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European unified approach for accessible lifelong learning

European unified approach for accessible lifelong learning

Objective

The Lifelong Learning paradigm recognises that, in a knowledge based economy, education and work are integrated throughout people's lives. All citizens need ongoing access to learning to enable them to work. Technology is playing an increasing role in mediating this learning. However, if this technology is inappropriate and introduced with insufficient support, disabled people will face even further exclusion from the interlinked worlds of education and work.

To address this, the EU4ALL project sets forward the concept of Accessible Lifelong Learning (ALL) uniting 3 key strategies:
1. That the technology that mediates lifelong learning does so accommodating the diversity of ways people interact with technology and the content and services it delivers
2. That this technology is used to bring support services to disabled learners
3. Providing support services and technical infrastructure that enable teaching, technical and administrative staff of educational institutions to offer their teaching and services in a way that is accessible to disabled learners

The aim of EU4ALL is to improve the efficiency and efficacy of implementing these strategies by developing an open service architecture for ALL. To achieve a wide impact the approach taken is not to develop a single EU4ALL system but a standards' based framework that facilitates the integration of the approach with a wide range of eLearning systems.

More specifically the goals of EU4ALL are to:
-Design an open service-oriented architecture for ALL
-Develop the software infrastructure for ALL services (content, support and access services)
-Provide technical standards/specifications for ALL applications integrated with current and emerging eLearning standards
-Validate the results in large-scale higher education settings

Two broad user groups benefit from the EU4ALL project:
1. End-users: Adult learners with disabilities, teachers, and tutors
2. System-users: Providers of eLearning systems and services

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ATOS ORIGIN SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ESPANOLA

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Calle De Albarracin 25
28037 Madrid

Spain

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Participants (12)

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DISABLED PEOPLES INTERNATIONAL ITALIA

Italy

FRAUNHOFER IAF

Germany

GIUNTI INTERACTIVE LABS S.R.L.

Italy

INFORMATION SOCIETY OPEN TO IMPAIRMENTS E-ISOTIS

Greece

SOLUZIONA SA

Spain

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

TRIBAL EDUCATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA

Spain

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

VERENIGING VAN EUROPEAN DISTANCE TEACHING UNIVERSITIES

Netherlands

ZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE INNOVATION

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 034778

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 563 506

  • EU contribution

    € 7 400 000

Coordinated by:

ATOS ORIGIN SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ESPANOLA

Spain