intends to take advantage of the accumulated knowledge and experiences
of a cluster of projects that are connected to TSER-IV Framework
Programme (Targeted Socio-Economic Research), reflecting on innovative
educational practices and methods mediated by the use of ICT for
learning. The project intends to identify new educational methods
that emerge in technology-based learning environments, in order
to valorise their results, advantages and limitations. Furthermore,
this project addresses the need to assemble a group of experts among
participants in these projects, and as a result of this process,
to elaborate policy briefs suggesting new needs for research and
recommendations for policy development within the Key Action "Improving
the Socio-economic Knowledge Base" and for the VI Framework
This proposal addresses the following objectives:
· To revise and synthesise results from final reports produced
by a series of projects from the Joint Multimedia Call that have
a TSER component, as well as from the 1st TSER Call, all of them
belonging to the IV Framework Programme dealing with innovative
teaching/learning practices mediated by the use of ICT.
· To identify new teaching methods and practices, organisational
changes and other socio-economic dimensions as a result of the use
of ICT for learning in a series of TSER projects from the 2nd. TSER
Call, area "Research in Education and Training", currently
grouped in the cluster "Innovations via Technology", by
assessing the intermediate and final reports that have been produced,
and comparing and contrasting the outcomes with the ones from the
projects mentioned above.
· To review the results of different TSER projects from the
3rd. Call whose objectives include the study of innovative approaches
to the use of ICT in teaching and learning, in order to include
them in the cluster previously mentioned, contrasting their outcomes
with previous projects' results.
· To assemble a group of experts from the above mentioned
TSER projects, who will be asked to relate their results to a joint
report about new methods and practices in learning environments
mediated by the use of ICT, its efficiency, and its contribution
to lifelong learning.
· To contribute to the development of policies in the area
studied, by identifying common research trends, issues and policy
recommendations among the projects selected, and synthesise the
findings relevant to policy making in a draft report with recommendations
for dissemination to the wider community of experts and policy makers.
· To establish a framework for a European-wide discussion
by combining results for said projects with experiences made by
policy makers throughout the organisation of a workshop in order
to prepare final recommendations for a new agenda for research.
In order to help in the analysis, a series of transversal research
questions are posed for all projects:
· What are the key features involved in the utilisation of
ICT: new learning processes, new cross-curricular and communication
skills, changes in teacher-pupil roles, market-oriented strategies,
and, specifically, the new collaborative learning methodologies
involved, the new methods and technologies (supporting these methods)?
· What are the consequences for organisations when introducing
these new ways of learning, including European cross-cultural issues
involved in the process? Are there institutional strategies for
· What are the components of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit
analysis in these respective projects, taking into consideration
how these concepts are defined in the projects?
· What are the contributions of ICT to lifelong learning
in terms of access to education and training? Does the introduction
of ICT stimulate/avoid social exclusion?