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Published: Thursday, 26 July 2012
Canadian study into online learning

A recent article in Contact North reports on the main outcomes of a key Canadian study into online learning.  It showed that Ontario had over 20,000 online courses available from its colleges and universities and that these generated some 485,619 registrations, making Ontario Canada’s leader in online learning. The data also revealed that colleges lead universities in the proportion of their courses available online (23% versus 7%), indicating what the opportunities are for expanding the sector’s online learning provision. Colleges also lead in terms of the number of programs with 20% of college programs available online compared to 6% of university programs.

Published: Sunday, 17 June 2012
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The Center for Public Education - National School Boards Association in the US has recently published an interesting report on Virtual Schools in the US. Its main findings include the fact that Online courses and schools enrol a small fraction of the 52 million public school students, but they are rapidly gaining ground. K-12 students take nearly 2 million courses online annually. In addition, about 250,000 students were enrolled full-time in virtual schools in 2010-11, up from 200,000 the year before. The report also found that the development, management and staffing of online courses and schools is supported by both public and private providers. For-profit companies K-12, Inc., and Connections Academy together enrolled nearly half of all full-time online students in 2010-11.

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Mapping Digital Competence: Towards a Conceptual Understanding

Published: Wednesday, 4 April 2012

This report by Kirsti Ala-Mutka and published by the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) last November reviews needs for digital competence, different concepts used to describe and understand it, and related policy approaches and measurements. Based on these, it suggests a conceptual model with the following main areas: 1) Instrumental knowledge and skills for tool and media usage; 2) Advanced skills and knowledge for communication and collaboration, information management, learning and problem-solving, and meaningful participation; 3) Attitudes to strategic skills usage in intercultural, critical, creative, responsible and autonomous ways.

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Research results available on learning environments - distance education in Finland

Published: Thursday, 23 February 2012

The goal for this research was to map Finnish general education teachers´ skills and development needs in using information and communication technology within education. The main focus was on distance education. A survey was sent in November 2011 by email to all primary and secondary school principals. They were asked to forward the survey to their school’s teachers. All together 2493 teachers from all over Finland replied.

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The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change

Published: Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change is the most recent JRC report (edited by Christine Redecker and Yves Punie) which tries to identify, understand and visualise major changes to learning in the future. The overall vision is that personalisation, collaboration and informalisation (informal learning) are at the core of learning in the future. These terms are not new in education and training but will have to become the central guiding principle for organising learning and teaching in the future.

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Published: Friday, 12 August 2011

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, with the support of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, has commissioned six deep-thought papers that the Institute hopes will collectively address the thorniest policy issues surrounding digital learning.

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Published: Monday, 1 August 2011

Eurydice has recently published a report entitled "Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at School in Europe 2011 in European schools" which focuses on the evolution of ICT use in education and the changes it has brought about in national policies and practices concerning teaching methods, contents and evaluation processes.

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The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged and Empowered

Published: Monday, 25 July 2011

Project Tomorrow in the United States have recently released a new report “The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged and Empowered – How Today’s Students are Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Learning”. In this report 67% percent of US parents said they would purchase a mobile device for their child to use for schoolwork if the school allowed it, and 61% said they liked the idea of students using mobile devices to access online textbooks.

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