14 Sep Learning with and from Free and Libre (FLOSS) culture – Open-AE Project Final Conference
Join us on 20 October at 15:00 CET for a discussion on how to promote Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in non-formal adult education to support the upskilling of adult educators and learners. The event is organised in the framework of the Erasmus+ project “Open-AE: Promote open source technologies in non-formal adult education“.
Digital skills and competences are increasingly pegged to proprietary software solutions. While Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) technologies are meant to be open and are freely accessible, most FLOSS users already have some competences in licensing and ownership when making the decision to use FLOSS. New users with low skills are often intimidated or insecure with their own capacities to use open source technologies, and thus may choose to use proprietary options because some brands are more associated with skills.
The Open-AE project aims to bridge this gap and promote practices and tools to make open culture and free software more accessible for new users. Open-AE wants to support European digital competence centres in becoming innovative trainings hubs, capable of catching up with the latest developments in digital economy and teaching digital skills in an accessible way to their specific target groups.
The Open-AE project developed and tested:
- A curriculum training scheme on open source technologies addressed to educators working in non-formal adult education, mapped on the DigCompEdu Framework.
- An online toolkit for educators in five languages (EN, NL, FR, IT, ES) by adapting open educational resources already available. It serves as guidance for adult education strategies, tools and approaches for developing digital skills training.
- A modular blended course of 60 hours in open source technologies and pilot it with 40 educators from four countries to improve their knowledge of open digital learning technology, tools, platforms and using them.
- Additionally, project partners produced guidelines for transferability and upscaling of project results and recommendations for non-formal education providers and policy makers.
Learn more about the project outputs on the Open-AE project website.
The project and experiences of partners, trainers and learners will be presented at an online conference on 20 October 2020 at 15:00 – 18:00. In addition, invited guest speakers will address the project’s themes from different angles.