Digital competencies for staff in adult education - Transnational cooperation activity

Digital knowledge will be more and more important for staff in adult education to meet the requirements of very diverse target groups. However, not everybody has the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to use digital technologies in a critical, collaborative and creative way in their daily work. Transnational collaboration, the exchange of innovative ideas and good practices between European educational institutions through Erasmus+ programme is an opportunity for tackling a variety of issues.

45 participants from 16 European programme countries met in the beginning of December in Cologne for a contact-making seminar in the context of the Erasmus+ programme. All representatives from adult education organisations were interested in finding partner institutions to build up new projects with the focus on digitalisation or to expand their project networks.

Getting to know each other

The contact-making seminar started with a warm welcome of the National Agency at BIBB. The facilitator Paul Guest introduced the Erasmus+ Programme in form of a quiz. During several informal activities, participants got the opportunity to get to know each other. The day ended with an European fair where participants continued their discussions, presented their organisations to each other and offered a variety of tasty specialities from their countries.


After a short morning warm up and a review on the first day, Karin Kulmer from CONEDU started with a keynote „Impact of Digitalisation on Educational Institutions“. Her speech gave a broad overview starting with an example on how digitalisation affects her own work in the organization and finished with a view into the future.

Then participants started a group activity on questions how digitalisation or digital technology have changed their jobs in recent years and what changes are needed to operate effectively in this new world. This exercise led to the development of project ideas, which were presented in an open space. Small groups were formed and they started to work on the specific project ideas with the focus on the needs and the target groups of the potential partners in the project.After lunch, Torsten Schneider und Anke Dreesbach introduced the funding rules for Key Activity 1 "Mobility for staff in adult education“ and for Key Activity 2 "Strategic Partnerships in adult education“. Two practitioners supported their introduction to the formal requirements of the Key Activities and reported from their own experience implementing this kind of EU-projects.

Next, the participants went back to their project development groups discussing the project delivery planning. The second day closed with a team building activity where each of the project groups built a tower using spaghetti, marshmallows and a balloon. In the end, the highest tower in relation to costs-effectiveness was identified as the winner.


The last day started again with a review and a short warm up. Later the project groups continued their work supported by representatives from the Belgium, Estonian and German NA. Which roles do the partners have? How will dissemination be planned and the impact be measured? With these points for discussion the project, groups went back into their workspaces. Later on they developed their project presentations for the final plenary session.

The last session offered the chance for all project groups to present their projects developed so far. eight KA 2 and three KA1 potential project proposals resulted from this intensive seminar.

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