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LR Offenbach - Self-study center

The self-study center consists of rooms where PCs are available for use by the visitors of the centre, designed as an open-plan office. Equipment such as headsets, printers, educational software, books and CDs and DVDs are also at place. The center is situated in the city center close to the pedestrian area. It is easy to reach by public transport or by foot. In the direct neighbourhood is the adult education centre, the further education counseling point (which at the same time is a network partner of the Learning Region Offenbach).

LR VerA - Competence Manager in Handicraft

Since years handicraft dominates the development of Altmark. In medieval times towns like Gardelegen and Salzwedel joined the Hanseatic League and became important. Major roads and also the navigable Jeetze got connected to the coastal towns. The salt road led from Luneburg to Leipzig. The guilds developed in the towns. Already in 1569 the clothier guild of Salzwedel is mentioned, others followed. The development proceeded, but also in the time of industrialization of Germany large firms barely noteworthy established themselves in the region. Instead the handicraft still dominated.

LUBA - Learn- and counselling agency

The service of the LUBA learn- and counselling agency (Lern- und Beratungsagentur LUBA) include counselling as an integrated part of all educational activities and as a part of the employment system. The tasks of the agency include:
- counselling of interested parties and institutions, identification of individual needs
- support and service for the learnservice centres and learning stations (L-points) including mobile counselling service
- supervision of the educational portal
- maintaining an expert network
- development and maintenance of a network of tele counselors and tutors

Making the village a virtual campus - Best practice examples of learning regions in the project

Making the village a virtual campus - Best practice examples of learning regions in the project

Erik Wallin
Jolande Leinenbach
Joe Eagan

This report has been written in the framework of the project, funded by the European Commission within the Socrates Programme - R3L initiative

MoMeL - Mechatronics learning concept in module form

The competence network mechatronics is a coalition for education and further education in the field of mechatronics. Participating are 15 companies from the region, the adult education centre Cham, vocational schools, two technical colleges and the chamber of commerce. The goal is to better the qualification, the application oriented research and development, as well as information in the seminal area of mechatronics. Joined in the network are firms with core competence in various fields of mechatronics, which guarantees that many competence areas are represented.

Municipal cooperation

The municipal cooperation in PONTES is divided into three individual projects:
- Euroregio competence development and neighbour country languages
- media competence as a location factor
- equal chances in the implementation of lifelong learning

The projects are supported through the PONTES agency of the international meeting centre St. Marienthal, which already has perennial experience in building up the educational network PONTES. At the same time existing projects are linked to the "municipal cooperation" in order to use preliminary work and reach synergy effects.

na:ll Project - counselling bus

The “na:ll” project is a company-wide instrument aimed at sustainable and performance-oriented human resources development. Our medium is a so-called counselling bus: we take our mobile office to the places where company
management and staff are based. The counselling service consists of a variety of modules.

Depending on the situation of the company or individual, advice-seekers can choose between:
• An introductory counselling session
• qualification counselling
• a capability analysis
• coaching
• self-marketing
• “transfer – changing sides”
• cross-mentoring

Network group "Getting older in the region"

The part of elder people and especially that of the over 85 year olds in the region will increase considerably in the coming 10 to 15 years. Correspondingly the need for facilities and personnel to take care of them will grow.

The goals of the network group "getting older in the region" are
- on the one hand to take into consideration the needs of the elderly population, especially also those of the migrants
- on the other hand to highlight the necessity for education, the labour market and further education of those working in this field

Norwich as a Learning City - a Case Study

Norwich has a population of 120 000. Widely regarded as a ‘liveable’ city, nevertheless 20 000 dwellings are on Council estates and this means that a significant proportion of the community lives in deprived circumstances. A deeper analysis of the economic indicators such as unemployment rates (at 4%) shows that there is deprivation despite superficial improvement. 50 000 people who work in Norwich live outside the city, so the wealth goes outside the city as it does in

Why Norwich is a Learning City

OECD Charter for Learning Regions

OECD Principles for a learning region

The OECD study of learning cities and regions concluded with ten policy principles for creating learning cities and regions. These principles can assist as benchmarks for cities and regions in all European cuntries They are:

Inputs to the learning process

¥ Ensure that high-quality and well-resourced educational provision is in place, in which effective individual learning throughout people’s lives can be delivered.

Online competence

The sub project "online competence" has two core areas. On the one hand the further education of employees in companies and administrations and on the other hand offers for people who had little to do with computers so far.

The offers include:
- concepts for companies and public administrations to qualify their employees (blended learning to offers such as project management, corporate policy, electronic procurement)
- concepts for administrations to realize "eGovernment"

Opening the Learning Region - Keys to the door

This innovative set of diagrams shows 6 key elements of a learning Region. It can be used as an introduction to a seminar or a focus group session for stimulating discussion on how the city or region can implement these aspects.

Overflowing an urban quarter with music

The project "Music in Hainholz" has as its goal to fill a whole quarter with music. All citizens and age groups shall be given access to music - in Kindergarten, schools, institutions, associations and so on.

PALLACE Project - a course for politicians and professionals in local government - English version

Roles, responsibilities and concepts for politicians and professionals – a short course

PALLACE project - Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Audit

The PALLACE project developed and/or modified a number of tools for use in stakeholder environments. This Adult Education Learning Audit Tool was developed for use in both New Zealand and France. It is a modification of the adult education audit tool created in the European Commission's INDICATORS project (see INDICATORS in this website) and it extensively edited the original to provide a more succinct and manageable audit for others to use.