The Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University last week attended the 2nd transnational meeting of CREATE (Competitive Regions Employability of Adults through Education) on 23/24 April in Pescara, Italy. The CREATE project is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and Maynooth University is one of 9 project partners from 8 countries.
CREATE aims to reduce geographic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes across EU regions, by developing a toolkit to enhance policy formulation and promote evidence-based Adult Education policy and practice. During the meeting, CREATE partners revised the Open Education Resource (OER) Platform and discussed key findings of IO2 - Policy Assessment and Mapping of Policy Tools for the identification of effective recommendations and tools to include in the CREATE Toolkit.
The consortium also discussed the importance of dissemination and exploitation activities. Partners are strongly committed to giving great visibility to the project, through direct contacts and networks, online and print media, various workshops and events, and dedicated CREATE multiplier events in each country.
The Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University plays a significant role as a major contributor to Adult Education policy and has influenced policy development on equality of access to education, professionalisation of the sector, lifelong learning and recognition of prior learning. The Department is recognised as a leader in bringing third level education outside the confines of the campus and engaging with wider society through its many outreach programmes. The Department has the only professor of adult education in the Republic of Ireland and a range of leading academic teachers and researchers. It has been active in a number of European projects that research adult learning across Europe, including two previous Erasmus Plus projects entitled REGIONAL and DIMA.