Over the past decade, the Learning Region has become a widely adopted concept in European education policies. However the concept has taken different forms and has been reflected in a variety of network figurations. From different departures points and though various pathways many projects have developed domain specific knowledge in the area of social capital building, governance and institution building, stakeholder collaboration, public-private partnerships and transversal cooperation. The basic intention of the R3L+ project is to capitalize on this diversity by bringing together actors from our respective countries in order to learn from each other and jointly elaborate a common quality framework for the development and management of cooperative learning arrangements among educational providers, SMEs and public agencies.
Findings from recent evaluations have shown that a major obstacle towards a broader diffusion of the learning regions concept is a lack of common quality instruments, which would allow for trusting and sustainable cooperation among educational actors. Following the priority of the Grundtwig call, the project will address the problem of improving quality in adult education by reflecting good practice to be found in Learning Regions in the light of the Common Quality Assurance Framework (CQAF). More specifically the project will capitalize on good practice found in Learning Regions, and further develop a common set of quality methods and instruments to ensure the development, assurance and improvement of the quality of learning networks in compliance with the Common Quality Assurance Framework.
From the project results the partners will derive a handbook, best practice guide and training module for managers and stakeholders of learning regions, which will allow for the effective planning, implementation, evaluation and review of cooperation among educational providers within Learning Regions.
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R3L+ is a multilateral project, funded under the European Grundtvig programme. R3L+ brings together 10 partner organisations from 6 EU member states, and Switzerland. R3L+ maintains collaborations with European and international learning cities, regions and educational networks. R3L+ is promoted by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Allgemeine Pädagogik / Erziehungs- und Sozialisationsforschung.
Projec t websit e learningregion.pbworks.com C ollaborative workspace learningregion.pbworks.com C ontac t Prof. Dr. Thomas Ecker t Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Leopoldstr. 13 80802 München ☞ ecker email@example.com Responsible Dr. Randolph Preisinger-Kleine p&w-projekt Kanalstrasse 5 85049 Ingolstadt ☞ firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnership % Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany % p&w praxis und wissenschaft Ingolstadt, % % % % % % % %
Germany Glasgow University, UK Association of German Learning Regions (LRD e.V.), Germany CITY Conversity AB, Sweden Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania Obervatory For Lifelong Learning Development, Romania University of Pécs, Hungary Nexus Research Cooperative, Ireland Schweizerischer Verband für Weiterbildung, Switzerland
Runtime: 2009 – 2011
This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Learning cities and regions have become focal points for knowledge creation and learning in the new age of global and knowledge-intensive societies. They function as collectors and repositories of knowledge and ideas, and provide the underlying environment or infrastructure which facilitates the flow of knowledge,
ideas and learning (R. Florida).
R3L+ promotes quality in adult education by reflecting good practice to be found in Learning cities and regions in the light of the European quality strategy on training and education.
R3L+ to Learning cities and regions offers a quality framework, covering: % Background reports on the issue of quality in Learning cities and regions % Quality criteria and indicators, which can be used to determining and improve the quality of partnerships, participation, progress and sustainability as well as learning culture in Learning cities and regions % A Quality cycle, describing the implementation of the R3L+ instruments within a learning approach
However, learning cities and regions are dynamic and open systems. They function in context, such as local traditions, learning cultures, institutional setups and value systems. Moreover, they develop domain specific knowledge, social capital, governance, stakeholder collaboration, public-private partnerships and cooperation among sectors. R3L+ capitalizes on this diversity by bringing together actors from EU member states in order to learn from each other and jointly elaborate a quality framework for collaborative action.
Par tnership Learning Culture
% A Quality handbook for planners and ● managers of Learning cities and regions % Training module for key actors of Learning cities and regions
R3L+ more specifically capitalizes on good practice found in the Learning cities and regions, and further develops a common set of quality methods and instruments to ensure the development, assurance and improvement of quality learning networks.