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Unified eLearning Environment for the school

Objective

The evolution of schools from teaching institutions towards community centres for learning raises a number of pedagogical and social challenges. Learning is no longer confined to the traditional teacher-pupil relationship but learner-cantered, personalized learning approaches are being implemented and the effectiveness of collaborative learning is now generally recognized. This evolution of schools takes place at various paces throughout the enlarged European Union.

Technology can be an important enabler of this evolution. However, in order to be accepted by all the actors, the technology must be flexible and adaptable to the specific learning contexts (situations and environments) of each school rather than imposing a common model upon all schools.

The objectives of UNITE are in the areas of both ICT as well as education:
- In the area of ICT, the conceptualization, design, and development of a very comprehensive, highly modular eLearning and communication platform, supporting the development, management and re-use of learning objects, activities and experiences, and appropriately linking up the mobile phone technology for learning purposes, an area still very challenging for learning environments.
- In the area of education, the design of innovative pedagogical methods enhanced by this ICT platform to be used and validated in a variety of different types of schools. These new pedagogical approaches will be applicable to all schools, taking into account the diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

The project will also study in depth issues about 'accessibility for all' and good practices in context-specific learning design, to enhance the learning experience and to ensure that learners are empowered and motivated to learn in this manner.

UNITE will greatly contribute to the objectives of achieving eEurope 2005, going beyond the deployment of technology by providing effective tools to support the evolution of Europe towards a knowledge-based society.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
Germany

Participants (12)

CAMBRIDGE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Queen Victoria Street 165
EC4V 4DD London
ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI SCHOLI PANAGEA SAVVA AE
Greece
Address
Doukissis Plakentias 25
15234 Chalandri
EXTREME MEDIA SOLUTIONS LTD
Greece
Address
Kleisthenous 267
15344 Gerakas
FAKULTET PRIRODOSLOVNO-MATEMATICKIH ZNANOSTI I ODGOJNIH PODRUCJA SVEUCILISTA U SPLITU
Croatia
Address
Nikole Tesle 12
21000 Split
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
Address
K Donelaicio G 73
44029 Kaunas
LANDESINITIATIVE NEUE KOMMUNIKATIONSWEGE MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN E.V.
Germany
Address
Friedrich Barnewitz Strasse 3
18119 Rostock
RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
Address
Kalku Iela, 1
1658 Riga
SOFIISKI UNIVERSITET "SVETI KLIMENT OHRIDSKI"
Bulgaria
Address
Tzar Osvobodi Tel Blv 15
1000 Sofia
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
Address

06 Msida
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
Address
Chancellors Drive, University Plain
NR4 7TJ Norwich
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana