Quality Network for a European Learning Resource Exchange
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European Schoolnet has recently stared a new project to support teachers in using digital learning resources that originate from European countries as part of their teaching activities.
The eQNet project was launched in last October in collaboration with a number of European countries who currently make digital learning resources available to teachers through educational portals and digital libraries. Among national and local teaching material, digital resources originating from other countries are also made available. But can teachers use learning resources that originate from a country different than themselves? What about using learning resources that are in different languages than that of the teacher or learners?The term "travel well" learning resource means that the user and the resource come from different countries and that the language of the resource is different from that of the user’s mother tongue. The "travel well" concept is central in the new project lead by European Schoolnet (EUN) and nine of its members. Quality Network for a European Learning Resource Exchange, eQNet, is a Comenius Multilateral network supported by the Lifelong Learning programme.
Travel well learning resources in action
For sharing and reusing content on the European level, the idea of "travel well" resources becomes important, as it is not evident that all learning resources are reusable in various different cultural and educational contexts. For the last 5 years, EUN has coordinated projects where the idea of "travel well" content has started to emerge and mature (e.g. Calibrate, MELT, OERTN). eQNEt will work with schools and policymakers directly, and the project will take forward the preliminary work in earlier projects in order to develop and apply new quality criteria for learning resources that Ministries of Educations (MoE) are making available via a publicly available Learning Resource Exchange service for schools (LRE).
eQNet participated in Eminent, where a workshop called "Using learning resources across contexts" was organised to discuss the issues around the use of digital content in different contexts. The context can be understood as a country, curriculum and the language.
About the project
Each work package will be co-managed by EUN and MoE in line with models developed in earlier projects. EUN will particular act as Project Manager and lead the dissemination and exploitation of project results. Participating Ministries will act as official WP leader in three work packages where their particular expertise can be best applied to; the development of quality criteria; the development of a European network of teachers and the implementation of quality criteria; and quality assurance.
Extracted from eQNEt