As I mentioned in the Week 7 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, students are asked to post two entries of their choice this week. To conclude my model blogging, I wanted to post another sample of an image entry.
Specifically, I wanted to post some information about the largest initiative designed to examine K-12 online learning on an international scale. Most of us in North America are aware of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning reports:
However, the most comprehensive work done on K-12 online learning internationally was conducted by the now defunct VISCED initiative.
You can access their work at:
Yesterday in the entry entitled Virtual School and College Provision – Handbooks and Program Ending, I mentioned highlighting the VISCED Handbooks…
VISCED Handbook – Virtual Schools and Colleges – Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning
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.
VISCED Handbook – Volume 1 – Virtual Schools and Colleges – Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning
VISCED Handbook – Volume 2 – Virtual Schools and Colleges – Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning
This came through my Google Reader over the holidays and I wanted to highlight it here…
VISCED ends – and continues
Submitted Sunday, 23 December 2012
Well, it has been an exciting couple of years! As I write, in a few days, the two-year funded period for VISCED comes to an end (31 December 2012). Both volumes of the Handbook are published in web and print. Some final work continues on polishing deliverables, right up till the last day of 2012. Many conferences have been attended and presented at. But all good things come to an end… or do they?
Well, not yet, and not completely.
- In line with the usual practice with LLP-funded projects, VISCED has two months (until end February 2012) to produce a Final Public Report (and various internal reports to the LLP Programme).
- A small Secretariat and maintenance team has been set up to look after the wiki and the web site for at least the next year. This will continue to encourage volunteer effort and other projects to update relevant parts of the wiki. It is likely that other projects on virtual institutions and Open Educational Resources will both draw on and contribute to the wiki. We foresee the wiki continuing as long as it is useful – and part of that is up to you, dear readers.
- The partners in VISCED have their individual exploitation plans and you will see several of us presenting on virtual schools-related aspects in conferences during 2013.
- Some VISCED partners will be working hard to embed more fully the concept of virtual schools and colleges into education systems of EU countries, collaborating with both public sector and private sector actors where appropriate to the national contexts.
- The new EU initiative on Open Education provides a wider context for VISCED partners to develop their ideas. One early example of this integration is the Policy Brief for UNESCO published recently on Alternative Models of Education Delivery, which drew heavily on VISCED ideas.
So you have by no means seen the last of VISCED!
But first at this time of year we wish you a good and hopefully relaxing holiday break with family and friends.
Project Manager, VISCED
Note that I’ll post a separate entry – likely tomorrow – about the handbooks.