Podcast: The Nordic Quality Compass is for policy makers and practitioners

Anni Karttunen from NVL Finland tells in a podcast about the different tools in the new Nordic Quality Compass on Validation


Answer the European survey on validation of transversal competences

The survey addresses experts, practitioners, policy-makers, civil servants, project managers and others involved in the field of guidance and/or validation of skills and competencies.

Foto: Kelly Sikkema

Digital Collaboration in Adult Education

NVL shares knowledge and experiences from Nordplus

Fotograf: Silje Katrine Robinson,

Validation of transversal skills across Europe – TRANSVAL-EU Kick-off webinar

Validation of non-formal and informal learning. Transversal competences: what, why and how?

Online career guidance in Norway

Kompetanse Norge, The Norwegian Institute for Adult Learning, offers career guidance free of charge through the website The guidance is offered through chat or telephone and the service has been up and running for 9 months with a positive feedback from users.

Fotograf: Silje Katrine Robinson,

NVL is part of TRANSVAL-EU

TRANSVAL-EU is a new project about validation of transversal skills across Europe

Foto: Andrea Piacquadio

The Importance of Democracy in Education

You are invited to follow the presentation “Constructing Stronger Democracy in School and Education” By Matti Rautiainen, Senior University Lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Lifelong learning governance in the Nordic countries

Lifelong learning governance in the Nordic countries: a comparison Towards a systemic approach

In recent years, the Nordic countries have taken steps towards lifelong learning governance pursuant to systemic thinking.


Do educational projects have an afterlife?

A nagging question: Do projects change anything? Do Nordic educational projects have an effect after their funding ends? If so: What lives on? ... and why?

Online kick-off meeting

Online kick-off meeting - Nordic Teacher education network on the topic of sustainable development and Nordic co-operation

Nordic Teacher education network on the topic of sustainable development and Nordic co-operation


How to improve adults’ basic skills in Europe?

The European Commission has started an evaluation process on progress made in implementing the Upskilling Pathways initiative

Policy Brief on Validation of Prior Learning in the Nordic Region

Policy Brief on Validation of Prior Learning in the Nordic Region

This Policy Brief highlights ten years of the validation network’s development work around the issue of quality in validation of prior learning

Photo: Andrea Piacquadio

Online and Blended learning for professionals/adult learners

Online international conference about digital learning and adult learning processes.


New participatory approach for collaboration in early childhood education and care

VALUE Roadmap is a new method for strengthening collaboration in early childhood education and care


Progressing towards an upskilled and reskilled Europe, the UP-AEPRO policy recommendations

After an enriching two-year journey that gathered more than 200 practitioners all over Europe, the UP-AEPRO partners are ready to launch the UP-AEPRO policy recommendations.


Making Policy Work

This seventh volume of the Series VPL Biennale reports on relevant experiences as well as good practices and good policies presented at the 3rd VPL Biennale.

Eyrún Björk Valsdóttir and Fjóla María Lárusdóttir (Photo. Bjorn Garðarsson)

UP-AEPRO in Iceland

In a dialogue meeting in Reykjavik, the participants discussed questions related to the European project UP-AEPRO on competence development. More people need upskilling in order to meet new demands. Many need further education to meet new demands resulting from the pandemic and the 4th industrial revolution.

Virtual Annual Conference on Outreach and Access in Adult Learning, 19-20 November 2020

European Virtual Conference on Outreach and Access in Adult Learning

What lessons can be drawn from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? EAEA invites to discuss new challenges and opportunities for outreach and access in adult learning during our virtual conference.


Competence development in working life

Recommendations and reflexions from the social partners

Photo from the cover of the report

Engaging young people in sustainability and the future of education

NVL has published a new publication about results from Clever Competence, workshop for young adults

Foto: Akil Mazumder

Hotels and restaurants with a sustainable profile

Where to stay and eat during network meetings? Find a list with places with a sustainable profile in the Nordic countries.


Career and Career Guidance in the Nordic Countries

Career and Career Guidance in the Nordic Countries explores what kind of context the Nordic region offers for the pursuit of career, how the development of careers are supported in welfare societies, and how career guidance is enacted in this context.


Nordic Matrix on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and National Action Plans (NAPs) in the Nordic countries

This report is based on a compilation of experiences and comparative analysis of the process related to NAPs, in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Norway has had the opportunity to reflect on these findings in the national debate about whether and how to adopt a NAP of its own.

Hrobjartur Árnason and Alastair Creelman

Webinar: How to motivate and connect with your learners online?

Join a webinar on online learning with discussion and lots of tips and tricks about how to motivate adult learners online and how to support their learning by creating connections and creating a learning community online.


Presenting the 4th Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (4th GRALE)

After-work meeting Unesco, UIL 4th Global Report on Adult Learning and Education

Webinar: The Power of Prior Learning Assessment Today

Recognition of Prior Learning for Access, Equity, Learning & More


Webinarserie: Voksnes læring og bærekraftig utvikling

Del 1 av 3: ”From Vulnerability to Sustainability? ”: Hvordan ser det nordiske terrenget ut, hvordan reorienterer vi arbeidet med Visjon 2030 utfra den Pandemien vi er på vei ut av/er i?

Photo: HIVAN ARVIZU at Unsplash

How can we improve adult basic skills in Europe?

This is the question we will address during a two day virtual seminar on 18-19 May, and you are all invited.


Agenda 2030 and SDGs at the local level - a brief start-up guide

In the Nordic countries, municipalities are the most local form of official public authority with elected politicians.


Attractive Rural Municipalities in the Nordic countries

Jobs, People and Reasons for Success from 14 Case Studies. Nordregio (2020)


Inventory of lifelong guidance systems and practices - Finland

CareersNet national records. Cedefop (2020)


Learning for Everyone in a Digital Society

How can we enable learning for everyone in a digital society based on democratic and inclusive Nordic values? This is the main question that NVL’s new discussion paper focuses on.


Webinar: Individual-centred approach to validation

Inspiration from Iceland and the Netherlands


Basic digital skills for adults in the Nordic countries

Rapporten ger en bild av den nordiska situationen när det gäller grundläggande digitala färdigheter och summerar gemensamma möjligheter och utmaningar i en nordisk SWOT-analys.


UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 4)

UNESCO report shows that in almost one-third of countries, fewer than 5% of adults aged 15 and above participate in education and learning programmes.


National validation network

EPALE has written an article about NVL's network for validation.


One-pagers share knowledge and inspiration from NVL’s Nordic networks

NVL shares knowledge and results from the work of our Nordic networks through a new dissemination format, called one-pager.


Description of teachers' competence

in initial and functional literacy for adults with non-Nordic mother tongues

Foto: Deposit

CleverCompetence – why and how

Workshop in Reykjavik on the Future of Education for all.

October 10, 2019


Podcast: Anna Kahlson talks about the VPL-Biennale 2019

A conversation with Anna Kahlson in Berlin, right after the third VPL-Biennale in May 2019.


Podcast: Interview with Ernesto Villalba on validation of prior learning

A conversation with Ernesto Villalba in Berlin, right after the third VPL-Biennale in May 2019.

Foto: Jürgen Matern

The 3rd Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) Biennale took place in Berlin, Germany, on May 7-8, 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.

Foto: Pexels

Nordisk Bærekraft - Sharing stories

Join online 7th of May

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Identity, Agency, and Adult Literacy in an Unequal Digital World

4.4. kl 8.00-9.00 CET
Professor Bonny Norton, The University of British Columbia

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When does it work – Nordic experiences in distance teaching

3.-4. June 2019 Copenhagen

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Annual alumni network meeting



Validation of prior learning in the Nordic region

– Connecting People and Policies


Recognition of skills and competence at the workplace, Finland

Network on Competence development in and for the workplace organizes a workshop on recognition of skills and competence at the workplace.

Foto: Biennale

VPL Biennale 7 – 8 May 2019, Berlin

The VPL Biennale is calling for examples of best practice in three categories: products, procedures, policies.

Foto: Pexels

8th Nordic Conference on Adult Education and Learning

Extended deadlines for papers and abstracts. For more information see the conference page.

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Refugees and online education – stepping stones to a new life

In this webinar, you will meet refugees and teachers who will share their experience of online learning


The big VET reform in Finland

The 2018 VET reform is the most extensive education reform in decades in the country.


Global goals for local priorities

The aim of this report is to provide local authorities with ideas on how to implement the 2030 Agenda and to inform experts and policy makers at national and regional levels on how to support the municipalities in their work.


Career guidance in the Norwegian Correctional Service

Results from a survey among counsellors in the prison education system


Annual network meeting for alumni network 2018

Dear network, firends and partners, we invite you to our annual network meeting in Copenhagen!


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.


Webinar: Make Adult Education visible!

A webinar to help you make adult education visible in mainstream media.

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.

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.


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.


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.


Webinar: Distance learning in rural areas

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


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.


LEK: Improve your writing skills

One day workshop in Copenhagen to improve your writing skills.


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.


Nordisk Bærekraft - Stories from the New Nordic Education for Sustainability

Stories from the New Nordic Education for Sustainability


To-Do: A Way of Integrating the Newcomers?

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


New pedagogical models for inclusion - Bergen

New pedagogic models for inclusion of adults in work-life and civic society


The aims of the conference

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


Webinar: Language learning apps & MOOCs for refugees

An important part of social inclusion is having the foreign language skills necessary for day to day life. ICT, including mobile apps and open online courses, forms an important part of the way in which languages are learnt in our modern society.


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.

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

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


Ord i Nord

Report from a Nordplus Adult Collaboration Project 2013-2015


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.


New pedagogic models

Nordic pedagogic approaches and challenges to Nordic pedagogic models


Language, Inclusion and Labour Markets

The aim of this seminar is to bring together new speakers of Faroese (immigrants), policymakers, researchers, educators, social partners and other stakeholders in order to discuss pathways for better inclusion in society and successful labour market integration.


Career Management Skills

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


Quality in Validation - Turku

Validation of prior learning is an actual topic in education and the world of work. There is a high demand for more efficient and effective validation processes.


Webinar: Using MOOCs for entrepreneurship & social inclusion

30.5.2017. Building skills among HE students and supporting refugees.


Podcast: The state of play for validation

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


Voksenlæreren og innovation

Konferencen har et handlingsrettet perspektiv. Der lægges vægt på deltageraktivitet/-involvering og samskabelse af ny fremadrettet viden og ideer.


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.


Nordic entrepreneurial and innovative learning

Place: Urban Mill, a co-working and co-creating platform. A part of Design Factory, Alto University, Betonimiehenkuia , 3E, 02150 Espoo, Finland.


New pedagogic models

New pedagogic models for integration and inclusion of adults in work-life and civic society - seminar at Alto University, Finland


Webinar with Paul Holdsworth about “The new Skills Agenda for Europe”

Paul Holdsworth, team leader for Skills for Adults in the Vocational Education and Training, Apprenticeships and Adult Education Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion presents the New Skills Agenda.


2017 Open education for refugees – Optimizing diversity through MOOCs

Weinar Wednesday 19 April 2017, 15.00-16.00 CET


Webinar: The power of silent learners in a group

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


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).


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.


NVL Podcast

Listen to NVL! The project Empowerment by employment is presented.


Presence at a Distance: Technologies and Methods for Learner Engagement

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


ELM: Education and gender

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


European Distance Learning Week 2016

A week full of webinars, starting 7 November 2016


NordPlus Adult project “Seniors on-line”

Presentation of a Nordplus project on seniors and ICT.


Adult Education in the age of global mobility

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


LEK-project webinar

This webinar is for invited participants only


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

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


Nordic seminar on Basic skills

Nordic seminar on Basic Skills and PIAAC.


Virtual mobility webinar

Learn about virtual mobility and how it is being used today in Europe to enable staff and students to participate in international projects, courses and networks.


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.


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.


Nordplus kontaktseminarium

Kontakteminarium för Nordplus



The Nordic Council of Ministers has financed a Nordic course in Education for Sustainable Development in adult education. 20 participants from all the Nordic countries have participated.


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.


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.

Deidre and Göran discusses validation in Ireland and Sweden.

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.


Work and education -cooperation and innovation

A conference on education and vocational training of Nordic prisoners.


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.


Verksamhetsplan 2016

Detta ska nätverket Entreprenøriel læring og Innovation göra 2016.

Participants at the AVA expert seminar in Oslo 1-2 February 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.


Folkbildning, key competences and validation

What do we need to live in todays' society, and how can we get it?


European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning

The European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning are written for individuals and institutions responsible for the initiation, development, implementation and operation of validation arrangements.


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.


Towards an action plan for validation

How can competences acquired in non-formal adult education and by informal learning be measured?


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

New natives – an active resource for Bornholm

ToDo-seminarium 6 november 2015.


Open Badges as a validation tool

28.11. 2016


Future learning and technology

25.11. 2015


Study: Open Educational Resources

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


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.


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.


NVL Webinar on future learning

Can you imagine a future in which machines can learn?


Implementation of National Qualification Frameworks


Anni Karttunen

NVL10- What happens in validation?

What has NVL done for validation in the Nordic countries?


Nordic competence profiles for validation staff

Nordic Competence Profiles of Validation Practitioners and Competence Development.


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.


Discussion Forum at the Design Factory

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


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.


Webinar 8 May on digital competence and democracy

Webinar 8 May on digital competences and democracy.

in English 

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 

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.


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.


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.


Euridice rapport

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


Adult Education and the Planetary Condition

Adult Education and the Planetary Condition

in English 

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 

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.


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 

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 

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 

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, 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.

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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.


Cedefop report 2015

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


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 

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. 


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

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

in English 

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.


Nordic peace project

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


Ta kontroll över den virtuella inlärningen

Hjälpmedel för lärare i den virtuella djungeln


Teachers want more learning

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

in English 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

Recycle your competences

The Makers' Movement Manifesto / 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.


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 

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 

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 

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.


Investment in Adult Learning pays off!

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

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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.


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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.


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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.

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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.

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"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" 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 The questions were compiled by Elke Gruber, Professor for Adult and Vocational Education at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria.