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European Observatory on IST-related change in learning systems

Objective

L-CHANGE is an accompanying measure providing animation and dissemination actions such as seminars and conferences in order to support Key Action III projects and other interested parties in the analysis of change affecting education, training and lifelong learning. The project intended to set up a permanent observatory and forecast capacity at European level on changes occurring in education, training and lifelong learning systems as a result of widespread diffusion of IST.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The study was carried out by analysing E&T according to four areas of research:
1) The Market of IST (Information Society Technologies) to support education and training and their evolution;
2) The Public Policies and programmes adopted at local, regional, national and international level to promote, support and monitor the implementation of IST in education and training systems;
3) The whole of Research activities and projects relevant to the field of IST for education and training;
4) The range of Innovative Practices adopted in Schools, Universities, training organisations, workplaces and home making meaningful use of IST.
The study was carried out by analysing E&T according to four areas of research:
1) The Market of IST (Information Society Technologies) to support education and training and their evolution;
2) The Public Policies and programmes adopted at local, regional, national and international level to promote, support and monitor the implementation of IST in education and training systems;
3) The whole of Research activities and projects relevant to the field of IST for education and training;
4) The range of Innovative Practices adopted in Schools, Universities, training organisations, workplaces and home making meaningful use of IST.
A multi-dimensional analysis approach was adopted in order to investigate on the current state of development of e-Learning in Europe and to develop prospective studies on future scenarios for learning systems. The analysis covers 9 European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Hungary and Romania) and the US.
Thanks to the cyclic nature of the project most of the studies have been conducted both in the year 2001 and in the year 2002 and represent the results of both field and desk research. The whole of the project work has resulted in the production of the following reports:
1) Strategic Review Report 2001 and 2002 - providing an overview on European suppliers' perceptions of market development trends in the next three-five years.
2) Observatory reports on Market, Policy, Innovative Practices and Research 2001 and 2002 - providing a synthesis of the current and future evolutions of Market, Policies, Innovative Practice and Research related to IST in Education and Training on the basis of the information collected through L-CHANGE country reports, press review service and strategic review activities.
3) Report on Education and Training products and prices 2001 - illustrating the main trends of e-Learning and multimedia products and prices in Europe.
4) Report on the Supply of e-Learning materials in Europe, 2002 - upgrading and substituting the former report on Education and Training products and prices by extending the focus of analysis on suppliers' characteristics and strategies.
5) Scenario and Forecast Report 2001 and 2002 - presenting respectively the forecasting methodology elaborated and the main L-CHANGE scenarios hypotheses (2001 report) and the L-CHANGE forecast on the future evolution of Education and Training systems as emerging from the desk and field research conduced in the second year of activities (2002 report).
6) Country reports 2001 and 2002 on: Germany (DE), Denmark (DK), Spain (ES), France (F), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Italy (I), Romania (RO); United Kingdom (UK), United States (US) - analysing in-depth the current state of development of Education and Training demand and supply in each country in Education, Training, Home and Lifelong Learning.
7) Yearly Report (2001/2002) and Yearly Report (2002/2003), which synthesise the results of the two years of research activities on both current developments and future trends in Education and Training systems in terms of market development, policy options, innovative practices and research.

MILESTONES
Additionally,
1) An on line press review service was run by the L-CHANGE Consortium on a continuous basis in order to monitor relevant press sources at international level on the latest developments occurring in the field of ICT & Learning.
2) A helpdesk service has been launched since February 2002 to provide on request ad hoc reports and support to IST KAIII Projects on the basis of the information collected in the Project database.
A wide range of networking activities was developed in L-CHANGE in order to ensure the project dissemination and to foster collaboration with similar and complementary projects within and outside the IST Programme.
In order to disseminate and share the results of the project with the widest possible audience, the L_CHANGE Consortium agreed to publish on the project web site a synthesis of the project reports and to provide IST Projects with free access to the main project outputs realised during the two years of project activities.
Through the L-CHANGE web-site (http://www.education-observatories.net/lchange/index.pt) access is provided to syntheses of the main research results of the project.
IST project promoters will be able to freely access the full version of the L-CHANGE reports after completing their registration in the web-site. Additionally, they can freely receive a copy of the Yearly reports (2001/2002 and 2002/2003) by contacting the project coordinator (SCIENTER) at the following e-mail addresses:gdeodato@scienter.org and cdelrio@scienter.org.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

SCIENTER SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Address
Via Val D'aposa 3
40123 Bologna
Italy

Participants (5)

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Muegyetem Rakpart 3
1111 Budapest
GUILFORD EDUCATIONAL SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
3Rd Floor, 1 Pickford Street
GU11 1TY Aldershot
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Bounds Green Road
N11 2NQ London
RESEAU MENON GEIE
Belgium
Address
Avenue Des Arts 20
1000 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313
77206 Bucharest