chief aims were: (a) to map out the teaching and learning approaches in
virtual learning environments (VLEs), including those arising from combining
face-to-face and traditional educational methods in both open and distance
learning; (b) to critically assess the impact of European diversity into
experiences of virtual learning environments, in relation to common elements
of curriculum, language issues, and institutional adaptation of the education
and training systems, and (c) to contribute to innovation in public educational
Institutions in relation to the restructuring of its functioning, and to
the co-operation with European Institutions and with the private sector."
start with, the consortium discussed and adopted a general theoretical
and conceptual framework of analysis. The IVETTE project applied
a holistic perspective of study and discussion, based on main dimensions
network's objectives were reached through undertaking case studies,
organising workshops among participants, and disseminating results
via an international virtual conference.
identified three issues that required further attention in order to enhance
understanding on the way institutions can manage European diversity and
integration. These were collaborate frameworks; curriculum and accreditation
problems; and culture and language management issues.
et al., 2000, pp. 2, 3f., 5, 6)