Open-AE Kick-Off Meeting in Brussels

A new Erasmus+ KA2 project on Strategic partnerships for Adult Education has started. ALL DIGITAL is the coordinator of the project OPEN-AE: Promote Open Source Technologies in non-formal Adult Education, which will be implemented with four other ALL DIGITAL member organisations. Open-AE was awarded through EPOS, the National Agency for Erasmus+ programme in Flanders.

The project will promote open source technologies in non-formal adult education to support the digital upskilling of both educators and learners. Its aim is to build capacity of non-formal training organizations, such as digital competence centers, to deliver high quality and relevant digital skills training to adults by improving staff competence on open source technologies.  The project objective is to improve teaching and digital skills of e-facilitators through a modular blended course on open source technologies.

Open-AE will promote access and learning through Open Educational Resources (OER). It includes the generation of open educational content on open source technologies, using open technologies for its production. It will promote open access to such content through a modular blended course (on-line and f2f seminars) and the generation of such content by the participants (e-facilitators) through work projects on open source technologies, as part of their training.

Digital Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu) will be adopted to map the Open-AE course curriculum. Specifically, 10 e-facilitators will be trained in each project country on open source technologies through the Open-AE modular blended course. This will lead the creation of sustainable communities of practices around open source technologies, which will facilitate outreach to other educators, adult users and stakeholders across Europe.

The project was kicked off in Brussels on 12-13 December 2018 at the ALL DIGITAL office. As the project started already on 1 November, partners had previoulsy met at the ALL DIGITAL Summit in Brussels and held an online meeting to start activities.

The kick off meeting then focused on preparing the Open-AE curriculum. To do so, partners will research and prepare national reports for participating countries and one European report on the state of open source technologies in non-formal education. Partners will also hold focus groups with e-facilitators to understand their needs. Together the information from the national reports and focus groups will develop the backbone of the Open-AE training curriculum. The training curriculum will then be piloted in all participating countries on 10 e-facilitators. In total 40 efacilitators will be trained.

The pilot and Open-AE curriculum is expected to be a valuable resource for many ALL DIGITAL members. The Open-AE project was developed following the ALL DIGITAL 2017 members survey, wherein key challenges faced by e-facilitators working with adult learners in centres for non-formal education and digital competence centres were identified:

  1.  the need of innovative approaches to develop digital skills in light of rapidly changing technologies there need to be more user-focused modules on the development of skills;
  2.   the need to shift focus to the development of adaptable digital competences and not merely skills in light of these rapidly changing technologies;
  3.   the need to use standardised frameworks like DigComp and DigCompEdu.

From these three challenges, the priorities for the Open-AE curriculum were set :

  1.  promote access and learning through Open Educational Resources (OER);
  2.  promote Open Source (OS) technologies in the non-formal educational sector to support the upskilling of adult educators and learners;
  3.  address adult trainers working in the non-formal educational sector to reinforce digital skills and competences. To achieve this end, OPEN-AE will adopt the DigCompEdu in the develop of its training curriculum.

The partnership also involves:

  • Yinternet.org – a Swiss organisation dedicated to empowering citizenship and training on tools for socio-professional development and has a strong expertise in open technologies and collaborative skills training programmes addressed to adult learners;
  • Associazione Centro Studi di Foligno – an Italian training agency with a long-term experience in delivering of continuous and permanent training programmes to adult learners and in coordinating and participating in transnational projects focused on digital skills and digital innovation using open source technologies;
  • Maks vzw – a Brussels-based NGO recognized as a non-formal adult education center. Maks runs an IT learning centre where people can take low-cost courses or workshops tailored to their needs and a counselling service, helping people to get a job. Annually, Maks coaches about 500 adult jobseekers;
  • Colectic – a Spanish non-profit organisation working in fields related to community networks and technology. It promotes the use of open technologies to improve the situation of communities and citizens’ groups, with special attention to the weakest groups (NEETs, unemployed people, women, migrants etc.).

OPEN AE (mini) kick off at ALL Digital Summit

A new Erasmus+ KA2 on Strategic partnerships for Adult Education has started. ALL DIGITAL is the coordinator of the project  OPEN AE- Promote Open Source Technologies in non-formal Adult Education. Open AE was awarded through EPOS which is the National Agency for Erasmus + programme in Flanders.

OPEN AE will address these key challenges and generate best practices based on these needs. The twofold aim of OPEN AE are to: 1) Contribute to the development of e-facilitators competences to deliver high quality and relevant digital skills training to adults;

2. Contribute to the promotion of open source technologies and open education in non-formal adult education

At the ALL DIGITAL Summit partner met briefly to start planning actions for the first months of the project which are to develop a curriculum and training scheme to develop a better understanding of the main e-facilitators’ training needs in relation to the use of open source technologies and define the “state of the art” in teaching open source technologies by mapping available training offers and available OERs at country level. Four countries reports and a European report will be developed in early 2019.

In addition to the coordinator ALL DIGITAL, YNTERNET.ORG (Switzerland), COLECTIC (Spain), Centro Studi Citta Di Foligno Associazione (Italy) and Maks vzw(Belgium), are in the partnership for the OPEN AE project.

The official OPEN AE kick off meeting will take plan in Brussels in December.

Open AE: Promote open source technologies in non-formal adult education

Project Funded by:  Erasmus+ KA2 project awarded through EPOS – National Agency for Erasmus+ programme in Flanders

Project Duration:  24 months

Start Date:  01/11/2018

End Date:  31/10/2020

Open AE: Promote open source technologies in non-formal adult education

Open AE: Promote open source technologies in non-formal adult education is an Erasmus+ KA2 project awarded through EPOS – National Agency for Erasmus+ programme in Flanders.

Open AE has three priorities:

  • to promote access and learning through open educational resources (OER);
  • to promote Open Source (OS) technologies in the non-formal educational sector to support the upskilling of adult educators and learners;
  • to address adult trainers working in the non-formal educational sector to reinforce digital skills and competences.

Open AE will address key challenges and generate best practices based on these needs identified by ALL DIGITAL members in developed sustainable curricula for adult education, particularly with a focus to upscale low-skills unemployed adults. OPEN-AE wants to support European digital competence centres in becoming innovative training hubs.

The twofold aim of Open AE is to:

  • contribute to the development of e-facilitators competences to deliver high quality and relevant digital skills training to adults;
  • contribute to the promotion of open source technologies and open education in non-formal adult education.

Expected results and outputs:

  • Develop a curriculum training scheme on open source technologies addressed to e-facilitators working in non-formal adult education, mapped on the DigCompEdu Framework (CSF will lead this work)
  • Create an online toolkit for e-facilitators in five languages (EN, NL, FR, IT, ES) by adapting open educational resources already available. It will serve as guidance for adult education strategies, tools and approaches for developing digital skills training. (led by Ynternet.org)
  • Develop a modular blended course of 60 hours in open source technologies and pilot it with 40 e-facilitators from four countries to improve their knowledge of open digital learning technology, tools, platforms and using them (led by Colectic)
  • Produce guidelines for transferability and upscaling of project results and recommendations for non-formal education providers and policy makers (led by ALL DIGITAL)

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