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Mrs Ana Landeta, Director of EPBE Project, presented the project in EPALE and Erasmus + Adult Education Conference 2017 – 22.04.2017

The conference addressed the potential of digitization for adult education with a view to actively participating in the society of the future.

In adult education, suggestions and experiences from neighboring European countries as well as exchanges are central to the further development of the offer and are increasingly determining the adult educational career. Digitization and internationalization create new opportunities for exchange and networking for future adult education. Particularly with regard to the migration developments of recent years, adult education is particularly required to react in a European-networked way to the new challenges and opportunities.

Digitization offers new possibilities, sometimes hinder but technical and also social causes that can all equally benefit from the digital development. Digital experts and experts in adult education discussed the education of adults at the EPALE symposium on 22 June in Vienna. The tenor was: adult education is required to make citizens fit for the new challenges.

Open and international online education is an important element of the EU Erasmus + education program. The “Digital Roadmap”, a strategy paper published by the Austrian Federal Government in January 2017, also sees potential for digital education in adult education.

Graciela Sbertoli, chairman of the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN), focused on new immigrants in her keynote and described the latest developments from a European and Norwegian perspective. To ensure rapid access to society and the labor market, “digital competence” is both a tool and a goal, Sbertoli says. The expert asked how online elements could be successfully integrated into training processes: “When people learn to use mobile devices and other digital tools, this also makes basic learning processes more flexible, more adequate and more efficient, always with the proviso that The teachers know how to deal with these tools. “In basic education and literacy, it is possible for adults to learn to read and write with the help of IT tools

Birgit Aschemann, CONEDU Education and Training, addressed the cycle, which is followed by the use of digital learning offers, in her lecture “Adult Education and Digitization: New Opportunities and New Responsibilities”. Aschemann explained the opportunities that digital learning offers in adult education, the role of adult educators in digital learning opportunities, and the opportunities offered by large-scale courses such as the “Ebmooc” (March / April) 2017 with more than 2,700 registered participants.

Wien. ‹ber digitale Bildung und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe diskutierten Expertinnen und Experten der Erwachsenenbildung bei der EPALE-Fachtagung am 22. Juni in Wien. Der Tenor lautete: Die Erwachsenenbildung ist gefordert, B¸rgerinnen und B¸rger fit f¸r die neuen Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung zu machen.

Read more: Electronic Platform dor Adult Learning in Europe

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