Boosting Classes 2.0 for high-quality teaching in adult education
From 01/10/2020 to 30/09/2022According to the European statistics (2018): only 20-25% of students in EU schools are taught by teachers who are confident with technology use; 43% of Europeans lack basic digital skills; 71 million students attending schools in Europe need to develop their skills for the digital society.
The target of EU initiatives is both students and teachers since lifelong learning is one of the fields where Europe falls behind and one of the key aspects of the Digital Education Action Plan. This plan (EU Commission, 2018) is the focal point of e-learning and intends to support technology-use and digital competence in education.
In light of the "COVID-19" emergency, many "traditional" teachers have discovered and started using distance learning.
However, EU countries show a different situation in the development of the e-learning system in adult education.
In fact, On the base of Eurydice’s report (2015) the percentage of adults (25 - 64 years old) who participated in distance learning (formal or informal), on EU average rate of 2.2%, were: 1.5% (-0,7) in Bulgaria, 4.9% (+2,7) in Spain, 1,5% (-0,7) in Italy and 0.7% (-1,5) in Romania (Eurostat data).
In Spain, the relatively high participation rate seems to reflect the efforts made by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports (MECD). They have several complete distance learning programs funded with public funds.
While the registered data are negative in Bulgaria, Italy and Romania, even if different large-scale programs and private initiatives promoting e-learning training for adult education are active.
Nevertheless, neither the teachers nor students are prepared and equipped to produce effectively a teaching and learning process engaging the adults, who are, in most cases, immigrants.
Thus, the project aims at:
- Defining a common framework for the identification of teaching and learning approach which can promote and implement effectively the integration of new technologies in adult education by encouraging the use of modern concepts in education and a healthy working environment and teamwork, creating developing programs attractive to adults, allowing them continuous shaping throughout their lives.
- Reinforcing the assessment and evaluation system in distance learning through the pedagogical tools and techniques which can improve the teaching and learning flexibility.
- Designing open education resources aiming to define the technical skills for the didactic use through main devices, exploiting the principles of "BYOD" ("Bring Your Device"); the methodological skills for teaching approaches; for effective integration of the Apps into teaching activity; the skills for managing, producing and distributing digital content.
- Utilizing the attractiveness of technology to improve social inclusion focused, mainly, on language skills improvement and responsible use of technology in terms of safety and ethical rules.
- Improving the collaborative sense among teachers and schools through the exchanging of experience, good practices to enhance the use of technology in adult school.
CPIA10 di Formia (Italy)
Centre for Education and Innovations - CERI (Bulgaria)
Profesionalna Gimnazia Po Mehanoelektrtehnika I Elektronika (Bulgaria)
Liceul Tehnologic “GEORGE BIBESCU” Craiova (Romania)
CEPA Casa De La Cultura (Spian)