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Meeting of International Advisory Committee in Berlin

Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Gilly Salmon is pictured in conversation with Dr Maggie McPherson, the evaluator of VISCED

A half day meeting of the VISCED International Advisory Committee took place on the morning of Wednesday 28 November in Berlin. The agenda for this final IAC meeting included a presentation and discussion about Key and Critical Success Factors for virtual schools and colleges. It also provided an opportunity to review teacher training and most importantly, policy challenges, opportunities and recommendations for the future in a session led by Barry Phillips the policy analyst at Sero. The traditional IAC dinner was held the evening before, with a new innovation of a Guest of Honour – in this case Professor Gilly Salmon, a leading international light in online learning.

She was formerly based in the UK at the University of Leicester where she built up the Beyond Distance Research Alliance but she now hails from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, where she is a key force behind Swinburne Online. Delegates to the meeting included four virtual schools and a senior manager from the International Baccalaureate team. It was also particularly useful at this meeting to have a representative of the vendor community, from Desire2Learn, who are industry leaders in the support of virtual schools, supporting many virtual schools in US and Canada – and also providing the Virtual Learning Environment for one of the leading virtual schools in the UK.

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