Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) is an educational organization of private law, officially recognized by the state. It is an institutional member of EDEN (European Distance Education Network) and of STEDE (Science Teacher Education Development in Europe) network. EA was the national representative of the Greek Ministry of Education in the International exhibition “Salon de l’ education” that was held in November 2000 in Paris in the framework of the e-Learning Initiative of the European Commission. EA was the first Greek educational organization, which applied ODL in secondary level education in the year of 1993. Since 1995, the organization has established a devoted department, the Research and Development (R&D) Department for the design, development and implementation of the research activities in education, expanding the collaboration with Universities and pedagogical Institutions across Europe, as it provides the best test-bed for research applications. During the last years the R&D department has coordinated and supported the participation of EA in more than 100 European (IST, eContentplus, Socrates/MINERVA, Leonardo da Vinci) and National projects. The R&D department of EA has great experience in the coordination of research and demonstration projects focusing on teacher training and professional development. EA runs a certified training centre from the Greek Ministry of Education since 2000. EA is also running a large-scale European project, the “Open Discovery Space”, that aims to offer a socially-powered and multilingual open learning infrastructure in order to boost the adoption of eLearning resources in European schools that will be implemented in 2000 schools across Europe (2012-2015). It has also run other European eLearning and educational eContent projects, i.e. AGROweb, WebTV for schools, EUROSPIN, Organic.EduNet, COLLAGE, METASCHOOL, LD-Skills.
In the framework of E-STEP, EA is responsible for User Needs Analysis and implementation of training and school-based activities.