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New Challenges for Higher Education, Cities and Regions

We are pleased to announce that the programme for the 17th PASCAL conference, New Challenges for Higher Education, Cities and Regions: Addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Changing Contexts, is now available, and attached to this posting. The conference runs from 4-6 July in Taipei.

Submission Deadline for Abstracts (details also attached): 4 March 2024.

ALA webinar: Learning Resources – Adaptation and implementation to meet individual learner needs

This interactive webinar focuses on enhancing trainer understanding of key resource development techniques considerations.  This session delves deeper into how resources can be used and adapted to enable educators to utilise the same learning materials to meet the different learner needs and levels within their classroom.

WEBINAR - Investigating participation in adult learning and education: but how is it measured?

This webinar will present the audience to the ALE policies project, funded by the ESRC. The overall aim of the project is to investigate the knowledge base on adult education in the UK and Ireland, how participation has fluctuated over the past 25 years and how policy-makers use adult education data to feed into their policy processes.

Master in Educational Sciences - Hybrid modules of the Professorship for Adult & Continuing Educatio

Over the last decade a number of innovative attempts in the field of adult learning and education, especially with a perspective of comparative adult education, were developed:

EBSN Professional Development Series for Basic Skills Teachers (PDS4BST) to apply thematic MOOCs and

The EBSN (European Basic Skills Network) and its European partners have developed of series of MOOCs within the European Erasmus+ KA3 PDS4BST project for the professional development of teachers engaged in teaching basic skills.

Webinar | 50 Shades of Memory Work - March 12, 2024

On March 12, there is a rare opportunity to participate in the international webinar combining three topics that have been little discussed, let alone together. We combine research and practice in the fields of older minorities, memory-related challenges, and intergenerational work.

CR&DALL Briefing Paper 5 (BP5) | Adult Education – our part in its (partial) downfall and renewal

There are currently exceptional pressures on local authority budgets in the UK, and it can seem almost inevitable that adult and lifelong learning provision is likely to suffer. At the same time, post-compulsory education rarely gets much attention in the UK press, and within that broad category adult and lifelong learning probably gets the least. There may thus be a risk that adult education and lifelong learning in the UK might pass away quietly, without anybody much noticing.

CR&DALL Seminar Series 2023-24: Agricultural Extension that Better Benefits Female Farmers - 26 Feb

Dr Heather Mackay (Lund University) will present findings from research into female farmers' access to advice and training in the Global South. This will be followed by an opportunity for round-table discussion and exploration of possible collaborations.

Call for Papers | Special Edition: Australian Journal of Adult Learning Power, policies, and practic

This Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning (AJAL) will explore various trends developing at the forefront of literacies in adult education, to consider ways that literacies are being defined and enacted in current times in research and practice. We encourage submissions from around the globe about literacies that relate to these four fields:

  • Critical literacy
  • New literacy studies
  • Multiliteracies
  • Sociocultural approaches to additional language learning in adult education

Impact – Playing the Long Game | PASCAL BP21, published in collaboration with the CR&DALL (BP7)

The impact of research has been growing ever more important not only in its own right, but as a factor that feeds into funding decisions at both institutional and individual levels. We are therefore pleased to present a Working Paper written by the Director of PASCAL and CR&DALL, Professor Mike Osborne, in which he assesses the cumulative impact of research that assesses the cumulative effect of research that has systematically measured, mapped and analysed learning provision at urban/regional level, contributing internationally to developing learning cities over decades.

ALA webinar: Learning Resources – Adaptation and implementation to meet individual learner needs

This interactive webinar focuses on enhancing trainer understanding of key resource development techniques considerations.  This session delves deeper into how resources can be used and adapted to enable educators to utilise the same learning materials to meet the different learner needs and levels within their classroom.

New White Paper on the benefits and challenges that immersive technologies

Lavinia Hirsu and Gabriella Rodolico, both members of CR&DALL, are co-authors of a new University of Glasgow White Paper on the benefits and challenges that immersive technologies like virtual reality can bring to education. This work has been carried out within the Scoping Extended Educational Realities (SEER) research group led by Professor Neil McDonnell of the School of Humanities.

Somerville College, University of Oxford

We are pleased to provide details of the conference, Education for All: Challenging Orthodoxies and Fostering Inclusion, which is to be held at Somerville College Oxford on 4 April 2024. This one day event is being organised in collaboration with the Council for Education in the Commonwealth in honour of the late Professor Lalage Bown.

Valuing non-formal and informal learning for sustainability

We are pleased to publish this article originally published in the Discuss Community of Practice on Lifelong Learning by Randolph Preisinger-Kleine. It is a publication in German, entitled "Valuing non-formal and informal learning for sustainability" draws conclusions on expert interviews on education for sustainable development in Germany. The author is Dr. Mandy Singer-Brodowski, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut Futur, and the report, in German, is featured below and attached.

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