European Union projects

Applying funds from the Seventh, Sixth, and Fifth Framework Programme of the European Union, the Open University of the Netherlands started a number of projects, listed below.

LTfLL - Language Technology for Lifelong Learning (LTfLL)

This project will provide (semi-)automatic services for feedback that require no or very limited tutor-based support and are able to analyse interactions between students and textual output. A knowledge sharing infrastructure (combining domain ontologies and social tagging) will allow for comparing and exchanging of individual knowledge, leading to new common knowledge. The project will make extensive use of language technologies to situate the learners in their domain. Read more about the project.

Coördination: Peter van Rosmalen, Welten Institute, Open University of the Netherlands

Grapple - Generic Responsive Adaptive Personalized Learning Environment

This project aims at delivering a technology-enhanced learning environment for life-long learning, able to automatically adapt to personal preferences, prior knowledge, skills and competences, learning goals and the personal or social context in which the learning takes place. Read more about the project.

Coördination: TU Eindhoven
Contact: Milos Kravcik, Welten Institute, Open University of the Netherlands

IdSPACE - Tooling of and Training for Collaborative, Distributed Product Innovation

The idSPACE platform will improve collaborative creative learning processes and innovation by providing teams with tools for articulating, communicating and processing new ideas in product design. Read more about the project.

Coördination: Peter Sloep, Welten Institute, Open University of the Netherlands

More Virtual Mobility

Open Universiteit, together with three other European institutions of higher education, has decided to participate in the European Union Project More Virtual Mobility, because we feel our students deserve to participate in VM: an efficient form to internationalize their education.

Contact: William van Zanten, Faculty of Management, Science & Technology, Open University of the Netherlands


Open University is a member of the Educontact partnership. Educontract (European Distance Universities Contact) services for global transparency of European distance higher education courses. The three year project is selected by the European Commission, programme Erasmus Mundus, Action 4. Read more about the project.

TENCompetence - Integrated Project TENCompetence - Building the European Network for Lifelong Competence Development

TENCompetence aims at supporting individuals, groups and organisations in lifelong competence development, embracing primary, secondary and higher education, professional training and informal learning. RTD activities intend to further develop and integrate models and tools for the creation, storage and exchange of knowledge resources, learning activities and units of learning, competence development programmes and social exchange mechanisms to stimulate the exchange, sharing and support between the individuals, teams and organisations. Result of the project will be an infrastructure for 'learning networks', consisting of individuals, teams and organisations actively involved in the various occupations and domains of knowledge: learners, educational institutes, libraries, publishers, domain specific vendors, employers, associations, and others who deliver services or products related to learning. Read more about the project.

Coördination: Rob Koper, Open University of the Netherlands

MACE - Metadata for Architectural Contents in Europe

MACE integrates content on architecture from different sources, ranging from earlier European projects to achitecture communities, into one large architectuurcommunities reservoir of content. Furthermore it develops a framework of services supporting the use of these sources.

Contact: Marcus Specht, Welten Institute, Open University of the Netherlands


COOPER's aim is to support individual and collective competency building in virtual teams working together in projects to solve complex problems with members who are geographically dispersed, and have got different backgrounds and competencies. Expected results are a reference model for cooperative teamwork processes; interoperable and validated pedagogical scenarios and assessment strategies; tools to support knowledge co-construction, sharing and re-use; and a software platform which integrates these models, scenarios, strategies and tools. The learning contexts targeted are graduate (or post-graduate) university studies, corporate universities and training at the workplace. Read more about the project.

Coördination: L3S Research Center and Leibniz University Hanover (GE)
More information: Jan van Bruggen, Welten Insitute, Open University of the Netherlands

ADAPT-IT - Advanced Design Approach for Personalised Training - Interactive Tools)

The objective of the ADAPT-IT project was to produce ICT-based tools for training designers, embodying a validated training design methodology for personalised training based on cognitive science. Read more about the project (pdf factsheet).

Coördination: Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (NL)

ALFANET - Active Learning for Adaptive Internet

ALFANET has developed a set of components for course designers, primarily for adult education within companies. The key innovations include dynamic adaptation, which allows tailoring courses to individual preferences such as profile, background and interests of the learners, but also adapting the material according to their evolution on the course. The ALFANET system is a Web-based open source platform compliant with current standards that can be integrated with other e-learning systems. Read more about the project (pdf factsheet).

Coördination: Software AG Espana S.A., Spain

eLearnTN (eLearning Thematic Network)

eLearnTN created a thematic network in the field of higher education as a preliminary step leading to the creation of a European wide research group. It included representatives from across the educational sector including (distance) universities, public bodies, private companies and technology suppliers, public and private education centres, and users' communities (professors, students, workers, and collectives). Read more about the project (pdf factsheet).

Coördination: Software de Base S.A., Spain

E-LEN - E-learning Network

E-len has created a Network of E-Learning Centres and leading organisations in the learning technologies. Read more about the project.


The aim of the European eCompetence Initiative is the development of an appropriate qualification for academic staff (in Higher Education) in the use of ICT in teaching and learning. Read more about the project.

PROLEARN - Network of Excellence Professional Learning

PROLEARN has integrated the key areas of research most relevant to professional learning in SMEs and larger companies. It worked towards bridging the gap between academic research and education and learning at the workplace. Visit the project website. Read more about the project.

Coördination: Learning Lab Lower Saxony, Hannover, Germany

TELCERT - Technology Enhanced Learning Certification - European Requirements & Testing

Standards compliance and conformance testing are key elements required to accelerate market take-up of innovative technologies. The TELCERT project has developed software tools and other resources to help authors, suppliers and standards organisations improve the interoperability of e-learning systems and materials. Read more about the project.

Coördination: The Open Group, London (UK)
Contact: Hubert Vogten, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of the Netherlands.


TIME2LEARN has developed a model for professional e-training designed to support large projects and networks by enhancing collaborative bonds among existing professional e-learning centres, educational organisations, high quality research and development teams. The project aimed to identify best practices and to foster the transfer of know-how, expertise, research and development results to educational institutions, training organisations, industry and policy makers across Europe. Visit the project website. Read more about the project (pdf factsheet).

Coördination: National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR), Demokritos, Greece

UNFOLD - Understanding Networks of Learning Design

This co-ordination action aimed at accelerating the adoption and further development of standards for e-learning systems in Europe, namely the IMS Learning Design specification. The project set up communities of practice, and held seminars and conferences to raise awareness and to spur interaction between members of the education and technology communities concerned. Read more about the project.

Coördination: Department of Technology, Fundacio' Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Contact: Hubert Vogten, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of the Netherlands