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1 ICT and learning : policy & research
Javier Hernandez-Ros Head of Unit E3 Cultural Heritage and Technology-enhanced Learning Unit Information Society and Media Directorate General

2 Overview of the presentation
Digital Agenda: policy & research Policy actions TEL research in Europe Call 8 – closing Jan 2012 Horizon 2020 and CEF

3 European Commission Information Society and Media DG

4 The European Digital Agenda
Europe's strategy for a flourishing digital economy by 2020 Policies and actions to maximise the benefit of the digital revolution for all Digital Single Market ; Interoperability and Standards; Trust and Security; Very Fast Internet; Research and innovation; Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion; ICT for Societal Challenges; International aspects

5 Education and Training at EU level
Member States retain responsibilities - principle of subsidiarity – DAE action 68 EU actions are geared towards supporting MS in improving the quality of our education and training systems - Policy work with MS (OMC); act 68 - TEL research and technological development Best practices, innovation (LLL, CIP)

6 Action 68 Mainstream eLearning in national policies for the modernisation of education and training, including in curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers.”

7 Digital Agenda Assembly
Workshop Mainstreaming eLearning in Education and Training Change is necessary – inevitable – but difficult and too slow Need to scale up, learn from each another Be clear about the vision and the goals Grassroots reforms Top/bottom approaches

8 Key data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at School in Europe 2011
Although ICT as a subject or as a tool for learning within other subjects is recommended in almost all countries, international survey data reveal a different picture of classroom practice.

9 Key data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at School in Europe 2011
ICT is playing a central role in cooperation between schools and the community and to engage parents in the learning process ICT is widely promoted by central authorities as a tool for teaching and learning but large implementation gap remains ICT is often recommended for assessing competences but steering documents rarely indicate how it should be applied teachers usually acquire ICT teaching skills through their initial education but further professional development is less common

10 Innovation in Education & Training through ICT
Improve effectiveness and efficiency Build flexible and responsive learning environments Meet different learning styles/needs Engage and involve learners, teachers, parents, … 21st century skills

11 Commission contributions (through policy actions and programmes)
Provide stimulus and support Demonstrate potential benefits (NEW TOOLS, NEW PARADIGMS) and raise awareness Support capacity building Disseminate best practices Engage and involve stakeholders (ACTORS OF CHANGE) Create new opportunities for enterprises

12 Technology-enhanced Learning in Europe

13 Research and Innovation
R&I key to strengthen the transformative role of ICT in education and training Global patterns from demonstration to adoption Implementation, take up, deployment, scale up!!!!! FP7 and CIP

14 RTD at EU level European Community Framework Programmes for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD). A collection of the actions at EU level to fund and promote research. Participation from countries outside the EU, enabling international co-operation, foreseen.

15 RTD on Technology-enhanced learning
Research aims at improving our knowledge of how ICT enhances learning and teaching. The work on learning draws on different research disciplines (computing, technological, pedagogical, cognitive and psychological sciences) Focus on how technology-enhanced learning can better facilitate the learning process, in different learning situations, for individuals or groups of learners, motivating and supporting people who learn on their own or collaboratively with others.

16 RTD on Technology-enhanced Learning
Target Groups ……. Pedagogical aspects Technical aspects Cognitive aspects Organisational aspects Focus on the learning process Intertwined relationship between learner and organisation

17 Main characteristics Researching & understanding learning problems
Realistic assumptions about the systemic changes needed to realise the potential benefits of ICT for learning Focus on key areas where impact is more likely

18 Project portfolio 32 projects resulted from the 2 Calls in FP6
26 projects resulted from the first two calls for proposals under FP7 13 projects resulted from FP7 Call 5 (started July-October 2010)

19 Project portfolio Technology blending learning and knowledge workplace Supporting individualisation in learning/ adaptive systems, diagnosis and guidance Engaging learners in science and maths Creativity and learning Serious games

20 Technology-enhanced Learning in Europe
FP7 Call 8 (Jan 2012) Challenge 8

21 Objective ICT-2011.8.1 Technology-enhanced learning
Technology Enhanced Learning systems endowed with the capabilities of human tutors Educational technologies for science, technology and maths Advanced solutions for fast and flexible deployment of learning opportunities at the workplace (targeting, in particular, SMEs) Computational tools fostering creativity in learning processes Exploratory activities

22 Target outcome 8.1 a) Technology Enhanced Learning systems endowed with the capabilities of human tutors Focus: Advance systems’ capabilities to react to learners’ abilities and difficulties and systems’ understanding and use of the appropriate triggers (praise, constructive comments, etc.) influencing learning. Part 1/2

23 Target outcome 8.1 a) Technology Enhanced Learning systems endowed with the capabilities of human tutors Characteristics: use of systematic feedback based on innovative ways of interpreting the user's responses - particularly in relation to deep/shallow reasoning and thinking. improve learners’ metacognitive skills, understand and exploit the underlying drivers of their learning behaviours. Technologies: Natural language interaction (dialogues); rich and effective user interfaces; pedagogically sound; smart and personalised instructional design Part 2/2

24 Target outcome 8.1 b1) Educational technologies for science, technology and maths
Focus: Supporting students to understand and construct their knowledge and meanings of scientific, technological and/or mathematical subjects. Characteristics of the solutions: - accompanying the learners through the complexity of a subject (technologically and methodologically) How? - activating and feeding curiosity and reasoning - support the creative applications of the theory

25 Target outcome 8.1 b2) Educational technologies for science, technology and maths
Focus: Supporting European wide federation and use of remote laboratories and virtual experimentations for learning and teaching purposes. Output: - Services enabling online interactive experimentations accessing and controlling real instruments, or using simulated solutions - Stimulus to the growth of the network of labs - Open interfacing components for easy plug-and-play of remote and virtual labs Research characteristics: user interfaces mediating the complexities of creation and usability of experiments, in pedagogical contexts - in primary and secondary schools, universities, etc..

26 Target 8.1 c) Advanced solutions for fast and flexible deployment of learning opportunities at the workplace (targeting, in particular, SMEs) Context: networking/fostering (cross-) organisational learning and help SMEs to adopt and sustain effective learning attitudes. Characteristics: faster, situated, just-in-time up-/reskilling lower the costs/efforts of production quality instructional material - in continuing education and training processes. novel business training models – understanding overcoming barriers to adoption - take up of the technologies Part 1/2

27 Target 8.1 c) Advanced solutions for fast and flexible deployment of learning opportunities at the workplace (targeting, in particular, SMEs) Focus: specifically on the needs of SMEs - in sectors without an established tradition in the adoption of learning solutions and - facing innovation and competitiveness challenges deriving from efficiency needs or new processes/products development. Partnership: include SMEs /professional associations. SMEs users actively involved in pilots. Part 2/2

28 Target d) Computational tools fostering creativity in learning processes
Context: Creativity in the learning environments Focus: innovative tools encouraging nonlinear, non-standard thinking and problem-solving exploration and generation of new knowledge, ideas and concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts. Application: supporting people’s learning as well as the formation and evolution of creative teams Approach: technological solutions that facilitate questioning and challenging, foster imaginative thinking, widen the perspectives and make purposeful connections with people and their ideas.

29 Target e) Exploratory activities
Looking ahead – specific exploratory actions – 10+ years horizon - for: Fundamentally new forms of learning through ICT Networking and test-beds: Establishment of a pan-European network of living schools for validations, demonstrations and showcases

30 Budget and call planning
60 M€ Call 8 opens 26/7/11 – closes 17/1/12 More Information on

31 Call 8 – some tips Make well your case - what’s the problem
- why can’t it be solved today - what would be the benefit in 5 y. - where is the research/innovation bit Right mix of partners Impact, implementation

32 Technology-enhanced Learning in Europe
FP7 Work Programme for 2013 New Financial Framework : Horizon 2020 Connecting Europe Facility

33 FP7 Work Programme - 2013 Drafting will start in the next months
Based on the results and outcomes of previous years It will pave the way to Horizon 2020

34 The New Financial Framework (2014 -2020)
In June 2011, the Commission's proposed a multi-annual budget for It includes a significant increase to Research and Innovation funding (Horizon 2020). It also proposes to support a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) that would fund cross-border projects in energy, transport and information technology to strengthen the backbone of the internal market.

35 Horizon 2020: a Common Strategic Framework for research, innovation and technological development
Future research and innovation funding should be based on three main areas: excellence in the science base; creating industrial leadership and boosting competitiveness tackling societal challenges. Commission proposes to allocate €80 billion for the period.

36 ICT: An enabling technology for Horizon 2020
ICT will be a key component in all three parts of the H2020 Programme. ICT underpins innovation and competitiveness across a broad range of private and public markets and sectors, and enables scientific progress in all disciplines. ICT is also indispensable in contributing to key societal challenges.

37 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
Accelerate the infrastructure development that the EU needs. Europe-wide availability of high-speed ICT networks and pan-European ICT services will overcome the fragmentation of the single market and assist SMEs in their search for growth opportunities beyond their home market. The ICT part of the CEF will fund pre-identified ICT priority infrastructures of EU interest, and both physical and information technology infrastructures . The Commission proposes to allocate €40 billion to the CEF including €9.1 billion for ICT networks and pan-European services ICT for the period.

38 State of play and next steps
Horizon 2020 and CEF are now in its final phase of preparation of the legislative proposal. The package is scheduled for adoption by the Commission on November 2011. They will be presented to the Council on December 2011 Legislative decisions on Horizon 2020 and CEF by the Council and European Parliament will take place in the course of 2013 Programmes launch: 1 January 2014

39 To know more ICT research results
Technology Enhanced Learning Research Digital Agenda for Europe

40 Thanks !

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