The SpeakApps project focuses on creating a free and open source online platform that gathers ICT-based applications and pedagogies to practice oral skills online.
The SpeakApps platform would thus serve a community composed of foreign language teachers and their students with:
- Easy access to innovative and interactive online tools for learning and teaching languages.
- Virtual classrooms to carry out pedagogical activities.
- Exercises and tools for managing materials for synchronous tasks.
- Technical and pedagogical guides to assist SpeakApps users.
- A common space to exchange ideas and methodologies.
SpeakApps, granted by the European Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), aims to fill these gaps by designing a popular language learning site supported and built by a large community that enjoys and takes advantage of the possibilities offered by e-learning.
Today, universities share their expertise Worldwide. What is the responsibility of University Lifelong Learning?
Topics: International ULLL, Governance, Policy, Strategies, Partnership, Technologies, Human Rights, Business, Ethics.
The University of Geneva (Switzerland) will take us to enchanting Charmey to explore in a relaxed and creative environment all these topics. Join us!
Direct link to the conference website http://www.eucen2013-unige.ch (the website is under construction - new information will be uploaded in the following weeks)
IMPLEMENT is a package of on-line learning materials for professionals working in University Lifelong Learning (ULLL). And it's all FREE!
From “rhetoric to practice“ to “make LLL a reality“. This aim remains a key priority on the European policy agenda while offering crucial challenges in professional practice for all educational institutions and stakeholders. But how can universities do justice to their responsibility and role as “important social actors contributing to the better integration of adult learners, in particular through the recognition of informal and non-formal learning”? How could universities be supported “to invest more in services for learners” and to “better use their partnerships and effectively communicate the results of their cooperative activities”? How can they become truly LLL universities?
The highly praised results of the BeFlex Plus project made clear recommendations in response to these questions and produced excellent training materials as a valuable learning resource targeted at university staff and their partners and stakeholders – both actual and potential - to reflect on their institutional situation, to develop action plans, and to IMPLEMENT changes. The materials cover 5 key topics:
- Exploring Diversity in University Lifelong Learning
- Implementing Institutional Change
- Curriculum in Partnership
- Regional Collaboration and Partnership in University Lifelong Learning
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Over 2 years (January 2011 to December 2012) the IMPLEMENT project aims to further disseminate and actively exploit the results of the BeFlex Plus project. The approach is based on the idea that the potential for transfer and implementation is strongest when key partners are supported to act as multipliers, to adapt and to work with the materials according to their own needs and the specifics of their home university and national context. The objectives are:
- to add value to the existing training materials on the 5 topics by adapting them to national needs, using them in real training at institutional, national and transnational events, and
- to develop and deliver an online version of each topic in order to provide a sustainable and dynamic solution for the longer term exploitation of the learning resources and best practice examples.
At the end of this Year 1, the results achieved are:
- the materials adapted and piloted at institutional events in 4 countries
- 6 new case studies prepared and used as resources in these sessions
- transnational workshops held in Genoa (IT)
- checklists prepared for engaging learners and for using case studies in training
- a first draft of the on-line version of one of the topics – RPL – presented in a transnational event (Genoa, IT) and feedback obtained
- dissemination presentations made in international settings (Granada (ES) and Genoa (IT) and leaflets distributed widely
- the public website for dissemination that you are visiting now
- an internal management site for the development of the on-line tools set up on moodle
In Year 2, we plan to:
- hold a further institutional event will be held in the University of Graz (AT)
- develop all 5 topics in on-line versions that will be sustainable
- deliver a face-to-face workshop on the topic of Curriculum in partnership and present a draft of the on-line version of the topic Regional development at a trans-sectoral event in Graz in May 2012
- deliver all 5 topics in face-to-face and on-line versions in a transnational event in Malta in early November 2012
- undertake full-scale dissemination using a range of tools including social networking
An EU study has been launched to research the importance of lifelong learning and its impact in the workplace.
Among all Europeans between 24 and 65 years old who had a tertiary educational degree in 2010, 82.8% were working. In the same age group, 68.3% who completed secondary schooling were working. Only 46% of those who did not complete secondary schooling were working. It is apparent that if Europe wants to be working, higher education is the necessary foundation for being competitive in the labour market.
Since this is not only true for generations of future workers currently in school, but equally so for those who are in their 30s, 40s and 50s today, Lifelong Learning must be essential to continued employability, from an individual and economy wide point of view.
Lifelong Learning is important for businesses too. Facing increasingly volatile environments, quick technological change and fierce national and global competition, companies today more than ever depend on an educated and creative workforce to achieve success. As employees across developed countries work longer due to the increase in retirement age, and as young, skilled workers are increasingly hard to find because of demographic change, supplying high-quality Lifelong Learning opportunities is crucial for companies to ensure the optimal productivity of their ageing workforce. Furthermore, as the competition for talent intensifies and employee mobility continues to increase, Lifelong Learning offerings become more and more important in determining a company’s ability to attract and retain talented employees.
Given the importance of Lifelong Learning, individuals, companies and governments across the world seek to invest in it. The cumulative investment necessary to generate higher education degrees alone for adults over the next two decades across Europe may be 3.5 trillion euros, or 1.4% of the European GDP per year. Even higher investments will be required in non-formal and informal Lifelong Learning to take place across an employee’s working life.
Despite the undisputed need for this investment, research to date has generated little actionable evidence on how human capital is created through Lifelong Learning activities by individuals, companies and public bodies across Europe. We consequently have little evidence to guide investments in Lifelong Learning.
The European Commission has therefore granted the LLLight’in’Europe project four years and 25 researchers to investigate the following urgent questions:
- How do successful enterprises actively employ Lifelong Learning for their competitive advantage?
- Which public policy environments facilitate Lifelong Learning for such enterprises and entrepreneurs?
- How does Lifelong Learning interact with and promote innovativeness on the enterprise level?
- How much of which skills do European adults actually have?
- What are the actual learning mechanisms in adult life that lead to these skills?
- What are the causal effects of these skills on growth, competitiveness and social cohesion?
The LLLight’in’Europe project is part of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), an initiative supporting high-impact projects crucial for “responding to Europe‘s needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy”. The project is a cooperation of nine European and international research institutions, and is furthermore supported by the OECD and Cedefop. It will run from January 2012 until September 2016.
Adopting a new approach
As part of the project, a new and innovative approach to measuring human capital will be employed. Traditional measures of human capital, including for example years of education, numeracy and literacy, focus on skills obtained mostly through formal education at early stages of life, and pay little attention to the applicability of human capital in daily and working life. These measures can therefore make few meaningful predictions about how human capital is created and maintained through Lifelong Learning at later stages of life, especially at work, and what the social and economic impact of the human capital thus created might be.
To address these issues, the LLLight’in’Europe project uses Complex Problem Solving skills (CPS) as a measure of human capital. CPS refers to an individual’s ability to solve complex and quickly changing problems. It is not only a valuable skill in itself, as it helps individuals to solve problems commonly encountered in daily life and at work, but it is also a foundation skill for the acquisition of further skills, especially high-value job specific skills. These are economically and socially important as they result in job security and high salaries for individuals, high performance and competitive advantage for companies, and overall competitiveness and low unemployment levels for economies.
Beyond establishing the importance of CPS skills, research also indicates that this skill is trainable across life. The LLLight’in’Europe project aims to develop recommendations for individuals, companies and economies on how to best invest their Lifelong Learning resources to maximize individual and collective economic and social well-being.
To develop a sound understanding of the level CPS skills possessed by adults across and outside of Europe, and to grasp how these skills were developed through Lifelong Learning, the LLLight’in’Europe project embarks on an extensive series of CPS assessments. Over the course of four years, the CPS abilities of a total of 4150 individuals will be recoded. Of these, 3850 will be employees from 50 successful companies, sampled from across 5-6 highly competitive industries in15 EU countries and 4 EU competitors. The remaining 300 will be entrepreneurs from across the EU.
Outcomes and publications
All results and recommendations of the LLLight’in’Europe project will be published in our “Publication Suite”, consisting of a synthesis report, 21 policy reports, 7 thematic reports, and corresponding videos. The entire publication suite will be available on the LLLightineurope website for download and also via other multiplication levels. The expected publication time is June 2015.
The Stakeholder’s Forum 2012, renamed “European Education and Training Forum” this year, will take place on 18th and 19th of October 2012 in Brussels. Around 300 participants will gather to discuss EU policies about education and training. EUCIS-LLL and its members’ objective is to contribute to the debate by bringing in the perspective of civil society.
The aim of the Forum is to mobilise stakeholders and policy makers to modernise education and training systems through national and EU policies and instruments in order to enhance growth and jobs. This year’s Forum will have a double focus on:
1) Education and training aspects of Europe 2020
2) the future Erasmus for All programme
The outcome will provide input for the November Council Conclusions on Europe 2020 and for the implementation of Erasmus for All.
The Forum will gather around 300 participants: Education and Training as well as youth stakeholders, national and regional policy makers, representatives of the business world and civil society. It will be prepared through a consultation of selected stakeholders’ organisations using social media tools.
EUCIS-LLL is supporting the initiative and works together with the European Commission on the event. Further information and invitations will be sent out at a further stage.
- See the Background note for the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2012
Wednesday 19 September 2012, 15:00 CET
On-line distance workshop in real time.
Topic: “Exploring Diversity in University Lifelong Learning”
Moderated by Andrea Waxenegger, University of Graz, Austria
The objectives of this workshop are to explore and reflect on the issue of diversity in University Lifelong Learning (ULLL): in particular the various definitions of ULLL, the relationship between university strategies and ULLL provision, and the diversity of target groups and matching ULLL programmes to their learning needs.
Participation is free, supported by the EC.
Wednesday 19 September 2012, from 15:00 CET hours
“Exploring Diversity in University Lifelong Learning”
On-line distance workshop in real time.
Moderated by Andrea Waxenegger, from University of Graz, Austria
Are you interested to:
- explore various definitions of ULLL and university policies in / strategy approaches to ULLL
- develop an understanding of the great variety of (potential) target groups and the characteristics of programmes needed to match their learning needs
- discuss the challenges of diversity
Then this is for you!
Participation is free, supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EC.
Notes about the IMPLEMENT project
“Implementing Lifelong Learning Universities through Training and Development” is a project funded under the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme. The objective of IMPLEMENT is to further disseminate and actively exploit the highly praised results of the BeFlex Plus project training materials for professionals in the ULLL/UCE sector. This is accomplished by adapting the initial materials to the project partners’ realities and making these tools available on-line for wide and open use.
Improve your skills attending a Grundtvig course in Rome. Apply for a Grundtvig grant to attend the course on Personalization in Adult Learning; the deadline for application is september 17, 2012.
If you are a teacher, a trainer, or part of non-teaching staff involved in adult education, you can improve and upgrade your professional skills attending a Grundtvig course in Rome.
Association educommunity promotes an in-service course to develop skills in the field of Personalization in Adult Education.
The course aims to spread and improve personalization culture, to show a model of intervention shared at European level and to introduce the guidelines to design and produce learning personalized experiences for adult and elderly people.
Course sessions: session 1: 11-15 march, 2013; session 2: 02-06 april, 2013.
The deadline for grant application is september 17, 2012.
The course is registered in Comenius-Grundtvig Training Database.
Detailed information about the programme and next steps to take in applying for Grundtvig grant is available in our educommunity blog.
If you are interested, write to firstname.lastname@example.org for the pre-registration and further information about the course.
Develop new skills even as you share intercultural experiences in an enjoyable setting like Greece. Funding is available through the LLL Programme, and the deadline for applications is September 17, 2012.
Service training grants are now available for participation in lifelong learning programs offered in Piraeus or at the summer resort Loutra Oraias Elenis, in Korinthos, Greece. Courses are organized by IDEC and aimed at those working at schools and training organizations registered in the Grundtvig - Comenius database.
Projected courses for 2012 - 2013 include:
- International Development Officer (Grundtvig, Comenius)
- Stress Prevention in Training Organisations (Grundtvig)
- Stress Prevention in Schools (Comenius)
- Evaluation and Quality Assurance (Comenius)
- Software Assisted Skills Assessment Methodology (Comenius)
Learning new skills, or sharpening old ones, is an essential component of professional and personal development, and an affordable endeavour thanks to scholarships from your National Agency. The deadline for grant applications is September 17, 2012.
If you are interested in participating, register on-line or fill in the registration form and return it by e-mail (email@example.com) or fax: +30 210 4286228. The number of participants in each training course is 16 and applications will be treated in priority order.
Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering
IFLA will also hold a trade exhibition at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre in conjunction with the World Library and Information Congress. Attendees are invited to visit the exhibition which will be open from the afternoon of Sunday, 12 August until Wednesday, 15 August.
2012 Special Theme: New Media, Multi-Modality, and Learning
The International Conference on Learning is for any person with an interest in, and concern for, education at any of its levels – from early childhood, to schools, to higher education – and lifelong learning in any of its sites, from home to school to university to the workplace.