E4ALL

E4ALL is a project for “Exchange of good practices” with partners from Poland, Greece, Spain, Italy, Latvia, and Austria.

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.

EPALE Blog Post
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.

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

E4ALL: Training & Meeting in Madrid (ES)

E4ALL: Training & Meeting in Madrid (ES)

The first training of the E4ALL Project took place in Madrid (November 16th to 18th) followed by the partner meeting (November 19th, 2021).

The training focused on three major items:

  1. Structured Democratic Dialogue
  2. Brand and daily habit awareness to decrease CO2 emissions daily
  3. MEDIATION: An introduction

The workshops were closed by a deepening analysis, ideas for the necessary transfer of learning outcome to own work at the sending organizations as the intergenerational adult education staff. A workshop-based session cared for  compiling of ideas and to analyze the possible transfer to everyday practice.

An interesting study visit to the Escuela de Hostelería y Turismo completed the insight into the training practice.

Here is a picture album of this appealing transnational mobility.

 

 

 

E4ALL – Project Meeting Riga

E4ALL – Project Meeting Riga

The first face-to-face project meeting of the E4ALL project took place from October 5th to 6th, 2021 in Riga. It was a pleasure to meet first time personally after several virtual meetings. The meeting was hosted by the Latvian Partner Ecological Future Education (EFE).

The agenda was full: Reports from the first working year, presentation of activities, planning and structuring the project until the end, planning the next Learning-Teaching-Training event (scheduled for Madrid), and much more.

Personal meetings are useful, and especially in creative or cooperative work, they never can be replaced by virtual meetings (which are great for simple technical or organizational issues).

What will be the next activity? Up from this meeting the team will focus on Language Teaching, environmental teaching, and Erasmus+ issues.

Participants in the meeting

Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives, FAIE, (PL)
Agnieszka Dadak, President of the Board/Project Manager

Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Madrid-Villaverde (ES)
Carlos Trueba Rodríguez, Director, Cristina Arroyo Arroyo

Challedu (GR)
Konstantina Iakovou, Project Manager, Sofia Avramidou

ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE EDUVITA E.T.S,
Hanna Urbanovich, President; Damiano Stefano Verri

Europäische Bildungsinitiative (EBI)
Peter Mazohl, Head

P6: Ecological Future Education EFE
Megija Kaleja, Chairperson of the Board, Matiss Davis

Here are some pictures of the meeting of the E4ALL project.

Flipped Learning 3.0 for adults – in a cross-generational setting

Flipped Learning 3.0 for adults – in a cross-generational setting

This is the new challenge for  the EBI/EIE!

In the frame of the E4All (Education for All) project we will develop a special learning experience to convey flipped learning to educators inexperienced in this learning and training framework. The course will take place in Wiener Neustadt (in 2022).

Trainers from the staff of fife European Adult Training organizations will take part. The age distribution is fascinating: The participants will be between 20 and 65+ years old and thus offer the opportunity to plan, carry out and evaluate cross-generational learning within the framework of a flipped learning 3.0 setting.

Implementing Virtual Group Space

The frame conditions of the course force to implement both a virtual group space and an f2f group space for the final training. Here is the structure of the training:

Venue

The training will take place in Wiener Neustadt, Austria in Spring next year.

Participation

If you are interested to participate in this training please contact the organizer, Mr. Peter →  Mazohl. He can agree individual trainings or – if there are free places – even a participation in the training provided in the frame of the E4All project!

Education for All – Logo developped

Education for All – Logo developped

The Greek partner in the project – Challedu – developped the logo for the project. This project aims to support the adult educators at designing, delivering and promoting more attractive and inclusive education for all generations of adult learners.

Partners in this project are Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Madrid-Villaverde, Spain; Challedu, Greece; ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE EDUVITA E.T.S.. Italy; Europäische Bildungsinitiative / European Initiative for Education, Austria and Ecological Future Education, Latvia. The project coordinator is Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych from Poland.

The European Initiative for Education (EBI/EIE) will impact with the specific knowledge about Flipped Learning 3.0. Here we will use results from the Flipped Adult Education project where the EBI/EIE is project coordinator.