Partner Organisations

Overview of DISCUSS people and partner organisations

Project coordinator

LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany)

The Ludwig-Maximilians-University is one of the biggest universities in Germany (about 50,000 students). The Faculty of psychology and education is one of 18 faculties of the LMU. Within this faculty the institute of pedagogics is located. There are four professors working there dealing with questions of socialization, evaluation, research methodology and adult education. For example members of the institute are participating in large scale assessments belonging to the German educational monitoring and report system (such as Adult Education Survey or National Educational Report), they are participating in national and international Learning Regions Initiatives, they are participating in the National Education Panel, they are cooperating in many projects run by the German youth institute (one of the professors is the director of research there), they are doing evaluation projects at schools and adult education institutes and of course are doing projects funded by the German Research Association. In our research we use quantitative and qualitative methodologies in a broad sense. We are members in several research and advisory boards of journals and organizations in the field of education.

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Thomas Eckert is full professor at the institute of pedagogy. His research experience is concerning qualitative and quantitative methods in quality measurement and participation in adult education. He has been / is coordinator of various projects, such as Eduplan, R3L+, Edupla+.

 


 

Technical coordinator

pw praxis und wissenschaft projekt (Germany)

praxis und wissenschaft projekt is a research organisation specialized in education research, evaluation and quality development, as well as e-learning. The partner has developed various online platforms in the course of the LLL projects listed below; they have developed conceptual frameworks and practical approaches to the development of virtual communities of practice in KA3 projects, such as G8WAY. Currently the partner is concerned with the building of virtual communities of practice for creative industries in Germany (K10net).

Contact person

Dr. phil. Preisinger-Kleine has considerable expertise on the topic of learning cities and regions as well as quality development in education. He participated in several European projects related to this project: CERN, TESTSCAN, ICONET, ICOVET, EVAL IV, R3L+, BEQUAL etc. He published several articles on the subject of this project, including a widely noticed article in the CEDEFOP European journal (12/02) on organisational learning. Since 1998 he works on quality development in VET and adult education, since 2004 he is concerned with e-learning development, development of social software architectures, and the development of pedagogy frameworks for virtual learning environments. He has developed various virtual communities of practice, such as the CoPs within the Leonardo da Vinci project “ICONET - European Network for Informal Learning” (CoP of practitioners & validators of informal learning), within the KA3 project G8WAY (CoP of career counsellors & supporters of young students on the transition from school | university to work), and the CoP of European learning city | region stakeholders within the Grundtvig multilateral project R3L+. Moreover, he is developing CoP-based platforms for the creative industries, such K10.

 


 

Partner organisation

PASCAL Centre | University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow (GU) in the UK is a leading provider by cutting-edge, internationally-competitive adult and higher education research and development, while offering a challenging student-centred learning environment. It is one of the world’s largest providers of university-level adult education, with an annual recruitment of 7000 students at all levels from pre-undergraduate to doctoral, and is engaged in constant curriculum development. It also offers a substantial provision of Masters and Doctoral programmes in Higher Education. It hosts a dedicated Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CRADALL), which specialises in pedagogical and policy research across all forms of lifelong learning CRADALL incorporates the European arm of the PASCAL Observatory, which emerged from OECD’s work on learning regions. Some 30 academic staff is dedicated to teaching and research in adult, lifelong and higher education, including four full professors. Drawing on its wide experience in educational research, especially lifelong learning, UG will contribute to ensure a coherent and sound approach, to the empirical research and to a high quality project development. The university has excellent expertise in the development of virtual CoPs in higher education, and concepts related to the building of e-learning architectures. Researchers involved in this project have developed the first online Masters in the world in Lifelong Learning and Technology-enhanced Learning.

Contact person

Over an 25 year period Professor Osborne has had a range of responsibilities, including notably:

  • Course development, design and delivery in second chance education
  • Development of BA and Masters programmes in Adult Education, and the first online Masters in the world in Lifelong Learning and Technology-enhanced Learning, and Teacher training for the VET sector
  • Winning and managing successfully 20+ R&D projects with values of up to €1m from research councils (ESRC), European Commission and Government Departments in the field of LLL, Learning Regions and HE. This included the largest ever funded project on teaching and learning in HE in the UK and leading or contributing to 5 well-regarded projects for the EC on Learning (Indicators (within R3L), LILARA, PENR3L , R3L+ and EUROLOCAL)
  • Foundation Director of Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (funded by Scottish Funding Council with £400k start-up funding)
  • Co-Director of Pascal Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning developed with OECD support and funded by regional governments and cities in four continents.
  • External Adviser to universities and regional governments in the field of lifelong learning in Europe, North America and Australia
  • Director of Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning within which 10 research projects in the LLL and HE field have been won and delivered.
  • Line manager of research cluster of 30 academics in School of Education, University of Glasgow concerned with Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education
  • Convenor of Masters programmes in Teaching Adults and Adult and Continuing Education. Supervisor of 20+ doctoral students in adult and higher education

 


 

Partner organisation

NEXUS

Nexus is a Research co-operative based in Dublin. Staff has longstanding experience and internationally recognised expertise in development and implementation of research and evaluation methodologies. Nexus has participated in numerous projects under the lifelong learning program and more recently has developed the SPEAK software, an evaluation tool for multi-stakeholder cooperation. The organisation has particular expertise in evaluation methodologies (notably the SPEAK system) and has applied these in a range of transnational projects in VET and lifelong learning settings. Moreover, the organisation has profound knowledge of evaluation and quality assurance methods in e-learning.

Contact Person

Brian Dillon, Director, founder member of Nexus and leader of both programme and project evaluations in the field of education, VET and local development. Some relevant assignments:

  • National Evaluation of European Refugee and Integration Fund Programmes, Pobal, Ireland, 2011-2012
  • Development of Self-evaluation in 36 Special Youth Projects (SPEAK), Youth Work Ireland Member Youth Services, 2010-2011
  • Design and Implementation of Evaluation System in Drugs Rehabilitation Projects, Tallaght Local Drugs Task Force, 2010-2012
  • Development of SPEAK Evaluation System in Six Countries (VETWORKS), EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme, 2009-2011
  • Development of Quality Assurance Framework in Learning Regions, EU Grundtvig Programme, University of Munich, 2009-2011
  • Evaluation of Third Level Community Development Course in Kosova, University College Galway, EU Tempus Programme, 2010
  • Evaluation of ESTEP Project Working with Prisoners in Four Countries, EU Grundtvig Programme, 2009
  • Evaluation of Third Level Course in Advocacy, Equality Authority, Sligo IT & Citizen’s Information Board, 2007
  • Development of Policy Dimension for Asylum Seekers in Five EU States, ASPIRE EU EQUAL Programme, 2003
  • Evaluation of E-Learning in Five European Countries, European E-Learning Action Plan, 2003-2004

 


 

Partner Organisation

AINTEK A.E. – IDEC SA

IDEC is a training consulting company located in Piraeus, Greece. Its activities consist of training, management consulting, quality assurance, evaluation and development of ICT solutions for both private and public sector. Clients of IDEC are both SMEs and the bigger Greek companies of a wide variety of sectors. IDEC has experience developing and delivering training programmes for vocational and adult training, using traditional teaching methods as well as innovative teaching methods and tools, using modern ICT technologies. IDEC has extensive experience in European projects, either as coordinator or as partner. European projects are managed by a separate department specialized in international cooperation projects. For the financial management, IDEC keeps fully systematised accounting records, which allows traceability and identification of all costs and revenue generated. IDEC also employs specialized accountants, for the internal accounting and auditing procedures. IDEC has more than 20 years of experience in EU project and in particular in vocational education and training in the fields of training provider, research, ICT implementations etc. This provides us with the advantage to have a big network of VET centres, schools, universities and research centres that we cooperate. Also, through our BEQUAL portal for quality assurance in vocational education and training we have created an EU database of VET providers that we keep informing about the latest news in the VET world and very soon we will also provide them with the ability to have an active role in the community. Through the above experience and current connections we are able to involve end users, pilot results and also exploit them. 

Contact Person

Natassa Katzanzidou is a Chemical Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens. She holds an MSc in Information Systems from the Hellenic Open University. She is currently attending a course for Education in Sustainable Development. She is working as a project manager since 1999, mainly in project of vocational education and training, adult learning, information systems and quality assurance. She has specific expertise in quality assurance in vocational and adult education and training.

 


 

Partner Organisation

MENON (until Dec 2014)

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: HAEd - Hellenic Association for Education (Greece); ILI - Institute for Learning Innovation, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany); SCIENTER (Italy); TIHR - Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK); CEPCEP - Research Centre of People and Cultures in Portugal - Catholic University of Portugal (Portugal). MENON has furthermore Special Partnership agreements with: BUTE - Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary); FUSP - Fundacao Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil); NTL - New Technology for Learning in Europe (Germany); UAM – Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico); UNIBE - Universidad Iberoamericana (Dominican Republic); UNIR - Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (Spain) and University of Nicosia (Cyprus). All members have specific significant experience in the field of policy analysis and assessment, Learning 2.0, Web 2.0, Social Software, innovation in Education and Training (E&T), social inclusion and e-Inclusion and the overall deployment of ICT under an integrated perspective: Learning policies (including policies addressed at supporting the ICT integration in compulsory education), market analyses, practices and research developments, learning measurement through ad hoc and systematic and longitudinal indicators, learning products and processes quality, eLearning projects and practices adopted in EU funded actions, students' perspectives and expectations on Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), regional dimensions of eLearning and future development scenarios.

Contact Person

Thomas Fischer is an independent Senior Researcher and Consultant affiliated with the Hellenic Association for Education (HAEd), Greece; the MENON Network EEIG, Belgium and Greece and New Technologies for Learning in Europe (NTL), Germany. Before he has been working for 15 years as Coordinating Senior Researcher at the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg; Germany. He holds a First Honours Master’s Degree in psychology and received training in behavioural psychotherapy. His experience includes European and national research and project management for more than fifteen years within more than 40 R&D projects under the 6th and 7th Framework Programme; the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP); the eLearning Action Plan & Programme; ESPRIT; INCO Copernicus and ADAPT. His main research interests and activities are i) action research, evaluation and observation in the areas of Lifelong and Life-wide Learning, Societal and Intergenerational Learning, Web 2.0. Technology Enhanced Learning / Learning 2.0, Social Inclusion and e-Inclusion, ii) Learning 2.0 learning market observations, indicators and forecast studies and iii) blended e-Learning solutions in different areas and for different target groups.

 


 

Partner Organisation

ODIP Observator pentru Dezvoltarea Invatarii Permanente

The OBSERVATORY for LLL Development (ODIP) is a non-governmental and non-profit association that carries on research, evaluation, training, consultancy and expertise activities in the domain of promotion and development of permanent learning, at both a national and international level. ODIP puts to good use the experience that its members developed through various research projects funded by national and international programs and organisations (European Training Foundation, UNICEF Romania, ESF, LLL Program etc.). Currently ODIP staff has 8 full time and 14 part time senior and junior researchers, academic staff and independent/free-lance experts. The relevant expertise within current application is related to the organisation experience in the area of LLL promotion both at policy and grass-roots level (schools, IVET and CVT providers, NGOs etc.). In particular, the research agenda of ODIP aims at documenting the role of local and regional authorities in enhancing informal and non-formal contexts of learning and develop policy transfer strategies for Romanian cities and regions. The organisation jointly with the Romanian Institute of Education has developed online communities for a variety of target groups (http://training.ise.ro).

Contact Person

Ph.D. Ciprian Fartusnic – Project Co-ordinator, Deputy Director of Institute of Education sciences, teacher and tutor within the Communication Faculty – SNSPA (Bucharest). Extensive training experience in the area of in-service teacher training policies, competence assessment and civil society role in development of education policies. Contributor to R3L+ project.

 


 

Partner Organisation

ISMA Information Systems Management Institute

Information Systems Management Institute (ISMA) is a higher education institution permanently accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia. In compliance with Lisbon Recognition Convention ISMA Diploma is recognized internationally. Mission of ISMA is to ensure the obtaining of profound academic knowledge and professional skills, to prepare business leaders and specialists for the national economy, who are able to run and set up businesses, producing goods of high scientific capacity and value, to facilitate the functioning of competitive knowledge-based economy. ISMA awarded academic degrees – 1st level study programmes; Bachelor; Master and Doctor's programmes which include more than 12 sub-programs in the fields of entrepreneurship, tourism business and information technologies. The organization of study process meets two main objectives: to provide students with contemporary knowledge, skills and competences in the fields of management and information technologies, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, since in the era of rapid technological change and international economic integration only educated specialists with highly developed analytical, research and practical skills can be professionally successful. ISMA have also 2 Science Research Institutes - Business Research Institute and Computer Technologies Research Institute which aim is to join the efforts of ISMA scientists working in the relevant areas and thus reach a new level of research; as well as to attract students to the research method of learning, to show the way to science by teaching them to set and solve the real tasks of the world around us.

Contact Person

Sniedze Joma is Head of Project department and responsible for all projects where ISMA take part. Her key qualifications are experience in coordinating EU programmes projects (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Tempus etc.). Experience in the education management, curriculum development, professional standards development; High competence in Latvian Education System as well as in Education Systems of most of the European countries; Experience in coordinating projects in Education; Experience in cooperating with international experts; Experience of managing working groups; Experience of practical pedagogic; Communicative. She has more than 20 years long academic and administrative work experience in different educational institutions.

 


 

Partner Organisation

Hellenic Association for Education (until Dec 2014)

The Hellenic Association for Education (HAEd; http://www.haed.edu.gr) is a newly established educational organisation, set up by a joint initiative of the Costeas Geitonas School (http://www.cgs.gr), one of the most renowned private school establishments in Greece, and the University of Dundee. HAEd aims at addressing the expanding needs for quality and innovation in learning across the board. HAEd is a full member of the MENON Network EEIG (http://www.menon.org) in Belgium, a research and innovation network active in areas such as education, lifelong learning and social inclusion. Currently HAEd runs a plethora of R&D activities through its Research Centre (RC) and is active in Geek and EU-funded projects. The RC brings together a wide network of experts in the areas of lifelong learning, technology-supported learning and innovation, pedagogy and human as well as social capital development. HAEd furthermore leads the Program for School Innovation (http://www.protovoulia.org), which aims at upgrading the quality of school education in Greece.

Contact Person

Thomas Fischer is an independent Senior Researcher and Consultant affiliated with the Hellenic Association for Education (HAEd), Greece; the MENON Network EEIG, Belgium and Greece and New Technologies for Learning in Europe (NTL), Germany. Before he has been working for 15 years as Coordinating Senior Researcher at the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg; Germany. He holds a First Honours Master’s Degree in psychology and received training in behavioural psychotherapy. His experience includes European and national research and project management for more than fifteen years within more than 40 R&D projects under the 6th and 7th Framework Programme; the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP); the eLearning Action Plan & Programme; ESPRIT; INCO Copernicus and ADAPT. His main research interests and activities are i) action research, evaluation and observation in the areas of Lifelong and Life-wide Learning, Societal and Intergenerational Learning, Web 2.0. Technology Enhanced Learning / Learning 2.0, Social Inclusion and e-Inclusion, ii) Learning 2.0 learning market observations, indicators and forecast studies and iii) blended e-Learning solutions in different areas and for different target groups.

 

 

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