Interoperable Content for Performance in a Competency-driven Society

Acronym: ICOPER
Title: Interoperable Content for Performance in a Competency-driven Society
Status: Active
Funding Organization: European Union - eContentplus Programme

ECP 2007 EDU 417007



WP8 Leader

Leader in charge:

 Panagiotis Telonis
Start Date: 1 September 2008
Duration: 30 months

Summary ICOPER is the community of the 30 month eContentplus Best Practice Network ICOPER started in September 2008. The ICOPER networking capacity is grounded in key and leading experts in digital educational development and technology enhanced learning (TEL).  Driven by a consortium of 23 key players in Europe will provide access to a critical mass of more than 12,500 hours of integrated educational content.  Based on this beneficial infrastructure the project will systematically analyse the specifications and standards available and in use, to draw conclusions on their validity in ICOPER Suitability Reports for Better Practice. ICOPER’s underlying educational framework will guide a consensus building approach to developing Best Practices, addressing issues such as: (1) exchange of competency models and learning outcomes, (2) collaboration around learning designs, (3) integration of content via federated search and harvesting, (4) reuse of instructional models and content in learning delivery environments, (5) interoperability of item banks for assessment and evaluation.  

ICOPER will provide mechanisms to ensure European-wide user involvement, cooperation, and adoption of standards within a large community to support all phases of standardization. Overall, the confusion around the applicability (fit-for-purpose) of standards and specifications in technology enhanced learning results in a lack of adoption, which consequently has a profound negative impact on making digital content in Europe more accessible, usable, and exploitable. The work in ICOPER is driven by an educational framework that is competency-driven and consists of 4 process stages where best practices and use of specifications and standards are analysed, and the result is integrated in the ICOPER reference model.