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The eLearning programme encourages: the promotion of digital literacy; the strengthening of virtual campuses; the improvement of tools and methodologies related to e-learning; and e-cooperation among organisations and practitioners in the educational and training systems.

- News

eLearning and MINERVA Cluster Meeting, 5 March 2007,
Ministry of the Flemish Community, Department Education and Training, EPOS, Brussels, Belgium

eLearning and MINERVA 2006 projects Kick-off Meeting, 6 March 2007
Centre Borschette, Brussels, Belgium

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- Objectives

eLearning is the European programme in the field of ICT for education and training which promotes the inclusion of ICT in all learning systems and environments (formal, non-formal, informal – school, higher and adult education and training).
The programme builds on both the eLearning Action Plan and the eLearning Initiative (2001-2003) with the vision that integration of ICT in education is a lever for change and an opportunity for increased quality, diversity and effectiveness in European education and training systems.

The programme is divided in 4 key areas with specific objectives:

Digital Literacy
The aim is to promote digital literacy in European society and thereby contribute to strengthening social cohesion, personal development, intercultural dialogue, and active citizenship.
The intention is to encourage the acquisition of new skills and knowledge that are needed for personal and professional development and for active participation in an information-driven society.
Special attention is given to the contribution of ICT to learning, especially for those who, due to their geographical location, socio-economic situation or special needs, do not have easy access to traditional education and training.

Virtual Campuses
The purpose is to add a virtual dimension to European co-operation in higher education by encouraging the development of new organisational models for European universities (virtual campuses) and for European exchange and sharing schemes (virtual mobility). This action builds on existing co-operation frameworks such as the Erasmus programme and the Leonardo da Vinci mobility scheme, giving them an e-learning component.

The objective is to strengthen and develop networking among schools. All young Europeans, during their time at secondary school, should have the opportunity to participate, together with their teachers, in an educational project with their counterparts in other European countries. The action seeks to improve the quality and the quantity of exchange of experiences through e-cooperation.

Transversal Actions
The goal is to exploit the potential of e-learning by promoting innovation in teaching methods with a view to improving the quality of the learning process and fostering the autonomy of learners. The action promotes best practice, products and services in digital learning activities.

Digital Literacy, Virtual Campuses and Transversal Actions are managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), while eTwinning is managed by the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC)

- Who can participate?

Digital Literacy, Virtual Campuses and Transversal Actions:

Organisations from the public and private sectors established in one of the EU Member States, the EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), or Bulgaria that have interest, expertise and European experience in e-learning matters concerning any of the subjects listed above.


An eTwinning project can be carried out by two or more teachers, teams of teachers or subject departments, librarians, headteachers and pupils from schools across Europe. Collaboration can be within the same subject or cross-curricular through the use of Information and Communication Technology. Pre-school, primary, secondary and upper secondary schools can all participate (age range of pupils: 3 to 19).

- How to apply

Applicants should submit a proposal responding to a specific call for proposals.
Calls for Digital Literacy, Virtual Campuses and Transversal Actions shall be published on this web site.

For calls related to eTwinning, please refer to the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture

- How to contact us:

If you have questions, please contact the eLearning Helpdesk at:

or write us at :

Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency
Unit P1 - eLearning - BOUR 2/30A
Avenue du Bourget 1
BE-1140 Brussels

or send us a fax at:



- Further Information

European Parlament and Council decision (PDF)

Projects funded under the eLearning Initiative and Programme

Information for Projects


DG Education and Culture
eLearningeuropa Portal
eLearning Conference 2006
eLearning Conference 2006

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Review of the eLearning and Minerva projects meeting (Helsinki, 03-07-2006)
Helsinki review

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