The Open Discovery Space Project aims to implement innovative Educational Practices and a Portal for school communities highlighting the best practices of users and communities that will facilitate the modernization of school education through the effective use of eLearning resources in the classroom. Through the creative use of new technologies, effective content organization, and learning processes that respect local school problems, Open Discovery Space will attempt to address the challenge of the “social appropriation of knowledge” by empowering all school audiences (teachers, students and their parents, school leaders, curriculum developers, educational policy makers). The project in short will be a very good opportunity for schools and educators engaged in ODS activities which will include elearning solutions, ICT tools and systems that will be shared within the ODS partnership. One of its great benefits is the huge network of schools, teachers and communities which will be formed. There’s a lot of diversity in the project consortium, and many of the partners have already developed extremely innovative and advanced (in the use of ICT) practices that have helped to identify and apply best practice and which can be extremely beneficial for other partners who become involved.
ODS is a major new innovative EU project funded under the Seventh Framework ICT-PCP program. It comprises a consortium of 51 organizations throughout the EU. In Ireland Universal Learning Systems is part of the consortium. The project duration is three years (2012-15).
The involvement of Universal Learning Systems (ULS) in the Open Discovery Space project (ODS) is around key activities and inputs. This part of the project’s key focus is on schools and covers the following general objectives:
1. Implementing the ODS model in participating schools and allied bodies
2. Undertaking initial research
3. Diagnosing issues and key challenges
4. Driving change
5. Convincing stakeholders
6. Developing working models and demonstrations
7. Defining best practice alternatives and approaches for stakeholders
8. Providing requisite training.
A unique feature of the ULS contribution is that it will be developed and implemented in three national environments where ULS has a track record and expertise:
In addition, ULS has a lengthy record of successful EU project engagement in many different strands and functions. ULS has a series of well-developed contacts, networks and associates who are highly experienced in project management, evaluation and development of sustainable deliverables.