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Developing and experimenting with IT-based tools, processes and infrastructural means that improve the competitiveness of organisations by supporting and enhancing their learning capability and effectiveness
Call closed 16 December

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New Ways to Learn Knowledge Management & the Learning Organisation - EITC 97, 24-26 November

Image Objective

The competitiveness of firms and organisations requires greater internal flexibility and responsiveness to markets on a global scale. New industrial and business structures, rapid technological development, changing and more complex work environments driven in part by the use of new technologies, increasingly evolving labour markets and employment practices, all imply the need for constant learning and relearning of individuals as of the enterprise. The ability to learn is essential to sustain innovation, creativity and economic robustness.

In the context of improving the competitiveness of organisations, the objective of the thematic call is:

To develop and experiment with IT-based tools, processes and infrastructural means that support and enhance the learning capability and the learning effectiveness of individuals and organisations.

The thematic call is based on topics contained in the 1997 revision of the Esprit work-programme . It is aimed at encouraging multi-domain and multidisciplinary work with a "total system" perspective. The thematic call, therefore, allows for proposals which cut across the existing tasks and domains of the Programme and introduces an additional degree of freedom for broader cooperation between industrial partners having complementary skills, approaches and technologies.

It is expected that consortia will bring together, when necessary, expertise from several fields, such as management, IT and social sciences.

Proposed projects should be driven by the requirements of end-user companies or professional organsiations. Preference will be given to work that is likely to have a broad economic and societal impact.

The call addresses the Esprit Programme contribution and provides an opportunity to channel technologies and skills which can enhance and accelerate the realistaion of the information society. In this scope, evaluation and subsequent project follow-up will be conducted in collaboration with other related Community R&D programmes.

Proposals will be evaluated in one step.

Image Scope and topics

The call addresses learning in organisations at three interrelated levels: the individual, the team and the organisation as a whole. It covers advanced and cost-effective IT-based training systems as well as IT-enabled mechanisms that allow individuals, teams and organisations to manage, share and develop their knowledge assests and learning capabilities. Activities addressing, in this context, inter-organisational settings, such as groupings of SMEs (within or across industrial sectors) are also considered within the scope of this call.

This call does not specifically target learning in schools, colleges or universities, except in so far as collaborations between industry and academia can be used to demonstrate the general principles of organisational learning.

The three levels should not be seen as mutually exclusive, and proposals that link different aspects of individual, team and organisational learning are welcome.

Image Individual learning

Objectives: To improve the means for acquiring skills and knowledge for individuals (including re-skilling) and for developing their learning capabilities.

Topics to include:

IT enabling fields

Examples of underlying technologies are advanced simulation; adaptive,multimodal and intuitive interfaces; virtual environments; decision-support systems and human factors; systems architectures (including real-time); information filtering and structuring; push-pull devices and agent technology; and workflow, document routing and networking technologies.

Image Team learning

Objectives: To develop IT-based solutions to support the team, as a whole, in learning to function, think and act in a coordinated and efficient way.

Modern industrial and organisational practice seeks to support higher productivity through enhanced teamworking. The use of IT increases the potential for teams working 'virtually' together within an organisation or across organisational boundaries in different geographical locations. The use of IT to improve team effectiveness is widely discussed, and groupware solutions exist for some aspects of team-working.

What is considered within the scope of this call is not the use of team or group technologies for operational tasks, but rather the use of IT solutions to support creativity, innovation and reflective learning as part of team-working.

Topics to include:

IT enabling fields

Examples of underlying technologies are collaborative environments, virtual communication spaces, role-playing ganes, and simulation environments.

Image Organisational learning through knowledge management and exploitation

Objectives: To support the creation, management and exploitation of knowledge assets and the learning processes of the enterprise.

Many organisations have great difficulty in "knowing what they know". The knowledge and skills of an organisation are extremely important assets. Nurturing those assets is essential for competing on a global scale. At the same time, the vast array of information resources now available within and outside organisations could potentially help and organisation build richer scenarios for planning, help target customers and markets more effectively and utilise resources more effectively.

Topics to include:

IT enabling fields

Examples of underlying technologies are knowledge-modelling and collection, knowledge storage and retrieval, advanced information exploration and analysis techniques, information systems and workflow, networking technologies, and information access and delivery systems.

Image Organisation of work

Proposals can address the following types of activities:

In general, proposed projects should work towards concrete, affordable and transferable results, and must from the outset have clear routes to exploitation. Proposed projects should be driven by the requirements of companies, organisations or inter-organisational settings such as a grouping of SMEs.

It is a requirement that proposed projects integrate the measurement and evaluation of the work done in terms of its social, economic and business impact on enterprises.

Projects should be compact and comprise the minimum number of partners necessary to execute the work. The unnecessary duplication of skills and activities should be avoided.

Proposers should prepare their proposals in accordance with the structural recommendations and evaluation criteria given in section 3 of the Esprit Thematic Calls specific information document. All the necessary administrative forms required to submit a proposal are provided.

Image Coordination and follow-up

The Commission is willing to support coordination and follow-up activities related to the theme of "IT for Learning and Training in Industry": workshops, working groups, studies, contact databases, dissemination through a website, videos, etc. To do so, the Commission will support the creation of a collaboration framework which has the objective of implementing a "learning environment" between the funded projects. Applications for such coordination and support activities may be submitted through the Esprit programme's continuous submission scheme for preparatory, support and transfer activities.

Image How to submit a proposal

You must use the document Esprit Thematic Calls . This contains more information on the scope of the IT for Learning & Training in Industry call, full details of submission procedures, and application forms. You can browse this on the Web before downloading a Word 6.0 or zipped Word version (you may require a Word viewer for Windows or Win95 or a decompressor ).

Image Useful links

Image Documents

Image Information days and events

Date Place Contact Contact e-mail
12/9 Oslo Mr. Ole Andreas Flagstad, Norges forskningsrad (E-mail removed)
15/9 Brussels Mr. Caderius Van Veen, EUR-BIT - IT in Industry (E-mail removed)
16/9 Den Haag Mr. Van Werkhoven (E-mail removed)
17/9 København Mr. Bent Egebart (E-mail removed)
17/9 Gent Prof. Vandamme, conference "New technologies-based learning and employment support" (E-mail removed)
18/9 Brussels Mrs. Siraut, CLEPA automobile industry (E-mail removed)
22/9 Torino Mrs. Nigro, S.I.G., conference "Infoday Multimedia" (E-mail removed)
23/9 London Mrs. Herak (E-mail removed)
26/9 Lisboa Mrs. Faisca (E-mail removed)
29/9 Brussels Esprit Information Day (E-mail removed)
30/9 Bologna Mr. Valentini, ENEA (E-mail removed)
2/10 Linz Mr. Schmerold, BIT (E-mail removed)
6/10 Stockholm Mr. Sjödin, NUTEK (E-mail removed)
7/10 Helsinki Mr. Jarvinen, TEKES (E-mail removed)
8/10 Köln Mr. Wältring, DLR (E-mail removed)
13/10 Paris Mr. Brenac
Mrs. Chaput
Min. de l'Education
(E-mail removed)
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17/10 Dublin Janice Boyle (E-mail removed)
date to be confirmed Madrid Mr. Fidalgo
Mr. Borrio
(E-mail removed)
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date to be confirmed Athinai Mrs. Psiakki (E-mail removed)
3/12 London Mrs. Ormonde, conference "Knowledge management '97" (E-mail removed)

Image Contact point

Agnès Bradier
"IT for Learning and Training in Industry" coordinator
DG III Industry

tel +32-2-296-8084 -
e-mail (E-mail removed)
web /esprit/src/learners.htm

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