Changes to education are much needed in Europe. We must make the best use of technology in order to showcase the power of learning – awakening curiosity, stimulating innovation and enjoying the discovery of the world. Young learners across the continent make us aware of these challenges.

The world of learning and teaching in Europe is still traditional. In order to reshape education in Europe successfully, learners should engage in more personalization, collaboration and better links between formal and informal learning, with the help of teachers who are confident in sharing and creation of educational contents.

Learning can't anymore be confined to specific classroom and timetables but take full advantage of technology to break boundaries and learn across cultures, ages, and geographical divides.

Opening up education (FAQ) means taking advantage of the considerable benefits the digital revolution has to offer:

  • Increase effectiveness of education – Open Education Ressources (OER) and Massice Open Online Course (MOOCs), easier and more efficient public procurement, sharing practices, opportunities to innovate.
  • Increase equity – knowledge more accessible to all, and individuals getting  access to new learning opportunities, by lowering costs and better access to digital services.
  • Produce positive impacts in the economy – stronger and more structured uptake of ICT and upskilling the workforce, helping industry manage disruptive change, through new market opportunities by fostering partnerships for infrastructures, new products and services.

The overall goal remains to increase the attractiveness of European education for boosting 21st skills and better living.

Our commitment with "Opening Up Education"

To this end, the European Commission has adopted on 25 October 2013 the Communication on Opening Up Education, a high-level European Agenda to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution in education and training.

This agenda shall engage all stakeholders – educational institutions, policy makers, learning industry, teachers, schools, parents and children through a set of concrete actions under the four pillars:

  • Open learning environments
  • Open educational resources
  • Connectivity
  • Concerted actions

We have foreseen to fund these activities under several programmes: Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and partly the Structural Funds.




22 November 2013
Last update: 
9 May 2017
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