In Germany, there are approximately 530.000 people that engage as lecturers, course instructors, counsellors or trainers in all areas of activity of further and adult education. Only a few of these hold a pedagogical degree, as adult education is a popular field for career changers. However, pedagogical expertise is a key competence to offer high quality continuing education.
The project OWL aims to provide a web-based learning environment and innovative learning technologies and tailor-made blended learning approaches for Adult Educators.
The OWL concept is based on a forerunner project (KELLE 2015) in which needs driven and competence oriented learning approaches for educational professionals were designed and piloted. The approaches based on requirement analysis (RA) with more than 1.000 representatives of the target group from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All conceptualisations as well as pilot materials were discussed and evaluated in expert workshops, focus groups and interviews with representatives of the target group and institutions that provide train-the-trainer seminars.
In April 2016, the project team started implementing this concept within the project OWL. The project has a run-time of three years and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.