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.
The BLAST project is designed to enable adult educators to provide needs-based educational opportunities to citizens, communities and professionals that engage as change-makers in the socialecological transition. For adult educators it is a challenge to work with learners focused on changemaking action in their local context. It requires providing demand-driven opportunities for learning and reflection on the right topic at the right moment at the right place to ensure receptiveness and continued engagement of those adult learners.
Relevant terms used or created in the BLAST project will be explained here.
- Blended learning
Blended Learning for the social-ecological transition combines experiential place-based learning through immersion in change-making practices in intergenerational local initiatives with online opportunities for exchange and peer learning in geographically distributed intercultural Communities of Practice. Blended learning is arising as a powerful approach to extend the reach, facilitate access, improve learner motivation, enhance flexibility, and synergise otherwise disconnected learning opportunities. It also combines "high tech" and "high touch", i.e. access enabled by digital tools to the most suitable resource persons, the best knowledge and the most advanced practices available at the transnational level, and the conviviality of personal encounters and joint face-to-face work in local community settings. Blended learning can overcome the disadvantages of face-to-face and online learning for achieving Transformative Learning.