WE ARE COLOURFUL is a project that aims to see diversity as an asset and an added value. In particular, this project intends to address the contemporary European reality of schools which are characterized by students with heterogeneous profiles, differing in cultural background, economic status, and social inequalities.
Stories4ALL is a project that aims to support the educational community by combining elements of inclusion, creativity and digital technologies, such as image design, editing, digital story creation tools and 3D printing. The idea is to explore alternative learning pathways designing educational materials appropriate for students with visual impairments, focused on developing creativity and digital skills, fostering feelings of solidarity and inclusiveness.
We live in a hyperconnected world. A world that brings people closer, that shortens distances, but in which reflection and critical thinking are less and less practiced. We understand that one of the most important spheres of the human being is communication, understood in a broad sense. And that is why we consider it is important to reflect on some components of communication that sometimes go unnoticed, i.e., on the non-conventional languages.
Through our project we aim to re-introduce new or non-popular ways of communication and interaction linked to each partner's expertise. CEPA Gloria Fuertes will describe the power of body and visual language. Istituto dei Sordi di Torino will emphasize on the significance of Sign Language regarding the effective communication between the hearing world and the Deaf Community. MYARTIST will introduce us to the greatness of emotional language and gestures. Accordingly, GLAFKA will point out on the new digitally developed language and terminology and REGENT’S UNIVERSITY LONDON will focus on language that is derived from music and sound.
CEPA Gloria Fuertes, Spain
Istituto dei Sordi di Torino, Italy
Regent’s University London, UK
GLAFKA, Czech Republic
The European Digital Learning Network – DLEARN – is a non-profit association aiming to embrace the challenges brought by the digital transformation in terms of digital skills mismatch and digital learning opportunities. The 47% of Europeans is not properly digitally skilled, yet in the near future, 90% of jobs will require some level of digital skills. We believe in the value of SHARING, CONNECTING, MULTIPLYING and ENHANCING the potential of our members, local territories, and people.
As part of our activities, at DLEARN we undertake research, surveys, studies, and more, with the aim of continuously boosting European education and enhancing the awareness of European citizens towards the impact of digitalisation in their daily life.
There is no doubt that the society of the future will be a learning society. Citizens are required to constantly update their competences, not only with regard to the world of work but in an encompassing approach to participate in contemporary societies. Moreover, modern societies face a rapid differentiation of educational pathways, opportunities and biographies. This increase in complexity from learners requires great effort into initiative taking, creativity, problem solving, risk assessment and decision taking, all of which requires learners to become stakeholders of their own learning process.
However, learner populations with a disadvantaged background or those remote from learning have great difficulties to take ownership of their learning, without being empowered. Empowerment is a term frequently found in formal and informal policy documents and expert discourses about adult education. But, although a great deal of rhetoric about learner empowerment, adult education practice too often remains caught in traditional instruction methods, fixed curricula and pre-defined learning outcomes. It's in particular low achievers who suffer from this situation, because they in the formal education system usually have made the experience that major parameters of their learning is out of their control, and thus never had the chance to develop a sense of ownership for their own learning.
PARTICIPATE is a new European project, which aims to promote participatory methods in adult education. It starts from the assumption that the impact on disadvantaged target groups can be greatly increased if education providers manage to adopt participatory approaches and methods, and this way support their learners to develop a sense of ownership of their learning and become lifelong learners. The specific objective of the PARTICIPATE project is to build a model for participatory design of learning outcomes.