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The European commission launches 'Opening up Education' to boost innovation and digital skills in schools and universities

A joint initiative led by Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice-President, responsible for the Digital Agenda, 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; and

  • Better ICT infrastructure and connectivity in schools.


Vice-President Kroes shares: "My dream is to have every classroom digital by 2020. Education must be connected to real life; it cannot be a parallel universe. Young people want to use digital technology in every aspect of life. They need digital skills to get jobs. All of our schools and universities, not just some of them, must reflect that reality."


What do we mean by 'opening up education'?

Opening up education means bringing the digital revolution into education. Digital technologies allow all individuals to learn, anywhere, anytime, through any device, with the support of anyone.



What concrete actions are specified?

The communication from the European commission includes 24 actions that will greatly improve the use of digital technologies in education and boost digital skills.


How will these 24 actions be funded/implemented?

The actions will receive EU funding from Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, the new programme for research and innovation, as well as Structural and Investment Funds.


Take advantage of the 'Open Education Europa'  website and find a online course

Open Education Europa is a one-stop shop for open educational resources in Europe. A place where you can find material in your own language, which teachers and students can use and share for free. Check the MOOC's section of the site and find yourself a course on a theme that interests you.