Mainlevel supports digitalisation of youth and adult education

Mainlevel believes that digitalisation plays a pivotal role across various sectors and regions worldwide. Considering the challenges and demands within the international context, what is the state of the art in the digitalisation of non-formal youth and adult education? Our Mainlevel consultants Dario Tokur, Daniel Brumund, Lena Siemon Marques together with Claudia Musekamp are all prepared to explore this topic and carry out this relevant assignment for DVV International.

Non-formal learning can be defined as learning ‘that is not provided by an education or training institution and typically does not lead to certification. It is, however, structured (in terms of learning objectives, learning time or learning support). Non-formal learning is intentional from the learner’s perspective’ (European Commission 2001). It therefore differs from formal learning in terms of the general institutional framework – that is, it takes place outside of the state-regulated education and training system. Nonetheless, because it differs from informal learning in terms of its targeted, intentional and planned nature, non-formal learning still requires structures such as defined learning sites, curricula, teachers and trainers”.

Learning, whether formal or non-formal, should always be associated with the right platform where leaners can better benefit from. This is especially true for teens and adults. Children learn more out of curiosity, whereas adolescents and adults learn to better master a challenge or solve a problem (e.g. learning how the computer works to write an application or find information). The importance of lifelong learning for individuals and for social development is increasingly recognised.

The goal of our Mainlevel consultants for this assignment is to review studies, initiatives and trends, as well as, provide recommendations for international application based on implemented digital learning products and activities.

DVV International is the Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V. (DVV), the German Adult Education Association. DVV represents the interests of the approximately 900 adult education centres (Volkshochschulen) and their state associations, the largest further education providers in Germany. As the leading professional organisation in the field of adult education and development cooperation, DVV International has committed itself to supporting lifelong learning for more than 45 years. DVV International provides worldwide support for the establishment and development of sustainable structures for Youth and Adult Education.

We at Mainlevel are enthusiastic to be at the forefront of this digitalisation project.