Small scale strategic partnership project “Adult educators digital competencies development” No 2021-1-LT01-KA210-ADU-000034937 november, 2021 started.

 

Project objectives – to develop new and functional competencies for adult educators, while taking advantage of
digitalization and its tools. In order to tackle the new obstacles brought up by the recent pandemic crisis, we want to
enable practitioners to take advantage of new and innovative methods to reach out their target groups and successfully
engage them in their activities. We want to empower adult educators with digital tools to use andragogical approach to
each adult learner and make digital learning process more attractive and engaged. Through the implementation of the
project, we also aim to tackle the digital skills gap of adults at a European and national level. Latest survey from MMLC
activities shows that after one year working digitally adult educators still have support needs. On practical level adult
educators emphasize that for them it is very actual how effectively and based on andragogy principles should be
organised online activities? Everyone today needs to have at least basic digital skills in order to study or work, to
communicate, to access a growing number of online public services, and to find trustworthy information. The Digital
Economy and Society Index shows that four out of ten adults in the EU lack basic digital skills. In order to respond to this
priority, the project aims at implementing innovative methods and tools for teaching, training, and learning in the field of
adult education, developing and improving the digital competences of adult educators. The project also aims at
developing an open source educational resource (programme, trainings,instructional material) which will be then available
to be used by the whole community of practitioners around Europe. All European countries are currently engaged in
revising their policies to fit with the Upskilling Pathways initiative. Ensuring that the whole of the national adult education
sector is digitally competent is an essential element in a well-balanced and integrated national policy. The DigComp
Framework is a fundamental tool that has been developed by the European Union (EU) to tackle the challenge of the
digital transformation investing our lives and workplaces. DigComp offers a description of the competences that are
necessary today to use digital technologies in a confident, critical, collaborative and creative way for carrying out activities
and achieving goals related to work, learning, leisure, inclusion and participation in our digital society. This framework will
be used in the project as main reference in Europe today, for the development and strategic planning of digital
competence initiatives.