The objective of this IST Project is to demonstrate the feasibility of smart spaces for learning. Smart spaces for learning are defined as educational service mediators, which allow the consumption of heterogeneous learning services via assessment tools, learning management systems, educational (meta) repositories and live delivery systems such as video conferencing systems. The central design element of the ELENA smart space for learning is a dynamic learner profile, which includes learning history, learner specific information and learning goals. Interconnecting learning services in a smart space for learning provides an advantage for all learners by offering them the choice amongst a variety of knowledge sources. Thus it is easier for a learner to achieve his/her personal learning goals. ELENA prepares the grounds for the rise of educational service markets and new service value chains, which will allow institutions to treat the performance of educational services as a make-or-buy decision.
Commission of the European Communities