European reactions to EQF proposal
As you probably know the European Commission published earlier this year a proposal for a European Qualifications Framework. According to the plan this proposal was to be subject to consultation over a six month period.
Communication White Paper to be adopted on 1 February 2006
We have heard about plan D, from Commission Vice-President Wallström. Now comes the concrete proposals for how to build a European democratic infrastructure. To Ms. Wallström, this is central in order to reconnect with citizens.
Questions about qualification frameworks
The idea to develop an overarching framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area was adopted by the European Ministers for Education in Berlin in 2003. Such a framework has been developed and adopted by the 45 Ministers for Education in their May 2005 meeting in Bergen.
EAEA Brussels closing for Christmas
The EAEA Main office in Brussels remains closed from Thursday, 22 Dec., noon, until 8 January 2006, Sunday. Hopefully we will all get some well deserved rest.
The implications of Competition for the Future of European Higher Education
European Education: Issues and Studies is currently soliciting manuscripts that explore the general theme of competition in European higher education. Recent scholarship, articles in the popular press, and government reports have reflected self-critically on many of the issues confronting European higher education today and how various governments have responded.
FACE 2005 Lifelong learning materials online
The theme for the FACE 2005 conference was "Towards a global understanding of lifelong learning: making a difference".
Festival de Aprendizaje
Address given by EAEA at the "Festival de Aprendizaje" organised by the Federación Española de Universidades Populares in Spain in December 2005
Editorial: The Road Ahead
It is a truism that one cannot see the wood for the trees. A former leading light in EAEA expressed surprise at the weight of EAEA´s agenda for 2006. Whereas I was aware of how much still needed to be done, he saw how far EAEA had developed in recent years. But we cannot be complacent: we still need to measure up to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Experience-Enabling Design: An approach to elearning design
By exploring other media, one discovers that building experiences is not about doing complex things. It is about doing simple things that will impact the eventual experience. Experience is the point of emotional engagement with the consumer. Today, experience drives consumption of both products and services. Products and services- - irrespective of what segment they operate in--sell experiences rather than features. To achieve this, the scope of design has to extend beyond functionality, to satisfy the experiential need.
I did it my way online
The NIACE and UIE joint publication `I did it my way` is now available for electronic download.
Learning about world literacy now easier
UNESCO has just launched a new Literacy Portal for sharing information on literacy projects and activities around the world. It will be developed progressively through the contribution of everyone involved in literacy work .
New project on lifelong learning in museums started
Recent research suggests that cultural institutions such as Libraries, Museums, Cultural centers etc. are considered by adult learners as more accessible and friendly learning environments than traditional educational institutions. Libraries are by far more accessible than all the others.
Creativity in Higher Education
European University Association is about to launch the Project "Creativity in Higher Education", with support from the Socrates Programme. The objective of this activity-based research project is to examine how higher education institutions can foster the development of an institutional culture of creativity and to draw implications for quality assurance processes.
Engaging young adults in literacy, language and numeracy
There are currently 1.1 million young adults in the UK aged 16 to 24 who are not in employment, education or training. Young adults in this group are far more likely to experience difficulties relating to literacy, language and numeracy, and consequently can find themselves further marginalised from formal opportunities.
Realising the Potential - a NIACE Comment
NIACE gives a warm welcome to Sir Andrew Foster´s report Realising the Potential - a review of the future role of further education colleges
. Given that eight in ten college students are adults, we particularly welcome the report´s recognition that listening to the voices of learners of all sorts must be a central part of reform.
EQF deadline approaching
Commissioner Jan Figel´ launched the Commission´s consultation on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) at the informal meeting of European education ministers in London on 12 July.
Lisbon 2010 relaunch; 23 national reform programmes ready
The European Commission has received the growth and jobs national reform programmes (NRPs) from all EU Member States except Poland and Germany, where new governments have just taken office. The Commission has started to assess the programmes and will table a report in January 2006, which will subsequently go to the March European Council.
Commission on the role of Education in "new" Lisbon 2010
In the policy subsection of the Growth and Jobs area at the EU Commission web site the role of education and lifelong learning is outlined, as understood in the larger context.
Active Citizenship in Berlin
The European Year of Citizenship through Education has almost ended. In December, people from associations engaged in education throughout the whole of Europe, and also outside Europe, gathered at the German Centre for Political Education (dbb-Forum) in Berlin to discuss and exchange experiences and ideas about how to engage citizens in the future development of our civic society.
Ireland: Aontas extremely disappointed with budget 2006
AONTAS, the National Association of Adult Education, is extremely disappointed with this afternoon´s Budget announcement.
France faces attitude change in education
LLinE reports on a necessity for a shift in attituted in the French educational system.
The Future of Lifelong Learning
The journal LLinE celebrated its 10th Anniversary in connection with the LLinE Conference 20 - 22 October, 2005.
New Quality Assurance Framework for Women's Community Education
AONTAS, the Irish National Association for Adult Education, has launched a new Quality Assurance Framework for women´s community education.
AONTAS Regional & General Meetings
AONTAS, the Irish National Association of Adult Education, held a series of regional meetings throughout Ireland during autumn 2005.
Launch of New AONTAS Magazine
AONTAS, the Irish National Association of Adult Education, has launched a new magazine for all those involved, or interested, in adult and community education.
Adult education information network INFOnet in operation
The Grundtvig 4 network INFOnet has started to work. The first work group meetings will be held early 2006.