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The main objective of WP12 was to build a durable roadmap that would assess the maturity of current status, identify current and emerging trends and capture desired future states of Technology Enhanced Professional Learning (TEPL) in order to provide a logical framework of coordinating R&D to meet the grand challenges for European Technology Enhanced Professional Learning. Furthermore, since Roadmapping is mainly a tool for collaborative strategic planning, WP12 deemed it important to develop a value accumulating, ongoing Roadmapping process with a high potential for sustainability & promote a knowledge network of Roadmapping that amplifies the efforts of various groups and crystallize them at European level.
Early on in the Roadmapping process, a foresight analysis took place as a first step to build the roadmap. The aim of this foresight study was to map out the desired future for TEPL in the form of prevalent visions in the community at large (D12.10). The prevalent visions for 2020 are centered on leveraging technology to: enhance and support work performance for businesses and directly link learning technologies with business needs; to promote innovation, creativity, and flexibility to support change in organizations; while at the same time promoting increased security for individuals in the form of employability and assuredness of equal opportunity, and taking into account both the social and market dimensions.
Then, a Gap Analysis phase started during which, a comparison between the state of the art and the vision statements was performed in order to identify the Gaps between what is available today and what is needed for the future, set capability targets and requirements and derive the strategy (Actions/Recommendations) needed to fill these Gaps. Our approach has aimed to identify the current strengths (existing capabilities), weaknesses (missing or inadequate capabilities), opportunities (key future capabilities) and capability-related threats (problematic factors such as competition for sources of capabilities and resources needed to acquire new capabilities or re-direct existing capabilities) and which will contribute to the realization of the visions. (See PROLEARN deliverable D12.12).

Based on the GAP analysis reports (D12.12), the vision statements and the Conzilla-based conceptual models of the Roadmapping process (D12.10 and D12.16) the result of this work is captured in a Roadmap for TEPL (D12.15). The detailed methodology followed to build this roadmap can be found at D12.5 and D12.6.

Within this WP, the manifesto on Learning objects, metadata and interoperability has been developed (D12.13). This work has been evolved into the “Snowflake Effect”, coming to the conclusion of a radical mass personalization trend for the next years in TEPL.

All Roadmap deliverables can be downloaded here


EC-TEL 17-20 September 2007 Crete, Greece

Konstantin Makropoulos

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