eCOLOURS: a feasibility project on trans border co-development and localisation of learning resources
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eCOLOURS is a feasibility project involving Ministries of Education, leading educational content developers and a major educational content repository. It addresses the needs of a European educational content industry that remains fragmented and has been slow to develop cross-border approaches to co-production and localisation. By conducting experiments in cross-border co-development and localisation, the project will develop a small number of learning resources and evaluate these with teachers.

A key aim in the project is particularly to identify roadblocks to collaborative, cross-border development and to make recommendations concerning how these roadblocks and inhibitors can be overcome. Consequently, a systematic, in-depth analysis will be made of the pedagogical, design, technical, multilingual, and business issues that currently inhibit cross-border content development/localisation. Special attention will be paid to IPR and licensing issues that need to be addressed in order for collaborative approaches to co-development and localisation to take off. Based on this analysis, the project will propose a set of services that could: support different types of cross-border collaboration; provide an initial business model to help Ministries realise the concept of "a European network of educational content clearinghouses" recently proposed by the Hungarian Ministry of Education.

The eCOLOURS project is funded by the European Commission under the eContent Programme
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