Collaborating for e-learning
HELIOS is building an observation platform for e-learning in Europe. The project is keen to involve as many specialists as possible in its activities – making effective dissemination and exploitation crucial to the project’s success.
HELIOS is monitoring the progress of e-learning and will make forecasts about its future direction. The project seeks to examine its evolution and impact across a range of six policy priority areas:
The project is part of the Menon Education Innovation network, which provides information and advice to policy-makers, educators and the IT industry.
Tools for the job
Effective provision of information to policy-makers and other professionals is vital to the success of HELIOS. To disseminate its work, the project team has produced a comprehensive set of reports. Thematic reports have been drafted on all the policy areas, and new reports are being published every four months, based on desk research and the findings of the HELIOS e-surveys. Comparative analysis reports provide an overview of e-learning development across Europe, while other yearly reports outline current and future trends.
The project has held a seminar for each policy area where results have been examined with a range of participants from universities, research councils, statistical bodies and education evaluation bodies.
An open observatory
The HELIOS observatory is a key part of the project’s exploitation and dissemination strategy. European experts, such as those active in collecting information and analysing trends, have been invited to join it.
The project team wants the observatory to be "an open and sustainable platform" for national, European and sectoral bodies and networks. The observatory has scope to do the following:
All of this information is available on the project’s professionally produced website, which allows visitors to download HELIOS’s reports and access a regularly updated news section.
The team has also set up an electronic mailing list, which invites e-learning experts and practitioners to share information and research. This facility has been called the HELIOS Collaboration Space.
More information: www.education-observatories.net/helios