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‘Opening up Education’ to boost innovation and digital skills in schools and universities

Sep 25, 2013 | News

(25 September 2013) – Between 50% and 80% of students in EU countries never use ICT at school. The European Commission today unveils ‘Opening up Education’, an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems.

Opening up Education focuses on three main areas:

  • Creating opportunities for organisations, teachers and learners to innovate;
  • Increased use of Open Educational Resources (OER), ensuring that educational materials produced with public funding are available to all;
  • Better ICT infrastructure and connectivity in schools.

Projects linked to Opening up Education will be funded with support from Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, and Horizon 2020, the new research and innovation programme, as well as the EU structural funds.

To help kick-off the initiative, the Commission today launches a new website, Open Education Europa, which will allow students, practitioners and educational institutions to share free-to-use open educational resources.

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