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Karl Donert , Liverpool Hope University College eLearning and Minerva projects email: donertk@hope.ac.uk http://hopelive.hope.ac.uk/international/karld EDUCATION TRENDS (1) eLEARNING – eTRAINING fast growth evolving technologies greatest opportunity eEUROPE eGLOBAL

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karl donert liverpool hope university college

Karl Donert,Liverpool Hope University College

eLearning and Minerva projects

email: donertk@hope.ac.uk


education trends 1
  • fast growth
  • evolving technologies
  • greatest opportunity
education trends 2
  • widen access – inclusion
  • quality / curricula
  • professional development
  • running to stand still
  • more for less
education trends 3 the international dimension
EDUCATION TRENDS (3)the International dimension
  • Internationalism - marketing UK Education overseas (Bologna, Blair)
  • comparison of systems (Pisa)
  • enlargement of Europe
  • Virtual Campus - Virtual School
  • internationalising education
  • Quality
  • Innovation
the vision



The Vision



Higher Education




The Learning Citizen

Interoperable Tools, Services andContent

aims the european dimension
Aims:The European dimension
  • foster synergy and exchange of experience and resources through collaborative trans-national projects.
  • observe and better understand uses and technologies
  • develop “knowledge management systems”
eu funds
EU funds

Six types of transnational measures

  • Physical mobility
  • Virtual mobility
  • European networks
  • Language skills
  • Pilot projects
  • Community “terms of reference”
socrates programme structure eight actions
School Education (Comenius)

Higher Education (Erasmus)

Other educational pathways (Grundtvig)

Language learning (Lingua)

ODL and ICT in the field of Education (Minerva)

Observation and innovation

Joint actions

Accompanying measures

Socrates: programme structureEight Actions
socrates 1

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

  • Innovative and strategic projects

4 types of activities

    • Understanding … ODL
    • Designing …. ODL
    • Networking …. ODL
    • Accessing and disseminating …. ODL
  • with a transversal dimension
socrates 2

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

Four objectives, to contribute to the development of quality education, by:

  • strengthening the European dimension in education
  • promoting cooperation in education
  • helping to remove the obstacles to such cooperation
  • encouraging educational innovation
socrates 3

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)


  • promote improved UNDERSTANDING of ODL and ICT in education
  • raise awareness of the need for pedagogical considerations in DEVELOPMENT of products
  • promote ACCESS to improved methods, educational resources and project experiences
socrates 4

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

UNDERSTANDING the innovation processes; development of quality criteria for educational multimedia, e.g.

  • Comparative Studies
    • action research/ validation of educational use of technology and resources
  • Surveys of best practice
    • guidelines for implementing technologies and educational concepts.
  • Common reflection
    • through experts meeting etc.
socrates 5

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)


pilot modules, methodologies and multimedia resources

  • Pilot Courses
    • course design, conceptual design of learning materials and online resources,
  • Concept development
    • Collaborative learning, virtual mobility schemes etc.
socrates 6

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)


  • interconnection ofservices and systems providing information for teachers, decision-makers and other actors involved
  • online databases
  • networking of resources
  • directories
socrates 7

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

ACCESS- through exchange

of ideas and experiences

  • creation of human networks, animation of online forum etc.
  • networking of resource centers, teacher training institutions, experts, decision-makers and projects on issues of common interest



socrates 8

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

Funded activities (understanding)

  • improve understanding of the impact of ICT models on the organisation of learning-teaching and on learning processes
  • understanding among teachers, learners, educational decision-makers and the public at large
socrates 9

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

Funded activities (development)

  • provide methods and tools for the development of innovative learning environments
  • environments of a generic nature to be transferable to other domains
socrates 10

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

Funded Activities (networking)

  • establishment of links at European level
  • between producers, users and managers
  • focus on specific issues: resource centres, teacher training institutions
socrates 11

MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning)

Funded activities (accessing)

  • develop information services and systems on the use of ICT and ODL at regional, national and international level


  • support services for teachers, managers or decision makers
  • access to multimedia products and Internet services
  • establish criteria and quality indicators for the description of information resources
recommendations 1
Recommendations (1)

Good projects will:

  • Observe uses (state of the art)
  • Draw analyses, synthesis
  • Produce innovative approaches
  • Pilot and test them
  • Develop long term scenarios
  • Use economic and development models
recommendations 2
Recommendations (2)

Good projects will:

  • promote experiences in terms of pedagogical and organisational innovations
  • make sure that technology does not bring new forms of exclusion, thatnew models take care of the oneswho are out of the “mainstream”
  • ensure a better transparency ofacquired knowledge and experience
socrates 12

MINERVA Call for proposals

  • Deadline for pre-proposals November 1st each year
  • Short-listed to submit application for the following March 1st


  • “critical and responsible” use of ICT
  • pedagogical / organisational issues
  • project budget grants c 300,000
  • (25% matched funding)


quality and elearning in europe massy 2002
‘Quality and eLearning in Europe’ (Massy, 2002)
  • negative level of overall quality in eLearning
  • only 6% rated as excellent or good
  • poor reputation– PROMOTE ODL
  • eLearning is not understood
  • cheap option (management view)
  • investment rarely matches needs + fear ofconsequences –UNDERSTAND ODL
  • rarely used at the right time in the right way or for the right reasons –TRAIN FOR ODL
elearning programme 2004 2006
eLearning programme 2004-2006

Call for Proposals of the eLearning Programme 2004-2006 recently launched

Call focused on:

1.Promoting digital literacy

2.European virtual campuses

3.Transversal actions

elearning programme 2004 200626
eLearning programme 2004-2006

Combating digital illiteracy

The development of digital literacy training methods, support for innovatory projects in this area, developing, for example, educational tools and materials for young people to make it easier for them to learn NICT through interactive games or to create virtual services accessible to everybody for learning about citizenship or for dialogue between cultures.

The programme will also encourage the exchange of good practiceand cooperation projects(networks, associations, public authorities, public/private partnerships, etc.), which help raise awareness of the potential offered by NICT for acquiring knowledge and gaining access to training courses (public centres for access to NICT) for marginalised population groups.

elearning programme 2004 200627
eLearning programme 2004-2006

European virtual campuses:

  • better integration of virtual dimension in HE
  • encourage the development of new organisational models for providing higher education in Europe (virtual campuses)
  • European exchange, sharing schemes (virtual mobility), building on existing European cooperation frameworks (Erasmus programme, Bologna process)
  • "e-learning dimension" to operational tools ECTS, European Masters, quality assurance, mobility
elearning programme 2004 200628
eLearning programme 2004-2006

Transversal actions:

  • promotion of e-learning in Europe, monitoring of the eLearning Action Plan
  • dissemination, promotion and transfer of good and innovative practices and results from the projects and programmes
  • reinforce cooperation between actors, especially public-private partnerships
  • e-twinning of schools in Europe and promotion of teachers' training, the subject of separate calls
what opportunities for you
What opportunities for you?


  • the opportunities for your bids (easiest first) = WHAT?
  • what priorities will these meet? = WHY?
  • identify the systems you will put in place = HOW?
  • who/what needs to be activated to enable this? = WHERE/WHEN?
establishing partnerships
Establishing partnerships
  • mobility.. and making links
  • conferences and courses
  • databases
  • partner searching
  • networking …. email
  • personal contacts best, but not always needed
establishing partnerships31
Establishing partnerships
  • Universities, Schools and Colleges
  • Research Centres
  • SMEs, major companies
  • Training Centres and NGOs
  • Associations … European …. and now beyond
which countries
Which countries?
  • Member States of the EuropeanUnion
  • EFTA countries in the EuropeanEconomic Area (EEA) (Iceland, Norway Liechtenstein)
  • Central and EasternEuropean countries
  • Cyprus and Malta - OK, Turkey – 2004?
  • Israel, Swiss - F6+ …!
  • eventually Europe = 27+ (other funds)
  • US/Canada, Asia, Africa, Arabia, South America etc.
potential partnerships
Potential partnerships


  • organisations you work with
  • what value they might bring to an application
  • develop contact list
  • take opportunities to network
  • central and peripheral
getting started on bids
Getting started on bids
  • Bid Aims and Objectives
  • Project Synopsis (250 words)
  • TEAM …. role for each partner
  • Manage – co-ordinate, admin
  • Developers ….Users
  • Research and evaluation
  • Dissemination – HIGH PRIORITY


bids deadlines criteria
Bids, deadlines, criteria
  • Plan bid …. get forms - online
  • Work backwards from deadline
  • Send - package – bind - print
  • Signatures – internal
  • Finances OK - internal + partners
  • Letters + info from partners
  • Bid written – agreed ..by partners
  • Financial plan developed
  • Project Plan – roles
bids deadlines criteria36
Bids,deadlines, criteria

Information needs

  • list of Calls … email, newsletter

What’s coming up soon …

  • Socrates/Comenius – Nov 1st
  • Tempus (Eastern Europe) Dec 1st
  • Others ……

2 step application process

  • pre-proposal (short) then
  • full proposal then EU contract
bids deadlines criteria37
Bids, deadlines, criteria
  • Subject + Theme = Excellence
  • Innovation ….
  • European objectives
  • Goteborg objectives (sustainable employment, economy and environment in Europe)
  • Lisbon objectives (most technologically advanced)
bids deadlines criteria38
Bids, deadlines, criteria
  • Feasibility within budget
  • Partnership and resources
  • European dimension and added-value to Europe
  • Plan of activities
  • Project management
  • Dissemination – widest possible
  • ‘e’ with everything …. not token
  • what happens next?
    • follow up event … June 10, 14.00
    • keeping in touch … your priority?
    • dates and deadlines
    • partnership with Hope?
  • any national bid = EU bid
  • 25-33% success rate
  • questions?
  • how can we help?