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Online discussions

EBSN’s EPALE-related activity is partly based on organising online discussions in our network’s thematic field. This pillar has become especially important to EBSN’s Capacity Building Series (CBS) in which existing resources are compiled and completed by new materials in order to support policy-makers and policy workers who are engaged in implementing the Upskilling Pathways recommendation.

The topics of the online discussions follow the CBS working plan for new input on EPALE, and it is yet another essential tool for making adult learning experts’ professional views and experiences visible on EPALE. The results of such online events not only contribute to the diversity of CBS units (e.g. OERs and online courses), but also helps detecting what the key challenges in the field are which professionals face in their work. 

We collected the CBS-related online activities that have been organised on EPALE for an easier access to the results of the discussions. Follow the links leading directly to the discussions:


Digital inclusion

Digital inclusion is an important topic in the Capacity Building Series and is addressed by a number of online discussions and an upcoming OER unit too. Find the links to the two events that were organised in this area. They approach digital inclusion from a slightly different angle.


  1. Acquiring functional basic skills in a digital society

The focus of this discussion was on the use of digital tools in the provision of initial literacy and numeracy training, and of language provision for immigrants.


  1. Digital societies, digital inclusion

This event concentrated on initiatives supporting better access for citizens to the ever-digitalising public services (e.g. banking, taxation, etc).


Migrant Adults

Migration brings up a number of important topics that are all relevant to countries facing challenges in this respect. In the Capacity Building Series (and specifically to the upcoming OER on migration), our experts chose language training and recognition of prior learning as two essential topics to discuss with the users of EPALE.


  1. Integrating migrant adults through language training

The discussion was directed to explore what programs, certificates, quality standards are set to be in place in the language training of migrant adults to help their labour market (and overall) integration.


  1. Accreditation of prior learning for adult immigrants

The aim of the discussion was to identify well-functioning policies and initiatives for recognising the prior learning of immigrant adults and for helping the labour market integration of migrants through validation mechanisms.


The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).