One of the central
goals of the e-Help project is provide educators with practical
examples of how websites might be used to enhance the teaching
and learning of history, whether in a first or additional
language context. The term 'microsite' is used to designate web
pages developed by e-Help members to help model and exemplify
themes addressed in their seminars or training modules. A second
characteristic of microsites is that they are hosted
independently of e-Help on member's own teaching websites.
Forum - The original 'microsite'
At the beginning of e-Help
consideration was given to the appropriate historical content of
the microsites. In developing resources we were particularly
aware of the need to meet what the EU education agency Socrates
describes as 'Transversal Policies'. These are particular
European goals that seek to address issues such as: the
fostering of a European identity (especially in 2004 with the
enlargement of the Union), to counter racism and xenophobia, to
promote equal opportunities for man and women and to encourage
language learning and diversity. The most relevant Transversal
Policy in establishing e-Help in 2004 was to promote ICT in
education and e-learning. We hope that the following go some way
to addressing these issues.