UNIT 1.6. Useful resources

Description

EPALE- Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme and is a European, multilingual, open membership community of adult learning professionals, including adult educators and trainers, guidance and support staff, researchers and academics, and policymakers.

EPALE provides a wealth of high-quality, accurate information relevant for adult learning practitioners.  

European Commision, DigComp. All relevant information and EU publications about the European Digital Competence Framework, also known as DigComp, that offers a tool to improve citizen’s digital competence.

DigComp – Digital Competencies. Do your self-assessment test for educators.

The digital competence wheel: an Online Testing Tool that maps Digital Competences.

Benjamin Bloom’s 1956 Taxonomy of Educational Objectives provides practitioners and educators with a framework and associated keywords that can be used effectively to clarify learning goals and outcomes for students. Patricia Armstrong of Vanderbilt University gives a useful summary of Bloom’s Taxonomy if you are not familiar with it. 

126 Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For Digital Learning. A useful source that merges 21st century learning, modern digital and social spaces, and Bloom’s Taxonomy in one framework. 

Understanding Digital Literacies. A practical Introduction. This website is designed to supplement “Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction” by Rodney H. Jones and Christoph A. Hafner (2012). The website includes features to help learners and practitioners make the most of this book, such as chapter summaries and main points, additional exercises and additional resources (websites, videos, academic articles etc.).

D3, Erasmus+ funded project (9/2019 – 8/2021). This project builds on the outcomes of the previously implemented Comenius Forward Looking Youth project “YouthMetre: A Tool for Forward Youth Participation”, aiming to provide innovative mechanisms (curricula and engagement structures) resulting in learning and engagement opportunities to integrate digital technologies and open data in schools. The project’s goal is not only to narrow the existing gap between education and digital literacy, but to shift the education process in innovative ways adopting educational approaches that are a catalyst for learning and teaching digital citizenship.

ALTER: Alternative Safety Nets, Erasmus+ funded project (9/2019 – 8/2021). This project aims to maximise the impact and contribution of alternative education or other equivalent institutions for adult education, both in terms of increasing the quality of courses provided and also in empowering and facilitating the learners to access the labour market, through upskilling their digital/social media competences for job search purposes. 

The Skills Toolkit. Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills. Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help adults progress in work and boost their job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing. Learners can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts and find a level and time to study that’s right for them.

How to start using technology in your teaching. This resource walks practitioners and educators through the key decision points they need to consider when beginning to use technology (to engage learners) within the lecture hall. Based on his experience within medical education Dr James Pickering, Most Innovative Teacher of the Year (2014), offers a simple walkthrough highlighting the lessons he has learnt. He provides top tips and explores some examples of best practice to get tutors started with incorporating technology into their practice.

Ditch That Textbook. Plenty of elearning activities, templates and tutorials about innovative teaching ideas and rethinking education.

The Applied Digital Skills curriculum consists of free resources designed to build digital literacy in education and for jobs, using creative, video-based lessons.