After a fantastic two-year journey that engaged more than 200 European practitioners in adult education, the consortium of the DIMA 2.0 project is proud to launch not only policy recommendations and a toolkit with strategies for adult education providers but also a self-learning platform.
DIMA 2.0, a project that sought to improve and extend the supply of adult education strategies will be officially completed by the end of this month. The project developed a set of resources for adult education providers and adult educators that will guide them to design high-quality strategies, taking into consideration the needs and characteristics of low-skilled and low-qualified individuals. Over the course of the project, the partners actively engaged adult education providers, adult educators, education policymakers, academics, and specialists in their countries to identify and document the national and European needs and to ensure the relevance of the project’s results.
The DIMA 2.0 resources aim at the professional development of these professionals aligned with the needs of their countries. The main deliverables of the project include:
- A Toolkit for developing and monitoring strategies for adult education providers
- Training modules for adult education providers and educators: a comprehensive curriculum and training materials to support educators and teachers based on the resources of the Toolkit, which includes four Modules supporting adult educators to teach specific key competences to adults, wish a focus on the use of digital means. Additionally, the training modules have been developed as a self-paced online course, which is hosted on the project’s e-learning platform.
- An E-learning space and OERs that features a self-paced E-learning Course for adult education providers and educators, with online training modules that focus on strategies that will cover the needs of low-skilled adults. The E-learning space also hosts an e-Library with useful resources related to Adult Education needs and priorities.
These tools and resources have been developed based on the findings of an extensive survey that took place in the beginning of the project in countries of the organisations participating in the consortium and in Europe in general.
The project has also produced a policy recommendation summarising lessons-learned, providing guidance for adult education providers and decision-makers. This set of recommendations will be building a bridge between policymakers, organisations, and providers working in adult education and add to the dialogue on European ALE policy and its initiatives.
The project’s deliverables are expected to enhance the motivation, knowledge, and understanding of adult education providers in the field, and build their competences to design more effective programmes and improve existing ones, with a special focus on low-skilled or low-qualified adults.
The project kicked-off back in December 2019 by a consortium from Cyprus, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, and an associate partner from Switzerland. Building on the great groundwork done by DIMA 2.0, the project’s consortium is happy about the achievement and is thanking all ALE practitioners and stakeholders who have contributed to this great outcome.