Dublin firm wins EU-wide mobile learning deal


2 Oct 2006

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Enovation has emerged as the sole IT provider for a prestigious EU-wide project that will see universities deploy language courses by mobile devices like phones, iPods and PDAs.

The project, entitled ‘Europodians’, involves working with universities to create and distribute a series of language training courses to be used on mobile devices.

The project, which involves 11 European countries including Spain, Turkey, Malta and a number of countries from eastern Europe, is funded under the EU Socrates Programme. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

Javier Diaz, project co-ordinator of Europodians, said: “Our project is a step forward in the development of multimedia material for use by language learners. We chose Enovation Solutions because of their experience of mobile technologies and their wide range of education solutions.”

Socrates is Europe’s education programme, which involves around 30 European countries. Its main objective is to promote lifelong learning, encourage access to education for everybody and help people acquire recognised qualifications and skills.

The Europodians’ course material will be interactive and is especially designed to be played on a wide variety of devices like iPods, PDAs and phones. Once the project is up and running learners will be able to download the material directly from the internet.

The courses are targeted at a wide spectrum of users, from those who have never studied languages before to those who just need to refresh their skills.

Enovation will be supplying the web platform that the course material will live on and the member universities will be providing the content.

“Enovation are expanding throughout Europe and this project harnesses Enovation’s skills in mobile technologies and e-learning for the benefit of EU citizens,” said Gary Mahon, sales director at Enovation.

By John Kennedy