Experience sharing report - from the Swedish WISE-partner STPKC
. - A summary of the experiences within our organization in relation with work and projects in social, cultural and educational fields.
The Swedish TelePedagogic Knowledge Centre is located in Nyköping, Sweden, and has a market covering not only Sweden but also Eastern and Western Europe as well as Asia and Africa. As such our experiences are extensively formed, based on and nurturing from an extensively international operational context.
Through its network of international partners, which was established during 1993 in response to a crying need for support to and a collected knowledge on methodology and pedagogic dimensions of development and usage of ICT/telematics, multimedia and usage of online services for learning, distance work and collaborative initiatives, we have been able to maintain a steady exposure and flow of international experiences as a competence breeding ground for the organisation and our staff.
The Swedish TelePedagogic Knowledge Centre has over the years also become a recognised national and European ’knowledge broker’ in the areas addressed by the different EU initiative in which we have been engaged. As examples of some of the networking activities carried out by the TelePedagogic Knowledge Centre could be mentioned some of the earlier broker roles played, such as the co-ordinator of Satellite UETP (initiated jointly with France Telecom and the Institute of Technology in Finland), consisting of more than one hundred organisations and national networks, and where we were functioning as a cross-European network and being the "European Knowledge Broker Organisation for issues relating to Tele-services, CBT/TBT, Multimedia & Distance-learning/distance-work". Since then we have participated in many networking initiatives on issues relating to learning, regional and community development, social welfare, entrepreneurship and enterprise development.
STPKC has also participated in a range of EU supported info dissemination activities on national or international levels as well as the coordinating implementer of national inventories, such as in RTD programmes, the Leonet (inventory of trends in multimedia applications) and the LearnTel initiative (info sources and good examples on distance learning and telematic multimedia). In addition STPKC also participates in a range of ongoing EU programmes in which the international perspective, experiences and the staff competencies are refined and renewed on an ongoing basis. Experiences from socio-cultural contexts beyond Europe are gained and provided through a combination of assignments with international aid agencies, such as SIDA, the Swedish bilateral aid agency) and United Nations. The managers of STPKC have also functioned as senior advisors and experts in different UN agencies, with field experiences from Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. This together with the fact that STPKC professionals have been recruited from both Asia as well as Eastern and Western part of Europe gives us an extensively international flavour, even if we are predominantly a national advisory and ‘catalyst’ body for the Swedish lifelong learning ‘sector’ and a national supporter/enabler of social, community and enterprise development initiatives.Kennet Lindquist,Managing Director, STPKC