The VISCED Colloquium for Virtual Schools
The VISCED Consortium organised a one day colloquium that brought together practitioners and researchers involved in virtual schooling from around the world. The event took place on 22 May 2012 in Sheffield, UK and was hosted by the project co-ordinating partner Sero.
The programme for the day included presentations from different virtual schools across Europe and North America and discussions about quality and critical success factors for virtual schools, as well as topics such as sustainability, regulatory frameworks and pedagogy also came up for discussion during the day.
During the breaks a display of posters from the virtual schools present was organised.
To watch recordings of many of the presentations as well as interviews with presenters and participants, please see the programme and interview list below.
To view photographs taken during the colloquium, you can visit our photo gallery.
- Recording available
- Presentation slides available
- Interview available
- Introduction and welcome by Paul Bacsich and Giles Pepler, Sero, UK
- The Virtual School Landscape
- Case studies of Virtual Schools
- Sofia Distance Education by Catherina Sawarell, Mai Wall and Ronny Karlsson, Sofia Distans, Sweden
- Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal by Fernando Albuquerque Costa, Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
- A Tale of Two Schools, InterHigh & Academy 21 by Jacqueline Daniell, InterHigh, UK
- Inclusion: rural and dispersed by Taru Kekkonen, Otava Folk High School, Finland
- Bednet - Online school education for children and youngsters with medical needs by Els Janssens, Bednet, Belgium
- PSO (Portale Scuola in Ospedale) by Matteo Uggeri, METID, Italy
- Riga Distance Education Secondary School by Laura Kalniņa, Rīgas Tālmācības Vidusskola, Latvia()
- Case Studies USA: Illinois Virtual School (state) and Clovis Online School (local district) by Matthew Wicks (iNACOL, USA) and Rob Darrow (iNACOL and Online Learning Visions, USA)
- Critical Success Factors, Benchmarking and Quality in Virtual Learning by Paul Bacsich (Sero, UK) and Susan Patrick (iNACOL, USA)
- Finance and pedagogy
- Panel discussion: Sustainability, regulatory frameworks and pedagogy for virtual schools by Rob Darrow (iNACOL and Online Learning Visions, USA), Susan Patrick (iNACOL, USA), Matthew Wicks (iNACOL, USA), Paul Bacsich (Sero, UK) and Barry Phillips (Sero, UK)
- Closing remarks by Paul Bacsich (Sero, UK) and Susan Patrick (iNACOL, USA)
- Åke Lindgren, Värmdö Distans, Sweden
- Alessandra Tomasini, La Bussola / METID, Italy
- David Rose, iScoil, Ireland
- Els Janssens, Bednet, Belgium
- Fernando Albuquerque Costa, Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
- George Watley, University of Northampton, UK
- Giles Pepler, Sero / VISCED, UK
- Jacqueline Daniell, InterHigh and Academy21, UK
- Jeanine Nieuwenhuis, Wereldschool, The Netherlands
- Laura Kalniņa, Rīgas Tālmācības Vidusskola, Latvia
- Matteo Uggeri, Portale Scuola Ospedale / METID, Italy
- Matthew Wicks, iNACOL, USA
- Rob Darrow, iNACOL / Online Learning Visions, USA
- Ronny Karlsson, Sofia Distans, Sweden
- Susan Patrick, iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), USA
- Taru Kekkonen, Otava Folk High School, Finland
- Veera Korelskaja-Novikova, Audentes e-secondary school, Estonia