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Designing and Evaluating Learning Innovations and Learning Applications

Objective

The central objective of the project is to investigate the potential of new forms of learning arrangements for improving access to E&T for different groups, in particular excluded ones. A broad range of educational environments will be taken into consideration.

The project will focus particularly on the actual potential contribution of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and use of Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT). It will consider especially the problem of transferability of innovations across geographical and cultural environments and the new role of organisational setting implied by such innovations.

The key objectives of the project are:

1) synhtesise the existing research on new ways of learning, in relation to ODL and use of ALT;
2) assess transnationally and cross-sectorially the contribution of different organisational settings of learning and accessibility of learning opportunities for less favoured groups;
3) contribute to the development of appropriate policies;
4) contribute to design of new learning environments;
5) develop scenarios for more effective mixes of new and conventional technologies in E&T;
6) provide methodologies and tools for more effective mixes of new training products, in particular those involving multimedia.

The objectives and the goals will be operationalised by means of three main sets of activities:

1) undertaking studies of some key social, cultural, economic, organisational and pedagogic factors;
2) developing models, methodologies and tools for supporting and evaluating E&T innovations using new technologies;
3) validation within an action research, user-led environment in four test sites.

Coordinator

Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
Address
30 Tabernacle Street
EC2A 4DE London
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

European Centre for Work and Society
Netherlands
Address

Maastricht
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas
Greece
Address

Heraklion
Isvor Fiat SpA
Italy
Address
Corso Dante 103
10126 Torino
Manchester Metropolitan University
United Kingdom
Address
All Saints
M15 6BH Manchester
Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund Landesinstitut
Germany
Address

Dortmund
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Spain
Address

Barcelona
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Netherlands
Address

Amsterdam