As lifelong learners, it is highly likely that many of us will face a number of transitions throughout our lives, moving from secondary school to university, entering employment, moving back into training or education to reskill or upgrade competencies.
Such transitions represent a challenge for any learner – adapting to new physical and virtual environments, different teaching and learning approaches, learning to live, learn and work within new communities. And not every learner succeeds, in particular in the transition from secondary education (SE) to higher education (HE), as illustrated by the high dropout rates in the early years of HE in countries as diverse as France and Finland. While a number of efforts to bridge the gap between SE and HE are being made across Europe, the vast majority exist mainly in pockets and at disciplinary level (remedial support in mathematics, access to university lectures for 6th form pupils). Similarly, other initiatives focus on practical support (open days, virtual campus guides).
Research and needs analysis carried out by the members of the eLene2learn network strongly suggests that an approach based on the development of learning to learn competencies could contribute largely in equipping learners to deal with these transitions more effectively. Furthermore, approaches such as ePortfolios, blogs, social networks, online video and serious games have enormous potential to support the development of learning to learn competencies and to accompany citizens in transitions throughout their learning lives. Given the EU strategic priorities of increasing access to HE and developing transversal competencies such as digital literacy and learning to learn, mirrored by national education priorities and actions across the Member States in the partnership, eLene2learn selected this particular area for attention over a number of others that the network was in a position to address.
eLene2learn thus proposes a multi-stakeholder network, exploring and promoting the contribution of ICT and digital media in supporting the development of learning to learn competencies in lifelong learning transitions. eLene2learn will involve schools, higher education institutions and other networks in the identification of current practice, in pilot implementation of a variety of approaches and in drawing out the lessons learnt.
Local coordinator: Dr. Yildiray Ogurol
- Centro METID – Politecnico di Milano (Lead partner, Italy)
- Université Nancy 2 (France)
- EDEN (European association in the field of open, flexible, distance and e-learning)
- Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greece)
- Fundació per a la universitat oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
- University of Helsinki (Finnland)
- Maria Curie Sklodowska University – University Centre for Distance Learning (Poland)
- University of Dundee (United Kingdom, Scotland)
Funding: Lifelong Learning Programme, KA3-IT (EU)
Lifetime: 2011 - 2014