Institut für Lern-Innovation (FIM NeuesLernen), Erlangen, Germany
- University Institution
- founded 1975, to establish an Open Learning System in Psychology
- Today: appr. 50 Employees (~ 30 full time equivalents): Psychologists, Computer Scientists, Natural Scientists, Teachers, Media Designer, Multilingual Administrative Staff
- only 10% of turnover from university
- applied research; development, implementation, evaluation in the field of Educational Technology
- University Institution1986 first German Contractor under DELTA
- Since 1992 eLearning projects for different target groups
- European Projects under DELTA, COMETT, LEONARDO, SOCRATES, EUROFORM, EMPLOYMENT, ADAPT, ….
- Regional Projects (e.g. Bavarian Virtual University) and national Projects (e.g. Language Learning, BeAA)
- Currently about 25 projects
- Consultancy for regional/national public bodies, companies
- Proposal evaluation
Key ‘Philosophy’ FIM
- Learner Orientation (Needs Analysis, ‘Learning Organisation’, ‘The Competent Learner’)
- Learning System Approach (Analysis & Design, Critical Factor Analysis, Educational ‘Re-Engineering’, Quality Management over the Lifecycle, Implementation)
CCN 50plus, Nuremberg, Germany
CCN 50plus e.V. is a computer club for senior-citizens active in the training of computer software from Microsoft. The club was created in January 2000 with the cooperation of the city senior office of the city of Nuremberg. The club has 1300 members which must be over 50 years old.
The goals of our club are:
1. To help senior citizens to get access to the new media
2. Training organized for this age group, lifelong learning
3. Provide training by senior tutors
4. Experience exchange on various subjects, e.g. digital photography
5. Close cooperation with th city senior office
6. Non profit organisation, no party political
Some members have worked with FIM on other EU-projects.
SCIENTER España, Granada, Spain
is a research centre and service provider organisation, active in the field of education and training that was created as a Limited Company at the beginning of 1.999, although the operational office is active in Granada since 1996. SCIENTER ESPAÑA builds on the experience provided by its main partners: SCIENTER in Bologna (Italy), which has been active in the sector for more than 11 years, and the University of Granada.
In general terms, SCIENTER España is interested in innovation of training systems, with main reference to the field of Open and Distance Learning, Organisational Learning, Lifelong Learning, use of Information and Communication Technologies in different fields such as Higher Education, Vocational Training, Professional Guidance, Local Development and Social Inclusion. Therefore, the main objectives of Scienter España are:
- To help supporting innovative education and training systems and the development of Lifelong Learning.
- To be active in the fields of training research and development, definition of public policies and introduction of innovative practices.
- To encourage local and regional development in its work context.
- To work collaborating with Public Administrations and other organisation that share its main aims.
- To help developing human resources main competencies, under the organisational learning approach.
SCIENTER services and products include: Training needs analysis at a local, regional or entrepreneurial level; Design and development of open and flexible training systems in different fields: University and Continuing and Professional Education; Research, selection and assessment of learning materials; Training of trainers for the use of new methodologies and innovative tools; Organisational learning design and implementation; Project evaluation; Assistance in the development and realisation of trans-national projects; Education and training market analysis; Information, documentation and research of training systems, labour markets, education and training technologies in Europe.
Scienter España has also a broad experience in the field of vocational guidance acquired through the development of several projects both at national and European level. In particular Scienter has coordinated the Laborient project (Guidance and Lifelong Learning Collaboration Network) co-funded by the ESF in the frame of the Joint Actions Leonardo, Socrates and Youth programme. Scienter has coordinated and participated in other relevant projects in the related fields of Guidance, Lifelong Learning and Collaborative Learning.
Amitié, Bologna, Italy
Amitié is a research centre created in 1991 as a part of a University-Enterprise Training Partnership in the framework of COMETT Programme, sponsored by the European Commission.
It is specialized in educational and training matters, in particular as for the use of information technology in the learning process in the European Union, cooperating keenly with the Italian Ministries of Labour, of Research and of Education in the definition of new training schemes to combat unemployment and social exclusion.
Moreover Amitié collaborates with several regional administrations responsible for training matters in Italy, encouraging the exchange of experiences among universities and enterprises. Recently it has also developed liaisons with the voluntary sector. Amitié’s training activity is based on the open and distance learning, which has the purpose to overcome the traditional role of the classroom in the training process, helping to individualise every course. Relying on the student’s motivations, each course creates an open and flexible system, where a particular relief is assigned to the tutor, who has the function to follow the students during the phases of the training activity.
Amitié takes part in projects promoted within European programmes, developing tasks of coordination, research, experimentation of training methodologies, evaluation of teaching materials and training for trainers.
IPAK, Velenje, Slovenia
Institute for Symbolic Analysis and Development of Information Technologies
“Eppur si muove - And yet it does move” G. Galilei
The Institute for Symbolic Analysis and Development of Information Technologies was established as R&D cooperative by four Sees: INOVA Ir d.o.o., Pia d.o.o., Artes d.o.o. and Kin d.o.o. (IPAK). The name: Institute for Symbolic Analysis was chosen because we were reading the book The Work of Nation from prof. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor in first president Clinton’s administration. In this book prof. Reich argues that in 21st century the most wanted jobs will be symbolic analytics - people who work with symbols (scientists, developers, artists…) Our vision is to support economic growth on local, regional and global level with smart use of technology, development of creativity and social innovations. We want to change, step by step, the culture in local environment and to transfer our experience in other environments. The main areas of our interest are:
- The development of new approaches in education - dynamic learning, smart use of information and communication technologies, accessibility of educational materials to disabled people.
- Development of web applications and internet services,
- Development of creativity and creative communities
- Development of innovations and invention by young people
- Development of culture of possibility as in Silicon Valley
- Development of social innovations
We have strong collaboration with partners from EU, Southeastern Europe, Russian Federation and USA. We are partner in international R&D projects, we write articles, present our results on professional and scientific meetings, our books are published by well - known publishing houses.
We help young people to generate ideas and to protect intellectual property, we support unemployed people helping them to get knowledge and skills which will make them employable. We use new technologies but we know that they are only the tool, not the goal.
We are active in local community, for several years we were editing the e-city supplement in local newspaper Naš Cas, we have organized workshops for children from kindergartens to schools, we had distance learning course of XML for students in Sarajevo, we educated people from Bosna and Hercegovina and all that we did for free.
We are not institution which is on local, regional or republic budget. We have to get jobs on market, frequently we have cash flow problems and preparation of different reports but we have survived. We have high goals: to start with social science research, to publish multidisciplinary online journal, to publish professional books in English, to initiate the creation of small research groups in our Šaleška valley which will work in nanotechnology, biotechnology and bioinformatics.
We want to activate the potential of old retired people and to support the young people in career. We are open tolerant and creative organization, for many people to much informal however as experts say that is the only possible form for success in the 21st century.
Lambrakis Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
The Lambrakis Research Foundation (LRF) is a non-profit research and development institution of public interest, founded in Athens, in 1991, after an initiative taken by Mr Christos Lambrakis, main shareholder and president of the Lambrakis Press Group SA.
The Foundation serves the common good by undertaking studies, projects and awareness activities in critical areas for Greece and Europe. We are addressing the increasing needs for human resources policies and human capital development, focusing on the fields of education and culture within the framework of the European initiatives. LRF is an innovative organisation, being the only non-government entity in Greece, in this field. Our activities support national and regional authorities, non-government organisations and the private sector, in Greece and in the other European countries. Our emphasis is on the challenges presented by the evolving Information Society.
The constantly increasing demand for better learning as well as for equal learning opportunities, independently of space, time, economic or other social constraints, has set the agenda for the contribution and work of LRF. From the early start of our Foundation, particular emphasis has been paid to the introduction and validation of the new learning paradigms, based on audiovisual means and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in the Greek schools as well as other European education establishments. The educational offer of LRF comprises video-programmes, multimedia software (CD-ROMs) and the Internet and it is fostering the emerging cases and the potential of flexible-open (distance) learning models.
The Foundation is being directed by a eleven-member Board of Trustees and its Director General. It has permanent staff consisting of thirteen employees, with a core group of researchers, who are involved in the planning of innovative programmes, supervise and direct project and study work as well as participate in research activities. They are supported by a small number of administration and communication staff. At the same time an extended network of academics, researchers and experts, from the humanities, science and technology and from the private sector, in Europe and the rest of the world, are concertating their work with ours, in common research and policy support activities and demonstration and pilot projects, aiming at the upgrade of learning and education and, eventually, the social development.
Agence Départementale du Numérique, France
The Agence Départementale du Numérique is a public agency set up by the Conseil général des Pyrénées-Atlantiques in order to develop uses of digital technologies in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département. It employs people involved in various sectors:
- e-education and culture: acting as a methodological and technical support for teachers from the secondary schools (collèges) of the département and for various actors of culture, education and sport.
- Cyberbases : providing access to the internet to a wider public by implementing local access points used for free citizens access, unemployed people training etc.
- E-economy and e-administration: providing local actors (companies, associations, local authorities) with methodological support in their digital projects
Entr’âges asbl is a non-profit organisation acting for the meeting of the generations.
Entr’âges aims to encourage an attitude change towards age, undo stereotype and struggle against all forms of age exclusion. To find back a greater solidarity in ours societies, we are working on the meeting of the generations and valorizing abilities and role of the elderlies.
The organisation is more than twenty years old. Entr’âges’ work has two main aspects : on one hand, we are working directly with the people (elderly – younger), and creating events to bring them together ; on the other hand, we assume intelectual work by producing studies, managing documentations and setting up piloting projects. These two aspects encounter when we produce, after each kind of projects leaded, a publication, destined to a wider audience.
In one of these projects, we are using and highlighting elderlies’ memorys and sharing them with youngers.