Context eLearning with Broadband Technologies (CELEBRATE) was a large-scale 30-month demonstration project (ending in Nov. 2004)) co-ordinated by European Schoolnet and supported by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies Programme (IST). It addressed all parts of the educational content value chain and involved 23 participants including Ministries of Education, universities, leading educational publishers, content developers, VLE vendors and technology suppliers from 11 countries.
Key questions that the project attempted to answer were:
- Do teachers actually like these new types of learning resources and do LOs support innovative forms of teaching and learning with ICT?
- Is it possible to outline pedagogy for collaborative learning involving the creation and use of a critical mass of interoperable Learning Objects (LOs) in a new generation of integrated managed learning environments?
- Do emerging standards (for interoperability) make it easier for schools to exchange and reuse LOs within the sorts of learning platforms (LMS, LCMS, VLEs etc.) that schools are increasingly using? And can teachers and pupils make their own standards’ compliant, interoperable LOs?
- Can CELEBRATE demonstrate a technical solution – a Learning Object Brokerage System – that will allow Ministries, publishers and individual schools to more easily exchange and/or sell Learning Objects across national borders?
- At the end of the project, is there a demand for a federated, European Learning Object Brokerage System (which permits central and local metadata repositories to co-exist) and can CELEBRATE offer self-sustainable services to schools and content developers based around this concept?
- Finally, can a project such as CELEBRATE act as a catalyst for the European eLearning content industry and develop viable business models for LO content development and distribution?