Title e-Access II - Supporting Vocational Education and Training of Disadvantaged User Communities
Project Number LLP-LDV/TOI/2007/EL/04
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The e-Access II Project aims in providing tools and services that facilitate the design and production of accessible e-Training Resources and Courses that bare the potential to be inter-exchanged between different e-Training Platforms and Programmes.
The main objectives of the e-Access II Project are the following:
- Development of tools for integrating the user-related accessibility requirements into the production of e-Training Resources and e-Training Courses.
- Representation of established training practices in a formal and technically reusable way using international specifications and Standards (such as IEEE LOM and IMS Learning Design), so that both training e-content and e-training practices can be reused and inter-exchanged between different platforms.
- Development of a Web-based Repository with accessible e-Training Resources and e-Training Courses, facilitating their storage, search and retrieve.
- Validation and dissemination of the project results in different European countries (Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria)
Until recently, e-Learning and e-Training projects suffered from the fact that most available tools and systems are only developed to meet the "local" needs of the project participants without any potential for reuse and take-up by other e-Training organizations.
In real life, each e-Training Provider uses its own training approach - either driven by theory or driven by the years of practical experience - to design their e-Training Programmes and uses its own e-Learning Environment, (typically, Learning Management Systems) to deliver eTraining Courses.
As a result, the users (both learners and their tutors) of this particular eTraining Provider cannot access other available resources and, moreover, they are entirely dependent from the specific e-Learning Platform in use.
This is a commonly recognized drawback to the take-up of e-Learning in several contexts of use (including Lifelong Learning and Vocational Training). It becomes even more significant problem for the application of e-Training of Disadvantaged User Communities and/or People with Special Abilities.
The reason for this is that Quality e-Training Resources and Courses are particularly expensive to develop and therefore reuse among different tools, applications and contexts-of-use is essential.
The e-Access II Project addresses directly this problem, and provides tools and services for developing and sharing Accessible e-Training Resources and e-Training Courses that bare the potential to be inter-exchanged between different e-Training Platforms and Programmes.
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Sectors Information and Communication
open and distance learning
material for open learning
- The e-Access II Learning Design Toolkit (eAccess2Learn-ASK-LDT): software tool enabling e-Training Course Suppliers to design and develop e-Training Courses using a Reference Set of predefined Generic e-Training Scenarios Templates
- The e-Access II Accessible Learning Objects Metadata Authoring Toolkit (eAccess2Learn-ASK-Acc-LOM-AT): software tool that facilitates e-Training Content Suppliers and e-Training Course Suppliers in their educational metadata authoring, as well as, in the administration of e-Training Resources and Courses through the e-Access II Web Repository.
- The e-Access II Repository of e-Training Resources and e-Training Courses: web-based platform enabling e-Training Content Suppliers and e-Training Course Suppliers to share their e-Training Resources and e-Training Courses. Moreover, the e-Access II Repository offers to e-Training Services Providers the ability to search and retrieve e-Training Courses for their end-users.