ERIC Number: EJ795092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 41
The European eLearning Programme(s): Between Rhetoric and Reality
Salajan, Florin D.
European Educational Research Journal, v6 n4 p364-381 2007
This article presents the findings of a qualitative study conducted by the author on the implications of e-learning programmes for the higher education systems of the member states of the European Union. The study takes a look behind the scenes of the eLearning Programme and other e-learning actions within other European programmes by tapping into the perceptions of academics at universities in the European Union (in three principal countries--Germany, Portugal and Sweden--and six secondary countries--Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) who have participated in or have knowledge of the logistical and administrative burdens of European e-learning projects. Through a series of in-depth open-ended interviews conducted on location, via the telephone or over the Internet, the study investigates the interactions of academics and researchers with the European-funded programmes in e-learning. Several interviews with members of the European Commission offer an inside look at the dynamics of the programmes and confer a "humanistic" perspective to the stern letter of the legal documentation. The personal accounts are used to build a "composite picture" of common themes related to the processes involved in developing and conducting e-learning projects under the eLearning Programme and other European programmes, shedding new light on the levels of initiative that go into the actual preparation of e-learning projects.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Qualitative Research, Higher Education, International Cooperation, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Researchers, Interviews, Program Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; France; Germany; Italy; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom