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European eCompetence Initiative
carried out with the support of the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture - eLearning Initiative


The aim of the European eCompetence Initiative is the development of an appropriate qualification for academic staff (in Higher Education) in the use of ICT in teaching and learning. Specifically, it aims to undertake:

a wide-ranging study of current eCompetence training, a needs analysis across the sector, and to develop examples of blended learning scenarios that combine face-to-face and online modules in a coherent manner.Whilst eCompetence has been referred to in a number of projects funded under the eLearning Action Plan of the European Commission, there has been, thus far, no substantial in-depth analysis or development of the theme on a European level for academic staff in Higher Education. The eCompetence Initiative defines four subtopics, each with its own work team, in order to achieve the development of an appropriate qualification for academic staff in the use of ICT in teaching and learning:

Subtopic A: Field-based analysis of eCompetence programmes in Higher Education. Subtopic B: Policy-focused analysis of the integration of eCompetence programs into institutional innovation strategies in Higher Education. Subtopic C: Building a European dimension for eCompetence consultation and support. Subtopic D: Dissemination and application of the research results and of the European service platform for staff development.These subtopic teams define the research activities and the documentation that will be developed and disseminated during the project. The workgroups will produce reports and discussion papers offering insight into the analytical, evaluative and benchmarking tasks in European eCompetence programmes and institutional strategies. Guidelines and manuals will contain final summaries of the criteria for the qualification of teaching staff, innovative ICT integration into universities (including case studies) and a European accreditation system for eCompetence.


05.04.2004 - 23.11.2006


Europäische Kommission, Generaldirektion Bildung und Kultur

Weitere Informationen zum Projekt:



Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johannes Wildt


Dirk Schneckenberg

Veröffentlichungen zum Projekt:

MacLabhrain, Iain; McDonal Legg, Christina; Schneckenberg, Dirk; Wildt, Johannes (2006): The Challenge of eCompentece in Academic Staff Development. Galway: Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2006

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