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Using ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all© Jan Kratena (stock.xchng)

Using ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all


The European Commission has adopted a staff working document entitled "The use of ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all - A report on progress", that describes how e-learning has developed in Europe since the year 2000 and assesses the impact of ICT on schools and higher education.

The report, to which the JRC contributed through its research specifically related to the use of ICT for learning, identifies the need to improve quality and efficiency in Europe's education systems, particularly in pedagogical, technological and organisational innovation.

The principal findings of the report are as follows:

  • The impact of ICT on education and training is perceivable, but not as great as it could be. The extent to which businesses and public services have been transformed through ICT is not yet reflected in educational systems;
  • Embedding ICT in education and training systems requires changes across pedagogical, technological and organisational practices;
  • The potential for ICT to help develop a "learning continuum" between formal, informal and workplace learning is clear and should be built upon.

The working document is partly based on research carried out by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) and the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning based on indicators and benchmarks (CRELL) at its Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC). Both are referred to as key EU research bodies in the field of education and training.