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The German Institute for Adult Education is organising a European conference in Bonn on 25 September 2018. The conference is titled "Course planning and course evaluation - two unjustly neglected key competences for teachers and trainers in adult education". It is organised in the framework of the project DEMAL.

The conference addresses two professional tasks of adult teachers which tend to attract less attention than the “actual teaching”. However, planning and evaluation of adult learning activities are of equal importance for the quality and the success of these activities.

At the conference new European approaches to define and develop these two key competences will be presented and further development needs will be discussed. Besides a general introduction to the topic, three aspects will be explored in greater depth in parallel workshops:

- digital media as a tool for developing professional competences
- the role of competence standards and validation frameworks
- the...
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Eduardo Hi Natassa. Thanks for your comment and support. As I said before I will be very pleased to participate in the conference. I will send to Mrs Susanne na e-mail asking for a support forthe travelling. My e-mail is edufigueira@academus.pt. 1 year ago
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Eduardo Hi Natassa, In addition to my response I would like to know if I can or should make a presentation about research on adult education/learning. 1 year ago
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Natassa Hi Eduardo. I saw the message that you sent to Susanne. I will be glad to see you after so many years. Regarding the presentation, I am not sure if there is still room in the agenda. If you want to make a presentation, I can ask Susanne to fit it. 1 year ago
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The German National Agency Education for Europe is looking for speakers for a conference on October 4th-5th in Potsdam/Germany. The speakers shall present different scenarios for the future of Europe (based on the NECE video “Europe 2030”) and discuss the potential implications for citizenship education in the adult- and vocational education sector.

The conference in Berlin brings together up to 500 Erasmus + beneficiaries as well as stakeholders from adult education and vocational education and training. The participants will discuss the frame topic “the future of education – education in the future” in five workshops (max 100 pax per workshop). One of the workshops will be dedicated to citizenship education, which is one of the priorities of the Erasmus+ programme.

Speakers are expected to present different scenarios for the future of Europe; discuss potential implications for citizenship education with the audience; publish a blog post on the E-Platform for Adult Learning in...
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vimeo.com/album/4012888

The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation with support of the Erasmus+ programme just released a quite exciting video series. Learners and educators in the videos tell their personal stories, on how they found their way to lifelong learning and the bridges they had to cross. Really worth a visit.

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socialtheoryapplied.com/journal/jast/index

Mark Murphy and Cristina Costa, both founders of "Social Theory Applied" just launched twin site "Journal of applied Social Theory".

The Journal of Applied Social Theory aims to provide an intellectual space where critical applications of social theory (in all its varied forms) can flourish.

The objective in setting up this new open-access journal is to fill a gap in current academic debates regarding the treatment of well-established and sometimes revered theories, theories that can all too often inhibit discussion while shying away from more applied forms of theoretical work.

The Editorial Board invites submissions from across the social sciences, humanities and related applied areas, including psychology, sociology, social care, social policy, urban studies, education, criminology, geography, literature and media studies.

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On 3 June 2016, the Kölcsey Congress Centre in Debrecen hosted a Citizens' Dialogue with Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. The discussion with about 300 participants focussed on key issues around education and culture, such as what skills young people need to find jobs and to integrate in society, how the EU can help, the role of culture in creating a European identity and fostering social cohesion, and the relevance of culture in making Europe a stronger global actor.

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www.academia.edu/26061334/One_size_does_not_fit_al…

Just found this interesting article an academia:

One size does not fit all! New perspectives on the university in the social knowledge economy

Universities face a tension from two urgent pressures they face, firstly to demonstrate that they deliver value for society in return for public investments, and secondly to demonstrate their responsibility by introducing strategic management to demonstrate to their funders that they meet their goals.

In this special issue, we explore the ways in which these tensions play out in practice, as universities facing ‘mission overload’ in turn try to develop additional regional development missions, highlighting three findings. Firstly, there can be no one-size-fits all idea of a ‘third univer-sity mission’ alongside teaching and research because engagement is so context-dependent. Secondly, universities and regions need much better understand their own contexts to improve their performance rather...
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www.elmmagazine.eu/articles/annette-sprung

Migrants run the risk of exclusion and turning into the “Other” in their new societies, also in adult education. For migration researcher Annette Sprung, research can prevent this through uncovering false categories and bias towards refugees.

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Brigitte Enzensberger hi Randolph, thanks for sharing 4 years ago
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www.discuss-community.eu/promoting-social-economic…

The Erasmus+ project ON THE MOVE just released a best-practice-guide on how to outreach to and include vulnerable groups in the world of lifelong learning. The guide presents 32 best practice examples identified during a review of over 100 European projects.

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cradall.org/content/unesco-chair-resources-video-g…

This new unique resource guide provides a summary of videos on key topic areas related to teaching and training materials for Community Based Research from around the world (source: CRADALL newsletter of today)

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We are approaching this issue though financial literacy: the EfinLit project:
In the current times of economic turbulence and market shortcoming, where the majority of EU citizens are struggling to manage the financial challenges they face, a real life need for the development of their financial literacy competencies has been identified. eFinLit project (Developing Financial Competencies for EU Citizens Utilizing Online Learning and Digital Literacy) aims to promote directly and indirectly the digital numeracy, language, reading, collaboration and communication skills of financial disadvantaged young EU adults (18-35).
www.efinlit.eu/index.php/en/

We are approaching this issue though financial literacy: the EfinLit project:<br />In the current times of economic turbulence and market shortcoming, where the majority of EU citizens are struggling to manage the financial challenges they face, a real life need for the development of their financial literacy competencies has been identified. eFinLit project (Developing Financial Competencies for EU Citizens Utilizing Online Learning and Digital Literacy) aims to promote directly and indirectly the digital numeracy, language, reading, collaboration and communication skills of financial disadvantaged young EU adults (18-35).<br />http://www.efinlit.eu/index.php/en/

Hi Thomas Fischer. Thanks for sharing the results of the Munich roundtable "Promoting Social Inclusion and Economic Cohesion". One short question: is there any specific reason why your group has decided to replace "social cohesion" with the concept of "social inclusion"? Obviously greater inclusion positively affects one's incentives to invest in social capital, and thus inclusion can be seen a means of creating greater social cohesion. Did you have this correlation in mind when changing to social inclusion?

Thomas Fischer Technically speaking we haven’t been changing the title of the Learning Café. In the final agenda the suggested title of the Learning Café was ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Economic Cohesion’.

There was however an initial proposal to name the Learning Café ‘Demonstrating how LLL promotes Economic and Social Cohesion’.

According to my understanding Social Inclusion has a person- / group-centred connotation and focuses on concrete interventions. By these means it increases the participation of the socially excluded (or of those at risk to be excluded) “in decision making, which affects their lives” (www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/Services/Comm_Ent/Social_I…) or – very similar – it guarantees “that people have a voice in decisions which affect their lives and that they enjoy equal access to markets, services and political, social and physical spaces” (www.worldbank.org/en/topic/socialdevelopment/brief…).

Social inclusion is thus on the one hand a process of improving the participation of...
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Randolph Hi Thomas, thanks for clarifying this issue. This indeed helps a lot to better understand the starting point of your discussions. 4 years ago
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