As a network it will aim to unite rural communities throughout Europe and encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience while the gateway will open up new international markets for small rural businesses and tourism service providers.
Applying and adapting existing automated translation software technology the system aims to provide a mass-market solution to localised and individual problems.
The Country Community Network system will integrate information retrieval and transfer with real-time system management through a network of rural economy related services - accommodation, culture, leisure, commerce and business.
Information will be uploaded by users in their own language and incorporated into the system ensuring immediate updating of news and availability. It will then be presented to the site visitor and potential customer in his or her own alternative language (local input-global output).
There are agencies that distribute images of different types for a variety of purposes; there are museums with digital collections for exploitation. Moreover, agencies and other sources use different native languages to promote their images commercially, thus reducing their potential target market.
In addition, images themselves are entirely language independent and could potentially be exploited in many markets simultaneously, independently of local languages.
This is the market that ML-Images! is targeting, as well as e-commerce activities based on it – namely digitized images from various sources such as independent photographers, photographic agencies, public institutions, museums and archives.
This service will provide a real online link between content owners and production structures, editors, and generally all content users. PORTAL will address the problem of language, timetable, human subjectivity, IPR management, price of content, security of payment, delay of vision, immediate access.
PORTAL will use both standard Internet and High speed Internet.
Belgavox and Saint Thomas are rights owners and both have web sites with a database and search tool.
Inna has more than 30 members worldwide who own all the rights and want to join the project.
Programme multimédia interactif d'évaluation de la compréhension du français, de l'espagnol, du néerlandais, du roumain, de l'italien oraux ou signés, et écrits.
français, espagnol, italien, néerlandais et roumain à l'intention des malentendants.
Le projet s'appuie sur un système mixte d'apprentissage qui relie le langage des signes, la lecture sur les lèvres et la langue écrite. PUZZLE entend mettre au point une interface en langues des signes et en langue orale dans les cinq langues du projet ; la création d'un CD ROM est égalment prévue.
Ce produit proposera des récits du plus court et simple au plus long et complexe, ainsi qu'une batterie de tests sous différentes formes selon le choix de l'utilisateur.
Celui-ci pourra à tout instant recourir à une autre langue, à des pictogrammes, à la lecture sur les lèvres et au langage des signes. Les apprenants seront amenés à reconstruire les récits en mettant en ordre des séquences d'images.
Les tests sont conçus de façon à ce qu'aucune ambiguïté ne puisse subsister ou qu'un autre récit que celui proposé ne puisse paraître correct ou sensé. Le CD ROM comprendra aussi un dictionnaire informatisé des langues des signes et sa grammaire.
Le produit sera testé auprès d'un public de malentendants et de sourds en FR, BE, IT, NL et RO.
The members of the Network are the co-ordinators of the transnational groups of experts who prepared these diverse tests. They will seek to expand the range of tests available, not by generating new tests themselves, but by stimulating interest in the preparation of new tests, advising on good practice and helping new projects to start their work, through a series of meetings and seminars.
While expanding open-access web-based testing, certification of achievement will also be developed where appropriate, in collaboration with employers who will benefit from transparent certificates recognised Europe-wide.
There will be a major one-day or two-day event in 2004, at which the experience of webbased testing in real use will be presented to a wide audience together with contributions from educational technologists with experience of other approaches to assessment
People don’t easily adapt to technology but the new ICT have the potential to adapt to people’s needs
However, during the last few years more and more good practices have emerged. These demonstrate how to use the new technologies as tools to support formal and informal learning and how to create a new learning environment. New learning models have been tested, new pedagogical approaches pioneered, and new “cocktails” of technology and traditional approaches have been mixed. IBM has been one of the pioneers in deploying a blended learning approach for its internal management development programs. Knowledge Management had its own hype-cycle and now we see areas of informal learning that have evolved as Knowledge Management programs merging into a broader stream of e-learning implementations.
We have gained a much better understanding for what purposes we can effectively use e-learning and where its limitations lie. So why isn’t e-learning taking off in a big way in our daily lives - in schools, universities and in companies ? Why are the numbers of people who report great experiences that they have had with e-learning still somewhat limited ? Why are the best practices that we have seen emerging in many places not spreading much faster?
There is a reason for this, we have thousands of exciting and interesting experiments, however they are not scalable, and in many cases they are incompatible. The best ideas and practices are not transferable and not reusable in environments other than those where they have been developped. We have created many little gardens with little houses often with walls around them, with nice individual arrangements of plants and flowers - but with little capabilities to walk around beyond one’s individual space and talk to our neighbors. Every door has a different system to ring the doorbell, a different way to enter and the furniture cannot be used in any other house.
Looking for the capability to broadly share and exchange e-learning content
It is quite clear that we are looking for something different, be it the capability to share and exchange e-learning content regardless of where it has been produced or access to the learning resources at a given moment from wherever we me may be with whatever access device we use. This can range from laptop computers to PDAs to mobile phones. We would want to identify the best learning resources for our individual skills needs and be able to identify the sources of this information. These resources should be high quality and provide us content in various formats ranging from simple text to advanced digital multimedia. We would also like to have someone to support us personally if we get lost in the maze of the network and we will want someone who can accompany our learning process and advise and council us which route to take and which traps to avoid.
Am I talking about Utopia or is this a realistic possibility ? It is a possibility, however to get there we must get the fundamentals right. So we need to create a common infrastructure and a set of common standards and rules that help us achieve scale and scope in e-learning. We like to think about a new pedagogy, of exciting new multimedia content, and virtual tutors and digital curricula. All these wonderful innovations will only come to fruition on a broad basis if we get the fundamentals in place that enable the broad based deployment of learning technologies. If we continue to work in our little gardens then we incur a tremendous waste of energy and resources. Infrastructure and content production based on open standards will provide a dramatic acceleration of e-learning development and deployment. This is vital in a market that is currently extremely fragmented and that lacks clear direction and guidance. See the related article on eLIG, the European eLearning Industry Group by Richard Straub.
A group of 15 companies joined forces in April 2002 to create the “eLearning Industry Group” (eLIG) in Europe - with the support and endorsement of Ms. Reding, the European Commissioner for Education and Culture.
A group of 15 companies joined forces in April 2002 to create the “eLearning Industry Group” (eLIG) in Europe - with the support and endorsement of Ms. Reding, the European Commissioner for Education and Culture. The objective of the group is to work in public private partnership with the European Commission, national governments and education institutions to accelerate the deployment of e-learning in Europe.The eLearning Industry Group has emerged from the European eLearning Summit, were over 300 representatives of academia, governments and industry met in May 2001 to issue a declaration with 10 recommendations to promote eLearning in Europe. The eLearning Industry Group has now launched projects to translate four of these recommendations into actions in the field of infrastructure, content standards, the development of a viable market for content in Europe and the professional development of educators. We believe that these projects are addressing key leverage points for successful and accelerated deployment of e-learning in Europe. They will contribute to create an environment that provides robustness, flexibility, compatibility, interoperability that is required to advance the e-learning agenda in Europe. It should be an environment where we do not need to worry too much about technological issues, rather we would be able to focus on what is really important. That is exciting learning content, engaging learning experiences, new pedagogy, roadmaps addressing individual skill needs, international peer-to-peer learning groups etc. Cultural diversity and new education models will thrive if the underlying environment is based on common standards and if a healthy market for content can evolve. There is a strong political will in Europe to leverage e-learning to achieve the Lisbon Summit’s goal for Europe “to become the most dynamic knowledge-economy in the world....”. This political will is reflected in the eEurope 2005 action plan, where the development of e-learning services is highlighted as one of the major modern online public services besides e-government and e-health services. The creation of an e-learning program is another strong signal from the Commission to bundle its efforts in this arena and to ensure appropriate funding for European e-learning projects. Public private partnerships are considered key success factors to progress the e-learning agenda in Europe. The eLearning Industry Group has the ambition to become a flagship public private partnership for e-learning. It is an open group and welcomes the participation of key stakeholders in the European e-learning market.See the related article Why isn't e-Learning taking off in a big way in our daily lives? by Richard Straub.
eLIG founding members: 3Com, Accenture, Apple, BT, Cisco, Digitalbrain, IBM, Intel, Line Communications, NIIT, Nokia, Online Courseware Factory, Sanoma WSOY, Sun Microsystems, Vivendi Universal Publishing.
Contact for eLIG: Ms. Hannah Murray, ICEL, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will be: elected representatives, professionals, community leaders, adult educators, learners and others.
- To create a tool for implementing the project and a template for adult educators in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses within lifelong learning.
- To create a sophisticated and user-friendly web communication system for knowledge on lifelong learning and adult education
- To create expertise groups in the field and to run a European conference on the project results.
· testing national, regional and local ICT-networks for studies, meetings/discussions and information;
· testing the conditions for a European ICT/network for adult education.
An already functioning format for an ICT-co-operation network will be tested during this project in other countries incorporating the following principles:
· horizontal structure;
· a simple form, user-friendly, available and cost-efficient;
· used for studies, a meeting place and information message board;
· with the possibility of creating local, regional and national networks and facilitating cooperation between partners.
Besides this, the corresponding transnational applications will be tested by forming a study/discussion group on a common platform as part of testing the basis for a future European adult education ICT-network.
- organising exchange of information and experience between the existing SCS cities and emphasising need for other new cities to be involved
- assisting cities and collective bodies who wish to set up a SCS
- creating a sub-network of SCS, under the name of "Network Methodology Transfer".
The main aims of this sub-network are to co-ordinate pedagogic activities and stimulate the development of innovative methodological approaches by:
- creating a platform of various fields of expertise in the development of new methodologies
- organising an active exchange of good practices between the SCSs
- organising the debate on pedagogical and didactical questions between the teachers/trainers/tutors of the SCS by means of the forum on the website.
New technologies in particular are integral part of this project as training as well as a communication tool. In addition, special attention will be given to Simulation for New Opportunities for Work, a new approach in bridging the gap between schooling and work.