EdComNet is an educational communal net, a virtual learning community platform for adult citizens to be set up in many regions of the European Union and associated countries like Israel.
The net will act as a portal stimulating the active learning of social skills by the citizen, thus enhancing the social integration of individuals within urban communities. It will empower the individual citizen to be a self-reliant part of society, fostering creativity and autonomous opinion forming as well as decision-making.
EdComNet will focus on three aspects of life long learning, one directed to vocational training, one to family life and one to the functioning of the individual citizen in the communal society. The net’s contribution to the Community’s social objectives will be on two levels: dissemination of humanistic, democratic values in Europe and assisisting the integration of the European citizen into society.
The platform will also contribute to pan-European and intercultural exchanges.
A virtual learning community platform
Nowadays, lifelong learning is increasingly important in enhancing the integration of citizens into soci to society. EDCOMNET is an educational communal Net, a virtual learning community platform for adult citizens. The primary
objective of the project is the development and implementation of the virtual platform for communal learning and communication, which is based on guidelines stemming from the integration of two categories of theories:
> Autonomy oriented education and the methodology of autonomy oriented
tutoring stemming from it;
> Theories about self-organising social groups.
The net acts as a portal stimulating the active learning of social skills, thus enhancing the social integration of individuals within urban communities. This will empower the individual citizens to be a self-reliant part of society, fostering creativity and autonomous opinion forming, as well as decision making.
The next generation education and lifelong learning
EDCOMNET focuses on three aspects of lifelong learning:
> Vocational training;
> Family life;
> Functioning of the individual citizen in the communal society.
The implementation of this virtual platform for lifelong learning, using ideas from humanistic empowerment theory, autonomy oriented tutoring and the newest vocational training practices, allows an insight into new forms of organisation in which the citizen is more autonomous and creative, as well as more active in taking part in social activities. This underlying research and technological development project also enables new models and concepts specific for citizens for lifelong learning and the next generation education to be tested and a knowledge management system relying on virtual ways of knowledge acquisition to be developed. This platform for lifelong learning is active, developed as part of a novel multi-agent infrastructure and using the newest products in multimedia communication, which results in a set of tools that enables information retrieval to be integrated to the user’s needs and will support learners through mediating processes.
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FVA is the Italian partner of the EdComNet Project
Funded by the European Commission (IST-2000-26037)