Blended Adult Learning for the Social-ecological Transition
Blended Adult learning for the Social-ecological Transition (BLAST) is a project run by the transnational Transformative Education Community of Practice formed by members of ECOLISE and other partners. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ strategic partnerships programme and started in October 2019. It focuses on the enhancement of transformative learning across Europe.
The core team consists of 15 people, most of them coming from the formal BLAST partners.
- Formal BLAST partners
- ECOLISE (lead), Belgium
- Col·lectiu Eco-Actiu / Ulex Project, Catalunya, Spain
- Croatian Permaculture, Croatia
- Gaia Education, UK
- GEN - Global Ecovillage Network, Scotland, UK
- IfGIC - Institute for Global Integral Competence, Germany
- IPEN - International Permaculture Education Network @ Permaculture Association Britain, England, UK
- IPTL - International Partnership for Transformative Learning @ Visionautik Akademie, Germany
- Sustainable Ireland / Cultivate, Ireland
The project's activities aim at bringing about massive personal and community-led change over time by supporting people to engage actively in the socio-ecological transition in response to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and related goals.
- Specific objectives
- Provide a context for adult educators to improve their competences in delivering blended transformative learning for civic engagement.
- Increase reach and improve access, quality, attractiveness and coordination of educational delivery of transformative adult education initiatives across Europe that are supporting the social-ecological transition.
- Identify, pool, encourage and spread related social and educational innovations.
- Exploit results of other related EU projects.
There will be 24 professionals participating in the training-of-trainers, and 250 in-person attendees of multiplier events are expected, with at least as many predicted on-line participants, the target being many more. Through dissemination activities across the partnership’s extensive networks, the objective is that the beneficiaries of the BLAST project outputs beyond the life of the project will be many thousands. The project's impact will be that Europe's communities will be set up to have access to high quality transformative learning that will help bringing about significant shifts to sustainable low carbon lifestyles and communities.
Methodology: Blended learning and communities of practice
Blended learning can overcome the disadvantages of face-to-face and online learning for achieving Transformative Learning. This is coupled with the Community of Practice approach (Etienne Wenger) for sustaining and extending collective learning and providing a nurturing space for innovations.
Specialised knowledge and related conversations can be accessed online, leaving precious face-to-face time for whole person experiential and social learning. The participants are engaged with online peer group when they work on their projects at home. As the pioneers of change who may face resistance in their social environment, this is very helpful, providing confirmation and support, which maintains behaviour change. Participating occasionally in a face-to-face module enhances an online course by increasing the identification with the group and enabling embodied experiences.