On 28th September 2017 the project coordinator, Galina Kushanova, took part in the conference The Adult Educator and Innovation 27 – 28th September 2017, Lund, Sweden presenting the Nordplus Adult project “Step forward into growth” to educators, workplace representatives, trainers, and managers.
The aims of the conference:
- exchange perspectives on existing Nordic projects and results from initiatives of the Nordic Council of Ministers, NVL and Nordplus Adult within the theme of “competence development of those who organise, facilitate, and carry out adult education”,
- get an overarching view of the needs of those who organise, facilitate, and carry out adult education in different contexts, e.g. public and private companies, vocational schools, liberal education, and third sector jobs,
- recommend new ideas of how to develop the competence of those who are engaged in the learning process of adult learners.
Program of the conference http://nvl.org/Portals/0/DigArticle/14943/Programme_English_26.09.pdf
The project was presented during the workshop Learning in work life – learning at work place https://nvl.org/Motesplatser/Konferanser-arkiv/VoksenlaererenLund. Participants in the workshop discussed some of the themes introduced in the presentations as well as reflected on their understanding of adult educators’ competences and competence development.
The international project "Step forward into growth" is gaining momentum. The main goal of the project is to create a unified platform of training methods aimed at supporting self-directed learning in the workplace and to increase the number of opportunities for developing transferable skills for employees of various enterprises and organizations.
Within the framework of this project, the second meeting of the group was held, consisting of representatives from three partner organizations based in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, whose activities relate to adult learning. This time the meeting took place on May 11-12, 2017 in the hospitable Latvian town of Ligatne.
We discussed the methods we use for training in the workplace and other methods that could be applied in organizations. The working group discussed further steps for testing the proposed methods. The participants analyzed these methods and identified the potential opportunities for applying them to different types of organizations.
Within the framework of the meeting, there were already opportunities for testing some methods, since the meeting was held in the center of Amatu creative training. A master class and excursions were held for the project participants. Representatives of the organizations discussed among themselves the possibilities for applying methods to creative/art organizations and identified the potential for further development.
A friendly atmosphere, mutual understanding, and the general mood of all participants for long-term and fruitful cooperation contributed positively to the implementation of all planned activities within the framework of this meeting. This once again proves the importance of a positive physical, and to a greater extent, psychological environment for the successful learning and achievement of results.
The first transnational meeting of the Nordplus Adult project “Step forward into growth” took place on 11-13th December 2016 in Narva, Estonia. The project aims at supporting self-directed learning in the workplace, increasing opportunities for developing transversal skills, and promoting growth mindset culture in the organisation. Three partner institutions and professionals in the field of adult education from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania share their best practices, exchange ideas, and work out tools and a model for adult training that supports self-directed learning and resilience of adult learners in the workplace.
Duration of the project: August 2016 – July 2018
Vestifex Adult Learning Centre (Estonia) www.vestifex.com
Ligatne Municipality (Latvia) http://www.ligatne.lv/
Vilnius Adult Education Centre (Lithuania) www.vsmc.lt
The main project output is an e-book comprising a collection of tools and the model of adult training that supports self-directed learning in the workplace, guidelines, and recommendations on their use in various work environments.
Seven representatives of partner organisations came together at the project’s kick-off meeting in order to get to know each other better, to build a team for effective cooperation during two years, to achieve a common understanding on the ways and approaches of our work, to set up selection criteria for the tools, to define the target groups, to elaborate dissemination and evaluation plans. Two participants from each partner institution will be involved in the meeting.
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