EMDEL – European Model for Distance Education and Learning

– was a "Valorisation Project" funded by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

As such, Emdel intended to valorize (i.e. to reuse) the results of other distance learning and e-learning projects carried out earlier within the framework of the European Community’s initiatives. Starting from these results and the "good practices" tested, the main goal of the Emdel project was the creation of a European E-learning System through a process of cooperation among partner institutions and the expansion towards new organizations.

The project partners said that "the advantage of such a cooperation is that building on an already existing product enables us to rapidly increase the supply of high quality e-learning products at a lower cost. This approach provides all those who are working with e-learning with a greater insight into pedagogical principles and practices in other European countries".

There were four sub-projects:
  • An on-line Catalogue "Showcase of Distance Learning Modules" which contained a list and a description of products realized and collected by the partners. 10 Distance Learning Modules were translated, adapted and disseminated at transnational level. The creation of the Catalogue had the purpose of giving both the trainers and the managers of distance learning systems the possibility to know what distance learning modules were already offered on the market and the ways in which they could be used.
  • Production and share of a basic software programme for the assessment of customer satisfaction and quality of the products. This meant that potential users of the online modules could find assessment by previous users and evaluations made by experts and tutors.
  • Virtual mobility through on-line use of Distance Learning Modules installed on the servers of the partner nets. The aim of this action was to allow the use of distance training products in the original language by a person living in a partner country. The users had at their disposal services of support both locally and on line (in the original language) thanks to the presence of tutors operating in local systems. This service was meant to be convenient for immigrants and children of immigrants and for export-directed businesses.
  • Dissemination through the adaptation of modules from other countries. The goal was to have at least 10 distance education and e-learning modules translated, adapted and spread to the other participating countries.
    - In this connection Vox translated and adapted a Polish distance education product/module, "Ethics online", which was developed at Gdansk University of Technology. You can look at the Norwegian adapted version here.
    - In the same way a Swedish adaptation was made of a Norwegian distance education course called STUDIT developed by Vox. You can look at the English course here. A Hungarian version of STUDIT was also developed.
    - A Vox-developed interactive course in social science, "Konsept", has also been adapted by the Hungarian partner. You can see the Hungarian version here.

Information and dissemination

EMDEL has been presented at a number of international conferences and information about the project can be found on the home sites of the various partners.

Target Group

  • Public and Private Institutions, Organizations and Companies
  • Distance Training Agencies
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Adult Education Centres


The project partners come from Italy, Belgium, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Norway

Coordinating institution: Tuscany Region Vocational Training Centre, Italy