INNOVATE - LEARN, SHARE, ACT

Online course on policy and practices for Upskilling Pathways in the framework of the UP-AEPRO project


The online course “Innovate – Learn, Share, Act” aims at deepening the knowledge and fostering the discussion about a recently launched European strategy in adult education: the Upskilling Pathways initiative (UP). The course is part of UP-AEPRO project, which addresses the constant need and interest of adult education trainers and staff, as well as policymakers involved in education policies, to learn more about European developments in adult education and other countries’ systems and innovations.


UP-AEPRO project aims at

  • Increasing the knowledge about the Upskilling Pathways initiative and other Lifelong Learning policies at the European level
  • Allowing the exchange of innovation across Europe on the Upskilling Pathways initiative related topics
  • Improving quality, professionalisation and capacity building of AE staff and providers
  • Supporting UP-AEPRO learners and partners to develop online learning and introduce ICT tools into their daily work
  • Increasing the intercultural skills of AE trainers and staff
  • Strengthening the cooperation with peers and policy-makers in their countries and in Europe
  • Improving the UP initiative implementation at different level by enabling AE trainers and staff (and the organisations for which they work) to be involved


On this course you will

  • gain increased knowledge about the Upskilling Pathways initiative and other Lifelong Learning policies at the European level
  • acquire new insights based on highlighted policy examples & practices from the European adult education sector. The course will cover examples of working with skills assessment, tailored learning, validation and recognition of prior experiences
  • improve your understanding on how to implement the Upskilling Pathways initiative at different levels


Structure of the course and methodology:

The course will start on the 6th of May 2019, and it will end November 2019 (TBC). The course will take place online on this Adult Education Learning Platform. You can study the whole course or individual sessions. The course is composed of 4 modules, each one structured in 3/5 sessions, with a mix of webinars, forum discussions and self-study.

The 4 modules are focused on:

  1. Policy overview and European advocacy (6th, 14th and 21st of May 2019; live sessions will start at 11:00 CET)
  2. Skills assessment (28th of May, 4th and 11th of June 2019)
  3. Tailor-made offers (September-October 2019)
  4. Validation and recognition (October-November 2019)

The community aspect is one of the strongest elements of the course, so participants are invited to use the platform’s forum to exchange ideas, inputs, proposals, etc.


Participant profile

Adult education trainers and staff; policy-makers involved in adult education.

There is no age limit, the study language is English, and the training is free of charge.


How to enrol

You can enrol in each module separately. Once you click on the module, first you have to log in or create your account (if you have not done it before). Then you can enrol as a student. After enrolling you will be able to see the full programme of the sessions included in the module. The website will guide you in the process.


Recognition of participants’ learning outcomes

For each session of each module, participants will receive a learning badge (14 in total). A final certificate is foreseen for participants who will miss maximum one session per module (around 70% of attendance).

Objective of the module:

To provide learners with an introduction to the Upskilling Pathways initiative from a European perspective, an analysis of the different stages envisaged by the Council Recommendation adopting UP and its impact on national, regional and local policies.

Sessions:

  • 6th of May 2019 – Webinar introduction to the course and the topics of the module with Gina Ebner, EAEA Secretary General, and representatives from NVL and KVS.
  • 14th of May 2019 – Video interview with Martina Ni-Cheallaigh and Alexia Samuel - DG EMPL – on European Commission Upskilling Pathways initiative and its principle.
  • 21st of May 2019 – Webinar with Tarja Tikkanen, Professor in Education at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Professor II at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, on achievements and challenges of participation in job-related lifelong learning in the Nordic countries.


Objective of the module:

To provide learners with an overview of successful methodologies and practices for assess skills; to explain how those can be combined with the Upskilling Pathways initiative implementation at their local / organisational contexts; to analyse which role each actor has in carrying out coherent and inclusive policies and practices on the topic.

Sessions:

  • 28th of May 2019 – Sue Southwood video presentation on effective practice in initial assessment.
  • 4th of June – Webinar with Susana Oliveira, Vice-President of the European Association for the Education of Adults, on using the portfolio approach as an assessment tool.
  • 11th of June – Podcast with Pauline Boivin, Project and Policy officer at the Lifelong Learning Platform, on InnoVal project and new assessment methods for validation of prior learning, with particular attention to vulnerable groups.

Objective of the module:

To provide learners with an overview of tailored-made methodologies and practices; to explain how those can be combined with the Upskilling Pathways initiative implementation at their local / organisational contexts; to analyse which role each actor has in carrying out coherent and inclusive policies and practices on the topic.


Objective of the module:

To provide learners with an overview of validation and recognition methodologies and practices; to explain how those can be combined with the Upskilling Pathways initiative implementation at their local / organisational contexts; to analyse which role each actor has in carrying out coherent and inclusive policies and practices on the topic.