VIC on EPALE

In May, the German National Agency invited the VIC team to contribute with an article to the EPALE’s thematic focus for June “Assessing adults’ skills”.
The article highlights major findings from the first research phase, gives an overview of the envisaged training course for adult educators, and explains the guiding principle for the further development work.
You can find our article here.

BADGES kick-off meeting in Kassel

On November 8. and 9. the BADGES consortium met for the first time in Kassel.
BADGES sets out to develop a learning and validation approach for cultural and heritage sites that leads to the award of digital badges to visitors who participate in specific learning activities offered by the sites.
The consortium unites heritage sites and public institutions who wish to make additional offers to their visitors, public relations agencies and learning concept developers specialised in validation of non-formal and informal learning (VINFL).

LISTEN – Survey on storystelling

“Storytelling is understood to be live oral telling of stories, engaging directly with listeners to create a shared experience. Storying … is one of the most fundamental ways of making meaning and thus pervades all aspects of learning, regardless of age.” (M. Hamilton and M. Weiss, 2005)

The LISTEN team has launched a survey about storytelling as method in education, especially for working with refugees and other involuntary migrants. Your answers will help us to define the needs of educators and care takers as a basis for our work in this project. Find the survey in all partner languages here.

SASSI Award – Win a trip to the Netherlands!

SASSI Awards for innovative workforce development strategies for the ageing workforce

We are seeking submissions of innovative workforce development strategies that maintain and improve the motivation and productivity of older workers; strategies that enhance inclusion and age-diversity whilst supporting an organisational vision, and that create positive organisational outcomes.

The SASSI Awards aim to highlight and celebrate this good practice. The Awards will be presented at the SASSI Conference in Meppel, Netherlands on 18th May 2017.

Winners will receive a grant for their travel and accommodation costs.

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LISTEN – Learning Intercultural Storytelling

Today is the first day of our new 2-project funded under Erasmus+. The project aims at using the storytelling approach in a radio environment as a means of communication and a way of integrating refugees in the community.
Storytelling has a great potential to attract and motivate people to learn, to connect with others and to express themselves. It offers a common approach to personal development and learning that has the potential to unite the different sectors in a community because of being interactive, immediate and very personal. Through storytelling, refugees will be motivated to express themselves and share their life story with the hosting community. Continue reading

SASSI – Train the trainers … the experience

Silver Sage_FinalAfter the preliminary phase the trainers eventually met in Matosinhos for the 5-day face-to-face training.
Trainers from UK, Portugal, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, and the Netherlands attended the course to find out more about the SASSI project and the SASSI approach to validate competences in terms of designing, delivering and evaluating age-responsive training.
It was an intense week, rich of exchanges, fruitful discussions and a lot of inspiration. Continue reading