RCE Rhine Meuse-2012

1. General Information
Contact Name(s): 
Jos Eussen
Role in the project: 
E-Mail Address(es): 
Project-relevant information: 
2. Project Information
1. Project title: 
OPEDUCA Open Educational Region
2. Project Description: 
The projects strategic objective is to enhance the development of education, schooling and teaching in such a way that both the process of schooling and the outcome of it, contribute in full structural effect to the realisation of a knowledge based economy and increased employability for all, especially in those sectors contributing to a more sustainable development of society and industry, requiring a most scientifically skilled and competent next generation that is able to and best prepared to turn ideas into action as future entrepreneurs. The way an OPEDUCA is built, as a community based learning approach, also serves priorities in the fields of social inclusion, sustainable development and citizenship. An integrated approach and multifunctional learning cooperation of young and older, public and private partners, leads to a full-fledged lasting learning development on a range of educations, bridging the worlds of home, school and work, increasing pupils/student’s intrinsic motivation to learn and enhancing teacher’s competences to guide and learn together with them.
3. Project Status: 
4. Key Words
Key Words: 
Schooling, teaching, entrepreneurship
5. Project categories
Project categories: 
Awareness building
Networking and partnership development
Material production
6. Expected outcomes:: 
Through the OPEDUCA Concept, school education is now better adapted to developing the knowledge and skills that students will need in the future, while also better serving societal needs in the regions. Students are enriched through learning focused on real-life situations, while also identifying employment possibilities in the labour market and areas for postsecondary study later on. Teachers are no longer seen as ‘reproducers of inert knowledge’, but as facilitators or guides for learning. Although the route is long with many aspects still to be developed and problems to be solved, this exploratory journey should lead to an improvement of education, generally, and ESD-based learning, specifically. Our efforts will hopefully lead to a more sustainable future for all.
7. Duration of the Project:: 
2007 - ongoing
3. Project Leadership & Vision
8. Project coordination (e.g. teams): 
The overall organisation of the project and the strategic coordination of all activities, providing the basis documentation, the management and organisational forms, collecting and assembling the reports; management and coordination of the context analysis activity; quality management and management of implementation; management of the promotion, distribution and dissemination activities. The RCE Rhine-Meuse is overall responsible for the achievement of the aims of the project aims and objectives.
9. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
b. Transactional: 
c. Transformational: 
4. Project results
10. Project results : 
The Project will fundamentally innovate education through schooling. For the project aims to structurally integrate science education and entrepreneurship in schooling, the learning of pupils/students and the teaching of teachers.
Youngsters, Schools, Municipalities and Companies (the world of work in general) will directly and increasingly benefit from the project. In short:
Schools will work on basis of thematic subject integration, making much more efficient use of teaching and other scarce educational resources, preparing pupils/student for life after school in a visible, effective, fitting and efficient way. The classroom/textbook based schooling will gradually be replaced by real life learning in the region and cross border (internationalisation, languages), books eventually replaced by Open Educational Resources of exceptional quality.
11. Contribution to reforms and innovations: 
Every region partnering in this project (as all European regions) encounter similar challenges in the field of education, schooling and work. The project links local knowledge, innovations, actions and challenges with the national and EU level to address the political issues requiring an integrated and coordinated policy approach. Adoption of the OPEDUCA Concept and –Project by regional, national and European authorities will further immensely strengthen the sustainability of the approach, achievements and project organisation as such.
13.Core Partners: 
Schools and educators; Companies; Municipalities and provinces; Universities; NGO’s
5. Partnership and networking
14. Project Network
a. Information network: 
b. Knowledge network: 
c. Innovation network: 
6. Participation
16. Participation opportunities
a. Informational participation: 
b. Consultation participation: 
c. Decision influencing participation : 
7. Education & Learning
17. Educational activities: 
OPEDUCA is using a range of instruments. These instruments include:
1. Flight for Knowledge,
2. Entrepreneurship Training/Business Class,
3. Teacher Training,
4. Educational Partnership,
5. Internationalisation.
18. Learning activities: 
See former sections.
19. Educational activities
a. Theory: 
b. Discussion: 
c. Interactive and Multidimensional "action oriented education": 
8. Research Integration
20. Research & Development (R&D): 
Innovating science education and entrepreneurship through an integrated society based approach is entirely new. Empowering, enabling and challenging pupils/students in closest co-construction with their teachers as inquirers and constructors of knowledge, learning integrated in real world community, embedded in a region that opens and supplies all sources of knowledge and experience to the learner and its teacher, has not been shown before. Preliminary exploration found no such innovative practice, only support and need to achieve such Open Educational Regions.
21. Research partners: 
See former sections.
22. Description of research
a. Disciplinary: 
b. Interdisciplinary: 
c. Transdisciplinary: 
Project Reports
Teacher Education
Inter-RCE Project
One More Issue: 
Teacher Education and Better Schools