Monday, March 05, 2012

My e-learning project involvement from along the way (2000-2012)

I took time to list the major e-learning and technology-enhanced learning projects that I've worked with since 2000. Some of them where led by European Schoolnet (EUN) and in some EUN was a partner. Here is the list with links to my main tasks.

Position: a full time in-house expert in European Schoolnet (after my PhD)

December 2009- present: Teachers' Lifelong Learning Network (Tellnet)
  • To study large-scale socio-technical networks to support teachers' professional development
  • A Lifelong Learning Programe Project (KA4). Four project partners.

My tasks:

  • Project manager
  • Vuorikari, R., Berlanga, A. J., Cachia, R., Cao, Y., Fetter, S., Gilleran, A., Klamma, R., et al. (2011). ICT-Based School Collaboration, Teachers’ Networks and their Opportunities for Teachers’ Professional Development - A Case Study on eTwinning. In H. Leung, E. Popescu, Y. Cao, R. W. H. Lau, & W. Nejdl (Eds.), Advances in Web-based Learning (Vol. LNCS 7048, pp. pp. 112–121). Presented at the ICWL 2011, Hong Kong, China, December 8-10, 2011.: Springer-Verlag.
    Vuorikari, R., Gilleran, A., & Scimeca, S. (2011). Growing beyond Innovators – ICT-Based School Collaboration in eTwinning. In C. D. Kloos, D. Gillet, R. M. Crespo García, F. Wild, & M. Wolpers (Eds.), Towards Ubiquitous Learning (Vol. 6964, pp. 537–542). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

January 2010- present: eTwinning
  • eTwinning is a community for schools in Europe with more than 150000 teachers participating

My tasks:

November 2009-November 2011:
Acer-European Schoolnet's Educational Netbook Pilot (

  • Project Manager and Principal Investigator (responsibility for completion of the project, directing the research and reporting)

September 2009-June 2011:
Quality Network for a European Learning Resource Exchange
  • Project Manager

Position: Working part time in European Schoolnet during my PhD studies (January 2005 - September 2009)

March 2009-November 2010:

January 2008 – September 2009:
Open Educational Resources Teachers' Network
Open TN)
My tasks:
  • Working with a network of international teachers on the "travel well" aspects of learning resources
  • Final report: evaluation of teachers' feedback on the "travel well" aspects

October 2006 – December 2008:
Metadata Ecology for Learning and Teaching (

  • eContent Plus project with 18 partners from 13 countries
My tasks:
  • Expert on social tagging: specifications of a tagging tool for multilingual learning resources;
  • Report: Part II: Folksonomies – state-of-the-art, requirements and use cases for the MELT social tagging tool
  • User studies with teachers
  • Analysis of the usage of tags and their usefulness for the system:
  • Vuorikari, R., & Van Assche, F. (2007). Collaborative content enrichment in multilingual Europe, European Schoolnet approach on educational resources. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Automated Production of Cross Media Content for Multi-Channel Distribution (pp. 85–88). Presented at the Axmedis 2007, Barcelona, Spain: Firenze University Press.
  • Vuorikari, R., & Berendt, B. (2009). Study on contexts in tracking usage and attention metadata in multilingual Technology Enhanced Learning. In S. Fischer, E. Maehle, & R. Reischuk (Eds.), Im Focus das Leben, Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) (Vol. P-154, pp. 181, 1654–1663). Presented at the Informatik 2009, Lübeck, Germany: Gesellschaft für Informatik.
  • Vuorikari, R., & Koper, R. (2009a). Evidence of cross-boundary use and reuse of digital educational resources. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, 4(4), 51–56. doi:
  • Vuorikari, R., & Koper, R. (2009b). Ecology of social search for learning resources. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 26(4), 272–286. doi:10.1108/10650740910984619
  • Vuorikari, R., & Ochoa, X. (2009). Exploratory Analysis of the Main Characteristics of Tags and Tagging of Educational Resources in a Multi-lingual Context. Journal of Digital Information, 10(2). Retrieved from
  • Vuorikari, R., Sillaots, M., Panzavolta, S., & Koper, R. (2009). Are tags from Mars and descriptors from Venus? A study on the ecology of educational resource metadata. In M. Spaniol, Q. Li, R. Klamma, & R. W. H. Lau (Eds.), Advances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2009, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Vol. 5686/2009, pp. 400–409). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. Retrieved from (BEST PAPER AWARD!)

January 2005 - March 2006 : Learning Interoperability Framework for Europe (Life)

  • The aim of the LIFE project was to improve interoperability and the use of standards in the field of eLearning
  • Project funded by the DG of Education and Culture

My tasks:

October 2003 - September 2005:
EPortfolio Initiatives Coordination Committee

My tasks:

  • Co-ordination and implementation of European Schoolnet's participation in the project (WP)
  • Scenario-tool for the use of portfolios in education
  • Vuorikari, R. (2005). Can personal digital knowledge artefacts’ management and social networks enhance learning? Proceedings of the ICL2005. Villach, Austria.

Position: a full time in-house expert in European Schoolnet

September 2002 - March 2003:
Study on Virtual Learning Environments for European Schools
  • An outlook on the use of Virtual Learning Environments in educational settings in Europe (Over 500 schools and 17 ministries and national agencies responded to surveys)

My tasks:

  • Organise and implement the surveys, analyse of the data, final reporting
  • Reports available here
  • Vuorikari, R. (2003). Virtual Learning Environments in Schools: Overview of Open Source and Open Standards Development in Europe. Proceedings of Online Educa Berlin (pp. 265–268). Presented at the Online Educa, Berlin, Germany: ICWE.

March 2002 - August 2004:
(Open Architecture and Schools in Society)

  • To develop a concept of virtual communities especially suitable for small schools, which do not necessarily have the resources required to implement new technologies on their own.
  • FP5 project on IST with 10 partners (education authorities and industry)
My tasks:

January 2002 - 21 March 2003:
European Quality Observatory (EQO, project description)

My tasks:
  • Working on various quality aspects
  • Quality description model, specifications for the implementation of the repository
  • VanAssche, F., & Vuorikari, R. (2006). A framework for quality of learning resources. In U. Ehlers & J. Pawlowski (Eds.), Handbook on Quality and Standardisation in E-Learning (pp. 443–456). Retrieved from
  • Anderson, J., Vuorikari, R., Lind, L., McCormick, R., Van Assche, F., Duval, E., Dyson, K., et al. (2005). Thematic dossier: Quality Criteria. Retrieved from

March 2000 - March 2002:

European Treasury Browser
  • To build a metadata network infrastructure for schools in Europe to access educational resource on the Web
  • FP5 project on IST with a partnership of 11 education authorities
My tasks:

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