E-Learning University Networks: An Approach to a Quality Open Education

E-Learning University Networks: An Approach to a Quality Open Education

Elena Verdú Pérez (CEDETEL, Spain) and María Jesús Verdú Pérez (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch092


The achievement of coordination activities and the creation of university networks are considered to be fundamental mechanisms to bring together the different highereducation systems as well as to promote synergies between less developed regions and more developed ones. ODISEAME (Open Distance Inter-University Synergies between Europe, Africa, and Middle East) is an interdisciplinary and intercultural e-learning project whose main goal is to create a Euro-Mediterranean network of universities for the cooperation in the design and development of tele-learning experiences. This four-year project ended in June of 2006 with its final phase when several multilingual and multicultural learning experiences were carried out in an efficient way. These experiences were developed in all the official languages of the participant countries, as well as in English, using a Web-based multilingual virtual space. This article describes the ODISEAME project and the e-learning experiences derived from it and presents some conclusions from their evaluation. It finally shows the importance of universitynetworks in the process of establishing the European higher education area.

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