Category Archives: Taccle Adult (IO5)

Getting ready for the holiday break – Looking forward to next year

In my recent posts I have summarised the results that have been achieved for the EU-funded project TACCLE 4 CPD from the perspective of vocational education and training (VET). In addition I have provided insights into the work with Open Educational Resources (OER) as support for vocational teaching/learning arrangements. Altogether I have been relatively pleased when wrapping up the achievements by the end of the year. As I see it, I have completed my tasks for the project and thus I can enjoy the holiday break.

Before going on holiday I would like to make one point concerning the contribution of our project to the field of adult education. At the end of October I was invited to visit the kick-off meeting of a new EU-funded project “Artificial intelligence (AI) and vocational education and training (VET)”. In my guest presentation I had the chance to inform the participants of the initiative of the Finnish Government to provide online training for the whole population in matters related to AI. By that time the course “The Elements of AI“ had already reached one fifth of the population and it was gaining wider popularity. The partners of the new project were very interested of this course. In November I wrote a blog post of this working visit.

Later on I was informed that the Finnish government has promoted this course as n initiative of the Finnish EU-presidency. In this context the course will be made available in all EU languages and the goal is to educate 1% of the European citizens in the basics of AI.

I cannot claim that I would be an expert in AI or in organising such online courses. But I would assume that this particular pilot case is interesting for our project and in particular for its contribution to the field of adult education. I leave this idea at this point and let us see if we can get further in the beginning of next year.

I wish all my partners and contributors in the project and all readers of this blog a merry Christmas break and a good slide to the New Year 2020!

About IO5: Developing Technology Enhanced Learning in Adult Education

This section of the project work will produce a report with recommendations for the applicability and transference of the outcomes of the project to Adult education and highlighting areas of difference. It will also include adapted versions of the key deliverables IF they are felt to be appropriate.

Technology Enhanced Learning and the creation and use of digital media has been slow to make an impact in adult education. In many countries there is very little in the way of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for adult education teachers in general compared with teachers in the school sector. This is in part due to the high proportion of Adult Education teachers who are part time or who are teaching Leisure / Liberal Arts /Hobby classes that do not lead to examinations. Adult education is notoriously underfunded in most countries which makes investment in CPD even less likely. However, it also means that training has high impact in Adult Education .