New EDEN European projects kicking-off

January 17, 2012 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Dear EDEN Member,

in these months, nine new EU projects are kicking-off with the involvement of EDEN. These initiatives are going to connect partners from all around Europe and are dealing with topics that can be of high interest for the EDEN members. Hereby, we would like to introduce these projects for you and in case you find them interesting, at the end of this letter you can also find some possibilities for getting more involved.



I-TUTOR – Intelligent Tutoring for Life Long Learning

Lifelong Learning Programme - KA3 Multilateral projects, Development of Innovative ICT-Based Content, Services, Pedagogies and Parctice for Lifelong Learning

Coordinator: University of Macerata, IT

Duration: 36 months

The project aims at developing an intelligent tutoring system, to be applied in open source learning environments, able to monitor, track, analyze and verify the work of students within the learning environment, and give inputs for modeling to tutors and teachers involved in distance learning.


CARER+: Ageing well in the community and at home: developing digital competences
of care workers to improve the quality of life of older people

ICT PSP-2011-5, Theme 3: ICT for Health, Ageing Well and Inclusion, Objective 3.2: Digital competences and social inclusion

Coordinator: Institut FEPEM de l'Emploi Familial (IFEF), FR

Duration: 36 months


The CARER+ project aims to identify new competences in the domiciliary care working sector to support older persons in the home - anticipating a new and vital role for care workers, as a ‘CARER+’, by developing a set of learning paths and educational resources for mobile and work based learning, that respond to major challenges to their professionalisation: isolation, access to technology, flexibility of study modes, lack of support and motivation, formal accreditation, recognition of prior experience, and scalability. The primary target groups addressed will be the relevant actors of social care sector: care workers and caregivers, their trainers within VET and Adult Education, older people, policy and decision makers, families, associations of care recipients and caregivers.

ODS: Open Discovery Space: A socially powered and multilingual open
learning infrastructure to boost the adoption of eLearning resources

CIP-ICT PSP-2011-5, Pilot Type B, Objective 2.4: eLearning

Coordinator: Intrasoft International, LU

Duration: 36 months


Open Discovery Space aims to serve as an accelerator of the sharing, adoption, usage, and re-purposing of the already rich existing educational content base. It will demonstrate the potential of eLearning resources to meet the educational needs of these communities, supported by European Web portal: a community-oriented social platform where teachers, pupils and parents will be able to discover, acquire, discuss and adapt eLearning resources on their topics of interest. In addition, it will assess the impact and document the whole process into a roadmap that will include guidelines for the design and implementation of effective resource-based educational activities that could act as a reference to be adopted by stakeholders in school education.


eLene2learn: Exploring and promoting the contribution of ICT and digital media to
the development of learning to learn competencies in lifelong learning transitions

Lifelong Learning Programme - Key Activity 3 – ICT; Network

Coordinator: Centro METID – Politecnico di Milano, IT

Duration: 36 months


The eLene2learn project proposes a multi-stakeholder network, exploring and promoting the contribution of ICT and digital media in supporting the development of learning to learn competencies in lifelong learning transitions. eLene2learn will involve schools, higher education institutions and other networks in the identification of current practice, in pilot implementation of a variety of approaches and in drawing out the lessons learnt.


NEST: Network of Staff and Teachers in childcare services

Lifelong Learning Programme - COMENIUS; Network

Coordinator: Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, FAU, DE

Duration: 36 months


The NEST project seeks to establish a network in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) staff development: it will contribute to overcome local visions, by creating links between institutions/practitioners/professionals, and by collecting learning resources in ECEC, making them available for a larger audience. It will provide policy makers with updated information and comparisons of data. The project aims at building a network that is able (1) to establish working groups in ECEC topics and issues, especially curriculum development; (2) to set up an online-based pool of learning resources and information to allow sharing for ECEC workforce and institutions at all levels in EU; (3) to build community, promote peer learning and support among ECEC staff; (4) to support and enlarge the community, through dissemination and exploitation of results and (5) to establish an effective system for monitoring and evaluating the network.


VISIR: VIsion, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how
ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality for all

Lifelong Learning Programme - Leonardo da Vinci; KA3-ICT; Multilateral networks

Coordinator: MENON Network EEIG, BE

Duration: 36 months


The aim of the VISIR network is to contribute to the full exploitation of the potential of ICT to transform and innovate European lifelong learning and to equip European citizens with digital competencies and other key transversal competencies for life and employability in Europe. The project will analyse the existing trends on ICT for learning in Europe and draft a long term vision on the contribution of ICT for transforming education and training systems and catalogue successful ICT-for-learning micro-innovation practices. The project also aims to facilitate the mainstreaming of these practices both towards E&T policy makers and towards learning communities and provide research-grounded recommendations for policy making and for innovative practices large scale scalability and transferability.


POERUP: Policies for OER uptake

Lifelong Learning Programme - Key Activity 3 - ICT; Multilateral projects

Coordinator: University of Leicester, UK

Duration: 30 months


By carrying out research to understand how governments can stimulate the uptake of OER by policy means (and not just funding), POERUP aims to contribute to the implementation of LLL. Simultaneously POERUP aims to foster the potential of new media for enhancing innovation by researching policies designed to foster a “lifelong learner” mindset in learners: leading to curiosity, creativity and a willingness to “consume” OER. To do so the project team will investigate the “end-user – producer communities” behind OER initiatives and what (or who) it is that actually provides the energy that make OER work or not.


CareNet: Building ICT competencies in the long-term care sector to enhance
quality of life for older people and those at risk of exclusion

Lifelong Learning Programme - Key Activity 3 – ICT; Multilateral projects

Coordinator: Institut FEPEM de l'Emploi Familial (IFEF), FR

Duration: 24 months


The CareNet project is aimed at developing a critical set of ICT competences for 2 identified ‘at risk’ target groups: care-workers and older persons. The project is designed to work in a synergistic way to tackle identified problems in the low skilled and under professionalised care-worker sector while at the same time promoting social inclusion and enhancing the quality of life of older people. The CareNet project will design, develop and pilot learning paths and resources based on cooperative learning between care workers and care recipients to promote improved quality of care and quality of life through the acquisition of care related digital competences. In addition, to answer specific needs, learning modules for individual learning, addressing ICT competences for employability and self-development (care workers) and ICT competences for active ageing (older people) will be created.


REVIVE VET: Review and revive VET practices

Lifelong Learning Programme - Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of innovation

Coordinator: Vytautas Magnus University, LT

Duration: 24 months


Identifying the still great divide between VET and higher education – among individual teachers and trainers and VET institutions – the REVIVE VET project suggests reviewing and reviving VET practices with the focus to improve the quality, attractiveness and accessibility of VET services. The project will use self assessment and peer review approach in the quality assurance process. REVIVE VET addresses the need to develop the key skills and competences of VET teachers and trainers, and institution managers in order to cope with the future challenges, and their involvement in curriculum development. Another priority area that is addressed by the project is to improve quality assurance practices at VET institutions.


EDEN NAP Members Area for social networking

With the more than 1100 members, the NAP Members Area offers the possibility of establishing connections with academics, professionals and it is a perfect platform to support the exchange of project outcomes, related ideas, and relevant information about these European initiatives.

Therefore we are looking forward to meet you and develop ideas together!