Learning and cooperating using new media – E-Academy
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2013 to 2016
Access to education, information and knowledge as well as the exchange thereof are essential if a society is to develop on a sustainable basis. Only if a population is educated and informed can it assume responsibility for its actions, take decisions, manage its living space independently, initiate changes to develop and strengthen governance and democracy, and in so doing also contribute to problem-solving at the regional and global level. New media have unquestionably had a lasting impact on the way people – and therefore societies as a whole – are changing. This is particularly true in the field of education. The ability to use new and social media is one of the cross-cutting skills of modern civil society.
The traditional courses offered by educational institutions in developing and emerging countries fail to reach large sectors of the population. Modern information and communication technologies are used rarely, if at all.
By offering innovative educational options and cooperative activities involving new media, educational institutions in developing and emerging countries reach new target groups and a greater number of participants.
The project helps partners to make information and knowledge, as well as methodologies for learning and cooperating, accessible on a global basis using new media, to network skills across regions, and thus to raise the quality of teaching content and learning methods.
Professional staff and managers from educational institutions receive training in autonomous learning and cooperating using new media. Their personal, social and professional skills are expanded and enhanced, leadership and management skills are taught and consolidated, and methodological skills are developed. Once trained, the professionals and managers are given support to establish structures at the institutional level that guarantee sustainable operation of the centres for learning and cooperating using new media. By networking international stakeholders and integrating national educational institutions and regional parties into this network, the project achieves a global dimension.