Research results available on learning environments - distance education in Finland
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.
The research results show that distance education in Finnish general education is mainly based on safe and familiar methods. Commonly know applications such as email, learning platforms and video conference tools are mainly used in distance education. Other teachers (the ones who do not organize distance education) are also interested in the same applications. Distance education in general is seen positively - even by those teachers who never have organized distance education. The results also show that according to teachers key factors to successful distance education are the same as in classroom education: interaction, motivating and activating students. This report is available in Finnish.