Smart Interfaces and Content – Communication and Learning

( SIC Project )

Abstract:

Research of the Opportunities for Education Quality Increase Corresponding to the Current Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Education Field.
The Action aims to put together researchers and students from all countries in EU, coming from different fields such as Mathematics, ICT, History, Geography etc., in collaboration in order to enhance the quality of education and training corresponding to the level of development and adoption of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) through creation of adaptive multilingual e-Learning and e-Teaching EU system, integrating the methodological approaches of the leading teachers and lectors in EU countries with highest possible involvement of the students trained (higher and University education) via Web-based Uniform Internet System (WUIS) for writing and reading.

Preferred for our project is ICT – Information and Communication Technologies.

BACKGROUND, PROBLEMS

During the past two decades, the level of information and communication technologies used in the field of education increased dramatically. The same cannot be said regarding the quality of education. This COST action discovers the ways to eliminate this discrepancy in line with the corresponding EU strategy and considering the challenge of globalization. Urgent need for better approaches to learning and knowledge management are the main reasons for increasingly using e-learning all over The World.

Europe: E-learning as a key component of all EU actions to achieve the Lisbon goals, sustains growth, creates more and better jobs. USA: E-learning business points to a $50bn market by 2010.

Japan: E-learning market reached 1,350 billion yen in 2004, representing a 41.7 percent rise from 2003. In EU Framework e-Learning Programmes, starting from Lisbon in year 2000 up to now, we have more actions all of which are in direction to prepare the conditions for e-Learning – infrastructure, exchange and sharing good practices between teachers, preparing and testing many tools for e-Learning etc. Now we have all needed resources to start to create contents and to optimize e-Learning in general.

Problems in e-Learning

1. E-learning overlooked one crucial factor: how people learn.

2. E-learning is usually online or by CD/DVD materials and the learning is without real teacher or lecturer.

3. E-learning often is used for corporate training.

E-learning could be a step forward to a new form of work and living (for instance, supporting teleworking activities – individuals working at home delivering services to companies worldwide – offshoring or nearshoring). Technology is enhancing new forms of E-Learning in real time and with more interaction.