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Virtual Learning Platforms in Europe: A comparative study


Virtual Learning Platforms in Europe: What can we learn from experience in Denmark, the United Kingdom and Spain? (Caisse de Depots, 2011)

[Via Trevor Storr, MLE Reference Group]


  • Diane Mills

    This is timely in light of the government intention to develop a learning network.  It was interesting to read and I guess something I knew to be happening, that with virtual learning platforms, the greatest use is for administrative tasks.  Active pupil participation is low in all of the countries canvassed for this study, apart from Denmark.  Interestingly enough, Denmark uses a project based teaching approach, which gives a purpose to pupil participation.  One thing we have found here in NZ, is that teaching teachers how to use technology doesn't necessarily flow on to them using or knowing how to use technology in classrooms. Three suggestions from the study to encourage greater educational participation in virtual learning platforms are:

    • Direct the technology towards educational objectives at the outset of implementation
    • Organize permanent access to ICT in classrooms, not in dedicated labs and 
    • Provide training for teachers in pedagogical use
  • Enabling e-Learning

    Thanks for your comment, Diane. You raise three really crucial points here - and they are front and centre in the e-Learning Planning Framework, too, particularly the first one. The notion that technology decisions should be deliberately integrated into the wider curriculum strategy and vision is fundamental.

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