UNIVERSITAT PER A MAJORS - UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLO
The Universitat Jaume I (UJI) is a public university founded in 1991, whose main objectives are to promote the social, economic and cultural development of the community through the transmission of knowledge and research.
It has 4 faculties: juridical and economic sciences, human and social sciences, health sciences and superior school of technology and experimental sciences. On 1998 a Lifelong learning Program was created. Their majors strengths; the Senior Citizens’ University, and the research team as presented.
The "Universitat per a Majors" (Senior Citizens’ University) currently has 1.090 students enrolled over 55 years. It was created in 1998 (www.mayores.uji.es) Through this project, the university is a transmitter of knowledge and activator of abilities and capacities of the senior people; we aim to promote their integration, participation, well-being and quality of life. Humanistic contents mainly (philosophy, sociology, psychology, history, art) combine with economic, technological and health subjects, along with workshops, lectures and other activities. Information and communication technologies (ICT), due to their personal and global impact, are taken into account across the program, both as a pedagogical method, a tool for personal use and social participation, thus promoting the digital inclusion of the major.
The permanent training program is integrated by an interdisciplinary research team in the areas of gerontology, sociology, technology and psychology. This team represents the University's commitment to continuous improvement, quality, innovation and development, both of the program itself and of the students and society in which they are included. The purpose is to transcend the training activity, favoring an advance, so they actively participate in the educational processes, organizing workshops, laboratories, conducting pilot projects, testing of training environments and research projects together with other areas of the University. Finally, we include as a mission the dissemination and exploitation as the ultimate goal for the social use of the results achieved.
INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING INNOVATION - FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG
The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg is the second largest Bavarian University, currently with about 40.000 Students and 3.000 lectures and staff members.
As a central research institute at the University of Erlangen in the context of learning, lifelong learning and technology supported learning, the Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) has been widely involved since 1986 in European R&D Projects in the field of innovative learning technologies for supporting learning processes in different settings for different target groups. ILI has a powerful learning technology development centre which develops and adapts flexible and mobile learning systems for optimizing the learning process, open source learning environments and authoring systems, communication and cooperation systems.
Since 1993 ILI has been developing, implementing and evaluating integrated pedagogical and technological concepts for promoting technology enhanced learning adapted to the needs of different target groups like pupils, students, student-teachers teachers, seniors, handicapped etc.
As one of the first organisations in Germany working in the field of technology-supported learning, ILI has early started with research in the field of simulation environments and serious games.
ILI runs the university’s eLearning and assessment environment with about 60.000 active users and about 30.000 visits per day. At present, about 30 people work at ILI in an interdisciplinary team of cognitive and social scientists and technology and multimedia experts. ILI has coordinated and participated in more than 300 European projects for more than 25 years under a variety of European Programs.
UNIVERSITÀ DELLE LIBERTÀ DEL FVG
Università delle LiberEtà deals with adult education and training and has the following objectives:
• be a cultural and educational resource for the local community;
• inform all members that the epochal changes which we are witnessing require updating recurrent and continuous training;
• encourage its members to play an active and productive role, proposing initiatives and / or projects and contributing to their
• increase the cultural horizons, ranging from traditional culture to new forms of knowledge and alternative;
• innovate teaching and learning methodologies and work with local stakeholders for the affirmation of the concept of Learning City.
University delle LiberEtà organizes over six hundred courses per year, with more than 150 teachers for about 3.500 learners, in the following areas: traditional and innovative subjects; ICT from basic knowledge to most common software packages and e-mail providers; foreign languages and civilizations, both European and non-European; building the psychological well-being (practical and operational courses): gym courses, music, songs and dance courses; artistic and craft workshops.
Since 2000 Università delle LiberEtà began to expand its educational and cultural reality throughout Europe. Although very happy with the results both at local and regional level, it was considered important to take a perspective leap rather than a quality one. A perspective that included a wider European vision. Since 2002 we began to organize events, courses and international exchanges, to manage and take part in various European cooperation projects, and to be an important European and extra-European network which includes more than 60 organizations. The European projects we were involved were mainly Grundtvig and Leonardo da Vinci that responded to the mission of the University of LiberEtà. The work and the exchange with other institutions that have similar aims and purposes, but different traditions, culture and language, have enriched unquestionably the formative and cultural development of our centre.
GRUPUL PENTRU INTEGRARE EUROPEANA
Grupul pentru Integrare Europeana – GIE (www.gie.ro) (English: Group for European Integration) is an NGO created in 2002. Its mission is to contribute to EU integration process through educational activities, professional training and cultural activities. GIE has 28 full-time and part-time employees and implements a large spectrum of activities, namely: AE/LLL and VET theoretical & field research, analysis, data processing, comparative studies, development of AE/LLL and VET strategies & methodologies. GIE’s activities also focus on curriculum design, educational materials development, didactic evaluation, process assessment, elaboration of dissemination materials. GIE has accredited, through the National Authority for Qualifications in Romania, a series of AE and VET courses and became a known education & training provider within the Argeş region.
In Argeş County, where GIE develops its activities, there are currently living different categories of people: youth, elderly and retired, women, migrants, unemployed, disabled, Roma ethnics, citizens with fewer opportunities. Their needs regard education & training, health & care, financial support, social integration and sustainable development, communication, integration on the labour market and within the digital era. GIE closely works with other organizations of the region to support these people: local and regional NGOs, associations, SMEs, libraries, museums, professional associations, University of Piteşti, Argeş School Inspectorate, House of the Teaching Staff, Argeş County Agency for Employment. GIE has also expertise in providing online education (i.e. courses on Moodle) and training for marginalised adult learners, which will help reaching an increased number of people from the project's envisaged target groups and will ease the dissemination and valorization of the project outputs. GIE’s overall experience as education and training provider working in the field of AE/LLL and VET, active citizenship and social integration and its experience in working with a large variety of groups of persons will be beneficial for the current project.
Learnmera Oy is a private language education and translation provider in the greater Helsinki area, which provides business language lessons, translations, and proofreading services. Courses are offered in the major Nordic and European languages, as well as beginners’ courses in English, Finnish, Swedish, French, German and Russian. Learnmera Oy has considerable experience in educational resource creation, website creation, and app content building as well as online vocational courses. Their free published language learning and cultural material online have had hundreds of thousands of downloads to this day. Learnmera Oy has been active within different European projects since 2008.
In addition to the above-mentioned services, Learnmera also provides IT services especially directed towards corporate clients and institutions that want to improve their customer interfaces and social media presence.
A list of projects Learnmera has previously worked on can be found here.