Wednesday, 30 September 2009

DARE workshop on 1989 regime changes: Use social networks in adult non-formal learning?

"Simulation Games Interconnecting History Education and Citizenship Education in Adult Learning" is the title a workshop held by DARE today at the conference "Active Citizenship in Europe", Gothenburg, Sept 29-30, 2009. The conference was organized by the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) and the Swedish Adult Education Association (SAEA). The aim of the conference is to develop methods for active citizenship, with a focus on non-formal learning. See detailed programm at http://www.activeineurope.org/.

The workshop presented a simulation game concept on the 89 regime changes in Europe. It was developed by the DARE network member Humanity in Action, and financially supported by the German "Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur". A full manual of the simulation is available for download here [pdf].

It was recommended by participants to develop a Facebook version of this simulation. This initiative reaches out to an enormously large target group of learners, in part already using complex games on Facebook (e.g. MAFIA with four million daily users). Non-formal adult learning can make use of the existing social networks and use channels the learners are already affiliated to.