Workshop: Digital exclusion is a reality. Raising awareness of the digital divide

Parallel workshop 19 November 1.00-2.00 PM CET
Speaker: Alex Stevenson, National Learning and Work Institute/EAEA Executive Board, UK.

The COVID-19 crisis has clearly shown that the digital divide is a reality. Many households have inadequate internet connection, share one computer between several family members, or have to rely on pay-to-go phone services. While some adult learning providers have stepped up to offer learners material support whenever possible, more needs to be done at the policy level to provide vulnerable households with decent conditions for remote learning and work. During the workshop, Alex Stevenson from the National Learning and Work Institute will share how adult learning providers in the UK have been reacting to the problem.

Get to know Alex Stevenson

Alex Stevenson is a Head of Programme at Learning and Work Institute (L&W), leading the organisation’s research and development work on adult basic skills and learning in communities, including non-formal learning. Alex has worked on a range of projects for clients including the Department for Education, the Home Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Greater London Authority. On community learning and non-formal education, his projects have included developing and piloting the use of social metrics to measure outcomes in non-formal learning, and supporting city regions with the devolution of the Adult Education Budget.

On adult basic skills, Alex’s recent projects include producing new ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teaching and learning resources for refugees with limited literacy skills, and resources to support volunteers with the delivery of non-formal English language conversation clubs. He led L&W’s work on the Citizens’ Curriculum, and contributed to EAEA’s Life Skills for Europe project. Before joining L&W, Alex taught, managed and developed adult basic skills and ESOL provision for over 13 years. Alex is an executive board member at EAEA and an executive committee member at the European Basic Skills Network.


Register by 18 November

You will receive the link to the right Zoom meeting(s) after you have registered. The number of spots at each workshop is limited, so we advise you to make your pick early.