Open Educational Innovation and Incubation

Project: Open Educational Innovation and Incubation
Short name: ΟΕΙΙ
Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme, ERASMUS
HOU Coordinator: Michalis Xenos, Professor HOU
Start Date: 01/11/2010
End Date: 31/03/2013


Open Educational Innovation & Incubation (OEII) is a European project on the modernisation of education. The project is committed to the requirements and design of an organisational interface, which (more) effectively translates market-specific requirements into the delivery of content, courses, classes, modules or programmes, at a distance, blended, or in a mixed mode. The organisational interface is to become an accelerator for the enhanced incubating of new educational initiatives. Important areas of priority are explored and evaluated per region of country. The role of universities, departments and organisational incubators in the acceleration process, is evaluated. It is explicated what issues & processes have hindered and/or promoted the knowledge transfer process between (or inside) different stakeholder parties, and opportunities are identified to improve the situation. Suggestions to improve organisational interfaces are formulated, and appropriate motivation and reward mechanisms for academics and accelerators are suggested.

The aim of Open Educational Innovation & Incubation (OEII) is to conceptualise the design of a sustainable organisational interface which supports improved university-market receptiveness and improves (internal) university incubation and innovation. OEII intends to systematically involve university management, change agents, internal & external stakeholders, multipliers and accelerators, to promote the knowledge exchange process between different parties. It intends to seek solutions to optimise the educational innovation and incubation process, and identify any organisational structures and opportunities that can be taken advantage of. Recommendations to improve organisational interfaces are formulated, and appropriate motivation and reward mechanisms for academics and accelerators are provided. To accumulate knowledge, OEII performs a cross-comparison of university interfacing models, and deduces flexible interface models for improving support to the (pre)incubation of new educational initiatives. It seeks more empirical insight into the process of incubation by assessing the actual strengths and weaknesses of emerging, running, and small-scale experimental pilots, which actually go through the process of (pre)incubation.

The primary objective of OEII is to formulate recommendations on the organisation of a (more) transparently organised, and sustainable, university-market interface, which is receptive to inside and outside developments, and the valorisation of educational innovation powered by commercial & Open Educational Resources (OER). Secondary objectives include: (a) driving the employability-dialogue with external stakeholders on curriculum innovation & student skills and competences, (b) enhancing educational attainment by establishing connective (post-academic) HE learning paths, (c) acting as a provider towards more inclusion of the population, and (d) improving the possibilities of social mobility for disadvantaged groups.


EADTU (European Association of Distant Teaching Universities) and 10 universities from 9 countries are participating in the project:

  •  Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (Spain)
  • The Open University (United Kingdom)
  • Miskolci Egyetem (Hungary)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
  • International Telematic University UNINETTUNO (Italy)
  • Tallinn University (Estonia)
  • University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Hellenic Open University (Greece)
  • Universidade Aberta (Portugal)
  • Maria Curie Sklodowska University (Poland)