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.
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