multilingual and multicultural education
Lifelong learning, open and distance education are becoming familiar
concepts. No more than fringe activities just a decade ago, they are now being embraced by
European educational institutions. Individuals are signing up for courses, as are
forward-looking businesses and industrial organisations.
Prompted by these education practices, the ARIADNE project brings together public
institutions and companies. The result of the work is a range of tools and methods for
producing, managing and re-using computer-based teaching elements and other technologies
to support training curricula. New methods developed include the Educational Scenario
approach, Curriculum Editor Tool and Conceptual Segmentation. These complement a meta-data
set compliant with the latest Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
The project goal is to have a European system that is co-operative, multilingual and
multicultural - both for those who deliver education and those who receive it. For users -
whether individuals, researchers or industry - the result should be better, faster and
easier access to education. Other potential gains include improved productivity,
efficiency and continent wide collaboration. Hence the interest of corporations in the
sharing of knowledge that can be produced with this method. European Union institutions
also welcome the opportunity to harmonise education and training policies.
ARIADNE stand visitors can see four separate computer-based demonstrations. These
highlight the use of authoring tools to create sharable knowledge elements, the European
Knowledge Pool system, creating and managing an open distance learning (ODL) curriculum,
and examples of existing ODL curricula.