Digital Skills 4 All
KA2 Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Coordinator: Rääma Noorte Ühing Noorus (Estonia)

Partners:

“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 will 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.

This will be done through an integrative approach in collecting, sharing and disseminating innovative and inclusive teaching and learning practices using ICT tools and digital methods. In this regard, the specific objectives of the project for adult educators are:
-To reflect adult educators’ role in relation to digital approaches;
-To empower adult educators to fully exploit all the potentials of digital education and ICT tools to deliver basic skills education;
-To improve adult educators’ knowledge of usage of different digital tools making them understand what kind of skills are needed in different contexts;
-To provide adult educators with appropriate training opportunities for further developing their professional knowledge, skills and competences;
-To enhance mutual learning and share of good practices;
-To compose a set of learning materials as open educational resources (OER);
-To create an online platform that will contain all the outcome of the projects and allows adult educators/teachers/trainers to use quickly and easily all materials produced during the project.

The direct target group of the project will be Adult Educators involved in adult learning who will upgrade their digital skills and use of technology, whereas the indirect target group is adult learners, who will benefit from digitally Adult Educators through the provision of high quality adult learning. Extending and developing educators’ competences, particularly in the effective use of ICT in adult learning, for better outreach and improved learning outcomes is one of the key objectives of the Erasmus+ adult programme for 2018.

The necessity to conduct this project transnationally is due to our intention to increase the capacity of action in the current context of adult educators and to bridge the adult digital skills gap between. In addition, the project also supports the EU’s role in tackling this issue such as the “Upskilling Pathways Initiative” adopted in 2016, which enables adults who did not learn to read, write, count or did not acquire digital skills in school to do so later in life.