Because of the rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT), our daily life has a close connection with Information Society and Knowledge-based Economy. In order to confront the impacts caused by Information Society and Knowledge-based economy, EU held the meeting of the European Council in Lisbon in 2000. According to the council conclusion, EU has to become the most competitive and dynamic economy in the world in 10 years and emphasizes education and the innovation of training systems as the priority areas. Within it, the eLearning policy of European Union is also one of the most important actions of EU according to the general objectives of the Lisbon Strategy.
The methodology of the thesis is policy analysis, and there are six chapters. Chapter 1 is the introduction. Chapter 2 contains relative concepts of the Lisbon Strategy of EU and eLearning, which are the fundamental concepts of information society and knowledge-based Economy. Chapter 3 recites the priority areas of the
Lisbon Strategy of EU and eLearning, discussing the development of the Lisbon Strategy of EU and the innovation of eLearning policy. Chapter 4 explores relative policies and programmes of the eLearning of EU, including SOCRATES, LEONARDO DA VINCI, eEurope and eLearning programmes, etc. Chapter 5 assesses the eLearning policy of EU. Chapter 6 is the conclusion of this thesis, which sums up the findings of this thesis and gives some point of views for future development.
In the findings of this thesis, despite the obstacles like the limited fund and the principle of the education policy, the contributions of the eLearning of EU are still convincing. Furthermore, eLearning programme of EU was integrated into Lifelong Learning programme of EU in 2007. This made the whole programme more powerful to promote the quality of learning in both education and training, and made Europe “a society of lifelong eLearning”.