EC sponsored projects

eQNet - Quality Network for a European Learning Resource Exchange
eQNet is a three-year Comenius Multilateral Network funded under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme. The project is coordinated by European Schoolnet and involves 9 Ministries of Education or agencies nominated to act on their behalf. The project started in September 2009. The project's primary aim is to improve the quality of educational resources in European Schoolnet’s Learning Resource Exchange for Schools that was officially launched as a public service for schools in December 2008 and which currently offers 200,000 learning resources/assets from 35 providers.

iTEC - Designing the future classroom
iTEC (Innovative Technologies for an Engaging Classroom) is a four year, large-scale project starting in September 2010, which will bring together policy makers, researchers, technology suppliers, other technology-enhanced learning experts and innovative teachers in order to design, build and comprehensively test scalable learning and teaching scenarios for the future classroom. The key aim is to develop engaging scenarios for learning in the future classroom that can be validated in a large-scale pilot and be subsequently taken to scale.

ASPECT (Adopting Standards and Specifications for Educational Content) is a 30-month Best Practice Network supported by the European Commission's eContentplus Programme that involves 22 partners from 15 countries, including 9 Ministries of Education (MoE), four commercial content developers and leading technology providers. The project ended in March 2011.

The CALIBRATE project (October 2005 – March 2008) brings together eight Ministries of Education, (including six MoEs from new member states), in order to help them develop and link learning content repositories, investigate new approaches involving the curriculum mapping of resources and test a new open source web community for finding, authoring and sharing learning resources.

The LIFE (Learning Interoperability Framework for Europe) project (January 2005 – December 2006) focused on improving interoperability and the use of standards in the field of e-learning by increasing the effectiveness of Learning Technology standards and specifications.

The CELEBRATE project (June 2002- November 2004) demonstrated the first brokerage system for learning objects using an asynchronous messaging service working in a heterogeneous environment. See for a general description and for more technical documentation

The CEN/ISSS WS-LT Learning Technology Standards Observatory
An accessible and sustainable web based repository that acts as a focal access point to projects, results, activities and organisations that are relevant to the development and adoption of e-learning technology standards.

The MELT project (October 2006 – December 2008) is supported by the European Commission's eContentplus Programme. It brings together 18 public and private sector content partners, including 12 Ministries of Education, the ARIADNE Foundation and commercial publishers. The project’s aim is to provide a scalable and cost-effective solution for European content providers faced with the challenge of creating more and better metadata.

Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL)
The overall aim of OPAL is to support Open Educational Practice. This will lead to improvement of the effectiveness of teaching and learning by enhancing the quantity and quality of Open Educational Resources that can be incorporated into higher education and further education provision.