Columns and essays approach current issues from a personal point of view.
Development aid a must for building democracy in Palestine
Anne Tastula, in her column, brings attention to an important matter: the allocation of development aid to the Palestinian territories. Concerns about the potential misappropriation of funds and their alleged connection to terrorist groups have raised questions about the sustainability of aid from European countries. However, Tastula emphasizes the imperative need to recognise the crucial role that development aid plays in addressing the stability of the area.
Adult education needs shame busting
Shame is often at the heart of resistance to adult learning, writes Professor Jude Walker. We need to drag shame into the daylight to diminish its power. The text is a Speakers’ Corner column written for issue 3/2022 on Resistance.
The EU Year of Skills, opportunity or tokenism?
2023 is a great opportunity to campaign for the European Year of Skills to go beyond the idea that education only exists to serve the labour market, writes Andrea Lapegna. The text is a column in the Speakers’ Corner series.
Local Government can create communities of learning for sustainable development
Local authorities play a key role in lifelong learning provision both as a provider and also as partner with other stakeholders, writes Emer Costello in her column in the Speakers’ Corner series.
Online communities are shifting our means of learning
More people are moving to online environments to create their own learning communities beyond institutional structures, writes Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard. The text is a column written for issue 2/2022 on Learning and Making.
Moving through new landscapes of learning
Doing an Erasmus MA during the pandemic taught Viktoriya Ivanenko that studying online cannot replace engaging with a new culture.
The elm stands firmly rooted
In his essay, Michael Sommer looks back on his two decades of collaboration with ELM Magazine and its predecessors.
“I feel I have missed out on my university experience”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many higher education students struggle with Zoom fatigue, feelings of isolation and lack of motivation. Kätlin Armei is one of them. The text is a column written for issue 1/2022 on Engaging and Re-engaging.
Laughter brings participants together online
Humour in education can be tricky to get right. In online training however, it is necessary for group cohesion and motivating learners, argues Toula Giannakopoulou. The text is a column written for issue 1/2022 on Engaging and Re-engaging.
Re-thinking and reimagining education
The recent UNESCO report is calling us all to rethink our understanding of what education and lifelong learning mean, writes Jon Torfi Jonasson in his essay.