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Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom, 2007/06/21 - The EU has actively promoted e-learning for nearly a decade, but the European Commission itself has so far made very little use of e-learning.
With help from European Service Network and its British sub-contractor, Epic, the Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry has recently launched the first in a series of e-learning modules for the 3,000 staff of the EU-wide Euro Info Centre network.
ESN and Epic are developing the e-learning modules for publication on the network’s Intranet, to complement regular face-to-face training events in Brussels and at national level.
The first module deals with EIC support for international business co-operation. It covers both the business support process and use of the network’s IT tool, the Business Co operation Database. The module contains approximately two hours of learning which can be tackled all at once or topic by topic.
The e-Learning was built using Rapid Create. Rapid Create is the new e-learning creation tool from Epic. Designed for ease of use and to produce accessible content ‘out of the box’ Rapid Create adds itself seamlessly into Microsoft Word 2003 and above.
Early feedback from target users has been very positive:
“Interesting, intuitive, modern, well done course. Looking forward to new modules.” EIC in Rzeszow, Poland
“I believe that now I can start using the BCD without making serious mistakes.” EIC in Rhodes, Greece
“It is clear, easy to use, practical.” EIC in Southampton, United Kingdom
Background note to editors
Euro Info Centres (EICs) inform, advise, and assist businesses on European Community issues. They also provide feedback to the European Commission about community matters affecting business. The Europe-wide EIC network helps companies to take advantage of business opportunities in the EU’s single market and beyond, by introducing them to markets and possible partners in 46 countries. The IT system that enables EICs to provide this service is the Business Cooperation Database (BCD).
Epic is a leader in the innovative use of digital media for learning and communications. It creates tailored solutions specific to the needs of clients and end-users that help organisations improve their performance. Epic’s many loyal clients cover a broad spread of industries across both public and private sectors, with particular strengths in Government, Defence, Education, Finance, Retail and Telecommunications.
The company has won numerous awards over its two decades of existence, and is highly respected for its work in fostering understanding of this emerging area of practice. A wealth of free resources is available on its website, including the new Epic Blog.