This communication aims to stimulate high-quality, innovative ways of learning and teaching using new technologies and digital content. It puts forward strategies for open learning environments* to deliver higher-quality education. This contributes to the Europe 2020 goals of boosting EU competitiveness and growth through a more skilled workforce and higher employment. Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and other EU-funding programmes provide incentives and conditions that encourage partnerships and projects, in particular to address the following issues.
Open learning environments: opportunities to innovate: * education and training institutions need to review their organisational strategies to stimulate innovative learning practices; * teachers should be able to acquire good pedagogical digital competences, for instance through strong communities of practice and rewards for new teaching methods; * learners expect to acquire digital skills and competences and have their skills easily certified and recognised for further learning or work.
Open educational resources: opportunities to use open knowledge for better quality and access: * high-quality open educational resources must become more visible and available to all citizens; * copyright issues should be more transparent across borders.