Competence Oriented Open Learning for disadvantaged Learners

The COOL training qualifies learning & development professionals as “Facilitators for Open Learning” by focusing on collaboration, digital creativity and communication tools to empower individuals to bring creative ideas to life.


Course Venue

Göttingen, Germany

Content Areas
  • Improving the competences of adult educators
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Innovative learning and teaching practices
  • Promoting active citizenship
  • Strengthening employability

Course Duration (in days)


Next Available Course
From 13. May 2024
To 16. May 2024

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In a world full of challenges, it is essential to empower every individual to seize their potential and opportunities. Unfortunately, certain groups face disadvantages in accessing quality education. This calls for an increased focus on competences rather than subjects, and for holistic, open learning approaches that enable learners to become active participants in meaningful and constructive learning spaces. The COOL training aims to qualify learning and development professionals as "Facilitators for Open Learning".

Unleashing Creativity with Design-Based Collaborative Learning
The course focuses on collaboration and the use of digital creativity and communication tools. By promoting teamwork and the use of digital technologies, we aim to enhance the learning experience and empower individuals to bring their creative ideas to life. We will use modern learning and development techniques, with a particular focus on design thinking and collaborative learning, to create spaces where disadvantaged adults can become innovators and acquire key civic, entrepreneurial and also digital skills. Have a look at!

European Dimension

The course was developed and tested within the European project COOL carried out by a consortium of six partners from six EU-countries.

Tentative Program & Schedule

Day 1:

o   Icebreaking

o   Introduction to the concept of Design Thinking and open learning

o   First step in the design thinking process – describing the challenge

o   Team work

Day 2:

o   Design Thinking challenge and client orientation

o   Personas and client orientation

o   Idea generation

o   Team work

 Day 3:

o   Implementing competence-oriented learning

o   Validation of competences

o   Prototyping

o   Teamwork

Day 4

o   Finalising Prototypes

o   Preparing pitches

o   Praxis transfer

o   Evaluation and feedback

Expected Outcome

- Be aware of the possibilities of open learning

- Be able to provide competence-based learning with diverse groups of learners

- Be able to facilitate the design thinking process


Participation certificate

Validation of competences by means of LEVEL5

Venue address

Am Leinekanal 4
37073 Göttingen

How to Apply

Write an email to

Minimum Number Of Participants


Participation Fee

€ 300

Course Website



BUPNET, Am Leinekanal 4, 37073 Göttingen

Website URL

Contact persons

Sabine Wiemann