Context/background of project
The LiveLearn project is targeted to senior learners aged 65 and above. It addresses life long learning in a context where senior learners keep gaining knowledge about topics they are particularly interested in (such as arts, sociology, philosophy, etc), thus they are intrinsically motivated. They learn with the purpose to keep active, up-to-date and integrated. Educational institutions offer this educational activity based on theoretical content (conferences, workshops, etc) and practical activities (extra academic activities, workshops done outdoors). In this project we integrate in other subjects and courses digital competences, which provide the capacity of information, communication, creation of networks, dissemination, etc. We are aware that trainers need to acquire techno-pedagogical skills so they can integrate in their courses ICT-based activities and competences.
Objectives of the project
We aim at extending and developing the competences (1st aim) of the involved staff with non-formal and informal education of senior learners through the effective use of ICT. We promote the use of experiential learning methodology applied to extra-academic activities by applying them to senior learners for their acquisition of cultural awareness competencies, values and attitudes, including the ones related to social inclusion and digital inclusion, active participation and collaboration (4th aim) through innovative ICT-based methods (2nd aim), providing tools for educators for assessment and validation of competences learnt (3rd aim).
Our main resource for reaching the expected impact will be the production of the Intellectual outputs (IO) and their dissemination, not only restricting the project life, but also promoting its use afterwards, in partners’ institutions and also by others. The course and pedagogical materials will be ICT-based to make its distribution easy and reusable (open license). It is expected to share and distribute the results after the learning activities so other institutions can learn and acknowledge the benefits of this educational activity.
IO1 – Assessment Toolkit; a tool useful for educational staff and other staff not related to education (touristic guides, facilitators,…) that will help them to better design the ICT-based educational activity, it will be possible to uncover the senior citizens’ needs
IO2 – Course curricula: a course where educators will extend their knowledge about senior citizens and pedagogical competencies to this specific target. This course will contain didactic guidelines, a methodology proposal to be applied for an Experiential Classroom performance with ICT-based activities and finally, study cases.
By the completion of IO1 and IO2 we aim to fulfil the priorities and aims named in this application form. We want to provide the trainers of all Europe the capacity of using an ICT tool for teaching that takes advantage of the information and communication technologies in a way that everybody does in their own life (by sharing, collaborating, making connections) and we think that has huge
potentialities on the education; that is during a course, and afterwards (on an informal learning team).
We want senior learners to enjoy this activity, and not to consider it a duty; it is an experience they love to take part in and also share and keep doing after the end of the project. Partnership is already involved in this kind of learning activities, however, now the social utility and impact are increased. To get this we will extend and develop educators’ competences (staff involved in extra-academic and cultural activities) to teach to senior citizens through the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Educators will increase their skills and competences to identify and better design (with the help of IO1), educational activities, and deliver learning activities (thanks to IO2) to senior citizens’, including also assessing the senior needs and assessing and evaluating the impact.
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