Year: 2022

EPALE Posting: Intergenerational Training

EPALE Posting: Intergenerational Training
E4ALL Project Logo

In the frame of the E4ALL project, we created a post dealing with intergenerational training and the training of digital competencies. The post refers to a specific pilot course hold in Wiener Neustadt with people of the 65+ generation.
Intergenerational issues are one of the topics in this project for exchange of best practice (the others are environment, games, language teaching, and Flipped Learning 3.0).
The post serves to further disseminate the project to the Adult Learner Community.

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Screenshot: EPALE Blog Post (E4ALL Project, intergenerational training)

Post: Practical experience in an intergenerational training of digital competencies
Project: E4ALL

About the Article

The post refers to an empirical experience of an intergenerational training course dealing with digital competencies. In hardly any other area are the competencies as varied as in the field of digital competencies. While younger people are used to working and living in a digital world through their education and professional life, older adults in particular have little experience.

Why Intergenerational Trainings?

The major intention of the intergenerational approach was to energize older adults and to give a sense of purpose, especially when they’re sharing their experience and skills.

Consequently, another intention was to help younger generations understand aging and face their own generation more positively.

Findings

From the observations of the trainers and the evaluation of the learning outcomes, this intergenerational training worked excellent. It was clear from the beginning, that the trainers had a specific responsibility of monitoring and to keep in line the given intentions of the training.

Furthermore, the success of learning groups like described above depend on the composition of learners and their open approach to both the learning topics and the given group situation.

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About the project: The project provided two Learning/Training/Teaching Activities during the project’s lifetime, one of them organized and implemented by the European Initiative for Education in Wiener Neustadt. Intergenerational training was one of the set focuses.

E4ALL – Training in Wiener Neustadt

E4ALL – Training in Wiener Neustadt

E4ALL LogoE4ALL means Education For All! In the frame of this Erasmus+ Project, the trainees from 6 different countries came to Wiener Neustadt to exchange their knowledge in Games for Education, Intergenerational Learning, and Flipped Learning 3.0 during a three days’ learning and training event.  The training took place in the Hilton Garden Inn in Wiener Neustadt. 20 trainees attended the courses and learned together in a cooperative and friendly atmosphere. The Austrian Partner EBI hosted the training and presented the trainees with the cultural and economical background of Wiener Neustadt as well.

Here are some images from the first day (watch the slider!).

The topics of the first day were:

  • GAMES4ALL – TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY (Challedu)
  • INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH, part 1 (EduVita)
    • “learn it!”
    • “practice it!”
  • INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH, part 2 (EduVita)
    • ART-THERAPY (practice it!)
    • (design it!)

Learning aims of the E4ALL – training

INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH (learn it!)

  • Understanding the goals of IGL (intergenerational learning) and the difference between multigenerational and intergenerational learning
  • Awareness of the role of emotional intelligence in IGL
  • INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH (practice it!)
  • Developing the competence of inclusion of both generations  in teaching/learning process (elderly people as teachers, young people as teachers) on the example of language class with IGL approach

ART-THERAPY (practice it!)

  • Learning the basics of Art-therapy as a tool for team building and group dynamics
  • Raising awareness of Art-therapy: literature for further reading

INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH (design it!)

Ability to design a short IGL activity in small groups

Second day – Games

Challedu demonstrated three analog games, developed in a former project.

In consequence, the trains developed in three groups their own games. After intensive discussions, the trainees tested the prototypes of the games.

Third day – Critical Thinking & Flipped Learning 3.0

Peter Mazohl and Charlotte Gatti elaborated a basic approach to Critical Thinking with the trainees. In a short workshop, the most relevant items were summarized.

The Flipped Learning 3.0 Workshop started with the preparation work and the publishing of the pre-knowledge Distance Learning course (Individual Space) of the training. As a result, the participants could build up the basic knowledge about architecture and history in Wiener Neustadt. Additionally, issues like Backward Design and Bloom’s taxonomy were included in this training.
Active Learning, various group activities, and guided group discussions dominated the Group Learning Space. Essential material for this training has been transferred from the FAdE project (Flipped Adult Education)

Course leaders for the E4ALL Training

The E4ALL training was conducted by the trainers delegated from EduVita, Challedu, and EBI/EIE. The training would be led by 1-3 trainers from the thematic expert organization each day. The course’s steering group is represented by a minimum of one person delegated from each organization organizing the training.

Modern Learning Spaces for Adult Education

Modern Learning Spaces for Adult Education

The EBI/EIE asked partners from former or current projects about their ideas of optimal learning spaces in the field of adult education. The questions focused on the logical (training-approach focused) and spatial learning space, as well as on active learning. Here is the evaluation of 4 questions (from 8) of this survey. The “Modern Learning Spaces for Adult Education” survey addressed partners in eight European countries.

  • This traditional classroom, as it’s well-known from School Education, is the best learning space for most of the training situations in Adult Education.
  • An open learning space, group-based and focusing on collaboration, is the best learning space for most of the training situations in Adult Education.
  • Modern learning space for Adult Education must be flexible in the spatial design. It must be possible to change the spatial arrangement easily.
  • Modern learning spaces for Adult Education must not follow traditional teaching or training methods but can use other approaches based on active learning.

Outcomes “Modern Learning Spaces”

Click through the gallery to analyse the visualization of the results.

Technical information

32 different Adult Education organisations from Europe took part in this survey (Countries: ES, SE, GR, PT, PL, IT, NOR, DK). All these Adult Education organisations are currently intensively involved in training with different kinds of adults.
Invited people: 38, sample: 32

Additional information

Learning spaces can be defined by their kind to learn: learner-centered, knowledge- centered, assessment-centered, and community-centered. Whats missing: The spatial description!
WikiPedia defines learning spaces as

“Learning space or learning setting refers to a physical setting for a learning environment, a place in which teaching and learning occur. The term is commonly used as a more definitive alternative to “classroom,” but it may also refer to an indoor or outdoor location, either actual or virtual. Learning spaces are highly diverse in use, learning styles, configuration, location, and educational institution. They support a variety of pedagogies, including quiet study, passive or active learning, kinaesthetic or physical learning, vocational learning, experiential learning, and others.”

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

E4ALL Logo - Critical ThinkingIn the frame of the E4ALL Project, the EBI will provide a special workshop focusing on “Critical Thinking“.  In our understanding, this term means, in short:

  • self-directed,
  • self-disciplined,
  • self-monitored, and
  • self-correcting thinking.

In consequence of this list, it requires the affirmation and mastery of strict quality criteria. Critical Thinking is the basement of effective communication and problem-solving skills. You may watch this short video on YouTube for going deeper!

Definition of “Critical Thinking

Critical thinkers gain clarity about the questions raised, and the intentions pursued with them. They question statements, conclusions, and points of view. You strive to express yourself clearly, accurately, accurately, and relevantly. They dig deep, proceed logically, and remain fair.

Critical thinking is that type of thinking (applicable to any subject, content, or problem) in which a person enhances the quality of his thinking by making a commitment to competently following the inherent structures of thinking and conforming to intellectual norms to measure up.

Does there exist a simple approach?

No, unfortunately not. Creating this competence is a longer-lasting learning process and needs several preconditions (and training).

Nevertheless, we want to give some simple guidelines on how to start:

  • Recognize the problem
  • Do research
  • Determine data relevance
  • Ask questions  (even to yourself)
  • Determine the best solution
  • Present your solution (even to yourself)
  • Analyse your decision

The training contribution

Active Brain - Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking: Approach to seeing the world with new eyes!

The training will start with personal experience. The trainers put the focus on the analysis of written text and will discuss the different outcomes of the analysing process of the participants.

The presentation of a versatile strategic concept for Critical Thinking starts the second part of the hands-on training.

Conclusion

Critical thinking is the ability to collect and analyse information in order to draw a conclusion. The ability to think critically is important in virtually every industry and applicable in a wide range of positions.

 

Further information

The training will be held in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, beginning of May. As a means of service, The EBI will publish the Distance Learning material open for public in a multimedia-based and interactive learning unit.

E4ALL Meeting Athens

E4ALL Meeting Athens

The first meeting in the year 2022 took place in Athens (Greece), hosted by Challedu, from February

  1. Exchange of good practices in the field of adult education – discussing the 3 next topics important for intergenerational education; discussing the state of the art in the Partner countries in the 3 areas, exchange of experiences and good practices:
    • Focus 1: Digital competencies, media literacy, and critical thinking – review of the internet tools/social media solutions supporting lifelong learning. Blended Learning, distance learning,
      Flipped Learning 3.0; the best ways for upgrading digital competencies of adult educators (EBI, AT).
    • Focus 2: Game-based solutions supporting adult education for all generations. Education and fun. Education and inclusiveness (CHALLEDU, GR).
    • Focus 3: Intergenerational learning, intergenerational courses, workshops and activities planning, organisation & leading (EduVita, IT).
  2. Choosing the 3 specific training subjects in the 3 discussed fields, to be prepared by the expert-Partners for the subsequent short-term joint staff training in Wiener Neustadt; planning the training.

Here are some images from this meeting

 

Images: Rafal Dedak, Peter Mazohl