Volkshochschule Lingen gGmbH. VHS

Lingen, Germany

THE VOLKSHOCHSCHULE LINGEN (VHS), set in a rural area, offers a wide variety of courses. Last semester more than 3,000 learners enrolled on vocational and non-vocational courses such as Languages, ICT, History, Psychology, Health, Integration of migrants, and Culture. Learners come from a wide variety of backgrounds with ages ranging from 15 to 94. Our interest in European projects lies in the possibility to increase know-how, exchange work experiences and build new contacts with other organisations interested in the same topics.

Castellón project meeting. November 2008


The VHS participated in the Castellón meeting with 2 representatitives.

In that meeting we had the chance to visit the UJI, their premises and also attend and participate in the ICT classes. We presented our institution and the activities we currently are working on and we had the possibility to learn more about other institutions.

New project in VHS. January 2009

In January 2009 the local newspaper "Lingener Tagespost" informed the public of the new European Project "ActiveICT" the VHS Lingen takes part in.

For the fourth time the VHS Lingen is a parnter in a Learning partnership where teachers, staff and learners can exchange their experiences about lifelong learning and meet with people from countries all over Europe.

Furthermore the VHS Lingen is preparing another Learning Partnership addressing young mothers.

More details can be found in the semi-annual course catalogue. The online version can be found on our homepage: http://www.vhs-lingen.de

Courses offer in VHS. January 2009

The VHS semiannual course catalogue provides information about the ActiveICT-project and shows the ICT courses offered in the framework of the learning partnership.

These courses, which are specially designed according to older learners needs, aim to provide an introduction to using the mouse, filing, word processing, spreadsheets, e-mails, and the Internet.


Second project meeting participation. March 2009

The VHS attended the second project meeting in Udine (Italy) with 2 delegates.

We presented the report about the course we offered, and also the seniors' experience and feedback(VHS). You can read the material produced in the "meetings" section


Local newspaper "Lingener Tagespost". August 2009

In June 2009 Norbert Borner attended a conference on teaching senior citizens organised by the National Agency in Bonn. Focus was on questions such as "Do elder citizens learn differently from younger people?", "What could teaching plans suitable for elder citizens regarding New media and ICT look like?", and "What challenges might courses and projects with elder citizens bring?"

Norbert Borner was able to share his experiences in the ActiveICT-project and teaching older learners.

Third project meeting participation. September 2009

The VHS attended the third project meeing in Calarasi (Romania) with 2 delegates.

The VHS attended the third project meeting in Calarasi (Romania) with 2 delegates. During this meeting we exchanged information on our experiences with all the partners which gave us new ideas and helped us adapt and improve the methodology of our ICT courses for elder citizens

IT course in Lingen. October 2009

VHS course

The VHS offered several IT courses within the framework fo the activeICT project. Most of these courses were designed for absolute beginners.

During these courses we used some of the learning and teaching materials we exchanged with the Latvian "Personality Socialization Research Institute" in Rezekne.

In courses for slighty advanced learners we set up a "test center" where learners can test their already gained computer skills.

After the log-in with the password "active", they can choose between 4 different tests according to their skills and find out what they already know about the computer and/or the Internet. These tests are absolutely anonymous and can help overcome learners' fear of joining in a conversation about any computer topic and give them self-confidence.

In the course of this project another ICT tutor developed a new course. During an excursion learners take pictures with their digital cameras, transfer them to their computer, edit them and finally upload them to a Web album (Picasa). Then they can share their photos with friends and family.

Course offer in VHS. January 2010

Extract from the VHS course catalogue published in January 2010 (all courses on offer from January 2010 to July 2010); This extract shows the course offered and developed in the framework of the ActiveICT-project: "From the digital image to a slide show and to the web".

This course is designed for people who would like to take photos during an excursion, edit them and upload them to a Web album to share them with friends and family.


Fourth project meeting participation. February 2010

The VHS attended the fourth project meeing in Évora (Portugal) with 3 delegates.

We presented the course results: “From digital photos to a slide show”. You can read the material produced in the "meetings" section.


Project meeting participation. March 2010

The PCCE and SCC organised together this extra meeting in the activeICT project. Because of the experience that the PCCE and SCC have regarding the LifeLong Learning activities and policy and also the Finnish society in general, almost all the partners attended this extra meeting and took advantadge of the visit and conferences.

You can read more in the "meetings" section.

Fith project meeting participation. June 2010

The KCDKO and GWSP prepared and organised togheter the last meeting of the activeICT project. We participated with 2 delegates.

All the participants visited the institution and had the chance to understand better how the activities in the Third Age University and in local colleges are carried out. This was the farewell meeting to prepare the conclusion, evaluation and nearly close the project. You can read the material produced in the "meetings" section.