MENON is a European innovation and research network providing information and advice to policy makers, education communities, and the ICT industry on issues related to innovation and changes in Education and Training, Lifelong Learning and Knowledge Society developments in Europe and worldwide. MENON, established as a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) since 1999 in Brussels, provides the necessary insight for all stakeholders in Europe to enhance a value-oriented and innovative use of ICT, and to develop useful ICT applications and services of better quality. The MENON Network is active at national level, through its member organisations, and at trans-national level, where the EEIG co-ordinates co-funded projects and consulting and policy support activities towards the European Commission and international organisations. The members of the MENON Network are the following: FIM-New Learning-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, Lambrakis Foundation, Greece, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, United Kingdom, The Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary. All members have specific significant experience in the field of policy analysis and assessment, e-learning and innovation in education and training and the overall deployment of ICT under an integrated perspective: eLearning policies (including policies addressed at supporting the ICT integration in compulsory education), eLearning market, practices and research developments, eLearning measurement through ad hoc indicators, eLearning products and processes quality, eLearning projects and practices adopted in EU funded actions, students' perspectives and expectations on eLearning, regional dimensions of eLearning and future development scenarios.
Brunel University has an excellent reputation in the fields of engineering, social sciences, technology and science, and, since 2000, has been awarded more than 60 EU contracts worth over £10 million and has coordinated a number of projects under the European Framework programme, including several Integrated Projects (TEL-Map, INSTINCT, e-Start, MAGNET, DIADEM etc.). The Department of Information Systems (DISC) and Computing (DISC) is the largest department of its type in the UK, and arguably in Europe. The Department has achieved a recognised “international standing”. DISC was awarded the top rating in its area the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) – for the last 12 years DISC has been the top Information Systems Department in the UK in terms of research power. The research group’s work is already making an impact on the EU at large and the National policies of member states, with recent high-profile projects in Education and Culture (Open Discovery Space, TEL-Map, e-START, OpenScout, ICOPER, BASE2, DialogoS+) now bring in additional international recognition and visibility.
The International University of La Rioja (UNIR, http://research.unir.net, Spain) is a young online university founded on a global vision of education directly linked to companies and business. UNIR facilitates an exclusive, innovative and high quality virtual model of higher education, which leans on a personalized, pro-active, and collaborative distance learning method of instruction. UNIR is an academic institution established in compliance with the current regulations governing universities (100% open university, SME), fulfilling all parameters and regulations of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). UNIR provides international courses, in two languages (English and Spanish), and comprises an academic community of over 300 highly knowledgeable lecturers across the world, along with a strong team of more than 400 multidisciplinary professionals, working on R&D projects and support services (i.e. tutoring, legal, publishing, editing, technical, administrative, etcetera). Student number keeps increasing exponentially, surpassing this academic year the nine thousands. UNIR has premises in Spain (Logroño and Madrid), Argentina (Buenos Aires), and Santa Cruz (Bolivia), and a number of collaboration agreements with Latin American universities. Research at UNIR covers the various scientific and humanistic fields of study (i.e. Communication, Social Science, Education, et cetera), with particular emphasis on the information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to education (Technology-Enhanced Learning).
The European Federation for Quality in eLearning (EFQUEL) is a membership organisation, which is based in Brussels, Belgium. It is a network with currently 118 member organisations from Europe and beyond such as universities, corporations, national (accreditation) agencies and other networks. EFQUEL enhances the quality of technology enhanced learning by providing a new services framework for members and support for all stakeholders. EFQUEL is built on principles of dialogue and inclusiveness to promote excellence and innovation in order to achieve a Learning Europe. Its aim is to involve actors into a European community of users and experts in order to share experiences on how technology enhanced learning can be used to strengthen individual, organisational, local and regional development, digital and learning literacy, and promote social cohesion and personal development.
Atos is an International Information Technology Services company with annual revenues of EUR 8,6 billion and 76.300 employees in 52 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. Atos focuses on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market (NYSE Euronext). Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
Atos Research & Innovation (ARI) is the research, development and innovation hub of ATOS and it is a key reference for the whole Atos group. Projects and experiences relevant to the proposal include Enhanced E-learning (HOPE IST-2000-26271: e-learning support for socially excluded individuals, HUMAN IST-2001-33483: a web-based platform for in-house clinicians training, TELENET IST-1999-10459: Distance web-based learning environment, LUISA IST-027149: Learning Content Management System Using Innovative Semantic Web Services Architecture, ENN-ICS eTEN 2005: European Neurologic Network Interactive Communication Service), IntelLEO ICT-231590 (Intelligent Learning Extended Organisation), TELMA, Avanza project, TSI-020110-2009-85 (e-learning environment and multimedia digital content in surgery), GAMETEL, Avanza project, TSI-020110-200-170 (simulation and educational games users adapted). In addition, our team has been highly involved in the European Network of Excellence called Kaleidoscope (IST-507838) focusing shaping the scientific evolution of Technology Enhanced Learning, the follow-up called STELLAR (IST- 231913) focusing on Sustaining Technology Enhanced Learning Large-scale multidisciplinary Research and GALA (ICT) focusing on exploiting games for education.
LinkSpace will represent the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG). ELIG has been created in 2002 as an open membership group with members representing the ecosystem for 21st century learning solutions. In its quest to represent the learning ecosystem, ELIG members from various learning and knowledge solution industries are part of the core members group such LMS and LCMS providers, infrastructure companies, portal providers, content providers, content producers, content catalogues, eLearning programme & services providers, professional training institutions and telecoms and media companies. Currently ELIG has 31 member organizations and 5 Partner networks.