eLearning Action Plan


Mobilise education and training players, as well as the relevant social, industrial and economic players, in order to rectify the shortage of skills associated with new technologies, and improve social inclusion.

2) ACT

Communication from the Commission of 28 March 2001: The eLearning Action Plan, Designing tomorrow's education [COM(2001) 172 final - Not published in the Official Journal].



The eLearning initiative forms part of:


The purpose of this Action Plan, which covers the period 2001-2004, is to present ways and means of implementing the eLearning initiative by identifying the objectives of the comprehensive eEurope Action Plan, namely:

The eLearning initiative helps to create a European cooperation platform which seeks to step up Member States' efforts in this field, continue the policy debate, involve businesses and thereby allow them to participate in the discussion, and create eLearning working groups (with the Member States, the European Commission, and representatives of the industry).


The main Community instruments for the implementation of eLearning are:


The Action Plan identifies four main lines of action:

The Action Plan identifies three key measures relating to infrastructure and equipment for 2001-2002.

The first measure, which involves the drawing up of a report on the development of eLearning indicators, focuses on the development of a tool to assist decision-making in order to develop quantitative and qualitative indicators suitable for setting up a strategic and high-quality information base.

The second measure concerns the creation of a European research area for new learning environments which will focus, in particular, on the development of educational and technological systems, virtual systems, individual differences in learning, and special-needs education. The Action Plan also identifies the following specific measures: "eLearning futures" to contribute to the development of future learning environments; "eLearning for European youth in a digital age" involving all the key players in different fields in pilot experiments; an "eLearning Summit" on the theme of public-private partnerships; a feasibility study relating to a European "Technology and Education" laboratory; a study to promote the use of ICT; the analysis and exchange of best practices to help disadvantaged people learn about ICT and the exploitation of European know-how in this field.

The third measure relates to encouraging the development of infrastructure with a view to creating multipurpose places of learning accessible to all, developing virtual infrastructure and setting up multilingual portals on the Internet which will allow structured and user-friendly access to existing resources.

The Action Plan identifies two key measures on training. The first focuses on developing new skills in order to counterbalance the observed failure of supply to meet demand for a skilled workforce, while the second focuses on the training of teachers and trainers. Among the specific measures recommended by the Plan are the introduction of a European diploma for IT skills, the creation of an inventory of projects run and an analysis of models developed, the development of a guide to existing resources and experts in the field, and the organisation of a seminar on the theme of skills for tomorrow's teachers and trainers.

Various measures are envisaged with a view to creating a suitable environment: developing recommendations to improve consumer protection, examining ethical issues, promoting appropriate means of ensuring the security of educational and cultural sites, examining matters concerning intellectual property rights and developing a coproduction, exchange and distribution system. Moreover, in order to rectify the shortage of European eLearning content, the Plan identifies three subjects of strategic importance: modern languages; science, technology and society; art, culture and citizenship.

The Plan identifies the following key measures: creating an eLearning Internet site by the end of 2001, reinforcing the European education and training networks by developing the PROMETEUS partnership as a discussion forum, organising an eLearning conference in cooperation with the successive European Union Presidencies and organising an eLearning event at the IST 2001 conference.

4) implementing measures

5) follow-up work

Council Resolution of 13 July 2001 on e-Learning [Official Journal C 204 of 20.07.2001].

Last updated: 28.06.2003