Danish Technological Institute assisted the EU Commission, DG Education and Culture, in peer learning activities in e-learning. The work was conducted within a framework contract with DG Education and Culture. The context of the contract is the Education and Training 2010 Work Programme ‘Cluster on ICT Information and Communications Technology’. The new stage of the European Education and Training Programme2010 also includes a revision of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) with emphasis on peer learning, clusters, focus groups and study visits.
The project facilitated peer learning activities between members of the cluster, i.e., representatives from European Ministries of Education and other stakeholders. The rationale of peer learning activities was to stimulate policy cooperation in the Education and Training 2010 programme through exchange of experience and promising practices. This included the following activities:
- Preparation, planning and implementation of the work of the cluster such as meetings.
- Assisting the PLA work and work on the ICT progress report with a view to preparing a compendium of good practices.
- Collection and editing of good practise cases from the Education Ministries represented in the cluster.
The 43 good practise cases covered a range of issues such as:
- Development of ICT infrastructure
- Learning Management Systems
- New Learning Environments
- Digital Literacy
- Teacher training
The good practise cases showed how teacher training is vital for successful use of e-learning. Teachers are more prone to be engaged in the use of ICT in teaching activities if there are flexible and adaptable methods for doing so. Amendable Learning Management Systems have also proven valuable and several countries work with new Learning Management Systems from ePortfolios to Open Source tools. The cases also showed that the ICT infrastructure still needed to be developed in many countries. Other countries had already launched national reform strategies.