After having returned safely to Austria from the Dissmark II Conference in Tallinn, Estonia I am preparing for a workshop I will give on Wednesday in Linz, Austria for professionals in vocational training. Therefore I am currently studying the General Call for Proposols 2008-2010 of the Lifelong Learning Programme. I found there one very innovative priority in the transversal programme. I do not remember any other Call with such explicit reference to Web 2.0 and social software.
“Priority will be given to the following topics:
3.1.1 Priority 1: Identifying and implementing innovative uses of ICT for lifelong learning, in particular for groups at risk of exclusion ICT enables individuals to enhance their social networking and this has the potential enhance their learning. Learning is mostly a social process. Self-learning and informal peer-learning are important ways of developing e-skills and competences. But they are also increasingly important skills in formal learning. A new generation of ICT-based social networking tools and platforms (‚Web 2.0‘ and other relevant ICT developments) is rapidly growing in popularity. Examples are weblogs, wikis, podcasts, social software, virtual social sites, as well as tools such as mobile phones. These are easy to use, affordable and widespread, in particular among groups at risk-of-exclusion (early school-leavers, ethnic minorities, elderly people, etc), and so offer potential to (re)-connect groups at risk-of-exclusion to public services, learning and civic engagement.”
The full text can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/call08/prior_en.pdf