About the Project

Need

The mission for Europe is how to retain and increase its critical advantages by ensuring that its students and workers can utilize Web2.0 within their education and work. It is clear Web2.0 and Enterprise2.0 present great opportunities and challenges for educators and employers. The potential for autonomous creativity, research, communication and sharing by all stakeholders is a unique and unparalleled opportunity.

In education, competent and confident students who use Web2.0 can find information, collaborate locally, nationally or internationally, be creative and utilize the tools to become autonomous lifelong learners.

In the workplace, Web2.0 has the potential to increase efficiency and add value and could have more far-reaching organizational impact than earlier technologies

Meeting the needs

Research indicates that there has been little joint discussion between educators and employers on the potential for synergetic working practices on teaching and using Web2.0. The project address this gap using 4 channels:

  • By identifying critical shared synergies of Web2.0 for education and work and how to utilize them.
  • Building a structure that will enable Web2.0 tool’s real effectiveness to be evaluated to agreed standards leading to clearly defined uses and advantages.
  • Developing the network further, adding stakeholders including educational authorities, employers and employee organizations and associations.
  • Building a lasting Network that will provide a forum for educators and employers to discuss their needs and requirements from the dynamic online world as it further develops.

The Network objectives

The project will be directed at building a sustainable Network that will:

  • Build understanding.
  • Systematically review the literature to build an empirical template that can be used into the future to create benchmarks to assess the effectiveness of existing and new tools.
  • Identify and analyse the current and future needs of stakeholders in education and work and how Web2.0 tools can be utilised to support these needs.
  • Examine existing uses (education and work) and build a set of best practices and case studies that show how various Web2.0 tools could be used.
  • Establish and maintain a central repository containing relevant research, best practice guides and case studies, and training materials that can be used by teachers, researchers, decision-makers and educational bodies to make informed choices.

The expected outcomes

  • A Network with over 700 members
  • 500 teachers and teacher trainers trained
  • Large-scale piloting with 750 students and teachers
  • 3 conferences and online webinars with at least 400 attendees

The project is funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning programme that aims to promote the learning of languages, culture and literacy across Europe.