Virtual schooling at World OER Congress
I was fortunate to attend the World OER Congress and Exhibition/Seminar last week at the UNESCO Paris office. The main focus was of course on OER as such but several interesting developments for virtual schools came up.
Among these were the use of OER by Polska Szkola (Polish School), an educational portal run by the Centre for Development of Polish Education Abroad, in conjuction with the Ministry of National Education in Poland. I have put up a brief entry about this on the wiki - http://www.virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Polska_Szkola - but we would love to hear more information on this from our Polish readers.
I also found some other Polish virtual schools (or are they different?) - the Open School http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Otwarta_Szkola and the private school http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Szkola_Online - this leads me to think there are more in Poland...
Also I did not manage to meet them but I heard at the World OER Congress that there were delegates present from the National Institute for Open Schooling in India and from a similar organisation in Bangladesh. If any of our readers from that region of Asia have more information to add to our rather minimal entry at http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/National_Institute_of_Open_Schooling or on related activity in nearby countries then now is the time to contact us. Our work on collecting new virtual schools finishes in a few weeks since then we have to consolidate the information and determine our conclusions.
Paul Bacsich, also POERUP project manager (http://poerup.referata.com)