Title: Enhancing European Learner Mobility, broadening European pathways: the metadata standards approach

Authors: Cleo Sgouropoulou, Simon Grant

Addresses: Department of Informatics, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Ag. Spyridonos, Egaleo, 12210, Greece. ' Institute for Educational Cybernetics, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB, UK

Abstract: Learner mobility and employability in Europe has been supported by policies and instruments for the transparency of qualifications and competences, providing a common basis for the recording and exchange of learners| information. The European Committee for Standardization recognises the opportunity for working towards a common framework of related interoperability standards, to integrate ICT tools and services towards mobility and employability. The route followed starts with conceptual modelling and results in application profiles using existing standards and specifications. The European Learner Mobility Achievement Information model described in this article, and its prospective European Standard, are major landmarks on this path.

Keywords: European learner mobility; achievement information; metadata standards; interoperability standards; ICT; European standards; transparency; qualifications; competences; information recording; information exchange; learner information.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMSO.2010.035552

International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, 2010 Vol.5 No.4, pp.296 - 308

Published online: 30 Sep 2010 *

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