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Blended course for educators involved in education of low-educated and low-skilled adults

ABOUT THE LEARNERSMOT PROJECT

The project "How to Trigger Primary Motivation for Learning in Low-Educated Adults Using ICT Tools" is meant to empower adult educators offering them and constructing with them knowledge and skills needed for working with low-educated and low-skilled adult learners wanting to trigger their primary motivation for learning.

To this end, different motivational strategies, methods and techniques have been surveyed, collected, and offered to adult educators, asking them to test and evaluate them in adult education centres in their respective countries

Additionally, wanting to make these tools accessible to an international audience, an open educational platform, comprising interactive resources for adult educators and other practitioners, has been created. It includes literature and references on literacy, motivation, learning and teaching strategies in the partner languages as well as a survey of best practices in the field of basic skills teaching adult learners as well as an online interactive handbook of already existing motivational strategies used by adult educators working with low-educated and low-skilled adult learners.

To achieve this, the project implemented the following activities:

Development of a European Report for adult educators engaged in the field of low literacy (functional illiteracy).The partners of the LearnersMot project conducted national surveys regarding the education of low-educated and low-skilled adults in their countries. The results of the national surveys were then compared and interpreted in a European compiled report. The goals of the national surveys were as follows:

  • to examine the awareness of the existence, meaning and nature of functional illiteracy in the selected countries;
  • to examine to what extent adult educators perceive education of low-literates as unique and different from other target groups in adult education;
  • to examine to what extent functional illiteracy in selected European countries is being dealt with through specific educational formats for adult educators;
  • to get an insight into the partners’ identified core needs in the field
  • to find out the characteristics of low literate participants
  • to examine the existing strategies for motivating low literates;
  • to find out about the types of educational processes applied;
  • to get an insight into the methods used in this type of education.

Pack for Adult Educators consisting of three parts: a resource library, a collection of good practices and an interactive Handbook.

Resource Library: A collection of national studies and existing online resources on literacy, motivation, teaching and learning strategies, both in English and in partner languages

Good Practices: A compilation of good practices in the field of teaching basic skills to different groups of adults with low educational levels, including examples developed by the same partners or other cases that the partner organizations have known or experienced.

Interactive Handbook on existing motivation strategies used by educators of low-skilled and low-qualified adults that has been prepared with the contributions of all the partners.

Blended course for educators. The objective of the course is to improve the professional skills of adult educators, offering them the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to motivate low-educated and low-qualified adults and maintain them in education.