Themen

Early Language Learning

Language Meets Intercultural Competences - LIMERIC

Miercurea-Ciuc (RO)/Graz (AT), March 2012 - The kick-off meeting of the LIMERIC project took place in February 2012, in Graz, Austria. LIMERIC's main aim is the development of a non-formal and blended-learning-based training programme for adults working in the extra-institutional sector of early childhood education and care. » MORE

EU Project

Gaining an Understanding of Virtual Schooling

Sheffield (UK), March 2012 - The European project VISCED focuses on the transnational appraisal of virtual school and college provision. Partners in the VISCED project are making an inventory of innovative ICT-enhanced learning initiatives for the 14-21 age group in Europe. » MORE

Continued Partnership

Four-Year Distance Learning Work Plan for eXact Learning

Sestri Levante (IT), February 2012 - The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has renewed its relationship with eXact learning solutions, vendor of online and mobile LCMS and digital repository solutions. eXact learning solutions is to deliver a new four-year work plan to increase technological innovation in its distance learning program. » MORE

New EU Project

Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science

Dublin (IE), February 2012 - The Irish Minister for Education and Science, Ruairí Quinn TD, has launched a €3.75m EU-funded initiative that aims to revolutionise the way science is taught and assessed in classrooms across Europe. The project, SAILS (Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science), is funded by the European Framework Programme (FP7) and is coordinated by a team from Dublin City University. It is led by Dr. Odilla Finlayson, Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Dr. Paul van Kampen, Dr. Sarah Brady, and Dr. Deirdre McCabe of CASTeL at DCU. » MORE

Social Networks

EU Language Project "aPLanet"

Istanbul (TR), January 2012 - The Autonomous "Personal Learning Networks" for Language Teachers is a European Union-funded project to help language educators who are not yet using social networks to understand what social networks for language educators are, why they should use them, and how they can get involved. » MORE

Excellence Rating

Assuring eLearning Quality with epprobate

Brussels (BE), January 2012 - Today computers, tablets, and smartphones have become an everyday part of the learning process. However, this technology often fails to live up to the expectations people have for it. The lack of quality of the courseware has been one of the key reasons of this failure. Now a worldwide consortium of experts is addressing this gap by developing an international quality label for eLearning resources - the "epprobate". » MORE

Advice

Guidelines for OER in Higher Education Institutions

Paris (FR), December 2011 - UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have recently published a set of guidelines for the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education. This important document outlines the key issues in a concise format and provides advice on the integration of OER. » MORE

Real-life Situations

Online Training for Communication and Leadership

Berlin (GER), October 2011 - The German government's Gesellschaft für Internatioanle Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH recently organized an international Communication and Leadership Course in its GC21 E-Academy. During this project, candidates from Jordan, Kenya, and Zanzibar worked together in a virtual team. Most of the members were able to immediately integrate their experience into their daily work. » MORE

'Little's Britain'

Commissioner's cynical comment

London (UK), September 2011 - (by Bob Little) Among the key findings of a European Commission "Eurobarometer" survey on "Attitudes towards vocational education and training" are: Vocational education and training - in which nearly half of all Europeans choose to enrol after their compulsory education - has a generally positive image among most age groups. And: This is principally because it is seen as comprising high quality training and offers strong job prospects to those who do it. » MORE