Creating New Learning

What is the Creating New Learning initiative?

Creating New Learning is a multi-annual, multi-thematic initiative central to delivering the European Training Foundation’s 2027 Strategy. It is a holistic project combining several HCD themes, spanning learning and curricula, teaching and teacher training, qualifications and distance and digital learning and more. We are working with system-level partners such as governments and specialised agencies and with professionals such as teachers.

Why has this initiative been launched?

The ETF’s Creating New Learning (CNL) initiative explores how successful developments in education, especially vocational education, can be multiplied, transferred and sustained. Worthwhile innovations in teaching and learning are developments that improve learning experiences and learning outcomes, both cognitive and affective. They include those that better align learning programmes with labour market needs. Together with partner countries, the ETF is working to identify and share tools, models and methods which professionals can use to improve their daily practice. This will enable them to create new and stronger learning experiences for their learners and facilitate system change.

What are the key components? 

1. New Learning Vista aims to identify and analyse innovative trends in teaching and learning, focusing on vocational education and training in the ETF’s partner countries. Applied research is the main activity of this first phase of the initiative.

2. The New Learning Design Lab, aims to exchange know‑how among education and training professionals based on innovative, effective practices and approaches collected from across the ETF’s partner regions, the EU and beyond. We will start in 2020 to identify, create or adapt the selected examples, models, tools, processes and methodologies. 

3. The New Learning Online Community aims to engage experts, practitioners, education leaders, innovators and international partners in the debate on how to support new learning using the ETF’s knowledge sharing platform, Open Space. 

Which themes will be explored?

The Creating New Learning initiative will focus on five areas of investigation, including the transversal theme of digital and online learning.

i. Learning environments: investigating innovations in non-formal and informal adult learning, looking at  provision, learners and systems to broaden the inventory of innovative practices in education and training.

ii. Pedagogy: personalisation and differentiation of learning and support given by digital and online learning and different types of curriculum and assessment, testing relevance to 21st century skills' demands, and ways to incorporate findings in ETF's support to our partner countries.

iii. Educators and educator qualifications: changing roles and functions of teachers and trainers, learner experience, examining current trends in teacher qualifications and teacher training needs and continued professional development. 

iv. Curricula: how countries future proof training and learning for vocational occupations, support individual’s learning objectives, differing contexts in ETF partner countries, key competence development, linking to pedagogy and educator qualifications.

v. Digital and online learning: applying across and linking all thematic pillars within CNL, facilitating access to lifelong learning, blending environments and fostering broad participation and inclusion. 

Who will benefit from Creating New Learning?

Professionals working in education and training, both in formal and non-formal learning: teachers, adult trainers, school managers and all those actively engaged in the design and organisation of learning. We work to encourage grassroots initiatives and to engage policy makers and other system-level actors to create a policy-practice nexus in the second phase of the project. 

Will there be any products in 2020?

  1. Research papers and articles on the main themes shared on the ETF’s knowledge sharing platform, Open Space.
  2. A concept of new learning based on desk research.
  3. Research design for applied study on new learning in the ETF’s partner countries starting in 2021 to produce empirical evidence and analysis 
  4. Mapping of innovative teaching and learning practices in the ETF partner countries, as well as selected countries of the EU.
  5. Creating New Learning community established in Open Space.
  6. Workshop jointly supported by the ETF and JRC on lessons learnt from mainstreaming key competences in education across Europe.

How can I get involved?

Join the “Creating New Learning” virtual community on Open Space, participate in the debate on taking the new learning agenda forward, share your innovative practices, lessons and insights, learn from the peers and be a source of learning for others.