European RegionalInformationCoaching for Adults

Grundtvig 1 Proposal submitted by Stiftung Digitale Chancen

Austrian Partners: Donau Universitšt Krems and GIVE

This is some very basic and preliminary information. There will be public and internal pages.


Information and its availability are crucial factors for the quality of living and working environments in the information age.

European Regional Information Coaching for Adults is a means to balance the lack of specialised institutions for information handling and retrieval in special areas e. g. rural or disadvantaged.

There are several types of institutions in the participating countries providing access to knowledge and education in different ways.

Staff at these learning points should be able to use Information and Communication technologies to improve the educational process for adult learners.

It is a widespread notion today that the challenge is not only to provide opportunities for access and learning, but also to face the challenge of new styles of education and learning emerging with information technologies and socioeconomic changes.

The training course will train adult education teachers and other staff for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of adult education.

While younger children and students not only learn the technical skills for the use of ICTs but are trained for digital literacy at school, grown-ups often lack the opportunities to participate in this development. Therefore it is necessary to implement a holistic approach to new media and ICTs into adult education.

Digital literacy for adult learners should cover all aspects of the use of ICTs, that means technical skills as well as analysis of content and it's sources.

Adult education should enable the learners to make use of the knowledge available via digital media to improve their life and social situation.

The two goals of Grundtvig 1 the project ERICA will correspond to are:

  • "Professionalisation of adult education" via the production, testing, comparative appraisal / dissemination of innovative curricula, methodologies and modules for adult education teachers;"
  • "Adult education for special target groups", e.g. those that are concerned of the so called Digital Divide
ERICA will correspond to these goals by:

  • Development of a curriculum to train adult education teachers and other staff in public learning areas, such as libraries, youth clubs, community centers. The curriculum will build on the practical and empirical knowledge of the trainees and will provide them with the skills to enable people to use ICT in order to improve their own knowledge.
  • Roll-out of training courses (G3)
  • Production of training materials to support adult education teachers and provision a growing number of case-studies of good practice, to be published in a web site.