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 EEPG supports LRE 

EEPGEuropean Educational Publishers’ Group supports the Learning Resource Exchange

Major EU publishers and 16 Ministries of Education are coming together in a strategic partnership to enhance schools’ access to digital learning resources. The European Educational Publishers Group will join the member Ministries of European Schoolnet’s Learning Resource Exchange (lreforschools.eun.org) service. The Learning Resource Exchange – a network of educational resource repositories – is a new service for schools offering 120,000 learning resources and assets from Ministries of Education and other content providers from both the public and private sectors.

Preben Späth, Director of the European Educational Publishers Group (EEPG - www.eepg.org) Central Office, visited European Schoolnet (EUN – www.europeanschoolnet.org) in Brussels together with EEPG members. Following a fruitful exchange of information and ideas, Preben Späth said:

“The EEPG sees great opportunities for educational publishers across Europe to become Associate Partners in EUN’s Learning Resource Exchange service for schools. We are very happy that this contact with the EUN has been established and our member publishing houses are looking forward to sending staff representatives to future LRE workshops and seminars. Participating in the LRE will allow our members to get in touch with an impressive number of teachers and other users of Learning Objects across Europe”.

The Learning Resource Exchange service for schools was officially launched by European Schoolnet on 1 December 2008, initially offering nearly 120,000 learning resources and assets from 16 Ministries of Education and other content partners in the LRE federation. In the first phase, the public LRE service is being offered to 60,000 schools in the European Commission's flagship initiative of the Lifelong Learning Programme, eTwinning (www.etwinning.net), before a full launch to the entire school community in 2009.

Marc Durando, EUN’s Executive Director said:

“We are delighted that EEPG members are interested in exploiting the LRE framework and in working with EUN to explore how both commercial and open educational resources can co-exist in this unique service. In our new ASPECT project, we will also be working on LRE content access controls and distribution models and collaborating directly with EEPG members on these issues will certainly be an important part of our strategy.”

Further information:

Contact:  Jim Ayre (jim.ayre@multimediaventures.com)

+44 2893 355981

About the European Educational Publishers Group (EEPG)

The EEPG (European Educational Publishers’ Group) is an association of 24 educational publishers in Europe. The concept of Learning Objects has been discussed among the members for some time. The EEPG is very interested in the LRE framework and the extent to which the association and its members can potentially exploit this for commercial purposes. Several members have already developed hundreds of Learning Objects and therefore wish to use the LRE as a platform for commercialisation on a European scale.

For more information about the members and the work of the EEPG visit http://www.eepg.org

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.europeanschoolnet.org

http://lre.eun.org

http://lreforschools.eun.org

http://aspect-project.org/