Project EU-StORe

The project EU-StORe

The project “EU-StOre” is an international consortium within the ERASMUS+ Project with a focus on Vocational Education and Training – VET. The duration of the project is 24 months.

Project partners are from seven institutions across six EU countries namely Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Romania and Malta. The consortium consists of four universities, a technical partner, small to medium sized-enterprise with a focus on education, and a research and development institute.

The main aim of the project EU-StORe – European Standards for Open Education and Open Learning Resources – is to conceptualise and implement a European inventory of open learning resources; to analyse open learning scenarios and open learning resources; and to create shared and common European standards and guidelines for open learning.

Open education and open learning resources are actually one of the main educational topics in the EU. In the vision paper on open education 2030, J. M. Pawlowski stated that education is distributed on a global market. Therefore, he argued it is crucial for Europe to engage a broad community in cross-border collaboration to be successful in this field. In the vision paper ´Open Education 2030´, Pawlowski comes up with six recommendations: (see Pawlowski, p. 78)

  1. to create an inventory of OER and OEP
  1. to integrate existing communities
  2. to integrate curricula
  3. to create regional networks
  4. to create global outreach programs
  5. to support open education policy building!

 

One goal is, that like in a huge store, online learning resources and open learning should beprovided all over Europe for free. While this presents a real opportunity, to make education available for a broad European group of interested learners, teachers, and trainers, there is no quality assurance of the courses, learning resources, and open measures available at present, potentially undermining this opportunity.

This is the point where EU-StORe comes into action.

It is based on the recommendations of Pawlowski and the EU and builds an inventory of online learning resources Moreover, through the project, experts will analyse these materials and courses and create standards for open learning activities, which provide a high quality standard/benchmark?. This will lead to the development of guidelines and standards that can be used (a) to create open learning scenarios in the future and (b) to rate existing open learning activities and resources. To integrate this information in the European learning community, the standards will be provided on an online platform where the inventory is also accessible. This will also act as a basis to foster curricular design and the work of regional networks. The guidelines and standards will be combined with policy papers, which engage ministries, the European Commission and multipliers in the field of education in different European countries in the process of implementing the standards.