intergenerational training in North and South

Intergenerational learning Photo: igele/kebThere is a gap between generations in many European countries.

Older people don’t always feel comfortable nearby youngsters in several places in Europe. At the same time young people are increasingly disoriented in society and in the labour market. A possible solution is “intergenerational education”. However, vulnerable youth and seniors are, despite their differences, “in the same boat” as both groups risk marginalization in society.

In Italy and The Netherlands adult learning professionals have developed new initiatives to create cooperation and exchange between people from these two generations. This shared knowledge benefits not only individuals but also the community.

in English 
18-11-2014 

Non-formal learning a force for democracy

Britten Mansson WallinFew countries have laws that guarantee its citizens the right to lifelong learning. Sweden is one of them. This gives certain stability to our adult education. Long processes are needed to change the law, and this is not easily done, says Britten Månsson-Wallin, general secretary of the The Swedish National Council of Adult Education. Still non-formal adult education needs to be defended as an important part of lifelong learning.

in English 
16-11-2014 

The right competencies to improve prison education

EISALPTo rehabilitate more offenders it is necessary to improve prison education. Understanding the special situations of prisoners and prison officers are some of the core competencies that prison teachers need according to the partners of project European Induction Support for Adult Learning Professionals.

Europa 
15-11-2014 

EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014 to Book of Plans, Hopes and Dreams and Vygonoshtchi Fortress projects

EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014 to Book of Plans, Hopes and Dreams and Vygonoshtchi Fortress projects.

in English 
13-11-2014 

Community Learning in Turkey

 Halk Egitimi Merkezleri All citizens of Turkey have the right to ask for an adult education course to be opened, if they can bring together 12 people.  The courses are offered free of charge by around 1.000 Public Education Centres all over the country.

in English 
06-11-2014 

InfoNet Newsletter 6/2014: Adult education post-2015 - The global Millennium Development Goals

LLinE 3This issue of InfoNet Newsletter announces the recently published issue of the LLinE web magazine about the global Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and process of defining post-2015 targets.

in English 
05-11-2014 

First international ESRALE Summer Academy: International Perspectives on Adult Education

ESRALE summer academy Master- and Doctorate-Students in Adult Education from all over Europe met for a summer academy in Brno (Czech Republic) to exchange research project ideas, learn from each other and professors from different countries and to develop their research work and research expertise. New doctorate plans were created, to research in a comparative way on adult education in Europe, common projects for the master students in different countries were developed. It is a new innovative approach to improve the research on adult education in Europe. All this was part of the European project ESRALE, and will be followed by a next  in September 2015 in Belgrad (Serbia).

in English 
04-11-2014 

Creative Writing – therapy, study or social event?

Creative writing: Group with keyboardsWriting is a skill which anybody with at least a trace of talent could practice. This common misconception creates all kinds of challenges to the adult educator in creative writing. In this article I will explain how I deal with these problems in my job teaching creative writing at the Third Age University in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

in English 
28-10-2014 

The strength of Mezirow and his theory of transformative learning in adult education

Jack Mezirow (Photo: International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame)A lot of specialists in education seems to have a significant contribution in order to strengthen adult education processes. One of them is Jack Mezirow, emeritus professor of adult and continuing education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, researcher and author of numerous books. He has an interesting vision due to the fact that his theory makes it possible for adults to create their own learning process, which can be constructive for each situation. The strength of his “transformative learning” embraces the power of reflection. Question is which elements of this vision can contribute to a more powerful learning process in adult education.

in English 
26-10-2014 

Re-contextualisation of religious adult education

Window by Gerhard Richter in the Cologne CathedralThe social, individual and religious changes and transformations have called for the revision of religious education in the 21st century. This is the subject of the important publication by Bergold/ Boschki.

The Evangelical and Catholic Church are the main providers of religious education in Germany. Since the 1970s, many local and regional religious educational institutions financed by public funding have been essential. They provide programmes not just for members of the churches, but also for the public and are generally accessible. The programmes offer a wide spectrum of topics but focus on religious education based on values and ethics.

in English 
23-10-2014 

"It's not what I know that will help me but what I can do with it."

Interview with OECD expert and PIAAC coordinator Andreas Schleicher

The value of formal qualifications throughout our lifetime has not been stable for a long time. The changing employment market requires each individual to have the appropriate skills. Formal qualifications only illustrate part of what we know, what we can do and how we use cognitive, emotional and social skills - in short "competences". The OECD has therefore developed PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) as a tool to measure the competencies of adults. In an interview with Andreas Schleicher, the PIAAC coordinator at the OECD, the German-language online journal "Magazin erwachsenenbildung.at" explores why the results of PIAAC have generated so little response as regards education policy in some countries like Austria for example. The full interview will be published in German on 22 October at www.erwachsenenbildung.at/magazin. The questions were compiled by Elke Gruber, Professor for Adult and Vocational Education at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria.

in English 
14-10-2014 

Co-operation and flexibility needed in youth education

Collaboration and flexible structures make up the recipe for combatting social exclusion (the people portrayed in the photo are not associated with the text).  Photo: Mette Mjöberg Tegnander/norden.orgFolk high schools play an important role in many Swedish initiatives aimed at preventing youth marginalisation. Among the Nordic countries, Sweden has the highest proportion of unemployed and socially excluded young people.

Norden 
08-10-2014 

Making learning visible in the Nordic countries

Rapport om implementering av EQF (European Qualifications Network) och NQF (National Qualifications Network) i de nordiska länderna. Nordiska Ministerrådet, 2014

in English 
02-10-2014 

Cultivation for a sustainable future

Municipal gardening Something’s happening in the beds and borders.  Vegetables are beginning to compete with flowers in Swedish towns and cities. Municipal gardening projects are on the increase and there are more and more places to enjoy fresh air and meet people in busy urban environments. Growing is a part of the tradition of the Swedish popular movement that is deeply rooted in Swedish society. Now many young people want to learn more about organic cultivation and sustainability.

in English 
24-09-2014 

Life story book from prison

Second chanceSecond Chance is the result of the hypothesis that education at penitentiaries is a second chance for many inmates as it enhances the tools they require to participate in society in a way that they were unable to do in the past. Professionals taking part in the project work directly or indirectly to educate people whose freedom has been taken away.

in English 
18-09-2014 

InfoNet Newsletter 5/2014

One of the goals of InfoNet is to bridge the gap between research and practice in the field of adult education. Since the last issue of our newsletter four science articles have been uploaded at our website, reporting and explaining about the results of academic research. They are included in the lists below.
Once more the new articles cover a wide specter of adult education, but intergenerational learning is a theme that several articles deal with, and two articles look into two different ways of combining culture and education.

in English 
17-09-2014 

A new interest in cultural education? Observations from Germany

CultureCultural education must have an impact on each stage of a person's life and contribute to more educational equality. This was announced by Federal Minister of Education Johanna Wanka in a keynote speech on cultural education in June 2014 at the "Culture educates" dialogue forum in Berlin. The key points of such a concept are also included in the current coalition agreement which continuously result in new initiatives on a federal and state level.  The observable new public interest in cultural education provides chances to re-emphasise a core area of adult education.

in English 
13-09-2014 

A diploma for the parent, a better life for the family

CVOAs an immigrant city, Antwerp has long been promoting the slogan ‘the city belongs to everyone’ and many efforts have been made to help immigrants better integrate into Belgian society. One of the efforts is to provide them with quality training programs through various organizations. CVO Antwerpen took the lead as the largest provider of adult education certified in and around the City of Antwerp targeting specifically the immigrants.

in English 
12-09-2014 

A city learns about ageing

Cross-generational volontary work An entire city is learning how to deal will people suffering from dementia: Arnsberg is a small, normal city in Germany that has been adjusting to demographic change in a special way for around 20 years. The citizens are voluntarily caring for sufferers of dementia, training for taxi drivers and sales assistants is being offered, there are programmes for sufferers and their carers, programmes stretching across all generations and much more.

Europa 
11-09-2014 

The first Biennale about Validation

The first Biennale about Validation took place in Rotterdam, April 2014.The VPL Biennale is a two yearly event...

in English 
03-09-2014 

Lev Vigotsky – Mozart of psychology, stepchild of adult learning

The work of Lev Vigotsky seems to have a great scientific legacy and relevant contribution to adult learning, but he is still unknown and neglected even among those who work and conduct research in the field of developmental and educational psychology. What are the reasons for that "lack of scientific memory" and should we „re-invent“ Lev Vigotsky?

Lev VigotskyLev Semyonovich Vygotsky (Лев Семёнович Выго́тский) was born in 1896 in Russian empire. His name and works were banned in the Soviet Union for over 20 years, till the death of Stalin. He wrote in Russian language and was almost unknown to the Western world till 70’s, but even than many translations of his works were wrong, misleading or even doubted over their originality. These are the some of the reasons for his late „appearance“ on the scientific stage. One more reason can be found in the fact that Jean Piaget, (famous Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher, born in the same year as Vigotsky) had enormous impact with his theory of cognitive development.

in English 
29-08-2014 

The powerful elements of lifelong learning

Learning enviromentIn most European countries the financial crisis still seems to be a problem for low skilled and illiterate citizens. Most of these citizens are more often confronted with unemployment and have difficulties in finding a job or good place in society (explained as a process of social inclusion). According to research of De Greef, Segers & Verté (2012) courses for lifelong learning can be a lever for a better place in society. Question is which important elements during the lifelong learning process should be included in order to make a learning environment for adults successful.

in English 
19-08-2014 

How Malta tries to integrate illegal refugees from Africa

In this year alone, some 1000 people from Africa have fled to Malta in boats. With targeted education work and with support from other European countries such as Denmark, attempts are being made to integrate the refugees into the country.

in English 
13-08-2014 

Urban Sketchers draw to analyse the world around them

Urban SketchersBig city streets are now the privileged rendez-vouz for groups of people sharing a common passion for drawing.  Urban Sketchers observe and draw the world around them to study their surroundings in a more focused way.They are newcomers to urban public spaces, sharing them with cultural entertainers, promoters of learning processes and social activists and turning city centres into new community platforms.

in English 
29-07-2014 

PISA and PIAAC study methodology: some achievement and many errors

PIIACPISA and PIAAC reports compiled by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) on over half a million 15 year-olds in seventy-five countries (PISA) and 125,000 people between 16 and 65 years of age in 25 countries (PIAAC) became a topic of great interest to the media and a major influence on current education policies.
They are supposedly focused on calculating the capacity of 15 year-olds and adults between 16 and 65 to use their skills and know-how to face the challenges of everyday life. This is obviously complicated as it is difficult to achieve through a mere academic test. The purpose of this article is to provide details of the assessment of some achievements and errors thought to be contained in the study, some of which take place in Spain.

in English 
29-07-2014 

The future of audiovisual learning resources

prestoVideo, podcasts and virtual learning technologies are rapidly changing adult learning practice in response to an evolving student base that lives and communicates in a digital environment.
Many further and higher education institutions are creating an unprecedented amount of audiovisual content in their mission to grow their distance-learning activities posing a threat to the value of resources if no action is taken to preserve them.

in English 
21-07-2014 

Professionalism and ethics are important for quality counsellors

Quality councellors -photo"I am the one who give an example, initiatives and incentives to others, how to take care of the quality of their own work."  These words of a Slovenian quality counsellor in adult education point out the importance of identity, values, personal and professional responsibility and the development of adult educators.

in English 
17-07-2014 

InfoNet Newsletter 4/2014: War and peace – adult education in conflict situations

LLinE 2/2014This issue of InfoNet Newsletter announces the recently published issue of the LLinE web magazine. On the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of World War I the articles show how civil society and adult educators work to solve the problems of the conflicts, the wars and the civil wars of the latest decades and today.

in English 
15-07-2014 

Preventing internal conflicts in Guinea

Basic education in GuineaIn a new approach to Adult Education, self-organised groups of community members in Guinea, West Africa, at the same time get basic education and discuss burning issues with their local elected representatives. This helps preventing internal conflicts and violence. Learning to read, write and calculate helps these representatives to actually exert control over national authorities.

in English 
15-07-2014 

European initiative "Remembering for the Future"

 Remembering for the Future100 years since the start of World War I.  What can we learn from the past? And how do we want to shape our European future?

EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults) and DVV International (Institute of International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association) have launched the initiative which collects World War I related projects organized by Adult Education providers all over Europe in order to create dialogue, research and discussion.

in English 
03-07-2014 

Turning an Adult Education Center into an Open Learning Environment

CVO Antwerpen, Campus HobokenHow can an adult education center achieve a culture of sustainable individual, social and professional development? How can it better serve the learner, the community, the region and the society? The answer is turning it into an open learning center. We had a chance to interview Prof. dr Koen de Pryck, principal of CVO Antwerpen, and discover what an open learning environment is truly about.

in English 
02-07-2014 

Offer development – keeping up-to-date

Marketing tool: Magazine of EB ZuerichHow do you seek out the latest trends? Do you include them in interesting advertisements? And get lucky every now and again with a new trend? Continuing to develop offers is one of the most interesting tasks in continuing education. EB Zürich, the largest public continuing education institute in Switzerland, is giving us a look behind the scenes on how it continuously reinvents itself. Because those who rest do not just rust, they will also be punished by the market.

Norden 
24-06-2014 

Nordic seminar in counselling – the art of guidance

The seminar was held in Salmia Training and Development Centre, in Jyväskylä.

Norden 
19-06-2014 

The Biophilia App Suite

Experiences from Biophilia (creativity as a research method), have been tested in Iceland and are being discussed on a Nordic scale at different levels during the Icelandic presidency in 2014.

in English 
19-06-2014 

Role play as a democratic process

DeathgameThey chase each other. Dash quickly across the road like aliens on the lookout.
Creep along the walls like fleeting shadows. Mysterious, disguised and carefully planned. The scene is Stockholm in Sweden. The roles are being played out by young people.
Together they are taking part in a live role play, based on reality – Deathgame.

The game has been analysed in a research project on “Democratic learning processes in adult education organisations” by Carin Falkner, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Science.

in English 
12-06-2014 

InfoNet Newsletter 3/2014

Constructivism and lifelong learning. Cartoon: Mester
InfoNet-Cartoon: Constructivism in lifelong learning (Mester)

In the newsletter text we have highlighted three articles of the stories that have been published on the InfoNet website since last newsletter:

in English 
10-06-2014 

Educating parents to prevent childhood obesity


Group in MaltaChildhood obesity is a serious medical condition. One in five children is overweight or obese amounting to 14 million overweight children in Europe. In Malta the authorities reaches out to educate parents on how to prevent and manage the problem.
In this interview Dr Charmaine Gauci explains why awareness about childhood obesity is required.  She is Director Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate at the Ministry for Energy and Health (MEH) in Malta. Dr Charmaine explains about the specific action being taken in Malta and how MEH reaches out to educate. 

in English 
10-06-2014 

When experience opens doors to certification

                      
vae-toulouseIt was a real celebration with music and performances. Hundreds of adults with diplomas crossed the Le Phare stage at Tournefeuille, in the outskirts of Toulouse, confirming that it was well worth the effort they had made to terminate the RVA - Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning  process. Recognition and validation of skills in France is on the right track.

About 800 adults from the Midi- Pyrenees region attended the public ceremony in the South of France on 19th May of this year to celebrate the Victories of the RVA. Similar sessions took place in the past in different emblematic places of the city sung by Claude Nougaro. But never communication and institutional pomp and circumstance of 2014. It included testimonies, round tables, debates, interviews, popular music, jazz and an enthusiastic mingling of adults with diplomas, teachers, guidance technicians, multidisciplinary experts, elected leaders from the Region, scholars and heads of local institutions.

in English 
05-06-2014 

Erasmus+ and Epale – many innovations for adult education in Europe in 2014

Erasmus+ formErasmus+, the European Union’s new programme for education, is up and running. The budget for adult education together with its Grundtvig sub-programme now represents approx. 3.9 % of the total budget (approx. € 576 million). The end of April was the first deadline for submission of project applications which now for the first time all have to be submitted to the relevant national agency. As part of this process two national experts will now be responsible for evaluation of the applications – this stage is to be completed by the end of June – and the award will set according to the amount of the budgets provided.

in English 
04-06-2014 

One Step Up to better opportunities for Irish adults

One step upThe One Step Up campaign is Ireland’s contribution to the EU campaign to raise awareness and encourage participation in adult learning. The campaign  funded by the European Commission as an initiative which promotes the renewed EU Agenda for Adult Learning involves three interlinked projects which together, will serve to increase awareness of adult learning as part of lifelong learning at both national and local levels.

 
04-06-2014 

The Effects of Adult Learning

Professor Jyri Manninen explains the results of the BELL-project (Benefits of Lifelong Learning), May 2014, interviewed by Johanni Larjanko.

 
04-06-2014 

The Effects of Adult Learning

Professor Jyri Manninen explains the results of the BELL-project (Benefits of Lifelong Learning), May 2014, interviewed by Johanni Larjanko.

in English 
02-06-2014 

Telling lives: Exploring dimensions of narratives

Story telling (Photo: cakei / photocase.de)Scientific interest in narratives has increased rapidly since the 1980s. Especially in historiography, people's subjective experiences of the world have become the focus of science since the postmodern decline in master narratives and the end of the Cold War, and are expected to add to expert discussions of the well-established sciences. At the same time, the methods of documenting discussions, narrative research as well as analysing narratives have been further developed.

in English 
30-05-2014 

Vocational training must adjust to the informal sector

Dr Richard WaltherMore people worldwide are working in the informal than in the formal sector. In this interview Dr Richard Walther, senior consultant with the French Development Agency (AFD), tells us what it means to work in the informal economy, why investment in the sector is necessary to overcome the poverty of the developing countries, and how vocational training systems should be reformed in order to meet the needs of the sector.

Stakeholders discussing validation in HE in Finland.
Finland 
26-05-2014 

Validation of non-formal and informal learning in Finnish Higher Education

The Council of the European Union recommendation from 20 December 2012 urges the EU member states to have in place the necessary arrangements for validation by the year 2018. The question is how well the universities are prepared for validation of non-formal and informal learning?

in English 
23-05-2014 

Advocates pepper their message through PIAAC

According to most advocates, the publication of PIAAC in October was a good day. But not everyone is happy. LLinE asked advocates in three countries, Slovakia, Spain and the UK, how they have used PIAAC in their work, and got quite mixed reactions.The survey acknowledged that learning depends increasingly on nonformal and informal learning and went further to call for a more accessible adult education (What we did with PIAAC – advocates at work).

in English 
23-05-2014 

Active citizenship and non-work related aspects of PIAAC

PIAAC results are often interpreted from the perspective of work skills. However, they also reveal how skills are vital for active citizenship and democracy. Ricarda Motschilnig, who has worked at the European Association for Education for Adults, brings out in her reading of research results why European democracies need adult education (LLinE 1/2014: ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AND NON-WORK RELATED ASPECTS OF PIAAC).

in English 
23-05-2014 

PIAAC results: need for new approaches in improving adult literacy

Talk about illiteracy as an issue of a well-off country such as the Netherlands might sound like words ill-spent. However, in the newest LlinE issue, four academics highlight the social and economic costs of adult illiteracy and suggest new approaches that might remedy the situation (PIAAC RESULTS: NEED FOR NEW APPROACHES IN IMPROVING ADULT LITERACY).

in English 
22-05-2014 

Sturla Bjerkaker: Entering the «Hall of fame»

ThSturla Bjerkakere Norwegian practitioner and policy maker  has played a key role in fostering international dialogue in adult education for more than twenty years. For his work he is now honored as a member in the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, as the first Norwegian in this celeber society.
The IACE Hall of Fame was established in 1996 and is a non-profit organization connected to the University of Oklahoma in the USA. A jury consisting of prominent pedagogs and leaders comes together annualy to decide who will be the chosen ones. Up to now, about 300 Adult Learning professionals from 28 countries have been selected to the Hall of Fame.

in English 
21-05-2014 

InfoNet is ten years old: Annual conference in Prague

InfoNet partners in Prague 2014Ten years ago European InfoNet Adult Education was launched at its first meeting in Cologne. Since then, InfoNet has developed into a major network that has representatives in almost every country in the European Union and approx. 5000 regular readers.

Norden 
19-05-2014 

Biophilia workshops

Biophilia workshops

Norden 
14-05-2014 

Immigrants provide a necessary contribution to modern, rich societies

According to professor Alejandro Portes and associate professor Shahamak Rezaei, most modern and wealthy societies need immigration for both economic and social reasons. Due to low fertility rate the societies do not reproduce themselves, which challenges the welfare state’s taxation fundament;

Norden 
14-05-2014 

16th Nordic Prison Education Conference: The prison as a learning area

Education and study- and career counseling of Nordic inmates, 24.-26. September 2014, Copenhagen.

in English 
13-05-2014 

Everything you always wanted to know about constructivism in lifelong learning... ...but you were too ashamed to ask.

Photo: speednik / photocase.de…Because the term „constructivism“ became so fashionable, and you had the feeling that one should know about constructivism! Indeed, it is one of the most important philosophical approaches to adult education and one of the most used nowadays. It has been recognized as both paradigm and theory. You might have used it already without knowing (when you are talking about importance of experience of participants in adult education, whenever you say “It depends on the context“, and name teachers as “mentors and facilitators“) you are referring to some of the main characteristics of constructivism. It emerged as the leading theory of human learning by the 1980s and 1990s as interest declined in behaviourist and information-processing perspectives. Since then it has been the buzzword in education.

in English 
27-04-2014 

Russia and Azerbaijan seek new paths for Adult Education

Carlos Ribeiro in St. PetersburgIn preparation for UNESCO’s “International Adult Learners’ Week”, to take place from 22 to 30 April, teachers and directors of Russian and Azeri institutions travelled to the Iberian Peninsula from 20 to 27 March. They have visited Lisbon and Barcelona to get acquitted with new approaches to adult education, in particular those involving the recognition and validation of competences.

Norden 
25-04-2014 

Webinar: YES!Greenland: Co-creating an education

YES! is a new education in Greenland, co-created with the youth and business community. Though still ‘in the making’ the intention of YES! is to nurture a generation of creative people, who will contribute to the social, environmental, cultural and commercial development of society.

in English 
25-04-2014 

Webinar: YES!Greenland: Co-creating an education

Tuesday May 13th at 10.00-11.00 CET

in English 
23-04-2014 

European elections: thinking about the future of learning in Europe

The Lifelong Learning should be a solid bridge to promote the growth and strengthening of knowledge. One should converge with European efforts towards a vision for new ways of learning using the technology supported learning, formal, informal and non-formal. A strong culture of knowledge sharing and learning is essential to ensure the future, promote innovation, flexibility, and interoperability spread globally.

in English 
18-04-2014 

Newest LLinE focuses on PIAAC results

‘Europeans can’t read’ newspapers screamed when results from PIAAC were published last October. Now that the dust has settled, the newest LLinE issue shows those headlines in a new light.

in English 
18-04-2014 

Does PIAAC really hit the spot? Citizens's court answers

The PIAAC survey highlighted issues of immigrants and increasing gaps in adult education. In a LLinE article (CITIZEN'S PANEL – SKILLS: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR GOALS), individuals across Europe discussed in a panel whether the findings reflect on their own lives.

in English 
16-04-2014 

InfoNet Newsletter 2/2014: LLinE on PIAAC – voices behind the study

LLinE 1/2014

InfoNet Newsletter 2/2014 announces the recently published issue of the LLinE web magazine, dedicated to the OECD-study into adult competencies, PIAAC - produced in cooperation with the InfoNet correspondents’ network.

LLinE editor Markus Palmen describes the content: “The subtitle of this issue reveals what we have tried to achieve through this collection of materials. Give a voice - and a face - to an otherwise easily faceless mass survey. We want to share the experiences of the people who designed the study. Listen to the very people whose skills the survey wants to measure. Give a forum to those critical of the survey. Hear from the decision makers whose task it is to use the study's findings to draft policy."

in English 
16-04-2014 

EU Everyplace a Latvian workplace project

Project everyplaceThere are 68 members – adult education providers - of LAEA who can apply in their work the products of the LLL Project „EU Everyplace” on the basis of the Latvian language as developed by the Public Service Language Centre.
Business people may experience the need to learn some of the language of the neighbouring country for their business development. This is where the newly developed platform for learning foreign languages Czech, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish and German comes in, introducing attractive presentation of selected places in a town of the specified countries in a combination with the corresponding language learning. English is used as a language of instruction, not as a taught language. In total, the platform includes courses in 5 languages.

in English 
10-04-2014 

Benefits of Lifelong Learning (BeLL) study complete

Bell ProjectThe EU-financed¹ project “Benefits of Lifelong Learning” (BeLL), launched on 1 November 2011, came to an end on 22 January 2014 with its final conference² presenting and discussing the key results. The project was aimed at empirical data-gathering and investigation into the subjectively perceived benefits of participants in educational events in the fields of general, cultural and political continuing education, i.e. liberal adult education.

in English 
07-04-2014 

New groups, new friendships, new social networks

“It is important to me that I do not remain closed at home, that I remain wide, that I do not limit myself,” says Danica Vinšek in this interview about her experiences with non-formal adult education. She is a retired sociologist from Slovenia. The interview was performed as part of the Bell project, the goal of which is to research the benefits of lifelong learning.

in English 
01-04-2014 

92 % happy

OxfordrapportA fresh research report reveals great results for Norwegian non-formal learning. Courses in NGOs provides both high learning outcomes and high social benefits. 92 % of participants would recommend the courses to others. – This level of satisfaction would be a dream scenario for many commercial providers, says project manager in Oxford Research Rune Stiberg Jamt.
The report summarizes  research on the non-formal courses offered by Norwegian Study Associations and their NGO member organisations . The research has been carried out by Oxford Research during 2013, on demand from the Ministry of Education and Research.

in English 
27-03-2014 

Educating fathers, educating men. New approaches and needs

Modern father - vandalay / photocase.comTwo particularly tough challenges faced by men are their role as a father, and ageing. Adult educationalists have developed new educational formats for these two life phases, to meet men's specific needs.
Adult and family education can effectively reach out to men from a wide range of milieus via their role as fathers: a role every father wants to be good at. One good means of support, for example, is low-threshold, locally run Protestant adult educational schemes which relate to everyday life and leisure activities.

in English 
20-03-2014 

Austrian quality reference: Lessons learned from 900 certifications

oe-certIn 2011, Austria introduced a national quality reference framework for adult education called Ö-Cert. This move was met with much attention from adult education professionals from both public and private institutions: well over 900 providers of adult education (including branches) have been certified so far, and around 200 applications are still pending.

in English 
14-03-2014 

Estonian lifelong learning strategy is called “Smart People”

Estonia now has a new lifelong learning strategy, where three out of the five important points are directly related to adult education. The state means business: at the beginning of this year the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research divided the department of vocational and adult education into two independent units – the ministry now includes a department, which only deals with topics related to the education of adults.

in English 
10-03-2014 

Adult education boosts language knowledge in Latvia

lead inThe Latvian Adult Education Association (LAEA) is an excellent place and site for adult education providers to inform of, pilot and disseminate LLL projects that are being developed in Latvia. Here we introduce some of them.

in English 
07-03-2014 

Paulo Freire: Pedagogy between oppression and liberation

Paulo FreirePaulo Freire was a Brazilian educator and philosopher during the last century. He becomes famous all over Europe because of his influential work about critical pedagogy. His publication „Pedagogy of the Oppressed“ is considered one of the foundational texts of the critical pedagogy movement. But in present time terms like „Oppressed“ and „Oppressors“ seem a little bit anachronistic. The question arises, if this way of thinking is still going necessary for a modern pedagogy. So what does he means with „Opresseds“ and „Oppressors“? Can we discover this people in modern pedagogical settings? Can we transfer the ideas of Paulo Freire into modern pedagogical concepts? Or is he at least only interesting for historical reason?

in English 
04-03-2014 

Introducing InfoNet Newsletter 1-2014

cartoon1-2014-homepageJust before publishing this first InfoNet Newsletter in 2014 we made some improving changes to the InfoNet website (http://www.infonet-ae.eu/).
Most important are some changes to the design, including more pictures, larger pictures and two bars instead of three. There are now more cross-links and a new menu structure. It is all intended to make it easier for the user to navigate at the website.
In addition to this we have added extended info about the authors and photos to most articles. Later we will publish a comprehensive list with presentations of InfoNet correspondents.
We have introduced Facebook Page and responsive design which makes in possible to read the site with smartphone and tablet. Cartoon: Fresh Erasmus+ soup from the EU-cook!  (Gerhard Mester)

in English 
27-02-2014 

Sweden: Working towards diversity in club activities

Creative role playing in SwedenWhy do some people talk more than others at club meetings? Are there unseen constraints within an organisation? Is it important to wear certain clothes in order to be accepted by other people? What can be done to ensure that everyone can take part on equal terms?
Carrying out diversity projects has become an important aspect of the work of adult education in Sweden. By charting ingrained attitudes and prejudices within the associations it is hoped to increase diversity in the members and counteract discrimination.
Sverok is Sweden's biggest youth association with 110 000 members in 1100 associations who are involved in various types of gaming hobbies. Since 2012 the whole organisation has been involved in a wide-reaching diversity project that started with the national association sending out a questionnaire to 88 000 members. The survey was then followed up by interviews that went into the issues in more depth.

in English 
27-02-2014 

An online course gives Estonians the necessary skills for job seeking

“Welcome to an online course on job seeking and career advice!” the webpage www.karjaarinou.ee greets. All you need to do is insert your e-mail and get a password, and you have about three hours’ worth of free lectures and exercises at your disposal. All this should help the job seeker to gain insight and make an important decision – would it be sensible to look for a job in their former field or should they try somewhere else? How? Where to get information?

 
26-02-2014 

Participation live

Can we improve democracy through live participation online? February 26th 2014 NVL Distans hosted a webinar on this subject.

in English 
21-02-2014 

Barriers, drivers and strategic priorities for lifelong learning

Lifelong Learning in Greece sharpens inequalities. Adults refer to family obligations, time and costs as causes for not participating. Linking formal, non-formal and informal learning is part of the solution.

The General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning/Adult Education of the Ministry of Education published recently the so called “National Program for Lifelong Learning: Strategic Framework”. Based on this document, we focus on key LLL issues and priorities for the new programmatic period (2014-2020).