The situation caused by the Coronavirus disease came almost overnight. It forced us to organise and adapt to the new working conditions. Even though we were all initially put to the test on how to cope with the new challenges, we quickly found our bearings in the new circumstances. The changed method of work from home did not cause many problems to most of us as this type of work was already well-established in our field even before the epidemic. We are thus continuing work obligations remotely with regular videoconferences enabling us to maintain personal contact. Meetings in a virtual environment were a completely new feature for some, meaning that we gained new knowledge and skills.
The demanding conditions, in which we had found ourselves, have undoubtedly affected the options for access to education and learning. We were actually aware of the Internet becoming the prevailing information and communication channel during the time of isolation, however, even more intensive awareness-raising, provision of information and notification of the general public on the numerous options for distance learning (e-learning) and education are required. More than ever before, this is the time to share experiences, motivate and inspire others as well. Our guiding principle is therefore to even more intensively spread the learning virus via various communication channels. We used various social networks and websites. The Kam po znanje (Online overview of adult education and learning on offer) portal (in Slovenian) is a veritable treasure trove of useful information and ideas for learning and education. The portal serves to collect and present an extensive and diverse offer of education and learning for adults provided by various provider organisations. In addition to a myriad lectures, courses and other activities carried out via the Internet that are published by various institutions, the portal regularly publishes latest news and notifications as well as other instructions that are beneficial for the professional public and adult learners alike. All of this proves that we are organised, connected and active even in these challenging times.
Erika Brenk (firstname.lastname@example.org), SIAE