Author: PeterMaz

E4ALL – Project outcomes available

E4ALL – Project outcomes available

The aims of KA2 strategic partnerships are defined to create “a more modern, dynamic, committed, and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods including digital capabilities into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different fields or in other socio-economic sectors; strategic planning of professional development for staff in line with individual needs and organisational objectives“. Furthermore, the “increased capacity and professionalism to work at EU/international level” is another issue in these types of projects.
The E4ALL – Project outcomes available are available now!

The E4ALL project team

The project team

The coordinator FUNDACJA ALTERNATYWNYCH INICJATYW EDUKACYJNYCH (Poland) managed the development of the project’s outputs and cared for the publishing. Outputs have been created by Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Madrid-Villaverde (Spain), Challedu (Greece), ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE EDUVITA E.T.S. (Italy), Europäische Bildungsinitiative (Austria), and Ecological Future Education (Latvia)

The project team from six European counties developed several outputs. They are mainly published on YouTube or in EPALE, the European Platform for Adult Education.

 

The Learning Pills

The various teams developed several learning pills dealing with the objectives of the project. Here is the overview with the links to the original material.

Use of technology in trans-generational Trainings

This is the transcript of the Video:
Kathrin: Hi Peter! Do you think that it might be possible to use technology in trans-generational Trainings?
Peter: Hi Kathrin, nice to see you!
Yes – that’s possible. Nevertheless, there are some preconditions to be considered:

  • Select younger people and plan the training in a way where the younger ones may contribute actively to the training – for example, by tutoring the older people.
  • The older participants may show the younger ones how issues were solved in former times with paper and pencil.
  • An intergenerational discussion should close the training naming advantages and disadvantages of the used different approaches.

Kathrin: Oh, thanks Peter – enjoy your coffee.

How can we involve people with no experience in the game design process?

How to involve senior learners in active, non formal education?

How to attract multigenerational group through the use of internet?

How to ensure all the voices would be equally heard in an intergenerational group discussion?

How to get seniors more actively involved in language learning?

EPALE articles

The articles were published in the BLOG of EPALE. You must not be logged-in to the platform to read the articles.

 

About the author: Peter Mazohl was the Austrian Project coordinator. Together with Sylvia Mazohl and Harald Makl he developed the training in Wiener Neustadt and all the other contributions to the project. Peter Mazohl is head of the Europäischen Bildungsinitiative, an experienced Adult Education trainer and researcher in the frame of modern and innovative learning and training approaches.

 

DigiComPass – our new project!

DigiComPass – our new project!

Digital Competences (DigComp) are crucial for citizens today and in the future. In Europe, the average level in DigComp of
well-educated citizens is approx. 56%. Several countries (Italy, Cyprus, Spain, and Greece) are below, and Austria is at the average (Source: DigComp Framework 2.0, P 19). To increase this percentage, the DigiComPass project has been brought to life.

bar chart Digital Skills
A bar chart showing the Digital Skill index by country in 2015. (Source: DigComp 2.0: The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens, JRC Publications)

The COVID-19 situation showed that digital competencies are a must for all people, in all generations, and in all living conditions and situations.
All involved adult education organizations are offering courses to increase the digital competencies of adults (of different ages, from 18 up to 70+, also at the university level). Consequently, all organizations agree that these digital skills are an absolute must in our society. If there is a lack of digital skills, in the worst case, people may be excluded from social or daily life. After a coherent concept for digital competencies (DigComp 2.1) existed, the project partners decided to develop a modular course offer tailored to adults using a modern training framework (Flipped Learning 3.0).

Identified needs

The project group identified general needs in digital competencies as well as the need to develop a modern course concept well-fitting to adults (of all ages). The modularity enables a selection of special content by the learners as well as to develop tailored courses.
Another need is a Europe-wide recognition method that fits modern requirements. This recognition method also corresponds to the typical learning behavior of adults, in order to cover the bandwidth from confirmation of participation to excellent participants.

Depiction DigComp for DigiComPass Project
Depiction of the addressed competencies (Source: DigComp at Work – Implementation Guide)

To implement the worldwide accepted and proven “Flipped Learning 3.0” Framework the developer of the framework, Jon Bergman and Errol Smith from “Flipped Learning Global” are members of the consortium.

Some facts

  • Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
  • Partners
    • Europäische Bildungsinitiative (AT)
    • BrainLog (DK)
    • Cooperativa Sociale Prometeo onlus a Mutualità Prevalente (IT)
    • INICIATIVAS DE FUTURO PARA UNA EUROPA SOCIAL COOP (ES)
    • SOCIAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CIVIL NONPROFIT SOCIETY (GR)
    • FL WORLDWIDE, LLC
  • Project number:  2022-1-CY01-KA220-ADU-000085965
  • Project start: December 1st, 2022

e4ALL closing meeting in Lecce (Italy)

e4ALL closing meeting in Lecce (Italy)
E4ALL – an interesting ERASMUS+ Project

The project closing meeting of the E4ALL Project took place in Lecce (Italy) from the 6th – the 7th of October 2022. EduVita, the Italian partner in the project, hosted the meeting. After the training in Wiener Neustadt, the team decided on the final steps as well as the responsibility for the last task. Besides this, the team discussed some ideas summarizing the project and decided on future cooperation.

Here are the major issues discussed during the meeting:

  1. Developed two sets of conclusions concerning six challenging areas for the LLL of all generations – naming the good practices and success stories in those fields and choosing specific topics for further two training events (Epublication, English, and 6 national languages).
  2. Six tested and evaluated training modules in topics interesting and challenging for intergenerational adult educators, were developed during two training events. Documentation would include participants’ lists, course programmes, course presentations, photo-relation; summary of evaluation including recommendations for future trainings in these fields (E-publication, English).
  3. Developed Final Recommendations for more inclusive intergenerational adult education, developed in cooperation with all the Partners as a summary of all project experiences (Epublication; English and 6 national languages).
  4. Planning the conclusion of the project.
  5. Dissemination activities discussion. Status of the task: Dissemination realized vs dissemination planned (in the project application). Planning the final dissemination of the project results.
  6. Final report and Evaluation. Status of the task: Evaluation realized vs evaluation planned (in the project application). Planning the final evaluation & impact evaluation of the project. Discussing and clarifying Partners’ contributions to the final report.

Additionally, the partners discussed final recommendations for more attractive and inclusive education for all generations of adult learners. The team also created a drafting of the final recommendations.

Here are some pictures from the meeting.

CONNECT project meeting

CONNECT project meeting

EBI/EIE is a partner in the CONNECT project. Peter Mazohl from the EBI attended the Face-to-Face meeting in Portugal at the University of Porto. The meeting took place on June 3rd, 2022, and all project partners people were present. The meeting focused on DISSEMINATION
INTENSIVE STUDY PROGRAMME (Presentation of dissemination related actions Student, Enrolment, Logistics, Budget for ISP, ISP Schedule,
Distribution of responsibilities, Description of metrics to be used, Time plan, Stakeholder Engagement), MULTIPLIER EVENTS (Feedback, Multiplier Event Report, Dissemination), and the IO2: EHEALTH COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (Feedback and recommendations, Implementation of interactive eLearning Modules).

Here is a slideshow from the meeting.

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