Hundreds of thousands of students and thousands of schools with their staff will be included in pilot projects on learning innovation funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, which are expected to provide valuable information on the drivers and challenges of education in the digital age.
Under Horizon 2020, with its € 80 billion funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020), ICT and learning is largely funded under the part Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT). In 2014-2015 the focus is on technologies for better human learning and teaching (ICT 20 – 2015) and on advanced digital gaming/gamification technologies (ICT 21 – 2014). Also, a platform on learning and inclusion is funded by the societal challenges "Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies".
Previously, the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the EU (2007-2013) invested already €185 million for supporting technology-enhanced learning (TEL) through 50 projects, in all contexts of learning from schools to higher education, workplace learning and life-long learning.
In particular following areas were covered:
The Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP) of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) aimed in 2007-2013 at stimulating a wider uptake of innovative ICT based services and the exploitation of digital content across Europe by citizens, governments and businesses, in particular SMEs (6 projects with a total of 5,7 million €, covering e-learning, also for STEM, and piloting and showcasing excellence in ICT for learning for all.