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Web2LLP - Calling all LLP project managers

30 Maijs 2012

Fill in the survey!

The aim of this short questionnaire is to gather information about the types of skills project managers and others involved in the communication and dissemination activities of Lifelong Learning Programme funded projects require in the area of web strategies and social media.

Help to find out the real needs of project coordinators and partners in respect to these topics by completing a short questionnaire (which takes about 5 minutes). Your replies will help to ensure that the resources and training provided is appropriate, relevant and fit-for-purpose. The results will be published here.


Read more about the Web2LLP project here.

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Dissemination and Exploitation via Libraries: for Success and Sustainability of LLP results

30 Jūnijs 2014
Are you an LLP organisation searching for finding ways to disseminate your project? Are you a library willing to open up in new activities? Then, DI-XL is a project that you will be interested to look at.
Di-XL project aims to create a robust model of dissemination and exploitation of LLP results through libraries. Di-XL stands for Dissemination, Exploitation, Libraries.
Libraries are ready to be more active in lifelong learning. With a large number of users and visitors and infrastructure they can serve as a gateway to millions of individuals, to social groups and institutions.
The Consortium represents 2 target groups: a) libraries; b) organizations active in LLP, and wishes to create an effective reach-out mechanism to the 3rd target group: c) users and visitors of libraries as potential users of LLP results.
The Di-XL aim will be achieved through the following steps:
  • identifying barriers and possibilities for use of libraries of dissemination and exploitation of LLP 
  • creating partnerships between libraries and organizations active in LLP
  • designing the Di-XL Model: procedures, arrangements, measures to be undertaken in order to launch dissemination and exploitation
  • training of library staff to assist in dissemination and exploitation (at European level and in each partner country)
  • introducing and testing Di-XL Model in libraries of partner countries
  • multiplication and mainstreaming to involve other organizations in using the Model, to introduce it to the system level
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Comparative Analysis of Regional Policies for Adult Learning

21 Maijs 2014
REGIONAL will carry out a comparative analysis of Adult Learning (AL) policy initiatives to produce a concrete result – the AL Policy Making Toolkit – to support policy makers at the regional level throughout Europe in terms of formulating, implementing and funding of more effective AL policies. 
REGIONAL will benchmark the formulation, implementation and funding of AL in 16 Regions, extrapolating key factors and transferring findings in a user-friendly toolkit, produced in 6 languages and disseminated throughout EU for uptake. 
Major regional disparities in participation in Adult Learning persist across the EU at the regional level; in Mind the Gap: Education Inequality Across EU Regions (2012), the European Commission stressed that “policy solutions must be tailored rather than generic”. In AL: It Is Never Too Late to Learn, the EC highlight how “barriers to AL participation may be policy-related”. 
The Renewed EU agenda for AL requires to move towards evidence-based policies for AL. In the EU, regional bodies are responsible for AL and it is at regional level that decisions are taken and put into practice (Committee of Regions on Action Plan on AL, It’s Always a Good Time to Learn). There is an immediate need to overcome regional disparities by supporting evidence-based policy making at regional level to empower AL to reach EU2020 strategic objectives and targets.
The proposal intends to:
  • pinpoint drivers and inhibitors of policy making for AL at regional level
  • carry out a comparative analysis of AL policy initiatives at regional level across the EU (16 Regions in 6 Countries)
  • extrapolate key success factors of regional AL policy making
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Communication for Adult Learning: Leveraging Innovative Options To Promote Effectiveness

21 Maijs 2014

The main aim of CALLIOPE is to improve the communication and delivery mechanisms of AL solutions to ultimately align AL to the evolving nature of training, ever-changing working and professional environments, and fast paced daily life of adult learners in EU.

The expertise and knowledge of trainers delivering adult learning is sometimes not accompanied by appropriate communication abilities and instruments. This has the potential of undermining the impact and effectiveness of teaching and learning. In addition, new technologies and means of communication (social network, new media, smartphones and apps) impose the use of innovative communication tools and delivery mechanisms to ensure that classroom training is kept lively and enticing for adult learners.
To address this specific need, the Learning Partnership CALLIOPE involves practitioners and experts of training, adult learning, communication and public speaking to define and devise innovative communication mechanisms and means to ensure that learning provision is relevant and attractive for adults. CALLIOPE has been brought together the expertise of 8 partners from 8 different EU countries to share experiences and best practices.
On the basis of such European partnership, organisations have been cooperating to identify specific challenges and needs faced by trainers in real life scenarios and define enticing communication methodologies and tools to be implemented immediately within the partnership. Every partner will be able to apply at least 10 new innovative communication instruments of passing knowledge to adults, to ultimately increase the quality of AL. 
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Groundbreaking Innovative Financing of Training in a European Dimension

21 Maijs 2014
The GIFTED Project developed and validated - through financial stress testing - an innovative funding model based on the concept of a revolving fund that pools public and private resources, whose proceeds are then devoted to the funding of Adult Learning and Training.
This innovative funding mechanism is based on the idea of establishing a revolving fund that pools financing from both the private and public sector and invests and allocates the funds for adult learning and vocational training purposes. The revolving fund will manage the available finances to generate:
  • self sustainability of the system (i.e. cover operating costs and maintain part of the initial capital)
  • facilitated access to finance for Training Providers (i.e. soft loans for those adult learning and training providers who need capital to develop new curricula, renovate facilities, etc) or start up capital to new ventures in the field of training
  • facilitated access to finance to SMEs to invest in training and adult education (i.e. grants, matching grants, soft loans – depending on type, size, content, sector, etc.) 
The key objective of The GIFTED Project is to improve the availability and transparency of access to finance for operators and beneficiaries of Adult Learning and Training.
The GIFTED model will facilitate the establishment of Public Private Partnerships to increase the efficiency of public resources devoted to human capital investments. The model will devise a system to entice the collaboration between public and private sector while introducing financial discipline mechanisms for the efficiency of publicly funded Adult Learning and Training.
This project is co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme and Grundtvig Multilateral Projects.
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European Literacy Policy Network

16 Maijs 2014

One in five 15-year-old Europeans, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills. Not only does this make it hard for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion.

One in five 15-year-old Europeans, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills. Not only does this make it hard for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion.


The European Literacy Policy Network ELINET was initiated to gather and analyze policy information; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET is formed of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries.


The network has received funding from the European Commission to complete a two year work program. During this time, it will develop tools that can be used by different members as well as supporting existing and encouraging new activities.

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Promoting Digital Literacy for Seniors the aptitude of Tablet-PCS

20 Maijs 2014

Throughout Europe studies reveal that eInclusion is still a very important topic for the older generations. The discrepancy in Internet usage numbers between younger and older generations slightly decreased in the past years, but it stills a topic of concern since the socio-economic potentials of Internet usage for the older generations are not being explored. 

Internet usage can contribute to a higher quality of life; social interaction on the Internet reduces loneliness and depression. eSkills and eCompetences development amongst third agers is still challenging. Socio-economics, technical and emotional obstacles hinder the process. In this paper the key results of a comparison pilot study is presented. The study focused on analysing the potentials of Tablet-PCs for promoting the development of eSkills for the older generations. The study reveals that when compared with standard notebooks Tablet-PCs have many advantages for promoting a quick and efficient first successful contact with the Internet, in the midterm they effectively support the development of eSkills.

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EUCIS-LLL Annual Conference on the ET2020 Review: Addressing Inequalities in Education and Training

06 Maijs 2014

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) will host their Annual Conference on the ET2020 Review in Brussels on 3rd June. The event, organised in partnership with the Learning for Well Being Consortium, will focus on what EUCIS-LLL plan to achieve by 2020, and how they plan to do so.

The results of discussions held on the day will feed into the debate linked to the next cycle of ET2020 (2015-2017), the midterm review (2015-2020) and the broader Europe 2020 Review.


It is a unique opportunity for people to voice concerns and to work with others in building possible solutions for the future of learning in Europe.


Registration is open to all, although there is a participation fee of 50€ to cover organisational costs.

You can find more information about the event, including details of how to register, by clicking here.


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EPALE - the ePlatform for Adult Learning in Europe

28 Aprīlis 2014

The ePlatform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) is a multilingual open community funded by the European Commission, as the latest development in an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe.

The ePlatform for Adult Learning in Europe aims to be a community hub for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy-makers, and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning. The recent OECD study on adult skills showed that one in five adults in the EU have very low levels of literacy and numeracy, and that one in four lack the skills to use digital technology effectively. EPALE is an initiative to improve adult learning in order to increase the skill level of Europeans.


EPALE will include news, events, ideas, and resources in multiple languages. The website will be organised around the following five themes:


  • Learner support
  • Learning environments
  • Life skills
  • Quality
  • Policies, stategies, and financing
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Interrogating transformative processes in learning and education: an international dialogue

16 Aprīlis 2014

The new European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network is hosting a conference for critical reflection on assumptions and value judgements of the transformative processes occurring in education. 

The ESREA Network aims to broaden the discussion of transformative learning to include critical theories and a more holistic understanding of education. Rather than viewing education as an individualistic activity in preparation for the labour market, the conference hopes to bring back ideas of education as a collective and intrinsically valuable endeavour. 


The conference is open to all European researchers and adult educators who wish to actively participate in this discussion. The aims of the conference are:


  • To create a space in which we can interrogate TL and other concepts of transformation and its dynamics, in interdisciplinary ways, helping invigorate understanding of emancipatory forms of education.
  • To bring alongside TL theories, those of critical theory, Freirian-inspired understandings, psychoanalysis etc., to build a dialogue between those who may be motivated by similar ends, but may assert the importance of different conceptual frames.
  • To build a strong, vigorous, diverse and interdisciplinary ESREA Network, to enhance scholarship and research of transformative processes in learning and education in diverse settings, cultures and societies.


The overall theme of the conference is "What is the point of transformative learning?" and the programme includes keynote speakers, round-table discussions, experiential workshops and research presentations. Earlybird registration ends on April 30, after which the full fee is applicable. 

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