1EdTech Consortium and the European Union Commission ASPECT Project Announce Partnership
Memorandum of Understanding promises to enhance the cooperation in establishing best practice network for Common Cartridge and Learning Object Discovery and Exchange for the K-12 Schools segment
Long Beach, California, Lake Mary, Florida, USA and Brussels, Belgium – 12 February 2009 – The nonprofit 1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech GLC) and European Schoolnet, on behalf of the European Union Commission ASPECT project, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the 1EdTech GLC Special Summit on Next-Generation Digital Learning & Content.
The Adopting Standards and Specifications for Educational Content (ASPECT) project (http://aspect-project.org/), is a Best Practice Network coordinated by European Schoolnet and supported by the European Commission's eContentplus Programme that involves 22 partners from 15 countries, including 9 Ministries of Education (MoE), aiming to improve the adoption of learning technology standards and specifications in Europe. The MOU specifies cooperative activities between 1EdTech GLC and ASPECT in several areas. First, the parties will cooperate on the dissemination and best practice in implementing the 1EdTech Common Cartridge standard for distributed digital learning content and assessments in a collaborative learning context. Second, the MOU specifies cooperation in developing region-specific application profiles of the 1EdTech specifications and developing conformance tests according to the processes established by the 1EdTech Common Cartridge Alliance (/cc/alliance.html). Third, the MOU specifies collaboration with the ASPECT community on the 1EdTech Learning Object Discovery and Exchange (LODE) project (/lode.html).
“We are extremely pleased to see such a strong interest in the 1EdTech Common Cartridge and LODE projects from across the European Community,” remarked Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive of 1EdTech Learning. “The goal of our work is to enable increased creativity and innovation in supporting and enhancing digital learning, an area in which Europe excels.”
“The ASPECT Best Practice Network is a key channel in Europe for disseminating information and best practice related to the implementation of the 1EdTech Common Cartridge standard,” says Dr. David Massart, from European Schoolnet, the ASPECT Project Manager. “Both public and private sector partners in ASPECT are particularly eager to see how this new 1EdTech standard can enhance the pan-European interoperability of educational resources in European Schoolnet’s new Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) service for schools. We welcome this MOU also as an opportunity to feed European experience into the future work on global technical standards in eLearning.”
1EdTech Contributing Member European Schoolnet is providing leadership for the ASPECT project and the 1EdTech LODE activity. 1EdTech Contributing Member Icodeon is providing and supporting the Icodeon Common Cartridge Player and providing support for the 1EdTech SCORM® (SCORM is a Registered Trademark of the United States Department of Defense) to Common Cartridge conversion tool, which was sponsored by Microsoft, to the ASPECT project. 1EdTech Contributing Member Open University UK is participating in ASPECT as a leading provider of Common Cartridge materials. 1EdTech Contributing Member and Global Academic Affiliate University Koblenz-Landau is providing expertise in using the 1EdTech Profiling and Test Tools.
About 1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech GLC)
1EdTech Learning is a global, nonprofit, member organization that strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology in the education and corporate learning sectors worldwide. 1EdTech GLC members provide leadership in shaping and growing the learning industry through community development of interoperability and adoption practice standards and recognition of the return on investment from learning and educational technology. For more information, including the world's most comprehensive set of learning technology interoperability standards, information on the annual Learning Impact conference and awards program, and free community resources for learning technology leaders, visit .
About European Schoolnet (EUN)
European Schoolnet (EUN) is a not-for-profit organization supported by 31 Ministries of Education in Europe dedicated to supporting schools in the best use of technology in learning, promoting the European dimension in schools and education and improving and raising the quality of education in Europe. Created in 1997, it has coordinated a series of major projects over the last seven years concerned with the technical and semantic interoperability of educational repositories and content. For more information, visit http://www.eun.org and http://aspect-project.org