Policy briefs and reflections

MENON Policy brief n. 4 (Nov 2013): Life-relevant learning, by Walter F. Kugemann, Advisor to the MENON Board of Directors. A paper reflecting on fifteen years of MENON activities and proposing some new ways to look at concepts such as lifelong learning, learner-centric learning, and informal learning.

MENON Policy brief n. 3 (April 2013): Our schools are stuck – The gap between educational policy and reality: why schools are stuck and need to change, by Dr Joe Cullen, Advisor to the MENON Board of Directors. A paper exploring the concept of stuckness of European schools and proposing some directions to advance towards a more innovative, equitable and effective school system in Europe.

VISIR_Vision_Report (2012). How learning will look in 2020? And how will ICT contribute to its developments? We have been looking for the answers to these questions through 12 interrelated domains of change.

MENON Policy brief n. 2 Nov 2012: Can we build an equitable Europe on an inequitable university system?, by Anthony Camilleri, EquNet project coordinator, and Fabio Nascimbeni, MENON Director. A paper presenting a number of reflections – which build on the results of the EquNet project – on the issue of equity in higher education in Europe, with specific attention to students with migrant background.

MENON Policy brief n. 1 (April 2012): Human and Social Capital development policies: a growth priority for Europe, by Dr Nikitas Kastis, MENON President. A paper presenting ideas and recommendations for reforming the education and training systems in Europe focussing on the case of Greece, a European society under crisis.

Seven ideas on how to make education more relevant through ICT (2012), delivered to the European Commission (DG EAC) in occasion of the seminar on “Open Education” on the 13th of July 2012, to contribute to both strategic reflection and large-scale developments. Most of these considerations emerge from EU-funded projects that in our view constitute an important resource for EU reflection at policy level.

Learnovation Vision Papers (2010), four papers presenting an integrated vision of how learning will change in the areas of school education, higher education, professional development and informal learning.

Research reports and studies

APL as a leverage for LLL 2011(2011). The publication presents a number of research papers outlining the main lessons learnt from the Portuguese New opportunities initiative with the aim to support a debate on how to foster Accreditation of Prior Learning in a European Lifelong Learning perspective.

Evolving Diversity: overview of equity in European Higher Education (2011), giving an overall look at access to Higher Education in Europe, with special focus on socioeconomic background, part-time studies and student income & expenditure.

Report “European Exchange mechanisms for e-learning for e-skills and networking of training and research centres (2010). The Report presents the results of a 16 months study and details conclusions and concrete recommendations on viable exchange mechanisms of e-skills training for the European workforce and the networking of training and research centres in Europe.

NetSounds Paper – Learning and music online (2010). The Paper provides an original Understanding the nature of music and the net from both the aesthetic and pedagogical point of view. The characterization and meaning of digital music produced, diffused, practiced, listened in the net, and its relation with learning.

Study on “Multilingualism: Between Policy Objectives and Implementation” (2008). The main focus of the study is on assessing how agencies and other stakeholders of the European Union and member states have supported policies aimed at promoting language learning and cultural diversity over the period 2004 to the present.

HELIOS Report “eLearning for Innovation in Europe” (2007). The Report connects the latest eLearning developments in Europe with the innovation of the European Society. The analysis is based the “eLearning Territories” approach and results in a set of indicators for measuring the impact of ICT for learning in Europe in relation to broader society objectives.

Report – Benchmarking Policies and Initiatives in support of e-Learning for Enterprises in Europe (2007). The Report presenting the results of the benchmarking study on European Policies and Initiatives to support e-learning in enterprises bringing into light the necessity to enhance the continuous development of the human capital according to a lifelong learning perspective towards a more inclusive society in the 21st century.

VALUE SCOUT Scenario & Recommendations Report (2007). Targeted to policy makers in the field of sport and culture and comprising useful tools for the facilitation of the understanding about the reflexivity between sports and culture activities and the building of European values.

eInclusion Study (2006). A report on the status of e-Inclusion in Europe, including measurements, analysis and approaches for improvement. The Report was a milestone on the way to the Riga 2007 Conference on e-Inclusion.

SEEQUEL (e)Learner’s Bill of Rights and Total Quality Management Guide for Informal Learning (2006). Two reports on eLearning quality. The (e) Learner’s Bill of Rights is a chart of fundamental rights of the (e)learner that, in prospective, every eLearning material/service should comply with. The Total Quality Management Guide for Informal Learning looks for possible ways to apply standard TQM approaches to informal learning.

LEONIE Report – Understanding Change, Adapting to Change, Shaping the Future (2005). The Report focusing on the main drivers of change, in economy and society, which effect the present and future development of education and training in Europe, and proposes some ways to influence policy at the EU and at national level.

POLE Report – ICT for the Knowledge Society and Lifelong Learning (2005). The Report presents the results of the POLE project: a multidisciplinary research on the relations between ICT and lifelong learning, and includes some policy and practices recommendations and suggestions for actions.

TRACE European COmpetences Frameworks (2005). Overview of the European Competency Frameworks allowing an analysis and work on a translator of such frameworks.

DELOS Report – Developing a European e-Learning Indicators System (2003). The Report analyzes the development of e-Learning Policy Making and proposed a aset of indicators to monitor and forecast developments in e-Learning practice, policy and research, into a comprehensive, efficient and relevant observation system, capable of supporting decision-making on all levels.

Contributions to international cooperation in Research, Innovation and Education

Cariberasmus Survey on the perception of Caribbean students towards the European Higher Education area (2011), an example of how to strengthen academic cooperation starting from the students ideas and preferences.

CaribErasmus Promotional Kit (2012). An overview of the Caribbean Higher Education area with information and insights on the most important universities of the region, aimed at promoting those actors among European counterparts (developed in collaboration with EURASHE).

Survey_and_analysis_of_Europe-Central America cooperation in Science. Technology and Innovation (2012), produced in the frame of the FP7 ENLACE project and covering the relation between the EU and the whole of Central American countries at the policy and research level.

CaribErasmus Green Paper on Europe-Caribbean cooperation in Higher Education (2012) Green paper contributing to an innovative strategy to implement a common area of Higher Education between Europe and the Caribbean. Project under the Erasmus programme.

WINDS-Caribe Roadmap for EU-Caribbean ICT research cooperation (2010). Roadmap for EU-Caribbean Cooperation to improve existing collaboration among researchers, research stakeholders and policy makers from Europe and the Caribbean in the field of ICT Research & Development

WINDS-Latin America Roadmap for EU-Caribbean ICT research cooperation (2009). Roadmap focusing on the state of the art of EU -LAC cooperation in R&D for ICT and identifies existing challenges and dynamics, in order to propose some concrete recommendations for action.

VALUE Green Paper on EU – Latin America higher education cooperation (2008). Green paper contributing to an innovative strategy to implement a common area of Higher Education between Europe and Latin America. Project under the Erasmus programme.

ACCESS Green Paper on EU – South-East-Asia higher education cooperation (2009). Green paper contributing to an innovative strategy to implement a common area of Higher Education between Europe and South East Asia. Project under the Erasmus programme.

SINCERE Green Paper on Internationalisation of Educational Research (2006). Green paper on providing a discussion platform for a proposed strategy to promote international collaboration between researchers and policy makers from Europe, Latin America and South East Asia, in the field of international educational research.