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List of Validation Experiments

"Birncast" in short

The Austrian Partner "Salzburg Research" found a project with seniors in a local senior centre, where elderly people already meet regularly and learn together in a "computer club" and a "narrator club". The Links-up project brings added value in to the centre in the area of communication and inclusion, as the focus of the implementation project lies in the production of podcasts and the distribution via a newly developed website. The experiment was be made in collaboration with Hilfswerk Salzburg, which is an association for online activities for elderly people, and in cooperation with the Seniorclub "Zentrum Walser Birnbaum", a project where people meet, spend their spare time, work and learn together. The obvious results are mainly the new homepage of the centre and the podcasts there.

An overview about the project and its results is additionally available as slides at slideshare:


The Links-up at pilot at Nettilukio, an Online Upper Secondary School at the Otava Folk High School in Finland aimed to increase the effectiveness of the initiative by focusing on supporting teachers’ professional development through the introduction of Web 2.0-based tools and pedagogy. Using the ‘ Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien. ’ platform (an on-line ‘community of practice promoting the use of Web 2.0 in schools) the pilot objectives were to build up an online learning community for teachers; provide motivation and inspiration for teachers using Web 2.0 in classes; transfer basic knowledge to beginners; provide advanced knowledge for experts, and offer communication facilities for members.

1. Background to the pilot

The London pilot can be seen not only as a case study on how Web 2.0 tools and approaches can be used to add value to existing initiatives aimed at supporting excluded or at risk groups. It also offers insights into the challenges and obstacles that militate against ‘Learning 2.0 for an inclusive knowledge society’.

A distinctive feature of this pilot experiment was that it evolved through three distinct phases, the first two of which reflect unsuccessful attempts to develop and apply the learning from LINKS-UP to improve the effectiveness of real-world projects.  Figure 1 shows this evolutionary process.

In Italy the innovation laboratory was organized and held in conjunction with Grundtvig mobility project "MyMobile- Education on the move " (2010-2012) through the collaboration with the Educational Technology Laboratory of the University of Florence, the Italian Grundtvig project partner.

The pilot case related to this validation experiment is TRIO  (Technology, Research, Innovation and Vocational Guidance), the official e-learning platform of the Tuscany Region.  TRIO is a public portal providing free access to a wide variety of contents and services, and offering learning opportunities to a large and heterogeneous audience at both a regional and national level.

Web in the Hood is a project that builds trust between inhabitants in a neighbourhood by promoting meeting and undertaking activities with other inhabitants. Inhabitants can use the Internet to support three functions: Inform, communicate and organize. Links-up helped to develop a group of elderly people at-risk to become amateur journalists and the “eyes and ears” of their local community.