Some questions you may have about the project

Here you can find answers to some questions regarding the ALPE project. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us.



Who is participating in ALPE?

Four organisations from 3 countries (Spain, United Kingdom and Greece) will be involved in the project:


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What is ALPE about?

ALPE – with a consortium of 4 partners from Spain, the UK and Greece - is a validation project involving an accessible, standard based e-learning solution for visually impaired, hearing impaired and adult learners that lack basic skills. The ALPE service also targets potential customers of the proposed service both on the supply and demand side of the e-Learning value chain.


The objective of ALPE is to provide services to customers to enable accessible educational resources to be enhanced, created or developed in collaboration with an international network of expert partners, thus improving the quality of educational materials available to all groups of learners.


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Who will benefit from ALPE?

Students with disabilities are more likely to be disadvantaged and socially excluded therefore need to feel motivated to want to improve their skills. ICT and online learning are an excellent way to attract these groups of learners because of the flexibility of accessing learning anytime and any place. The self-esteem that comes from learning using ICT as a medium of delivery and the privacy of learning to improve one’s basic skills are disguised under the pretext of learning ICT. This is also true for adults who lack basic skills.

The focus of ALPE service is visual and hearing impaired, and adult learners, but others may also benefit from the service.


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When did ALPE start?

ALPE started on January 2007 and it will last 18 months.


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How will ALPE carry out its validation?

The pilot project involves the validation of basic skill courses with 300 students in Spain, the UK and Greece as well as the validation with more than 50 stakeholders in order to assess the solution’s advantages to reduce possible technological barriers and to study the possibilities for large scale deployment.

Within the project, ALPE service will be validated with:

  • Visually impaired students

  • Hearing impaired students

  • Adult learners

  • Key stakeholders belong to the following groups:

    • On the supply side: technology providers, service providers, content providers

    • On the demand side: public market, educational institutions, corporations, end-user organisations.


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What are basic skills?

The term Basic Skills used within the ALPE project is defined as follows: "the ability to read, write and speak in the respective language and to use mathematics at a level necessary to function at work and in society in general". This concurs with the Lisbon Memorandum of Understanding (23-24 March 2000) and the Uppsala Swedish Presidency (2002) which reinforced the requirement for training in basic skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic; lifelong learning; IT proficiency and their fundamental knowledge needed for everyday life'.

For example in the United Kingdom, there are 7 million adults who cannot read or write at Level One, which is the equivalent of the ability of a 14 year old in school. So they would still need to polish up on their grammar, sentence structure, have the skills to read academic books, be able to write letters of employment properly. In Europe, one in every four Europeans has basic skills problems too and this is a serious problem that affects the employability of a person. Within the ALPE project, we will be delivering basic skill courses through an accessible environment.


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ALPE brochure

Would you like to download the ALPE brochure? (.pdf format)


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