Experience and understanding of the knowledge society is taking ever greater root in Europe. Globalisation, technology development, and changes in the economic and social environment are modifying the ways in which the knowledge society is developing. The accelerating development of information and communication technologies, especially with their integration in so many different fields of life, is creating way forward to new solutions.
Snapshot of the Scene
The rush is on: the rapid evolution and widespread penetration of new media and technologies, emerging new tools and solutions constantly change and challenge the ways and means of accessing and sharing knowledge.
Taken by Storm
The volume of information we get is enormous and there is a revolutionary change in the ways we use media. New social media culture is extending human capacity, reshaping identity and community. The awareness of the many forms of digital media is increasing and of the skills that allow better intellectual and emotional understanding.
Innovation, learning and learning innovation in Europe
Europe's growth potential needs to be enhanced for sure. Europe needs a strategic approach to boost its capacity for creativity, whilst establishing an environment where knowledge is successfully converted into innovative products and services. For a flexible, competitive and open economy, independent innovation as the main driver of development has been fully acknowledged.
Informal arenas of learning
Much learning occurs beyond traditional lecture halls and formal credit programmes.This strand addresses different aspects of integrating multiple forms of learning opportunities into daily life and in the workplace.
Tearing down boundaries
Distance education methods are often embedded in the developing new structures of education. Ways of working in different education systems seem to merge. Do we also need a merge between education systems and the breaking of barriers between educational sectors and institutions?