History of the Project

Contact Seminar

During a contact seminar of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) in Italy in December 2007 the partners have formed to a learning partnership describing their specific competences and added values for the partnership. Together they developed the EXCITE project and applied for a LLP funding under the 2008 call for proposals which was successful in any of the participating countries.

Learning Partnership

Within the project proposal the partners already distributed their roles and responsibilities within the planned project as follows:

Germany
Italy
Latvia
Sweden

UK
  
- coordination and overall project management
- evaluation (overall and learning activities)
- expertise in working with underprivileged and senior learners
- web-based project and communication platform with learner forum/community
- expertise in distance learning and teaching methodologies


Especially by sharing of methods and best practice all partners were able to implement new instruments to their own learning environments, learning processes and target groups. For communication and exchange within the partnership the Swedish Lärcentrum Vansbro provided a web-based communication platform which is also used for public dissemination purposes. Implementing the EU funded mobilities the partnership elaborated a detailed work plan, introduced best practice tools, planned piloting activities and evaluated their results.

Aims and Objectives of the Project

Main Objectives

The overall project objective is to increase digital competences of disadvantaged people, who are discriminated on the job market by their age, regional, educational or migration background. The project initiates an exchange of best practice in different fields of adult learning.

Specific Objectives

In detail the projects aims to
 reach learners which are outside the learning path
 contribute to the reduction of digital illiteracy and divide
 create community learning forums

Target Groups and Beneficiaries

The activities of the partnership are focused on underprivileged and senior learners who are unable to use new information and communication technologies (ICT) and who are hence limited in their personal adaptability and employability.

Activities and Results

Transfer of Experiences

Within the learning partnership the partners initiated a mutual exchange and test of methods which were successfully implemented in their countries of origin before. This transfer of experiences opens new possibilities for any target group involved, i.e. learners, trainers and managers.

Implemented Activities

In order to support this transfer of experiences the partnership decided to run to following set of activities:
 partner meetings in countries participating in the project
 presentation and exchange of best practice examples from different learning environments
 job shadowing in training centres and companies implementing tools used in the project
 workshops and field studies with target groups
 piloting of tools including necessary amendments to national learning environments
 evaluation of learning outcomes and learners’ participation

Outcomes and Results

After defining a number of best practices which have been introduced in the transnational meetings the partners ran piloting tests with different target groups according to their respective profiles:

Angus College (Scotland)
August Horch Akademie (Germany)
ESPRIT (Italy)
Lärcentrum Vansbro (Sweden)
Vilkene Library (Latvia)
- young learners
- young learners
- senior learners and immigrants
- senior learners
- senior learners (retired)


The pilot tests have obtained a great success. Almost all learners were very successful in graduating the courses. In fact, they evaluated them as innovative, useful and user-friendly. Altogether they confirmed that participating in the courses has improved their ICT and language skills. As regards the methodology the satisfaction of the learners turned out to be high or very high.

After evaluation of pilot tests and learning outcomes the partners put together all tools and their descriptions in a handbook which is published as the final result of the project.
 
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