Gauging Operational Aspects of Learning


All over Europe, providers of Adult Learning (AL) have developed solid technical capacity and offer courses and services to meet specific needs of the adult population. A key shortcoming in further engagement of adults in learning lies not much – or not only –in the type of offer but much more in the way adult learning services are actually managed and marketed, as identified by the EU Commission in “Strategies for improving participation and awareness of AL” (2012). In the domain of Adult Learning, providers are highly qualified and experienced in specific topics but often lack appropriate management abilities to properly engage adults (marketing, promotion and outreach), manage the classroom (from registration to course management), manage the learners (keep them engaged throughout the course and after the course), monitor and evaluate Adult Learning provision (e.g. how to collect and use feedback from adults), how to follow up with learners, etc. In this context, Adult Learning providers need to employ appropriate management tools and techniques to ensure for attractiveness, quality and relevance of Adult Learning, contributing to an increase in numbers of adults participating in courses.


Aims, Target Groups and Outcomes

The project GOAL aims at enhancing and improving management and operational aspects for the provision of reliable and relevant Adult Learning solutions. It addresses specific needs of Adult Learning providers and facilitators in keeping adults engaged and interested in additional learning by devising and prompting innovative managerial and operational methodologies. GOAL also aims at equipping adult learning providers with state of the art managerial and operational means and tools to ensure that Adult Learning remains attractive and enticing for a constantly diversified audience or adult learners (database, management tools, grids, checklists, forms etc.)

On a long-term basis and at an EU level, GOAL wants to reach a considerable quantity of participants and final users in respective training models.

GOAL will develop and prompt innovative managerial as well as operational mechanisms and tools for Adult Learning providers. Furthermore, the website of the project will contain project information and a database.

A network consisting of organisations, i.e. public employment services, other adult educators, guidance centres and NGOs, will be established in order to get respective feedback on the project’s outcomes.

EU-Program: Grundtvig Learning Partnership
Coordination: Brainstorming Ltd (Greece)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: August 2013 – July 2015
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.