The project EduSenNet is the project which focuses on the learning possibilities of the elderly over 50 on the chosen UTAs and countries with the aim to realise pedagogical research with the outcomes about formal, non-formal and informal learning of the elderly. The partners will focus on non-formal and informal learning possibilities of UTAs, evaluate them and describe links with formal education at the universities. The offer of the study programs for elderly learners will be described by collected data in the form of a Peer Review table.
The findings from the interviews and from questionnaires will be completed and evaluated by the Research Study. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the collected data from both groups of the elderly (students and non-students) will be used for the evaluation. The contacts with the young university students can bring the results for effective solutions towards the intergenerational learning in the university environment.
Summarizing of experience, encouraging of the elderly will promote the development of their learning interests and taking part in learning activities. Active engagement of the elderly will promote and extend their abilities and knowledge. It is necessary to investigate Learning objectives, motivation and barriers of the elderly participants in adult learning programs, as well as of those who don´t take part in the study. The project activities will contribute to the inclusion of the elderly in the learning activities and promotion of their educational needs.
All the findings will be used to design new innovative study subjects, appropriate programs and educational methods for elderly learners not only at the universities, but especially for those who are not involved in the learning process yet. The elderly in city communities, clubs, residential homes and in rural areas will be contacted by the elderly learners from the UTAs, who will give them information about learning possibilities in their background, advantages of learning and participation in the educational activities as well. The elderly will be asked for the information and their opinions about the motivation, barriers in the study, their educational needs, using of ICT in learning, suggestions for new learning subjects with the intention to reduce the number of elderly with low skills and knowledge.
The elderly will directly take part in the project activities by arranging debates, doing interviews and filling in the questionnaires as elderly learners as the elderly not involved in learning.
Most relevant priorities as "Contributing to a reduction in the number of low-skilled adults" and "Facilitating the validation of non-formal and informal learning and its permeability with formal education pathways" will be guaranteed by the possition of the project partners, the UTAs which are part of the state universities or have link to the parent universities.
The project partners will enlarge their international cooperation in the European context at the universities and their international relations also with other universities not involved directly in the project as partners by realising the project tasks.
All the findings will be published in the final Booklet which will be a part of the EFOS (European Federetation of Older Students at the universities) website freely available for the public. This also applies to the project Newsletter, which will be important for the sustainability of the project findings.