The Project

EScAlADE is an Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships KA2 project funded by European Union which involves five partner from five European countries (Italy, Latvia, Poland, Greece and Spain).

aims at investigating about the benefits of a participative learning approach

 in non-formal adult e-learning programs.

Objectives which have been identified in the project proposal are:

  • to find the most appropriate and efficient methodology for the target people of the project;
  • the improvement of adult education methods, overcoming the digital divide occurring in an IT-based participatory approach;
  • the enhancement of adult learning effectiveness by removing the impact of negative factors into adult learning groups;
  • to attract adult people to training systems in order to reduce the level of low qualification;
  • to improve a type of training more appropriate to respond to the current labour market challenges
  • to experiment tools for supporting and facilitating adult learning when an active/ participatory strategy is adopted.

The methodology

Our approach grounds on a desk research and a survey based on a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews to a small sample of key subjects.

The output of our research will be the identification of the most efficient learning methodology for low qualified adult/elderly people expelled from the labour market or people about to lose their work focusing, especially, on the efficiency of participatory/active learning methodologies

EScAlADE research framework

The central aim of our research is to find solutions for the practical problems that arise if you try to apply a participative approach in an e-learning training.

Our applied research was also necessary to evaluate the implementation of a participative approach in an ICT-based learning environment

Desk research: Adult non-formal learning: create the knowledge base necessary to support the project development. In particular, the transformation of traditional training courses in ICT-based participating learning courses

Field research: semi-structured interviews  in order to better understand the context where the learning experiment will be realized

 

  • Aims of the project

The general aim of the project is to contribute to the elaboration of methods, strategies and materials useful to improve the teaching and learning among adults (especially low qualified expelled from the labour market or people about to lose their works) through an analysis and an experimental course, of the potentiality and effectiveness of learning active/participatory strategies, also considering the context and the opportunities offered by the new technologies.

  • Objectives

In detail, the project aims to:

  • To find the most appropriate and efficient methodology for people target of the project
  • The improvement of adult education methods, overcoming the eventual digital divides in an IT based participatory approach
  • The enhacement of adult learning effectiveness, removing the impact of negative factors into adult learning groups
  • To attract adult people to training system in order to reduce the level of low qualification
  • To improve a type of training more appropriated to respond to the current lavour market challenges (expulsion from the labour market, new jobs, new skills to be reemployed)

PRACTICAL OBJECTIVES

  • to produce a multimedia guide useful for all principals actors involved in adult education
  • to produce practical tools for supporting and facilitate adult learning when an active/participatory strategy is adopted

 

  • Phase 1

Literature analysis and needs analysis, to define the project theoretical background and operative context;

  • Phase 2

Experiment design, training course implementation, and education of trainers;

  • Phase 3

Training course to be run in each of the countries participating in the project, analysis of results, and evaluation

  • Expected Results

Expected impact on the participants, participating organisations, target groups and other relevant stakeholders

The expected impact of EScAlADE is to find the most efficient learning methodology for low qualified adult/elderly people, expelled from the labour market or people about to lose their work. Most efficient methodology means also a way to teach how could involve the learners and attract them. Especially low qualified adult people, in fact, are unused to attend training courses, have difficulties in attending courses, concentrating and listening a trainer for hours, in participating, in studying. A lot of them leave the course early even if it is compulsory (in some Countries, active policies force people with unemployment insurance to attend training courses). They are not attracted by lifelong learning, they doesn’t consider it a way to help them to get a better or a new job. This means that the impact at personal (for adults) and at societal (educational system) level is based on attractiveness. The impact at “trainers level” is to help them to manage the participants and to carry out an efficient training course and giving them a series of practical, functional instruments for evaluating strong and weak points of a given learning process (devoted to specific kind of educators: who designs courses, who plans courses, who keeps lessons, etc.).

This impact is expected to target the primary actors in the project: workers, unemployed, trainers, researchers participating in the project. Moreover, since the elderly learners are the project primary target group, the project deliverables are finalized to support the actions of all the subjects involved in their education. There is a strict relationship between the use of project outputs and products by educators and the impact to our target group. The project will impact the learners through the adult educational institution, structures and practitioners. For this reason, the experimental course will be developed adopting usability solutions that allow to reach the maximum range of users.

At the organisational level a similar impact is expected: the participating educational institutions will benefit through using the new learning methodology and the experimented course as a role-model and incubator in the organizations. As the engaged teams involve learners and trainers of different brunches of the educational institutions, the impact of the life of the organizations is expected to be considerable. This means that the post-project impact at organizational level is based on attractiveness.

The project is expected to have a significant impact at level of wider society of related stakeholders, including policy-makers. Temporary agencies, social institutions, institutions operating in adult learning field; public and private employment services, voluntary associations operating with elderly people, also  in active ageing field, could be interested in engaging in adult education, especially for the low qualified ones, expelled from the labour market in collaboration with a variety of education actors. It is therefore important to the project to generate knowledge and motivation to community stakeholders’ about adult education and its problems. This means also that EScAlADE is expected to have a significant impact on the future directions of these stakeholders and decisions made by them in this field (e.g providers of grant funds can address beneficiaries, through eligible activities listed in the call for proposals, to adopt, in their training projects for adult people, the methodologies experimented in this project).

Desired impact of the project at the local, regional, national, European and/or international levels

The project is expected to have a considerable impact at local/regional level and at European level.The multimedia guide and all material created for this project will be declared as public contents and will be published on web and will be accessible by any institution or person. Also the intermediate outcomes and preliminary evaluations presented in scientific magazines, conferences, workshop, etc. will be accessible on web so that they can be a reference for other projects or scientific and statistical researches. The multimedia guide can favourite collaboration, communication and innovative work forms among different users and stakeholders at different level because the innovations and change will in a majority of cases take place in the local and regional economic and social realities or in the wider realities of globalization. We expected a large local impact in terms of the improvement of the connection between employment services and training centres and participation of the stakeholders in promoting the EScAlADE methodology (e.g. to introduce it in an award criteria of public call for proposal).

For this reason each partner will organize local seminars and presentations to disseminate the project ideas and results at:

  • Local municipalities;
  • Local public and private employment services
  • Local after work associations and labor unions;
  • Local voluntary associations;
  • Local adult educational institution;
  • Local government institutions

Furthermore, being an European common problem (adult/elderly people expelled from the labour market for the crisis, to train for their re-employability), it is expected that EScAlADE will receive considerable interest and attention also from European community.

Since some partners organize annual international conferences, they will take advantage for presenting the project and drawing attention to it.

This guide will keep a usable approach, with examples and recommendations that can be easily applied.

All institutions and educators can find in it models, advises and suggestions to improve their courses and their teaching activities.

All the Consortium partners are involved in programs of adult education or are collaborating with institutions (Municipalities, Regional governments, etc.) and associations working in the field of adult learning, hence they

will use their relationships for identifying the better way to reach the recipients of the project. We count on the fact that many of the contacted institutions will spread the project outcomes and products through their social and learning networks, reaching other interested educational institutions. We will offer to these institutions all support they need. The EU level is also guarantee by the network of the partners. For example, IAL Nazionale is in the EURO-NET network. EURO-NET is a non-profit organization that is selected centre of the main European networks:

  • Europe Direct, Eurodesk etc…