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This category holds discussion and research papers related to the topic of communities of practice, in particular how to build, cultivate and sustain communities of practice.

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Creativity is the prime source of innovation, which in turn is acknowledged as the main driver of growth and wealth creation, as key to improvements the social field and as an essential tool in addressing global challenges such as climate change, health care and sustainable

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Developing skills and transversal key competences, bridging the world of work

The European Union defines eight key competences: communication in the mother tongue, communication in a foreign language, mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology, digital competence, learning to learn, social and civic competence, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship as well as cultural awareness and expression.

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Education transitions, school to work transitions, life transitions and pathways

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Lifelong learning may be broadly defined as learning that is pursued throughout life: learning that is flexible, diverse and available at different times and in different places. The European Commission (2001) found that lifelong learning has “Four broad and mutually supporting objectives: personal fulfilment, active citizenship, social inclusion and employability/adaptability”. In this regard, lifelong learning has lifewide dimensions that transcend narrow economic and vocational aspects.

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Lifelong policies has many facets. However, its major aim might be seen in the continuously support process of stimulating and empowering "individuals to acquire all the knowledge, values, skills and understanding they will require throughout their lifetimes and to apply them with confidence, creativity and enjoyment, in all roles circumstances, and environments.” (Watson 2003)

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Promoting social and economic cohesion through advanced adult education opportunities

According to the European Agenda for Adult Learning adult education shall promote equity, social cohesion and active citizenship through participation in social and cultural learning for personal development and fulfillment.

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Quality Assurance in Education & Training

The European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (Reference Framework) is designed to promote better vocational education and training by providing authorities with common tools for the management of quality.

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The ageing of the population is one of the significant transformations being experienced in European societies and a critical social policy issue facing families, governments and communities.

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Serious games are simulations of real-world events or processes designed for the purpose of solving a problem. Although serious games can be entertaining, their main purpose is to train or educate users,

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Validation of Informal Learning

Validating non‑formal and informal learning is increasingly seen as a way of improving lifelong and lifewide learning. More European countries are emphasising the importance of making visible and valuing learning that takes place outside formal education and training institutions, for example at work, in leisure time activities and at home.


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pdf Digital literacy for migrants - Case Study

By Tagged in case, course, digital, Erasmus+, ErasmusPlus, Europe, ict, identity, inclusion, literacy, migrants, mooc, refugees, study, training, Uptake 1 download

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Randolph Preisinger-Kleine / Rebecca Kloza

Digital literacy for migrants: Case study on multiplicator seminars, conducted within the framework of the European UPTAKE ICT project

December 2016

This case study has been produced within the framework of the European UPTAKE ICT project, which promotes actions, to analyse the impact of ICT in a fast changing world and, to build contents and instruments for digital inclusion.

The project with support of the European Union has developed a Mooc-enhanced course program, addressing a broad range of ICT-related  skills and competences, needed to meet the demands of the digital society. The course program comprises a set of modular learning units, suitable for novice, advanced and experienced learners. It offers lessons on the use of computers, search engines and email services, how to use social media and build websites, but also how to program mobile applications. To name only a few.

In the case study we present the first findings from a series of trainings conducted in Germany. The purpose was to test and evaluate the course program with regard to its fitness for purpose, that is its effectiveness towards digital inclusion and digital literacy.

pdf Educational strategies and counselling interventions for the parents of children and teenagers with difficulties

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The Grundtvig project “Educational strategies and counselling interventions for the parents of children and teenagers with difficulties: good practices” focused on helping the parents with difficulties of building their own trajectory and sustaining their children. In recent years, a challenge to the counselling profession is to develop and apply collaborative approach to solve the complex problems of the society. Parents of children and teenagers having difficulties are an example of a major societal concern requiring cooperative, professional interventions.

This guide comprises the national reports about counselling session in each country, a set of case studies about the parents having children with emotional, educational, behavioural, physical or associated difficulties, some instruments and references. This materials are meant as a support for professionals in their daily work, starting from the idea that an European experience and exchange of good practices can help them in this field to realize a better job, giving, at the same time, better results on families.

pdf Entrepreneurship education at school in Europe

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This report provides the most recent information on strategies, curricula and learning outcomes, and also covers themes such as funding schemes and teacher education. The analysis focuses on primary education, lower and general upper secondary education as well as school-based initial vocational education and training. Information covers 33 countries participating in the Eurydice network. In addition, national information sheets provide an overview of entrepreneurship education in each country. The reference year is 2014/15

default OECD Skills Studies: Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in The Netherlands (2018)

By Tagged in education, enter.mode.en, entrecomp, entrepreneurial, entrepreneurship, Europe, skills

The higher education sector in The Netherlands offers excellent examples of what it means to be innovative and entrepreneurial, and promote entrepreneurial mind sets, entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange. Creating value from academic knowledge through innovative services, products, processes and business models that meet economic, social and environmental needs lies at the core of this strategy.
The current challenge is to strenghten the anchoring of value-creation processes in education and research. This can be achieved through increased interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurial mindset development across all subject areas, incentives for effective wider world engagement of researchers and students, and growth-oriented support for startups. This report presents an in-depth analysis of the policy framework and institutional practices and provides useful guidance for policy makers and university leaders across the world. HEInnovate is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the OECD to promote the innovative and entrepreneurial higher education institution.

pdf Quality in developing learning cities and regions - A guide for practitioners and stakeholders Popular

By Tagged in adult, city, collaboration, education, Europe, evaluation, germany, guide, handbook, hungary, kingdom, learning, Lifelong, networking, planning, QM, quality, region, romania, scotland, stakeholders, sweden, switzerland, united 1145 downloads

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R3L+ Handbook (extended version).pdf

Eckert T., Preisinger-Kleine R., Fartusnic C., Houston M., Jucevičienė P., Dillon, B., Nemeth, B., Kleisz T., Ceseviciute, I., Thinesse-Demel J., Osborne, M., Wallin, E.

Quality in Developing Learning Cities and Regions. A Guide for Practitioners and Stakeholders

Munich, January 2012, ISBN 978-3-00-037333-6

The concept of Learning Regions, Cities or Communities is very closely connected to the basic ideas of Lifelong Learning. We can find articles about the need for Lifelong Learning in the 1960s (e.g. Dahrendorf, 1965) noting that different terms meaning the same thing were used at that time (education permanente, lifelong education, permanent education etc.). International organizations such as UNESCO, the EU or the OECD played a prominent role in fostering the idea and principles of Lifelong Learning (Dohmen, 1996). In 1970 Paul Lengrand published principles of lifelong education supported by the UNESCO-initiative during the “International Year of Education”; the Faure-Report (1973) strongly recommended strengthening the relevance of informal learning and proclaimed lifelong learning as a ‘master concept’ for educational policies; and, in 1996 a year for Lifelong Learning was celebrated through an initiative of the OECD and the UNESCO.

The development of the Learning Regions-Initiatives was closely connected to these ideas (Goncalves, 2008). In 1973 there was an OECD initiative to establish ‘educating cities’. Seven cities were invited to develop strategies on prioritizing (lifelong) education: Adelaide, Edmonton, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Kakgawa, Pittsburgh and Vienna. The objective of this event was to improve economic performance through the provision of education and learning.

In the 1980s the term ‘learning city’ became more common and this was extended to encompass 'learning communities'. People talking about learning cities were convinced that only people are able to learn but learning happens in and can be supported by cultural and social interactions. This is why and how communities learn because their members share common goals, take efforts to attain them and so seek a common understanding and create shared knowledge. In this sense learning not only leads to better economic performance; it also supports the development of society in a democratic way through social inclusion, environmentally friendly behaviour and so on. According to Goncalves (2008) the idea of learning cities in the 21st century has two key pillars: equity and sustainability. In the last decade learning generally became more and more important: as a political concept in further developing cities and regions from the bottom up and so fostering sustainable development and active citizenship; as a concept to reduce inequality in our society; and – last but not least – as a concept to support economic development.

An overview of lifelong learning developments recognises that they align with other contemporary socio-economic issues such as: the development of a knowledge economy/society, increasing globalization and individualization, sustainability and demographic change. Goncalves (2008) and Osborne (2011) provide an overview of the association between those developments and the changes in the idea of learning regions or cities. Since an important topic of the R3L+ project is quality we focus briefly on developments in the learning sciences during the last decades believing that those changes had (have) a great influence on what we understand of quality and how we define it

This handbook has been designed to help those who are concerned with the reinforcement of local cooperation, as well as building and managing the learning region or city. It is intended to help lifelong learning practitioners on promoting a common culture of quality in local networks of lifelong learning.

The handbook offers case studies of Learning regions and Cities in Europe, taking into consideration their overall strategy, aims and objectives, framework of action, network architectures and organisational structures. It in particular looks at the various ways in which partnerships are built, means and ways of participation, how goal achievement is ensured, and action taken in order to stimulate the emergence of local "learning cultures”.

pdf Results from Stakeholder Consultation on European Key Competences Review

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This report is one of the outputs for the ‘Support of the stakeholder consultation in the context of the Key Competences Review’ study, which is being delivered by
the Danish Technological Institute and Ecorys.

It reports on the results of the stakeholder consultation overall, with special focus on the results of the public consultation. Also included in this report are the messages from a series of meetings, seminars and conferences with experts and stakeholders held in connection with the review.