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Project Outcomes

The public outcomes below have been published to date by the VISCED partnership.
For a full list of all project outcomes, see the list of public outcomes (PDF).

01 March 2013

This is the Public Part of the Final Report for VISCED delivered to the Commission in February 2013. It provides an overview of the main activities and outcomes of the VISCED project.

15 January 2013

This report describes the main outcomes from each of the earlier deliverables for this work-package: a project flyer and website, a research wiki, several project presentations and project publications, 12 newsletters, a project handbook and summaries (the latter in 6 different languages), as well as the additional organisation of the very first European virtual school colloquium in Sheffield in May 2012 and a webinar at the end of the project in order to share the main outputs and achievements of the project, of which a separately downloadable invitation is available.

15 January 2013

This report summarises the 18 presentations given by VISCED partners of the project and its related activities at conferences. These publications vary from abstracts to full papers as well as the main project publication, “Virtual Schools and Colleges – Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning, vol. 1 and 2”.

31 December 2012

This report covers the different phases of teacher training with a detailed description of a range of offerings in different regions of the world. Recommendations include raising awareness of the importance and value of teacher training for many roles including staff working with an e-campus and in initial teacher education, as well as researching and developing effective teacher training suited to particular regions and clientele in Europe.

 

31 December 2012

This report summarises the evaluation of the VISCED Project according to the process and results of each Work Package with evidence from partner self-evaluation, ethnographic observations and documentary analysis.

31 December 2012

This tool presents the consolidated list of Critical Success Factors, an area of operation which every virtual school needs to perform effectively in order to ensure sustainable success, which are accompanied by contributing factors and measurement indicators. Included is also a step-by-step approach to help and guide virtual schools and colleges in the process of defining Key Succes Factors, management- and school-specific Success Factors that built upon the sector-wide ones and which might be critical but only to some types of virtual schools and not all.

31 December 2012

This report gives summary details of the virtual schools and colleges identified by project partners. This report demonstrates a broad spectrum in terms of the target cohorts these schools and colleges aim to support and includes full-time, part-time, full curriculum and supplemental virtual schooling. It provides overviews and a brief analysis of the findings illustrated with some notable examples.

31 December 2012

This deliverable is the final version of ‘D2.2 Interim Country/Region reports’. It reports on both the process of creating these reports as well as the reports themselves which cover more than 110 countries providing information about education policies as well as virtual schools and colleges. These reports, specially contracted by VISCED, were published on the open VISCED research wiki and include 116 reports on countries as well as specifically chosen regions.

30 December 2012

This document gathers the 12 e-newsletters that the VISCED Partnership has sent out from May 2011 to November 2012.

18 December 2012

This report presents the 18 publications produced by VISCED during its two year lifetime, which vary from abstracts to full papers in journals, magazines, etc. as well as the main project publication, “Virtual Schools and Colleges – Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning, vol. 1 and 2”. Many are associated with conferences and events as well as a MOOC on Virtual Schooling. In each case a description of the publication is first given with the complete publication where possible, presented in an annex.

18 December 2012

This document reports on the fourth International Advisory Committee meeting that took place on 28 November 2012 in Berlin, Germany. 8 experts from 4 countries met with VISCED partners to discuss and finalise several project outputs including the Key and Critical Success Factors for virtual schools and colleges. The committee reviewed the teacher training and most importantly, policy challenges, opportunities and the set of recommendations for the future.

18 December 2012

This document reviews the policy opportunities and challenges raised by virtual education for the 14-21 age range and presents eight policy recommendations to the European Commission. Separate supplementary reports provide individual policy recommendations for England, Estonia, Finland and Portugal.

15 December 2012

This report outlines the approach and working methodology used to develop a set of Critical and Key Success Factors which can be applied to European virtual schools, and provides evidence from VISCED case studies to support the selection. The set of 8 Critical Success Factor describes the areas of operation which every virtual school needs to perform effectively in order to ensure sustainable success.

13 December 2012

This report describes the process and lessons learned from three pilot studies made between September 2011 and July 2012 in Sweden at Ross Tensta gymnasium, in England at Notre Dame High School & Sheffield College, as well as in 16 different schools all around Greece in a project led by Network for School Innovation. The purpose of the pilot studies was to develop, test and analyse innovative uses of ICT in learning environments for 14-21 year olds, and to investigate whether such uses can improve students' results.

08 December 2012

This final report, updated nearly one year after its predecessor D3.4 was submitted, provides analysis and recommendations for innovative good practice for piloting virtual programmes in schools. It draws on an updated literature review on the topic of innovative good practice for teachers.

30 November 2012

This document presents case studies of 11 virtual schools and 1 virtual college. These are 8 in-depth case studies from Europe (Finland, Latvia, Wales, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands) and 4 short case studies from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Each case study investigates institutional, pedagogical, organisational and socio-cultural aspects of relevant experiences identified through both desk research (WP2) and consultation (WP5).

29 November 2012

An 8-page glossy brochure summarising the main findings of the VISCED Project has been produced by the project team and is available for distribution. The brochure describes the prevalance of virtual schools and colleges in Europe and includes a series of short descriptions of examples, a set of key success factors and a list of main recommendations.This publication is available in English and as a shorter 4-pager in Danish, Estonian, Greek, Finnish, Swedish and Dutch.

29 November 2012

These two volumes of the VISCED Handbook entitled "Virtual Schools and Colleges - Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning" are now available from the project team. Volume 1 includes a summary of virtual school and college activity around the world, a series of case studies, a description of a set of innovative piloting activities supported by the project and a chapter on policy challenges and opportunities. Volume 2 elaborates on good practice in online learning, describes the importance of teacher training, and includes the critical success factors as well as our recommendations for policy makers.

29 November 2012

This webinar, discussing the main outputs of the VISCED Project, took place at 15.00 CET.

30 July 2012

In the third International Advisory Committee Meeting that took place on 23 May 2012 in Sheffield, UK, 14 experts from 10 countries gathered to discuss Key and Critical Success Factors for Virtual Schools proposed by the VISCED team and how to reach out to policy makers.

01 February 2012

This is report on the process undertaken to produce the country/region reports. For the reports themselves, please see the wiki http://www.virtualschoolsandcolleges.eu.

01 February 2012

This is the Public Part of the Progress Report for VISCED delivered to the Commission on 31 January 2012.

01 February 2012

This report gives the evaluator’s view of the project at the end of Year 1. Because of losing nearly five months due to contractual and bank guarantee problems, a year’s work has to be telescoped into under eight months in order to bring the project timescale back on track. Although this has largely been achieved, this has been at a high cost. Given good organisation and timely contributions from all partners, the project managers feel it should be possible to complete the project by the end of 2012.

01 February 2012

This is a report of the activities at the second meeting of the IAC held in late November 2011 just before Online Educa Berlin.

31 January 2012

This interim report offers a presentation and discussion of distance education (DE) history and background. It argues that e-learning and distance education initiatives have often been too concerned with technology and technological issues, and suggests that teacher training towards successful DE offers must focus clearly on “IT pedagogy” and development of skills different from those suitable for teaching in class or lecture rooms. The report finally presents suggestions for focus areas for teacher training. A suggested checklist for evaluation of online course pedagogy designs and strategies is offered as an appendix. There is also a bibliography of 39 items.

31 January 2012

This interim report provides analysis and preliminary recommendations for innovative good practice for piloting virtual programmes in schools. It draws on a literature review on the topic of innovative good practice for teachers, backed up by a substantive bibliography of 124 items.

31 January 2012

31 January 2012

This report contains, for most EU countries represented in the consortium, a diagram and description of the main countries which influence that country’s policy for ICT in school/college education – with for each an indicator of the degree of influence, and an overall indicator of the total amount of influence of all other countries on the country. Europe/EU and PISA are perceived as clearly the most influential entities. Six countries are considered to look to North America for a lead on policy. There is notable ‘clustering’ around what appears to be geographical and/or language connections.

31 January 2012

This report describes the typology of virtual school/college services that analysts in the project are using for taxonomy and categorisation of Exemplars (including on the wiki). It draws on a variety of sources and individuals but in particular on the work done in Re.ViCa.

31 January 2012
03 October 2011

This report includes the names of those who took part, the agenda and the minutes of the first meeting of the VISCED International Advisory Committee that took place in Oeiras, Portugal immediately before the Efquel Forum on 14 September 2011.

26 April 2011

This website forms the core of the project's dissemination activities. It contains information related to virtual school and college provision generally and the work of the project in particular. The Virtual Schools and Colleges wiki is an open and public space where partners and other researchers can share information about virtual developments in various different educational sectors.

21 February 2011

The flyer presents the VISCED project, its partners, its work packages and tasks and its key outputs. It is handed out to partners (and via them to their contacts) at all project events and at major conferences when results from (or relevant to) the project are presented.

 

Update: after an initial leaflet in 2011 (see PDF), an updated version was created in a new layout in 2012.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.