Digital Skills 4 All Erasmus Project

General information for the Digital Skills 4 All Erasmus Project

Digital Skills 4 All Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title

Digital Skills 4 All

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2018

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; ICT – new technologies – digital competences; Intercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong)learning

Project Summary

“The digital age is expanding into all areas of our lives, and it is not just those who work in IT that will need to be alert of the digital transformation,” said Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (January, 2018). Although we live in an increasingly online world, a significant part of the population remains digitally excluded. A recent report, “The Digital Skills Gap in Europe”, released by the European Commission on October 2017 has revealed that 44% of Europeans aged 16-74 do not have basic digital skills so near half of European adults lack basic digital skills. Adults without basic digital skills are less likely to manage their finances, access government services and cheaper products and are more likely to suffer from isolation, have lower incomes, be disenfranchised and have children who underachieve at school. In addition, the EU estimates that 90% of all jobs in the future will require at least basic digital skills, meaning that Europe could be facing a digital skills gap among European adults.

It is therefore more important than ever that adult educators develop their own digital and pedagogical skills. At the same time, it is widely acknowledged that adult educators and trainers face many challenges as they deal with increasingly complex and diverse learning situations and meet competence demands in a constantly changing work environment with the evolvement of new technologies. As a result, there is an urgent need to provide adult educators/trainers a comprehensive professional development programme for upgrading and up-skilling their digital skills.

Having all this in mind, “Digital skills 4 All” project aimed to provide guidance and training for adult educators across Europe on how to use ICT tools and digital methods to better deliver basic skills adult education.

Beyond the project participants to the training event (C1) and the other participants to the Multiplier event (E1) other people were reached by project activities. In fact, people not receiving a specific grant also benefited from the project and approximately through physical and online dissemination activities more than 3,000 people were reached and get aware of the project outcomes and activities.

The project was managed in a collaborative way, based on collective intelligence and regular communication. This methodology also meant that steps were realized in time bound manner as any lateness or missing parts could have direct influence on other partner work.
The following methodology was applied: Plan, Do, Check, Act. This aims to constantly monitor the project advancement and to ensure permanent quality improvement. Feedbacks from participants, partner staff, adult educators and any parties involved in project activities were used for the continuous improvement of the project, using the PDCA method (plan, do, check, act).

The project seen the realization of four transnational meetings (Final meeting was online due to COVID-19), one final multiplier event (realized online due to COVID-19), one transnational training event for staff and three Intellectual Outputs:

IO1-E-learning modules.
IO2 -Training Materials handbook.
IO3 -Digital Guide of best practices.

The project had direct, positive effects on the different participants as they acquired more specialized knowledge on digital skills and understand the importance of having digital skills for transferring them to low skilled adults, and through the peer-learning among adult educators there was concrete opportunities of intercultural contact as well as upskilling professional competences, adding comparative assessment and rating of the results, the perception of a professional growth and greater social recognition of educational mission by stakeholders.

Target groups and other stakeholders included international bodies, adult centres, non-profit organization working with disadvantaged adults, willing to add non-formal activities to their formal curriculum; local and regional administrative bodies looking for support for fostering adult initiatives in their area, and at large organizations interested in ICT education for their workers. These will benefit from the positive outcome achieved, in terms of their replicability and dissemination, improving their visibility and their impact within their own community.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 73847 Eur

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