EU Trainings

Effective Techniques and Good Practices in Non-Formal and Informal Education of Adults

 
 
This course is aimed at the acquisition of high competences considered essential in the field of adult education. Participants will be able to plan, organise, conduct, evaluate and report different types of learning activities tailored to their adult learners and within a wide range of fields (culture, languages, etc.)
DATES
  • 15th – 19th June 2020
  • 13th – 17th October 2020
TARGET GROUPS

Teachers, social workers, NGO staff, youth workers, HR professionals, employees of bodies providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services; students, young people  

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The principles taught in this course can be applied not only in educational and employment projects, but also in other areas, such as human rights, active citizenship, health education, culture, research, etc.

  • Learn cases of international good practice concerning non-formal and informal education and training of adult learners

  • Discuss characteristics of an adult learner and effective teaching strategies in adult education; 

  • Familiarise with technologies and experiment with ICT tools that can be used in adult education;

  • Discuss motivational strategies to encourage adult learners to start and continue studying;
  • Understand the essential elements of instructional design and organisation of courses and activities, including cultural, for adults;

COURSE PROGRAMME

      · Initial Self-Assessment

 

· Situation concerning non-formal and informal education of adult learners in different countries: from theory to practice

 

· Characteristics of adult learners and their ways of learning and  Learner-Centered Teaching

 

· Practical workshop 1: Develop your own educational offer

· Study visit: Museum of History and Art of Tarragona. Working sessions with technician of the museum

 

· Participation of adults in non-formal and informal activities and motivation elements and effective motivational Strategies

· Adult educator: a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a facilitator?

 

· Non-traditional methods in education and training of adults

 

· Study visits: Museum of the City of Reus and the Museum of Salvador Vilaseca. Working sessions with museum workers

 

 

· How to organize leisure and informal activities taking advantage of the territory and resources

 

 

· Practical workshop 2: Develop of an activity for adult learners. Educational needs of learners and teaching methods and tools matching them

· Study visit: Museum of Gaudi in Reus. Working sessions with museum workers

 

· Good practice cases of cultural offers: strategies targeted adult learners and their families

 

· Dissemination and outreach: how to attract your audience

 

 

· Practical workshop 3: Preparation of promotional materials for a cultural offer

· Meeting with the Director and technicians of the Tourism Department of the City Council of Reus

 

· ICT tools to increase the quality of educational processes working with adults

 

· Working with adult learners: study visits to leisure activities centres with language and technology classes, personal growth groups, sport activities and handicrafts sessions

 

· Practical workshop 4: Promotion and Dissemination of your cultural offer

· Presentation of a cultural offer and promotional materials developed during the course

 

· Peer Discussion and review

 

· Final self-assessment

 

· Final evaluation of the course

 

 

· Conclusions and certificates

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
  1. have improved their knowledge of characteristics of adult learners and motivational strategies in adult education
  2. have learnt cases of good practice concerning effective strategies for involving different target groups in informal and non-formal learning activities, especially cultural ones:
  3. have enriched their knowledge of non-formal and informal teaching strategies and tools in adult education;
  4. have familiarised and experimented with ICT tools that can be used in non-formal and informal adult education; 
  5. have improved their understanding of the essential elements of a cultural offer and how to create cultural offer from scratch for different target groups;
  6. have familiarised with techniques, tools and resources for promoting inclusion in adults’ education.
CERTIFICATES AWARDED 
  • Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
  • Europass Mobility Certificates – to be issued by the applicant’s National Agency
IMPORTANT NOTE

Face-to-face training takes place every day till around 5 pm. However, after that learning and project work continues by the participants working in teams. This team work is an essential way of learning.

Before their arrival, all the participants will be requested to complete a short evaluation questionnaire in relation to their competencies in the course topics. They will be requested to complete a similar questionnaire three months later to assess the impact of the skills acquired in the course (e.g. any feedback from their students, their colleagues or other partners or teachers that they have involved by applying the new practices they have acquired).

Our course trainers will act as mentors to all the participants in our course in order to support them in their new professional prospects in the area of training and education.