In the future, 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills, as digital technologies are already used for work and employability in many sectors from education, training and healthcare to transport, farming and the information and communications technology industry. According to the Digital Skills and Jobs Policy, 16 Member States including Ireland, already recognised the importance of the development of digital skills of their citizens and are in the process or already adopted relevant strategies aimed at enhancing digital literacy and skills, while other countries such as Latvia, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, and Spain did not yet. The above hurdles are calling for collective transnational efforts to educate adults and prepare them for the digital world we live in.
To address the gap and needs of the field, the DigitALAD project’s objectives are to:
- Build the capacity of adult educators to become digitally literate in their teaching practices
- Build the competencies of adults to use digital tools for employability
- Develop innovative quality resources for adult educators/ trainers and adults
- Promote awareness on the importance of digital skills for adults in Europe
DigitALAD Training Programme for adult educators
A training programme (IO1) will be designed and developed that will target adult educators and that will be a valuable resource for their daily practice.
E-learning space and gamified online learning modules
A gamified environment for adult educators (IO2) will be developed which will include pedagogical material and innovative resources and OERs for them to use for employability.
Impact assessment study and practice recommendations
An impact assessment study will be designed to measure the impact of the project
Policy Recommendations Report
The Policy Recommendation report will include recommendations derived from the implementations with adult educators and with adult learners.
European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is the voice of non-formal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a European NGO, with 133 member organisations in 43 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide, whose purpose is to link and represent European organisations directly involved in adult learning. EAEA was founded in 1953 by representatives from a number of European countries. EAEA promotes adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.Visit website
Schweizerischer Verband für Weiterbildung SVEB
SVEB is the Swiss national umbrella organisation for adult education and operates as a professional association and advocacy organisation. SVEB manages the national training-of-trainers system and is responsible for eduQua, the national quality label for adult learning providers.
In addition, SVEB leads and contributes to innovative projects for the development and research in adult education in Switzerland and Europe. Target groups of these projects are adult education providers and trainers as well as (non-)participants in adult education, such as marginalised adults, older people or migrants. The 750 SVEB members represent private and state institutions for adult education, associations, in-house training departments and individuals.Visit website
INNOVADE LI is an SME based in Cyprus, with a team of professionals with several years of experience in strategic visioning, business development, social entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, and academic industries. Its goal is to assist clients to define and attain their Strategic Goals and achieve their operational objectives by providing an unparalleled level of expert support. INNOVADE LI works with organizations to help them streamline technological advancements and productivity tools into their processes to ensure that they improve performance, and increase their productivity and profitability.Visit website
Jaitek Technology & Training
Jaitekis a Spanish company specialized in ICT training together with technical developments and implementations in educational institutions (of all educational levels) throughout Spain, both in presence and eLearning.The company provides consulting, implementsand validates eLearning environments. Here we deal with both the Instructional Design of courses and the customization of eLearning Platforms. We are experienced in all sorts of training: eLearning, blended learning and presence, giving customized solutions, technical support, and preparation of training resources (these could be SCORM compliant) for using in any kind of devices and collaboration in the development of teaching units for on-line training. At Jaitek we are aware that today's society demandscompanies and professionals who are constantly training and growing. Companies adapted to their time and adaptable to the many changes that are occurring and will occur in the future.Visit website
Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology - (CARDET)
CARDET (Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology) an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, research and development organization based in Cyprus. It is one of the leading research and development centres in the Euro-Mediterranean region, with global expertise in project design and implementation, capacity building, and e-learning. CARDET is independently affiliated with universities and institutions from around the world, such as the Yale University, the University of Nicosia and the International Council of Educational Media. CARDET has completed numerous projects relating to the development of capacity building and planning in education and VET, youth support, adult learning, literacies, digital tools, eLearning, educational technology, and social integration of marginalized groups.Visit website
The Rural Hub
The Rural Hub was set up as an association by a group of education, training and rural development professionals as a response to the impact ofthe economic crisis on small rural villages and towns in Ireland. Since it was first established in 2012, The Rural Hub has been providing a wide range of training and capacity development programmes to local residents and community groups. We specialisein the area of community development and have developed a number of local initiatives to support the social inclusion of disadvantaged rural youth, migrant communities and isolated older residents. We work with these groups, using creative approaches andthe testing of digital media resources to support greater social cohesion among local communities in County Cavan. We have a developed network of county-wide stakeholders who support our work on a thematic basis.Visit website
University of Aegean
The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984. It is a Network University of “academic ports of studies and research”, successfully established in 6 campuses spread across the Aegean Archipelago and offers a unique academic, natural, cultural and human environment to experience. UAegean has established strong partnerships and effective communication with several National, European and International Universities, Institutions, Organizations, Authorities and the Public. It is a strong social and economic factor and acts as Regional Innovator in the 2 Greek Regions of the Aegean Archipelago: The North Aegean and the South Aegean Region. The plethora of UAegean’s research projects are designed to improve the regional Innovation Capabilities for Human Capital Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer, Career Development, and Mobility of Researchers (brain-gain).Visit website
University of Latvia
University of Latvia (LU) with 13,000 students, 13 faculties and more than 20 research institutes is one of the largest comprehensive research universities in the Baltic States with educational and research potential in humanities, social and natural sciences. The only higher education institution from Latvia ranked in the QS Top Universities ranking. UL is especially proud that its degree of internationalization has been recognized as high in several rankings, such as QS Top Universities, Multirank, Interfax ranking. UL pays great attention to the development of international collaboration, and supports different schemes of mobilityVisit website
Linda Daniela is a professor and senior researcher, Dean of Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, Chair of the Council for PhD Defence in Education in University of Latvia. She also serves as Expert in Education at the Council of Sciences of the Republic of Latvia.
Alise Oļesika is a scientific assistant at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art. She wrote her master’s thesis about conceptualization of higher education student´s digital transversal competence. Her scientific interests are Augmented reality in education, Digital competence and its development in higher education.