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European Unified Approach for Accessible Lifelong Learning

Principal researcher

Name: MONTANDON, LYDIA

Contact details: ATOS ORIGIN SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ESPANOLA, CALLE DE ALBARRACIN 25, 28037 MADRID, SPAIN
Tel: +34-91-2148616 
Fax: +34-91-7543252 

Website: www.eu4all-project.eu

Project details

Start date: 10/2006
End date: 09/2010

Description: The Lifelong Learning paradigm recognises that, in a knowledge based economy, education and work are integrated throughout people's lives. All citizens need ongoing access to learning to enable them to work. Technology is playing an increasing role in mediating this learning. However, if this technology is inappropriate and introduced with insufficient support, disabled people will face even further exclusion from the interlinked worlds of education and work. 

To address this, the EU4ALL project sets forward the concept of Accessible Lifelong Learning (ALL) uniting 3 key strategies: 
1. That the technology that mediates lifelong learning does so accommodating the diversity of ways people interact with technology and the content and services it delivers 
2. That this technology is used to bring support services to disabled learners 
3. Providing support services and technical infrastructure that enable teaching, technical and administrative staff of educational institutions to offer their teaching and services in a way that is accessible to disabled learners 

The aim of EU4ALL is to improve the efficiency and efficacy of implementing these strategies by developing an open service architecture for ALL. To achieve a wide impact the approach taken is not to develop a single EU4ALL system but a standards' based framework that facilitates the integration of the approach with a wide range of eLearning systems. 

More specifically the goals of EU4ALL are to: 
-Design an open service-oriented architecture for ALL 
-Develop the software infrastructure for ALL services (content, support and access services) 
-Provide technical standards/specifications for ALL applications integrated with current and emerging eLearning standards 
-Validate the results in large-scale higher education settings 

Two broad user groups benefit from the EU4ALL project: 
1. End-users: Adult learners with disabilities, teachers, and tutors 
2. System-users: Providers of eLearning systems and services

Other organisations involved in this project

ZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE INNOVATION
DISABLED PEOPLES INTERNATIONAL ITALIA
VERENIGING VAN EUROPEAN DISTANCE TEACHING UNIVERSITIES
TRIBAL EDUCATION LIMITED
SOLUZIONA SA
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA
INFORMATION SOCIETY OPEN TO IMPAIRMENTS E-ISOTIS
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"
GIUNTI INTERACTIVE LABS S.R.L.
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

Last updated: 28/04/2010