At a multi-stakeholder conference entitled 'Towards a learning society', in Brussels on 19 May, Viviane Reding, the Commissioner for Information Society and Media, and Jn Figel', the Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, urged stakeholders to work closely together to harness eLearning for growth, jobs and an inclusive society. Some 500 participants from industry, education, the social partners, civil society and public authorities accepted the Commission's invitation to take stock of Europe's eLearning strengths and weaknesses from a variety of perspectives, including education, enterprise and industry, employment, and social inclusion. Stakeholders from different disciplines and sectors are working closely together to improve research, innovation and lifelong learning in a knowledge triangle, through the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The Commission stresses that these technologies have the potential to significantly advance our progress towards the growth and jobs objectives of the revised Lisbon strategy, as new open and flexible forms of ICT supported learning (e-learning) are increasingly being used for the re-skilling of workers.

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