New Technologies and Learning in Europe (NTL; Neue Technologien und Lernen e.V.) is a non-profit association under German law registered since January 1993 to support the use of new technologies to innovate learning experiences for individuals, groups and institutions, to transform educational institutions and the development processes for competences by supporting front end scientific research, encouraging and facilitating networking on national and international scale and between the different groups of stakeholders in fields like in policy and administration, research, development and implementation, professionals, quality and user representatives.
For this aim NTL supports research in the fields above, particularly in systemic innovation in learning, education and training (EE&T), disseminates results of research in the domains mentioned, facilitates communities of practice, cooperation, analysis and transfer of good practice, organizes and animates real and virtual meetings and participates in project consortia with emphasis on work in awareness raising, stakeholders, consensus building, sustainability strategies and quality assurance framework on project, learning system and educational policy level. To strengthen and speed up restructuring and innovation processes in Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE), initial and continuous Vocational Education and Training (VET) and with school systems, all under a Lifelong Learning (LLL) perspective. NTL since its foundation supports particularly educational progress and innovation by the inclusion of all areas of key competences in a learner centred approach.
Main lines of Research & Development (R&D) of NTL include:
• e-Inclusion, Digital Divides as well as for hard-to-reach persons and persons-at-risk;
• Web 2.0 and Social Software;
• Implementation, maintenance, evaluation and innovation of full service blended Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) systems in different settings, areas and for different target groups;
• Integrated User Needs Analyses and Quality Assessments (incl. internal evaluation and external validation of services, systems, practices and projects);
• Intergenerational, life-wide and later life learning as well as active and healthy ageing;
• Market observation and forecast studies on ICTs in formal, non-formal and informal Education & Training (E&T) systems, Lifelong Learning, adult, later life and intergenerational learning;
• Open Educational Resources (OER) and User Generated Content (UGC);
• e-Learning Quality & Standards;
NTL cooperates closely with a wide range of stakeholders in the field. Amongst them are the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, other German, European and international universities; the European Commission, its General Directorates and Joint Research Centres; the European Parliament; the Committee of the Regions; other research centres on regional, national and European and international level; European Economic Interest Groups (EEIGs) in the field e.g. the MENON Network EEIG; European associations such as the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL), the European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL), national ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), foundations; hard- and software developers and providers, innovation implementers and similar.

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