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  1. Karl Donert,Liverpool Hope University College eLearning and Minerva projects email: donertk@hope.ac.uk http://hopelive.hope.ac.uk/international/karld

  2. EDUCATION TRENDS (1) • eLEARNING – eTRAINING • fast growth • evolving technologies • greatest opportunity • eEUROPE eGLOBAL

  3. EDUCATION TRENDS (2) • widen access – inclusion • quality / curricula • professional development • running to stand still • more for less

  4. 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

  5. Vocational Training The Vision DEVELOPING THE EUROPEAN LEARNING INFRASTRUCTURE Flexible Higher Education School of Tomorrow The Learning Citizen Interoperable Tools, Services andContent

  6. 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”

  7. EU funds Six types of transnational measures • Physical mobility • Virtual mobility • European networks • Language skills • Pilot projects • Community “terms of reference”

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. SOCRATES (3) MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning) Purpose: • 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

  12. 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.

  13. SOCRATES (5) MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning) DEVELOPMENT 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.

  14. SOCRATES (6) MINERVA (Open and Distance Learning) ACCESSthrough: • interconnection ofservices and systems providing information for teachers, decision-makers and other actors involved • online databases • networking of resources • directories

  15. 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 http:/europa.eu.int/en/ comm/dg22/dg22.html

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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 Examples • 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. SOCRATES (12) MINERVA Call for proposals • Deadline for pre-proposals November 1st each year • Short-listed to submit application for the following March 1st Emphasise: • “critical and responsible” use of ICT • pedagogical / organisational issues • project budget grants c 300,000 • (25% matched funding) http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/socrates/minerva/ind1a_en.html

  23. A European Initiative

  24. ‘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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. What opportunities for you? Identify.. • 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?

  30. Establishing partnerships • mobility.. and making links • conferences and courses • databases • partner searching • networking …. email • personal contacts best, but not always needed

  31. Establishing partnerships • Universities, Schools and Colleges • Research Centres • SMEs, major companies • Training Centres and NGOs • Associations … European …. and now beyond

  32. 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.

  33. Potential partnerships Identify.. • organisations you work with • what value they might bring to an application • develop contact list • take opportunities to network • central and peripheral

  34. 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 THINK STRATEGICALLY

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. Bids, deadlines, criteria • OBEY THE RULES • Subject + Theme = Excellence • Innovation …. • European objectives • Goteborg objectives (sustainable employment, economy and environment in Europe) • Lisbon objectives (most technologically advanced)

  38. 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 • OBEY THE RULES …

  39. Conclusions • 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?