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Flipped Adult Education

Flipped Adult Education
Adult Education
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This is the title of the new Erasmus+ project of the EBI/EIE. As the coordinator in this project we will initiate the development of an eBook as a guide to flipped learning in the field of Adult Education.

The objectives of the FADE-in project are to develop a course concepts to adult learning using a flipped approach. This means active and self-directed learning, to “flip” the roles (Trainer ⇒ Facilitater, Learner ⇒ Self-Determining Adult with self-responsibility for their learning (heutagogical approach). The Global Flipped Learning Initiative (GFLI) with Jon Bergman (the developer of Flipped
Learning) will be an associated partner in the project and impact with the state-of-the-art knowledge and experience of “flipping the
learning”.

The consortium consists of four AE organisations with a complementary field of action well-distributed in Europe (Greece, Spain, Norway, Austria). This will ensure a wide scope of experience and impact to the project as well as a versatile result addressing all groups of adult learners. The consortium in detail consist of

  • EBI (Austria), a AE institution with an own research and technics
    department focusing on elderly adults.
  • EDRASE (Greece) is specialist in courses held on remote places addressing adults with geographical obstacles.
  • Intermezzo Ungdomsorganisasjon (Norway), an AE organization with a focus on younger adults, including people with migration background and refugees, will focus on language learning and inclusion.
  • Asociación Juvance (Spain) is involved in the work with younger adults, many of them with fewer opportunities, and focuses on intercultural, critical learning to endorse the learners to act as active, creative, responsive and supportive citizens.

The developed eBook will enable other AE providers also to change their teaching. Courses for trainers of AE organisations will pass the project’s results to them. The project’s findings will bring an impact of renewal to AE organisations. This impact will be enabled by the professional and intensive dissemination of the project to the target groups.

Official Erasmus+ Project Partner

Official Erasmus+ Project Partner

We got the official Erasmus+ Partner Plate for our new project “Flipped Adult Education”.

The project will start with November 1, 2018 and run until October 31, 2020. The “Flipped Adult Education” project FADE-in takes a look at the horizon of educational developments and takes in account the innovation of the last ten years. This causes to shift the training methods and training activities. Simple onsite teaching courses or technology enhanced blended learning courses must be brought to the state of the art.
Thought to its very end this should be active teaching, a heutagogical approach with self-determining learners, the use of multimedia and a change of the roles of trainer and learner. The trainer will act more as a facilitator of the learning, the learners will use technology to create self-directed learning. The consortium calls this a flipping of learning following the ideas on Jon Bergmann, published in his book Flipped Learning 2.0 (addressing Vocational Education and Training).
For Adult Education (EA) flipped concepts do not exist and are not yet published. Therefore, the consortium of 4 completely different AE providers is going to develop these concepts in a versatile way and to publish the findings in an eBook (as OER to contribute to open education).
The objectives of the FADE-in project are to develop a course concepts to adult learning using a flipped approach. This means active and self-directed learning, to “flip” the roles (Trainer => Facilitater, Learner => Self-determining adult with self-responsibility for their learning (heutagogical approach). The Global Flipped Learning Initiative (GFLI) with Jon Bergman (the developer of Flipped
Learning) will be an associated partner in the project and impact with the state-of-the-art knowledge and experience of “flipping the learning”.

Project presented at the EDEN Conference 2018 (Genoa)

Project presented at the EDEN Conference 2018 (Genoa)

Peter Mazohl will present the European Erasmus+ project the “Virtual Teachers Toolbox” (VTT-Box) at the EDEN conference in Genoa (in June 2018). This 2-year project aims to create a special virtual toolbox for teachers as a sophisticated tool for developing Open Online Distance Learning (OODL) courses which means open, online, flexible and technology enhanced education (OOFAT).

Example of a self evaluation mandala (taken from the VTT-Box pilot course about electric circuits)

As a complete innovation, the self-evaluation mandala is implemented as a motivating tool. It is a graphical pattern to collect the pre-competence of the learners and to compare it with the learning outcomes. Another innovative tool is the toolbox which helps the teachers to create correct mandalas and supplies the teachers with information and knowledge to create the courses easily. A specific pedagogical approach is developed in the frame of the project.

Several frameworks developed by the European Commission (EC) in the frame of former projects are also part of the project and used in the toolbox. In particular, the DigiCompEdu2.0 framework is used as well as the E-xellence quality framework developed by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) for course development, course creation and implementation and the course evaluation. The used learning platform is Moodle 3.X.

This project uses a strategic cooperation between formal and non-formal/informal educational providers using ICT based teaching and the enhancement of digital integration in learning. It will be enhancing teachers’ professional development and support students‘ acquisition of values, skills and competences.

The partners in Erasmus + project VTT-Box 2017-1-ES01-KA201-028199 are:

  • Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje (Spain), coordinador
  • Europäische Bildungsinitiative (Austria)
  • T.S Vittorio Veneto Salvemini (Italy)
  • University of Crete (Greece)
  • Swedish Association for Distance Education (Sweden)

Technical Innovation in Blended Learning (TIBL)

Technical Innovation in Blended Learning (TIBL)
Working with a tablet during distance learning

The project developes C-VET training courses for training performed in formal and in non-formal C-VET education. These courses use Blended Learning as a technology enhanced method and focus on the use of multiple devices (as used by the trainees an everyday life). The innovation is the implementation of a trainee-focusing pedagogical framework based on heutagogy, the development of an all-encompassing quality enhancement framework (including also the pedagogy) and the approach to the diversity of various technical equipment (the multiple devices). The project is complementary to a Grundvig Multilateral project by transferring the theoretical developed outputs to a practical implementation in a different (but similar) educational sector.

The project combines knowledge and experience from VET training institutions with the research and innovation potential of universities.

  1. The applicant SAFA is an important Spanish school foundation focusing on school and vocational education,
  2. EFQBL is a VET and trainers education organisation and was founded as a dissemination tool out from a Blended Learning Multerlateral Grundtvig Project,
  3. DigiLab from the University La Sapienza and the
  4. University of Aveiro are specialised in innovation in technology enhanced training and the related pedagogy.
  5. SADE is a specialist in Distance Learning and quality enhancement frameworks.

These participants ensure a consortium well-distributed in Europe.

The project results impact to the trainer community in Europe providing innovative and modern training (based on Blended Learning and including workplace-based training) with a technology enhanced approach to training using multiple devices.

EBI/EIE was founding member of the EFQBL and still is close connected to this organisation.

Web page of the project

TIBL Project Logo

The webpage of the project offers considerations about Blended Learning, the use of multiple devices, pedagogical considerations in context with the training and the specific training conditions in web-based C-VET training and the working trainees.

The created project results including the developed toolbox are free for use.