Lifelong Learning Programme project COMBLE - 2008-2009
Community of Integrated Blended Learning in Europe
Lifelong Learning Programme project e-Jump - 2008-2009
Implementing e-Learning 2.0 in everyday learning processes in higher and vocational education
ELQ-SME´s: E-learning quality for SME´s: guidance and councelling - 2005-2008
The general aim of the project is to promote the use of the new multimedia technologies and a guidance and counselling approach in order to improve the quality of learning by facilitating access to online resources and training services as well as tools to evaluate the quality and the return on investment in e-learning targeted in SME'S from the trade and services sector.
B-Learn: Assisting teachers of traditional universities in designing blended learning- 2005-2007
B-Learn project is designed to offer a number of tested ways that integrate traditional learning methods with methods offered by new technology. Blended learning allow to benefit from good sides of both traditional and new ways of learning, make innovation in otherwise traditional university teaching easier and acceptable. Integrating research and practical examples offers a good bases for initiating change in universities that by definition are based on research.
Primary target groups are the users of blended learning (teachers, students, instructional designers, educational technologists) mostly from HEIs, but from other types of institutions as well.
The main outputs of project are:
- compendium that gives a comprehensive overview about blended learning, practical examples and guidelines for applying different design patterns of blended learning
- electronic performance support system (EPSS) that assists instructional designers to develop suitable blended learning model for their courses
EPSS is the product with common creative licence which means that everyone are allowed to change, localize and use it if they refer to the authors of this product.
The project uses experiences from 5 European countries, takes into account and integrates learning cultures and traditions in different European countries and publishes its results in several European languages.
eTeacher: Vocational training in e-learning for teachers based on complete e-learning platform in SCORM standard - 2005-2006
The projects aims at preparing full e-learning educational material in the form of computer-based experiments, simulations, classes, guides, virtual classroom and the like in SCORM standard, which is widely recognized quality assessment tool.
The project will focus on different modules designed for various purposes and levels. In order to identify the computer literacy and skills of the target group (teachers) a questionnaire is going to be held in the partner countries It will therefore enable to create individual courses for the target group and to adjust the modules to the specific needs. The outcome will provide a base for methodology development, taking into the consideration professional competencies, specialization and educational background of the teachers group.
Multilingual versions (Polish, English, Estonian) are foreseen and the content will not only be translated but also customized to the local culture (e.g. experiments and examples). The content can be localized for the other languages and moreover, to the culture of the target group in order to assure the quality and maximum impact of the courses.
THE UNIVe: Creating network-based Estonian e-university pilot project in the context of e-learning in Europe, 2003-2005
By analysing, developing, testing and promoting integrated knowledge in e-learning, this project network aims to increase the quality of on-line higher education and encourage innovative practices in European universities.The overall objective is to increase the quality of e-learning in EU accession countries by introducing the viable small state e-university model. Concrete objectives are:
- to collect and synthesize the outcomes of 9 independent projects in 6 core e-learning areas (accessibility of information, exchange of study materials and courses, reaching different target groups, staff training, quality assurance, recognition and accreditation of the studies);
- to develop the model of small state e-university;
- to launch a series of integrated pilot projects in the frames of the model;
- to make this innovative and integrated type of e-university model available for the wider community.
By exploiting the expertise of the teams involved in the earlier Socrates initiatives and the expertise of the UNIVe team, the project aims at contributing into the increase of e-learning quality in Europe. Integration of best practices from previous projects into one model means increased target group satisfaction, better-organized tutorial support and guidance, user-friendly learning environments and improvements in citizen orientation in e-learning.
The expected impact is more widespread use of quality online learning, also the economy of the dedicated resources (human and financial) can be expected. This is especially important in small European countries like Estonia, because of the smaller number of specialists in each field and the shortage of funds to make higher education in all regions available by traditional methods. The project also emphasises the integration of education systems in Europe by setting up thematic networks. Indirectly, UNIVe contributes to building the ground for a Federated European Virtual University which makes online education available for every member of the community regardless his/her social status or geographical location.
@DUDLINE - Tutoring adults online, 2002-2004
Socrates Gruntvig project
Tutoring Adults Online @duline is a Transnational Cooperation Project (TCP) under the Socrates Grundtvig 1 programme. The aim of the project is to promote lifelong learning and the use of online learning among adult educators. Concrete outputs of the projects will be produced by experts from eight countries and by Autumn 2004 will result in two evaluated courses for tutors with web-based materials translated seven different languages (English, Estonian, Lithuanian, Swedish, Danish, Finish, Portuguese).
The names of the courses are:
- Course design Course and
- Online Tutoring Course
The primary target group consists of adult educators in the formal and informal sectors of adult education. The secondary target group consists of people who are unable to study in the formal sector of education as full-time students.
The project started from the needs and desires of partners to promote and prepare for online tutoring. International education markets are growing and there is a need to strengthen the European network in different subjects and in different levels of education. Online learning is a suitable method for delivering international education because distances become insignificant and interaction is the heart of the network. Moreover, during the recent decade online learning has proved to be a flexible way to study, especially in the field of adult education. Modern ICT gives added value for adult education practise but only when adult educators can use it in an appropriate way. Many tutors feel insecure and unqualified when facing the challenges that modern ICT has brought. The changing role of the tutor demands action in the training of adult education staff. With this pan-European project we will combine the strengths of each partner in creating two quality courses with tools for online learning designed specifically for the needs of adult educators. We will create innovations in methods of flexible learning and in learner-centred course design for different target groups in a national and European wide education collaboration.
The aims of ODELUCE are as follows:
- The development and maintenance of an Observatory on the use of communications and information technology (C&IT) in University continuing education across Europe.
- The creation and maintenance of an interactive electronic forum which will form the basis for an online community of continuing education professionals involved in eLearning.
- The development and dissemination of generic models for the use of C&IT in university continuing education.
- Evaluation of the role of eLearning in social cohesion, especially in relation to marginalised groups.