Adult Educators’ Beliefs About Their ICT Competencies and Their Professional Use of ICTs

As part of valorisiation/dissemination of StepUp project, we are proud to share a research based on the project (and other frameworks), that was presented at the 2019 Edmedia + Innovate Learning Conference in Amsterdam by Yashtee Gowreea and Koen DePryck Vrije from the Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Institute of Knowledge Management (Belgium).

StepUpNewsThe use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral part of our society and a basic competency for learners and thus also for educators. This paper presents findings on adult educators’ use of ICT in different aspects of teaching and training and reports on their perception of their ICT competencies. A questionnaire based on the EU DigCompEdu framework for digital competence of educators (looking at ICT in educators’ professional competencies, in their pedagogic competencies and in their effect on learners’ ICT competencies) and on the questionnaire developed by the EU-funded consortium StepUp2ICT for adult educators looking at the use of ICT in different phases of their work (planning and coordination of teaching, assessing learners needs, training design, developing content, training delivery and the evaluation of training) was used to collect data from in-service teachers at a Center for Adult Education in Flanders (Belgium). Qualitative results from this survey indicate that adult educators are making use of ICT in different aspects of their professional activities but remain mostly within their comfort zone and only marginally explore new ICT tools and competencies. A more (pro)active professional development is called for.

The complete presentation on this link

 

Gowreea, Y. & DePryck, K. (2019). Adult Educators’ Beliefs About Their ICT Competencies and Their Professional Use of ICTs. DigCompEdu and StepUp2ICT as Frameworks for Professional Development. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1286-1295). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 17, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/210138/.

 

The fourth transnational meeting of the Mingle project was held in Santander

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On June 27 and 28, the partners of the Mingle project held the fourth transnational meeting in the city of Santander. Two days of work to plan future actions within the project.

The partners from Cyprus, Greece, Sweden and Germany came to Santander to participate in this event in which they reviewed the activities already implemented and defined the strategies to follow to achieve the objectives proposed in the project. In addition, a practical workshop was held to determine the next actions within the Mentoring phase and the HTM platform (How-to-Mingle).

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Successful facilitator's workshop within the Mingle project

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On May 14, the facilitator’s workshop was held at the CMICAD headquarters in the framework of the Mingle project: generating social and human capital for third-country nationals.

The workshop, led by Javier Farto, president of Documenta, had a total of eleven participants who, during the day planned the next activities that will be developed in the Mingle project: the Mingling Experiences.

During the workshop, the participants could deepen the project, especially in the methodology of the Mingling Experiences, as well as in the actions carried out until now and the actions that will be developed in the future, in a climate of work and exceptional creativity. Representatives of Santander City Council, Santurban, CMICAD, Feria de las Naciones and Documenta planned and designed the future Mingling Experiences that will be developed during the next months.

The Mingling Experiences that will be carried out are an innovative phase of the project, where through various activities it seeks to discover the shared cultural and social elements between immigrants and locals. These experiences will allow immigrants to meet and bond with local people, sharing feelings and experiences, thus contributing to the accumulation of social capital in the form of networks and personal connections. In addition, it is expected that local people who participate in the Mingling Experiences will benefit in the same way, acquiring better attitudes towards immigrants after discovering all the common points they share.

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DOCUMENTA starts the training courses on intercultural skills of the Mingle project

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DOCUMENTA will give two workshops on Intercultural Skills and Civic and Social Competences at the CMICAD facilities (C / San José nº10) on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of May with the purpose of contributing to the objective of the Mingle project: to facilitate active citizenship and improve the integration of immigrants in the host society. In addition to classroom training, visits to the most important social, institutional and cultural resources of the city will be organized.

On 17th April, the language skills training phase was completed with six Spanish courses at different levels and a total of 109 immigrants attended. There was a successful participation and a great reception of this initiative by the immigrant population residing in the community.

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