Following initial analysis of the training needs of PwMS as regards ICT and new technologies then development work will begin on the design and introduction of specialist ICT training modules.
Modules will be divided into levels and will comprise; Basic IT, Introduction to ICT and Advanced ICT and will further offer an introduction to English Language as used in the application of ICT. A series of printed materials will be produced to include support manuals for users (one for levels 1-2 and another for levels 3-4) and specific working examples developed to support each of the training modules, with final output of all training modules and support materials being via CD-Rom.
The final objective is to enable access to ICT and new technologies training through special centres of employment in each country (with future potential for web access to training).
Beyond the initial target group of PwMS, there is potential for further use of the materials developed, by all persons with physical disabilities or where mobility is an issue.
Awareness raising of the results and achievements of the project is planned through mailings to relevant training centres and professional bodies associated with PwMS and through specialist seminars and dissemination days planned across the partner countries.
Fungi as a Resource of Employment, Sustainable Development and Economic Diversification within the Rural Realm
Initial activities will include the development of training modules on issues such as identification, classification, management and sustainability of wild and cultivated fungus and the development of suitable support materials (field notebook, good practice handbook, etc.) all to be output in CD-Rom format (in ES & EN). National networks will be created across the partner countries to be headed by a transnational information and communication forum.
A dedicated website will be created to feature a specific information and training database for use by the networks and by other relevant European bodies and sectoral organisations, to also feature both a 'suggestions' box and individual, permanent discussion forums. A further support element will be in the piloting of a tele-work centre (15-20 students) whereby support will be provided to user groups working with the MYKOS project.
All materials developed will be validated through work with each of the primary target groups with findings influencing final products and materials. The outcomes and products of the project will be disseminated through a series of workshops and transnational seminars and through existing partner networks of professional bodies and organisations related to the sector.
The web site will be:
- A meeting point to talk about video, images, cinema and new media
- A view point on European youth creativity which gathers and promotes talented young people through show-cases and databases
The web site will be managed by an international editorial office, constituted by young people - coming from the three European cities - which are focused on the site’s specific contents, but who are not yet working professionally in the field. The young journalists’ work will be to update the web-magazines contents, but also to create new audio-visual materials which will be put on-line and projected during various international meetings.
The project will be developed through the following steps:
1. In each participating city a group of 10 young people (age 18 to 29) will be selected among video and web amateurs
2. In each participating city a 30 hours training workshop will be organised. Inside the workshop there will be classes regarding the site management as well as a technical workshop regarding audiovisuals
3. Planning and realisation of a European web site for audiovisual coproduction which will include a section for each participating city to manage and update. In this way, each city will be able to test its territorial juvenile production in audiovisuals and at the same time will be able to produce audiovisual materials such as documentary films, short fiction films, social advertising, so to work out some fundamental guide lines regarding Europe’s social and cultural development.
4. Short exchange programmes (one week) among the youths taking part in the editorial offices of the partner cities. The exchange which will be aimed at merging different experiences and finally co-produce audiovisual material to be put on the web.
5. Final presentation of the European Web Site of audio-visual productions. The most significant audiovisual material produced by the youths of the three editorial offices will be publicly presented and projected. A press conference and a discussion forum will also be organised to develop the themes raised during the project life.
- Give young people a place where they can express their ideas, publicise and compare their video production, cultivate a passion and approach a profession.
- Stimulate a creative yet socially significant use of the new technologies. To create a European Web Site around video, images, cinema and current events, is to underline the importance of the media and the strength of images in the contemporary society. The objective is to develop the youths’ communication’s ability helping young people to focus their work on socially significant themes.
- Develop the themes of intercultural and multicultural life in the European cities exploiting video’s and new media’s potentialities. To diffuse these themes through the work of young people is to give a responsibility our citizens of the future, to educate them to new ‘languages’ in order to support the process of democratisation of today’s and tomorrow’s society.
- Stimulate a debate, an exchange and considerations around crucial themes regarding the European cities, while diffusing new methods and media contents which will be able to focus on specific problems and propose possible solutions.
Basic target are young people, whose interest and involvement in public life is of growing importance. More and more, the younger generation feels the need to find a common meeting ground where they can express their ideas and enthusiasms, but they also need to be stimulated and helped into the world of work, through a less theoretical, more practical approach.
In order to define a cohesive, inclusive and robust approach to the Quality in the implementation and use of e-learning systems and processes, the SEEQUEL project aims to take the required step to establish a European “eLearning Quality” Forum, that will address the following issues:
- Quality assessment, evaluation and conformance practice;
- Cases of “good practice” and design guidelines;
- Quality assurance frameworks (with criteria and standards).
The main activity of the project will be an inclusive and comprehensive analysis of the case for the development of a sustainable environment (eLearning Quality Forum + Laboratory) for e-Learning standards conformance and quality assurance. The environment will be based on the outcomes of a consensus-building exercise that will draw upon the various approaches to quality definition and quality assurance practice currently used by a broad range of stakeholders in education and training in the public and private sectors. In fact, in order to get to a comprehensive quality framework, all the different “cultures of quality” of the different users groups (industry, academia, professional development, students, etc.) will be invited to contribute to the Forum not only in terms of technical solutions, but also as far as the different quality concepts, principles, habits and visions are concerned.
The project outputs will take the form of:
- Reports (review reports, a Report on Quality in eLearning in Europe, policy as well as research recommendations);
- The eLearning Quality Forum and the Quality Certification Laboratory, as sustainable infrastructures and operational schemes, in order to (a) facilitate long-term discussion, exchange of ideas, experiences and “good practice” and knowledge consolidation (with Seminars, Workshops and Conferences) – as a policy support mechanism at the European level - and (b) to prescribe a highly reliable and value-added environment offering a consistent approach for the testing and certification of “Quality Assurance Frameworks”, addressing the practical requirements for the effective development of learning technologies and learning services.
- Guidelines (Hand-outs) for e-learning practitioners (members of educational communities; researchers; industry and policy makers);
- Two validation workshops involving the project consortium and a final dissemination conference, the e-learning Quality Conference presenting the project results to the broader industrial and research community.
Doing research and writing articles on their own promotes the ability to form and hold their own opinion, which is an another important ability for this target group. In addition, working with information and communication tools, the women acquire further key qualifications that increase their chances of employment.
The project covers six parts that complement each other:
-Conceptualisation (choice of suitable software for creation of online-magazines, definition of target group, procedure of pilot phases, criteria of evaluation, co-ordination of participating partner institutions)
-Training of partners concerning the software, evaluation
-Qualification of test group for setting up, running and management of the online magazine
-Pilot tests with the target group in the partner institutions, evaluation and inclusion of feedback, ideas for topics etc.
- Integration of the target group:
-Acquisition of the participants in co-operation with institutions like women’s representative offices, co-ordination offices for working with women etc.
- Introduction of the participants, adding of contributions and completion of the existing test newspaper
-Exchange of experience and content with the partner institutions
-Comparison of the online-magazines of the European partners
-Translation of selected contributions
- Putting the bilingual magazine consisting of a regional and an international part online
- Distribution and dissemination: listing in search engines, advertising in print media etc. in order to make the product accessible to a high number of women. Continuation of the online-magazine after the duration of the project, preferably in co-operation with various organisations for women.
The following objectives are reached by the regional, national and international co-operation of the participants:
-Building up of media literacy
-Critical view on new media
-Forming of own opinions and self-confidence
-Establishment and support of regional, national and international networks
-Promotion of social skills (ability to work in a team, rhetoric, skills in writing etc.)
The project is scheduled for a duration of 12 months. Result is a bilingual, intercultural vivid product from women for women, that shows their needs and concerns and complies with them.
The co-operation of women from different social structures and cultures in the online magazine creates a platform for vital, multifaceted discussion rich in contrast, in which the changing social and political requirements and topics are covered.
Together with the traditional mass media, the new media (information and communication technologies) are having a decisive impact on today's world. Culture, everyday life and society are being increasingly influenced and shaped by the media. Children and youth need knowledge and competence to be able to deal with the media properly, confidently and creatively, to participate and shape this media world, and to orient themselves in this world. Active media competence, the ability to communicate using all old and new media, to analyze and evaluate, but also to produce information in word, image and sound as basic elements of media culture in their context are required.
In the European context, in view of the increasing globalization, this can not be a purely national task. The opportunities and forms of communication of this new world must be recognized, thematised and methodically implemented in the school.
EuropeanMedi@Culture online accepts this challenge and provides two platforms for schoolchildren, students, teachers, parents and other interested persons: an information platform and a project platform. The information platform contains Help options and information relevant to media and pedagogical issues. The online project platform provides the opportunity to communicate and cooperate on the Internet.
EuropeanMedi@Culture Online consists of several modules which are the basis and tool of subsequent school media projects in terms of active, critical media competence:
- Information database for media pedagogical and technically relevant themes: Background information on media use, media technology, types of media, instructions on media production (multimedia) and publication
- Interaction platform: Moderated forums on media themes for project schools, teachers, parents
- Production platform for online projects: using an editing system, project schools create their own international projects with their European partner classes, and have access to the media pedagogical and technical knowhow of the information database. The platform also incorporates forums which provide the opportunity to communicate both to the interested public (moderated forum with access to the outside world) and to the project partners (internal forum, not externally accessible.
Creation of a multilingual database, starting with existing information from the partner countries (D, F, SF, AT). Here, an important component of the information from media projects and initiatives of the partner countries will flow directly into the information pool. A selection of the most important information is offered in German, English and French. Parallel to the creation of the information database, European partner schools (AT, D, F,SF) of different school types and levels agree joint project ideas, which are carried out internationally and with media cooperation.
EuropeanMedi@Culture online provides the schools with secure and competent know-how, ensures project communication with appropriate communications services integrated in the platform, and provides a joint online production and publication environment. These publications, with a detailed description of the necessary methods, tools and results, serve as a stimulus, example and support for all European educational establishments.
Activities of the network will comprise development of a 'virtual training centre' of environmental expertise & innovative approaches in the environmental sector; development of training modules to be used in preparation of the target group in the acquisition of new skills (thus preparing them for access to the labour market) and dissemination of outcomes, practices & products across the initial partnership network of ten European countries.
Beyond this there will be the development of the network (and centre) and the compilation of relevant materials and methodologies. The network, and as such, the virtual training centre, will adapt and make use of existing materials and methodologies, as were developed through previously funded projects under COMETT, PETRA, SOCRATES and other European Programmes.
A range of additional e-learning courses will then be developed for the Environment sector, these are expected to support existing learning materials and a dedicated internet site introduced to operate as a platform for the Worldwide Training Centre for the Environment.
Finally, much attention will be paid towards the sustainability of the network beyond the lifetime of the project, thus, the partnership will consider commercialisation (i.e. charged access or usage) of a number of learning materials and e-learning courses to assure the long-term viability of the network.
Have you noticed all the little ”e”s that have started to show up everywhere? It’s as though someone has been sprinkling them out over a multitude of EU related projects. eEurope seems to have created what might be called a “buzz-abbreviation” instead of a “buzzword”.
Aside from e-Learning there are nine other official little “e”s. One of them is e-Accessibility.
A key action point in the eAccessibility Action Plan was to “ensure the establishment and networking of national centres of excellence in design-for-all and create recommendations for a European curriculum for designers and engineers”, preferably by the end of 2002. EDeAN was created as the result of that action point.
EDeAN, generally pronounced “e-deen”, stands for the European Design for All e-Accessibility Network. As you may have noticed the EDeAN logo turned its little “e” into an adapted “at” symbol and put it in the middle of its name to signal its digital intentions. As with many of the other little “e”s, EDeAN intends to do its part to help narrow the digital divide while promoting Design for All principles and guidelines.
EDeAN currently consists of fifteen European National Contact Centres (NCCs) and one hundred member organisations. More member organisations are encouraged to join so that the network can continue to grow. Each NCC is expected to establish and maintain a national Design for All eAccessibility network, which will contribute to and cooperate with EDeAN at the European level. Finland is the first country to actually establish a national network, FIN-DeAN, which was successfully launched in September.
The EDeAN secretariat, currently run by the Danish National Contact Centre, opened in Denmark in July 2002, in conjunction with the start of the Danish EU Presidency. Eventually, responsibility for the secretariat is intended to rotate between interested NCCs.
An official EDeAN Kick Off Conference took place in Aalborg, Denmark for NCCs on November 28th and November 29th of 2002. EDeAN will be working closely with related thematic network projects D4ALLnet and IDCnet as well as other coming networks of excellence. EDeAN members are already working on Design for All curricula recommendations along with the IDCnet, as well as establishing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and a Design for All Resource Centre via D4ALLnet.
Like the little “e”s, Design for All has many different uses and definitions. In EDeAN’s case, Design for All has a three-part definition:
· Design of technology, products and services, which are demonstrably suitable for a majority of the potential users without any modifications.
· Design of products, which are easily adapted to different users (i.e. user interfaces which can be customised or personalised).
· Design of products, which have standardised interfaces, capable of being accessed by specialised user interaction devices.
According to the report, IST in the Sixth Framework Programme of Research and Technological Development, “…eAccessibility stands for the access which new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can provide to people – both access to the real world and to the growing Information Society world. eAccessibility also implies a need for new technologies and systems themselves to be accessible – especially to users with functional impairments, older people and others who may be in danger of being left behind by the rapid advances of technology in all areas of society. eAccessibility, in addition, refers to the need of developing specific technologies which will compensate or restore impaired functions, thus facilitating an active participation and integration in society for persons with disabilities".
In December 2002, a resolution called “Delivering eAccessibility”, based on a report of the same name, was presented for approval at a meeting of the Council of the European Union concluding the Danish EU Presidency. That resolution encourage member states to devote more attention to the area of eAccessibility and eInclusion in the coming months.
Approval of the Delivering eAccessibility resolution, as well as the creation of the European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN), will hopefully give the work being done in the area both added visibility and a good push in the right direction. The timing should be right since 2003 has been designated as the European Year of People with Disabilities (EYPD2003).
Let’s hope that, in the future, accessibility will become an obvious and well-integrated element of digital design for the Information Society. At that point, perhaps we won’t need to rely on support initiatives and can give the little “e” a well-deserved rest.
or the EDeAN website
The project will examine fundamental and critical issues and developments, including those which cross between service fields, and put these in the context of socio-economic and technical developments, long-term visions and scenarios, an understanding of how these services are likely to change, an the challenges and opportunities this presents.
PRISMA's work will assist Key Action I RTD projects, service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders in exploiting present and future trends. PRISMA will develop into a commercially sustainable set f tools and services covering methods and best practice guidance, scenario and modelling techniques, metrics and evaluation criteria, and socio-economic benchmarking techniques for assessing impacts.
1. mapping overall trends and changes affecting citizen services over a 10 year time horizon
2. identifying current best practice in the provision of citizen services and relevant cross-cutting themes
3. elaborating long-term visions over 10 years for the provision of citizen services and in relation to selected themes
4. conducting foresight and scenario-building exercises looking forward over the next 10 years for these services and themes
5. developing new models of service delivery based upon future-oriented best practice models for these services and themes
6. providing practical tools for policy makers, service providers and other stakeholders
7. disseminating project results widely within Key Action I and the IST Programme and out to stakeholder groups
8. supporting and assisting RTD and other Key Action I projects by providing on-going results and data
PRISMA's methodology will be based on mapping major trends and changes affecting citizen services in order to assess current best practice.
This will be used to undertake foresight and scenario-building exercises in the context of long-term visions, and to generate future-oriented best practice models, both for the service fields represented in Key Action I as well as for important cross-cutting themes:
(1) service models: one core model each for health, persons with special needs (including the disabled and the elderly), administrations, environment, transport and tourism;
(2) thematic models which cut across the service models and look at more general and critical themes and issues, e.g. public-private partnerships, self-service provision, sectoral and organisational change, management and competence systems, user-involvement and interfaces, financing and cost-benefits, technology and standards, etc
These will be finally determined during the project to reflect current and changing issues, enabling synergy across all Key Action I services to be developed, something not possible by examining just one or two services.
The methodology used to develop these future-oriented best practice models will not be a traditional linear process but instead a parallel, iterative approach in which the analysis is not sequentially fixed but which allows each factor to play off against other factors on a number of occasions during the research process.
This "spiral" research process, as opposed to the traditional linear one, is both iterative and developmental. In this way, each best practice description and model will be refined using at least five generic iterative factors: socio-economic, legal and regulatory frameworks, cultural environments, user and other stakeholder requirements and interests, IST trends.
On the basis of this work, PRISMA will develop a tool box, data and methods for RTD projects and relevant stakeholders. The work will be underpinned by close collaboration with expert and thematic panels, using selected test beds to feed into the project and assess its results, as well as other European cases. An independent Advisory Panel will monitor overall work and results.
Month 1: Kick-off.
Month 6: Methodology elaborated, themes determined, trends mapped, advisory and expert panels set up, test beds agreed, cases surveyed.
Month 12: Best practice for services and themes analysed.
Month 18: Long-term visions elaborated and foresight and scenario exercises completed.
Month 24: Best practice models developed.
Month 30: Project terminated, final report submitted, tool box completed for use by stakeholders, project disseminated and longer term exploitation of services begins.
The emphasis is to be on individual learning, group learning and the use of multimedia teaching methods for the training of multilingual workers in the firm / at the workplace.
The project is designed to enhance further training in the field of job-related communication by promoting language skills in the partner countries D, EL, UK and RO. In this connection particular attention will be paid to the urban environment and its natural multiplicity of languages.
The improvement of immigrants' language skills in the vocational context should also promote social integration and equal opportunities.
The final product will consist of CD-ROMs for immigrants, teaching modules for employers and associations in DE, EN, FR, EL and RO, and manuals and models for communal and urban workshops.