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Ernesto Damiani

EUREA project: collaboration between LERU universities in terms of higher education and teaching through ICT.

Ernesto Damiani
Dipartimento di Tecnologie Dell'Informazione (Crema), Università degli Studi di Milano

Antonella Cosetti
CTU, Università degli Studi di Milano

Manuela Milani
CTU, Università degli Studi di Milano

Paolo Ceravolo
Dipartimento di Tecnologie Dell'Informazione (Crema), Università degli Studi di Milano

Cristiano Fugazza
Dipartimento di Tecnologie dell'Informazione (Crema), Università degli Studi di Milano

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Abstract
The aim of this paper is to present the challenge that the European projects EUREA (European metadatabase of E-Academic resources) and e-LERU will give rise to Academic world in Europe.

With these EUREA and e-LERU projects, respectively nine and seven universities all members of the LERU network (the League of European Research Universities) aim to raise the international profile of their educational programmes by pooling their academic digital resources (in particular their courses).

The success of the projects depends on the mutual knowledge of the partners in terms of higher education (teaching practices, range of training programmes offered, quality insurance such as evaluation) and on exchanges and discussions to detect common synergies in terms of developing a higher education system supported by a quest for excellence.

Although ultimately the EUREA and e-LERU projects have the same objective, they are adopting different approaches to achieve it:

EUREA - EURopean meta databases of E-Academic resources, is a feasibility study which focuses on identifying the best conditions for implementing and sustaining a high-quality system for pooling the academic digital resources (lectures ; e-learning modules; cutting edge teaching and learning resources ; academic and scientific news in Europe; audio-visual resources, etc) of LERU universities in extensive, interoperable and multilingual European multimedia database.

The e-LERU project aims to create a virtual campus, in the form of a pool of e-learning modules that each partner university will be able to use to offer its students virtual mobility in addition to physical mobility. Each partner will be able to award national degrees with a LERU label certifying their European dimension and excellence, on condition that a predefined number of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits has been obtained through this virtual mobility.

This paper will focus on some key issues that partners have detected during these first months of collaboration, in particular the protection of intellectual property as well as the economical sustainability, topical issues that we can found in the recent report on Digital Content in the Internet Age published by an Interministerial Committee of our Italian government.

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