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Horizontal eLearning Integrated Observation System

The project's aim is that of monitoring the progress of eLearning in Europe

The HELIOS transversal action aims at establishing and consolidating a sustainable observation platform able to dynamically monitor the progress of e-Learning in Europe vis-à-vis policy objectives and to forecast future scenarios of e-learning evolution, thus closing the gap between the large amount of “fragmentary” data existing today about e-Learning policies, practices, research and market and the need for understandable, usable and coherent policy-related information by European national and local policy makers.

Main objectives

  • To close the gap between information existing and need of useful data for decision makers by producing 12 thematic reports focusing on desk and field research and 2 comparative analysis reports covering the whole EU.
  • To stimulate synergy and networking among the existing observatories (Eurobarometer, Euridyce, Eurostat, eLearning Observation projects, OECD surveys and reports, EUN Insight, IEA, EENet, etc) in view of the creation of an inclusive observatory platform that will present all the specific sectors segments/areas information collected into an overall picture of e- Learning development in Europe.
  • To support policy makers, stakeholders and researchers in the definition of future lines of action in the policy design and implementation and on the future research priorities by producing two yearly reports focused on scenario building and forecast.
  • To actively involve e-Learning users and practitioners in the analysis so to guarantee adaptability and flexibility of the Observatory services to the different contexts (European, national and sectoral) and innovation dimensions (pedagogical, organisational, economic, technological, institutional, socio-cultural).

The approach of HELIOS is to structure, integrate and re-orient in a synergic and strategic way the activities and results of the different observation engines currently active in Europe and let them feed into a sustainable European Observation Platform on e-Learning which will systematise the “inputs” received and deliver targeted information.

In particular, HELIOS will be able to “filter” the existing information though a set of policy priorities and so to show not only the state of development of eLearning, but also the impact of eLearning on the EU and on the national policy agendas, thus attracting the attention of policy makers not specific to the eLearning field.

Expected results
The project expected results are:

  • 6 Thematic Reports, each focused on a specific policy priority and reporting on the extent of e-Learning contribution to the achievement of related policy objectives.
  • 6 Thematic survey reports outlining the main results of the field research involving ETV users and integrating the Thematic reports.
  • 2 Comparative analysis reports providing yearly an overview of e-Learning development across European countries.
  • 2 HELIOS Yearly Reports outlining current and future expected trends in e-Learning development in Europe.
  • European eLearning Observatory platform: Development, communication and sustainability plan, articulation and coordination with national observatories, activation of a network of observatories in the new Member Countries, activation of a “sectoral” network, through the involvement of the most representative European actors in the Education and Training fields, building of the HELIOS portal.

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