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eLene is the (human) e-learning european network. The origins of the eLene group can be traced back to the report “Virtual models of European Universities” carried out in 2003 by the Danish consultancy firm PLS Ramboll for the European Commission, DG Education and Culture.
eLene2Learn is one of the projects of the eLene network, exploring and promoting the contribution of ICT and digital media in supporting the development of learning to learn competencies in lifelong learning transitions.
"Learning to learn' is the ability to pursue and persist in learning, to organise one's own learning, including through effective management of time and information, both individually and in groups. This competence includes awareness of one's learning process and needs, identifying available opportunities, and the ability to overcome obstacles in order to learn successfully. This competence means gaining, processing and assimilating new knowledge and skill as well as seeking and making use of guidance. Learning to learn engages learners to build on prior learning and life experiences in order to use and apply knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts: at home, at work, in education and training. Motivation and confidence are crucial to an individual's competence."
(Education Council (2006) Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council of 18 December 2006 on key competencies for lifelong learning. Brussels: Official Journal of the European Union, 30.12.2006 annex, paragraph 5).
This eLene2learn network proposal is a result of the ongoing pedagogy, technology and policy watch carried out by the eLene partners under the Cooperation Agreement signed by the member institutions on completion of the eLene-TLC eLearning programme project in Dec. 2008 (2006-4536 / 001 - 001 ELE ELEB14). Throughout 2009 and 2010, regular online knowledge-sharing meetings drew out the topic of ICT and learning to learn competencies as having a common urgency, followed by two face-to-face project development meetings to define the scope, objectives and main activities of the proposed network. Co-construction of project proposals has always been a key success factor for eLene, ever since the start of the group's activities in 2003, and this principle continues to be applied within the wider network, now extended to EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network), Ellinogermaniko Agogi (EL) and University of Dundee (UK), all of whom have collaborated previously, thus forming a solid, operational partnership with the expertise and motivation to meet the ambitious objectives of eLene2learn.