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Key Competencies – Skills for Life 2008 Outline Conference Programme


Thursday 19 June

Friday 20 June

09:00 Coffee and Registration

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Serge Ravet, Chief Executive, EIfEL, France and Alastair Clark, Senior Development Officer, NIACE, England and Wales

 Introduction and Review of first day

Key Competences for Lifelong Learning
- European cooperation

Tapio Säävälä, Directorate Education and Culture, European Commission, Belgium

Promoting key competencies for social inclusion

Patsy Cummins, NIACE, England and Wales


Intercultural Awareness as a Key Competency

Barry Tomalin,  Director of Cultural Training, International House, London and  Visiting Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, University of Westminster

Assessment and recognition of key competencies– when and how?

Open Debate led by: Jill Stokoe, QCA, Maureen Layte, EIfEL

10:45 Coffee-break Coffee-break

Employability Skills

Christina Turnbull, Executive manager, Skills Group,  Learning and Skills Network, UK and Frank Villeneuve-Smith, Head of Special Projects, Learning and Skills Network, UK 

Chair - Alastair Clark, NIACE

The Avallain Basic Skills System - Practical experience with an integrated e-learning solutionIgnatz Heinz and Ralf Kellershohn, Avallain, Switzerland,

Digital Learning Resources: a Roadmap for Key Competencies InnovationGiusy Cannella and Elena Mosa, ANSAS, Italy

Assessing Digital Competence in Secondary Education – Issues, Models and InstrumentsBernardino Andreocci, University of Florence, Italy

Chair - Tracy Slawson, NIACE

National Year of Reading – a Book Group online

Workshop led by Mary Moss, NIACE

A case study on the use of an online book group to promote interest in Reading (linked to 2008 - National Year of Reading). This will be a participative session where members of the group can draw on their own experiences of reading for pleasure to explore innovative ways to stimulate interest in reading

12:00 Open Discussion Open Discussion
12:30 Lunch Lunch
Chair - Patsy Cummins, NIACE

Promoting Employability Skills

Workshop led by Rob Martin, Learning and Skills Network, England

To meet the challenges of developing the necessary attitudes, attributes and skills for working productively in an increasingly global market the UK is in the midst of widescale reform of education and training. This workshop explores the most effective ways of developing these key competencies and how research is being taken forward.

Chair - Mary Moss, NIACE

Media Literacy

Workshop led by Gary Copitch, Manchester Community Information Network, England

Developing media literacy skills through the use of social media tools (including blogs, podcasts, video and wikis) that allow people to share stories and interests with each other

Chair - Mary Moss, NIACE

Developing key competencies with ePortfolios

Key Competencies In Adult Education:  The Place Of The E-Portfolio — Ray Tolley, Maximise ICT, UK

Developing a Competence-based ePortfolio Management System — Jouni Huotari, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland

More Self-Esteem with my ePortfolio (MOSEP), an international teacher training programme — Maureen Layte, EIfEL, France

Chair - Patsy Cummins, NIACE

Documenting Diverse Competencies

Workshop led by Tracy Slawson - NIACE

15:00 Coffee-break Coffee-break
Chair - Ray Tolley, Maximise -ICT

Making effective use of ICT in literacy and numeracy teaching

Workshop led by Sally Betts, NIACE

Chair - Alastair Clark, NIACE

Supporting key competencies’ development

Raising Students’ Awareness of Communicative Competencies in Working Life —Tuula-Harriet Kotikoski, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Developing Entrepreneural Skills: the Case of Agriculture — Eszter Varga,  University of Kaposvar, Germany

A Model for the Identification and Assessment of Key Competencies - Andreas Hieronymi, University of Bern, Switzerland

Towards international co-operation

Open discussion and action planning on the establishment of a Thematic Interest Network on Key Competencies for

•    Research: Building the knowledge-base

•    Exchange of practice

•    Contribution to policy

17:30 Close Closing cocktail
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KC 2008

19-20 June, City University, London