The European Digital Learning Network (DLEARN) aims to embrace the challenges brought by the digital revolution in terms of digital skills mismatch, toward an inclusive digital society.
Its aims are characterized by 4 keywords: SHARE, CONNECT, MULTIPLY, ENHANCE. Indeed, DLEARN is a collector of practices and ideas, gathering diverse organizations in Europe to reflect, think and trigger new initiatives, toward the valorisation and the enhancement of digital learning.
Therefore, the two main goals the network is promoting are:
- To develop and uptake of digital skills for every citizen, of any age, at all levels;
- To foster digital learning, or in other words the use of ICT tools and methods to make learning more attractive, more effective, more flexible and to guarantee equal access to all.
The network is made of 27 different organizations from 16 EU’s countries, active in the field of education and digital learning at various levels. Among others DLEARN members are associations, educational centres (adult education), training centres, ICT education services providers, ICT experts, NGOs, SMEs, Universities, vocational schools, adult training centre.
The network is organized in 4 main working groups that represent the field of education and scope that DLEARN is covering through its activities.
- Adult education and youth: to promote awareness and competent exploitation of ICT within the society.
- Higher education: to boost students cantered-learning settings and innovative educational methods.
- School education: to improve pedagogy and teaching with ICT tools and innovative practices.
- Vocational education and training: to enhance digital education to overcome skills mismatch and foster innovative training model.
The network is active through its members in different activities:
- ICT / new technologies / digital competences.
- Intercultural / intergenerational education and lifelong learning.
- New innovative curricula / educational methods / development of training courses.
- Entrepreneurial learning – entrepreneurial education.
- Youth enhancement and boost of competences especially of those in need. To this end, DLEARN is very active in experimenting new model of education in the Youth sector thanks to some projects already running under the Erasmus+ Program.
- Development of innovative educational tools through game-based approach, mobile applications and interactive platforms to engage learners.
- Promotion and implementation of European transparency tools for education and training (ECVET, EQAVET, etc.).
The network can count on the experiences of its own staff but also on the know-how and strong relations of the members involved that are actively committed to strength the voice of the network, as well as improve the debate and advocate with the objectives to 1) create ties between local organisations and European institutions, to let local needs emerge, 2) improve comprehensiveness of Transparency tools (EQF, ECVET, EQAVET) to be more understandable by citizens and organizations and 3) promote digital learning through participation in relevant working groups and interest groups at European Commission and Parliament level.
Gianluca Coppola is the founder and the president of the European Digital Learning Network. He is an entrepreneur, partner and general manager at Eurocrea Merchant, expert in education and training policies, funds and actions at European level. As Chartered Accountant and chartered auditor, he has gained a wide experience in innovation and entrepreneurship as well as in the Knowledge triangle integration experience, in particular promoting research-academia-business cooperation. A former member of the Board at EBN the international network of more than 150 quality- certified EU|BICs (business and innovation centres) and 100 other organisations that support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. Within EBN during his mandate, he was as well Chair of the European’s Education & Entrepreneurship Strategic Interest Group.
Martina Manfredda holds a Bachelor Degree in Public and International Law from the University of Turin, Italy, and a Master in Social Economy from the University of Trento, Italy. She has an acknowledged expertise in EU project management and implementation, institutional and public relations and EU public funding. Her professional experiences with several and various VET organizations enhanced her skills in designing and managing of European projects and in building and managing international partnerships.