Title Business Intermediary Organisations e-Learning Network
Project Number 510654-LLP-2010-UK-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The Business Intermediary Organisations e-Learning Network (BIOeNET) project involves seven business intermediary partners, one business college and one e-learning technology specialist from eight EU states. The project builds on four earlier EC funded e-learning projects (INTELS, YENTELS, INTELS+ and ENERGY-WISE) to develop a new online resource for European BIOs.
The BIOeNET project has three key aims:
1.To establish the BIOeNET Network - a membership network of Business Intermediary Organisations interested in sharing online training resources (www.BIOeNET.net)
2.To develop BIEN Learn - a technical e-learning platform (www.bienlearn.eu) which can be used by European BIOs to translate and host online training materials
3.To encourage BIOs and other training providers to use the BIEN Learn platform (as a central “repository” of learning materials) for hosting and promoting a wide range of SME focussed training materials developed for, or by, BIOs.
Business Intermediary Organisations (BIOs) such as Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations either provide, or recommend, a high proportion of the training services used by small businesses across Europe – with the European network of chambers of commerce alone training around 2.7 million people each year in 1,000+ training centres across Europe.
These BIOs increasingly rely on e-learning tools & products to provide the learning & skills needed. Many of BIOs’ e-learning products have applicability outside their immediate membership but have not been made more widely available due to cost, resource or competitive constraints.
The BIOeNET project seeks to establish a technical platform & commercial framework on which new e-learning products can be made available to Business Intermediary Organisations (BIOs) from across Europe for the ultimate benefit of their members and other Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).
The platform will be based initially on the experiences of BIOs who were partners in four recent Leonardo funded projects – INTELS, YENTELS, INTELS+ and ENERGY-WISE. These existing partners have realised the benefits of collaboration and have experienced the technical and commercial difficulties which can prevent this.
The key short term target group is BIOs from across Europe – especially those who have developed existing e-learning products as part of funded projects. This group includes six “founder” platform BIO members ensuring that the project is represented in eight countries and in eight languages from the outset.
The project also seeks to target a broader base of “user/provider” platform members who will ultimately facilitate access to the resources of the platform by the long term target group – i.e. SMEs. The project goal is to increase the range & quality of European SMEs’ online training provision thereby improving competiveness & encouraging innovation by encouraging the re-use of existing e-learning resources and facilitating the development of new online resources based on existing materials.
The project team will develop a platform which encourages the re-use of existing e-learning resources whilst facilitating the development on new online resources based on existing training materials. The team have already developed the basis for a system of e-learning resource sharing which is relatively simple, is demonstrably workable and can provide immediate benefits. This approach will be used as a springboard to create a more state-of-the-art platform for the sharing of training products & future joint capacity development activities by BIOs across Europe.
The BIOeNET project not only concerns new technological approaches but large scale involvement across Europe by chambers of commerce and trade associations who are influential with SMEs. The project will develop a Network Charter - the commercial framework & the networking environment in which such a diverse set of BIOs can collaborate and work together. The "Network Charter" will be the operating model for the Project Networking Environment. It will set out the different types of membership and outline what are the responsibilities of the members. It will include guidelines on copyright and IPR and set out the process for resolving disputes of this nature. It will be key to the ongoing success of the network and help allay fears members may have in contributing materials where they have significant investment.
The flexibility of the commercialisation framework and the strength of the BIOeNET network will be crucial in securing content owners’ permission to include their materials on the platform. As part of the acceptance process, all new material will be tested on the platform to ensure that it can be easily viewed by SMEs and can be effectively translated using the platform’s flexible on-line translation tools. This will test whether new materials could be made available in all partner languages. This process will also test the robustness of the platform’s translation facilities and identify areas where improvement is required.
Open and distance learning
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
BIOeNET Network - a membership network of Business Intermediary Organisations interested in sharing online training resources (www.BIOeNET.net)
BIEN Learn - a technical e-learning platform (www.bienlearn.eu) which can be used by European BIOs to translate and host online training materials.
Network Charter – the commercial framework & the networking environment in which such a diverse set of BIOs can collaborate and work together. The Network Charter will be the operating model for the Project Networking Environment.