Friday, May 9, 2014

LRE Subcommittee meeting

The LRE Subcommittee meeting took place at the premises of CTI "Diophantus" on 7/5/2014, following the 11th EdReNe Conference. This allowed a number of the LRE Subcommittee members to attend the EdReNe Conference, combining the trip and creating opportunities. The meeting is closed and limited to the Subcommittee members; however, I was invited to participate as an external observer, along with other members of the Agro-Know team. I quote a text from the LRE website, in order to provide some information on the LRE initiative:

"Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) Operations
European Schoolnet (EUN) is at the forefront of global initiatives related to the exchange and interoperability of digital learning resources. With the commitment of its participating Ministries of Education and support from European Commission research programmes, European Schoolnet is continuing to build a Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) service for schools that enables teachers and learners to access and use educational content from many different countries and providers.
The Learning Resource Exchange was developed by European Schoolnet and its supporting Ministries of Education as a result of work in a number of EC-funded projects (particularly CELEBRATE, CALIBRATE and MELT). This resulted in the launch of the LRE as a publicly available service in December 2008.
At the European Schoolnet Steering Committee meeting in November 2009, Ministries recognized that, while the LRE had initially been designed as a service primarily for MoE, regional authorities and other organisations were also active LRE partners. In this context, Ministries in the EUN Steering Committee agreed that a new LRE governance mechanism should be put in place to allow for the fact that increasingly regions, municipalities and other educational content and tools’ providers (from both the public and private sectors) might wish to join the LRE.
At its meeting on 26 May 2010, the EUN Steering Committee duly created a LRE Subcommittee to define the strategy and operational rules of the LRE and to manage its ongoing development."

Indeed, we identified some aspects of the ongoing LRE work that we could provide some feedback, even solutions in some cases. Apart from that, there were interesting discussions on the next steps of the LRE activities and the approaches to be followed. Despite that fact that I had to leave before the end of the meeting, I felt glad to be able to participate and see the current status and the future steps of LRE.