discuss webinar family learningAn interesting webinar on Family Learning and Digital Citizenship took place on 26 April 2016. More than twenty participants joined the webinar under the lead of Susannah Chambers, expert in Family Learning.

This webinar, organised by School Education Gateway, explored and presented the links between digital communication technologies, Family Learning and digital citizenship. The webinar highlighted examples of how the power of digital communication tools are used by schools to maximise the positive impact on teaching and learning, enhance home-school communication and increase community engagement.

discuss emil projectThe European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) is a collaborative network of members working together to support intergenerational learning taking place across Europe. Established in 2009, the network uses the existing expertise of partner organisations already working in the field to create a learning network for others involved in bottom-up as well as top-down intergenerational programmes and initiatives and across Europe.

The AAL Association needs independent experts for the AAL Programme, the renewed € 700 million applied research and innovation programme in the field of ICT-based solutions for ageing well jointly undertaken by several Member States with the participation of the Union. The call for interest is launched now and will remain open until 2020. As well as attracting the best specialists of business in the field of ICT for ageing well, the AAL Association wants to boost the number of experts in the area of end-users integration in the context of AAL.  

Apart from evaluating proposals for funding, experts are needed for reviewing funded AAL projects. A broad range of fields are covered including ICT technology, social innovation, business and more, as set out in full in the published call. The objective is to ensure that AAL grants are awarded only to the best-applied research and innovation proposals, based on a rigorous peer-review process.   Interested candidates are invited to send their application (Europass CV with a specific section on AAL expertise + one-page motivation) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The call will remain open for the entire duration of the AAL Programme (2014-2020). The applicants will be contacted according to the needs of the proposed expertise. Please do not hesitate to send us any updates to your applications. Experts who collaborated with the AAL Association under the AAL Programme (AAL Programme, 2007-13) are already in the AAL Programme experts database.   For any information or support you may address your queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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http://www.aal-europe.eu/get-involved/register-as-expert/ 

discuss bigfoot 348Big Foot is set out to tackle key issues at European level: marginalization of the rural mountain areas and their ageing population - by focusing on the valorization and maintenance of the elderly population, traditional knowledge and specific local culture. The Big Foot approach is implemented in three rural municipalities: Berkovitsa, Bulgaria; Trikala, Greece and Gubbio, Italy.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:06

Ciceron - Promoting volunteering to the over50s

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discuss ciceron 348Europe’s ageing population has a wealth of knowledge and experience that should be harnessed to benefit future generations; however this is at risk of being lost as older people face social exclusion. Part of Europe’s 2020 Strategy seeks to address this issue by focusing on the sustainability of knowledge and experience. This strategy is relevant to all sectors of our society.

Research across Europe has revealed that many people over the age of 50 are socially isolated and don’t participate in cultural activities or in the civic life of their community. Since 2011 (European Year of Volunteering), volunteering has been promoted as a solution for social inclusion and intergenerational cohesion, however there are still barriers that prevent over-50s from taking part.

discuss themp 348Main challenges of the ageing knowledge economy are constant upgrading of the skills of the active population and mitigating new and old social risks. In the aging society and the globalised knowledge economy, the people in mid-life are increasingly exposed to social risks of exclusion from the labour market. They are also excluded from formal Lifelong Learning (LLL), specifically Tertiary Lifelong Learning (TLL). The access of mid-life learners to TLL and their retention in the system have an increasing relevance for the socio-economic sustainability of the ageing European knowledge society.

TLL is considered a key to develop more inclusive and responsive universities. Opening HE for mid-life learners, designing flexible pathways from VET and professional experience to higher education, flexible learning arrangements conciliating family-work life and learning and the adaptation of didactical methods in HE are challenges to affront problems of the aging knowledge society. Opening Higher Education (HE) to this group is still a minor aspect of education and training reforms, but it is a strategic goal to raise the skill level of the adult EU population, as well as closing the mismatch between supply and demand for high-skilled workers.

The project aims to study the TLL of HE institutes in several countries with respect to inclusion of mid-life learners. At the core stands a comparative study with concrete example analysing statistically available data, making series of interviews with decision makers, stakeholders, lecturers and mid-life learners. The study will analysis the efficiency of TLL programs in achieving the integration of mid-life learners in terms of access to and retention in programs, their duration, the creation of learning pathways and didactical innovation. The results of this study will allow advances in the design of core conditions of socially and economically effective TLL programs for mid-life learners.

 

discuss senior ticBe it because they lack the knowledge or because they lack motivation or opportunity, older people are traditionally excluded from Information & Communication Technologies (ICT). So a partnership was created to encourage senior citizens motivation and knowledge about ICT, thus helping to overcome the exclusion of elder people in the field. The project made use of non formal education and innovative methods, to address older people’s learning needs.

A partnership was made up of two Local Authorities (Spain and Portugal), a French organization working in the field of education and training (GIP) and a Greek organization working in the field of the new technologies (IDEC) was created to encourage senior citizens motivation and knowledge about ICT, thus helping to overcome the exclusion of elder people in the field. The Senior TICs project lasted 18 months and reached directly 110 people over 50 from elderly centres in Spain and Portugal and developed an innovative training methodology specifically oriented to older people and ICT.

Saturday, 01 November 2014 11:32

ELDER - Experience New Learning

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ELDER supports seniors coming from restructuring sectors on transmitting their knowledge to other generations. The main aims are related to: active participation of seniors in continuing learning processes; share experiences and good practices developed at European Level in the field of knowledge transfer among generations; identify and analyse the necessary competences to favour the intergenerational knowledge transfer.

At the same time the project offered to SENIORS a specific training program and tools favouring the exchange and transfer of knowledge. In this way the project promotes active ageing, volunteer work and the social participation, reinforcing their social contribution to other (younger) people learn from their experience.