First project meeting in Athens completed

Partners participating in discussion

Partners participating in discussion

The first project meeting took place on 17-19 January 2011 in Athens, Greece, organised by Steficon and PhoenixKM. All partners participated, and a workplan has been set up for the next 8 months.

It was also agreed that the next meeting will take place in Cyprus in September 2011, hosted by the Cypriot partner Eurocy.

Project kick-off meeting

ViPi project has its kick-off meeting on 17-19 January 2011 in Athens, Greece.

ViPi project website launched

We just launched the project website and will update it in the weeks to come.

ViPi project launched

ViPi project has been launched on 1 January 2011.

The project starts from the fact that a majority of Europe’s people with disabilities (PwD) are unemployed (ANED figures state over 60%), because they lack a number of skills (basic ICT skills being one of them) that are needed for today’s working environment.
ViPi aims to provide a “one-stop-shop” interactive portal & learning environment that delivers:

  • a comprehensive multilingual portal , with;
  • an embedded multilingual social community (for VET centres, PwD, ICT training centres, etc.), using the latest social media, facilitating interactive information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration, with access to all;
  • an accessible (WCAG 2.0) multilingual Web 2.0 enabled online ICT for learning environment to PwD, their trainers, with an interactive and vast repository of interoperable SCORM compliant learning objects (LOs) that focus on basic ICT literacy to allow PwD to grasp this core skill in order to be able to enter or sustain their employment in the regular labour market, enriched with intuitive mobile Java and Flash Lite based mobile and internet/PC based educational/serious games;
  • The final outcome will be an entire set of applications and services that will be streamlined via a blended educational and pedagogical framework, making full usage of the interaction possibilities offered by web 2.0, and localised, tested, piloted and subsequently fine-tuned with GR, BE, LT, UK and CY end-user communities.

The platform will equally act as a “one-stop-shop” for trainer organizations to find and contribute LOs that they can integrate in existing learning environments and practices. Using Open Source Software, ViPi platform extensions can be easily integrated.
ViPi platform will thus be able to support a fully accessible and Open Source based pan-European learning network and community, bringing together key stakeholders and gatekeepers (VET, target groups, umbrella organizations), while offering a vast set of reusable (PC and Mobile) LOs, supported by Web 2.0 social services.