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Published: Tuesday, 15 January 2013
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The “European Forum on Learning Futures and Innovation", will be held at the seat of the Committee of Regions in Brussels on the 18th and 19th of March. This event, co-organised by three projects (TELMAP, VISIR and OpenDiscoverySpace) with the support of the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG EAC) and the Committee of Regions, will be devoted to discussing the role of technologies for learning in view of increasing the scalability and mainstreaming of ICT in European education and training. You can find out more here.

Published: Thursday, 20 December 2012
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Paul Bacsich and Giles Pepler of Sero were present at a "soiree" for experts in e-learning based in and around Oxford, UK. This was hosted by Pamoja Education and organised in conjunction with the Sero VISCED team. This is likely to have been the final VISCED dissemination event in the project's funded period – unless readers of this website know better! All guests got copies of the Handbook (Volume 1) and the brochure. Pamoja Education  is a virtual school based in Oxford. It offers a wide range of online International Baccalaureate courses and has been under way for three years.

Published: Monday, 17 December 2012
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Partners in the VISCED project are happy to announce the availability of summaries of the main project outcome brochure in all partner languages. This summary contains a definition of a virtual school or college along with a description of the prevalence of such schools and colleges in Europe. It then goes on to summarise the main recommendations being made by the partners as a result of their work, many of which are aimed at policy-makers in member states. Finally it provides links and information about the project and where more material can be found. This summary is available in Danish, Estonian, Greek, Finnish, Swedish and Dutch as well as in English.

Published: Thursday, 13 December 2012
Well-attended webinar on project outcomes for VISCED

On 10 December 2012 the VISCED Partnership organised a 60 minute webinar on the main outputs of the VISCED Project. This well-attended webinar attracted 44 participants from 17 different countries, including some representatives of the virtual schools that have been researched as case studies by the VISCED partners. Participants could interact with one another and ask questions to the speakers via the live chat. You can now view the webinar recording and speakers' presentations online.

Published: Wednesday, 5 December 2012
National Virtual Education conference in Finland

The National Virtual Education conference in Finland was this year arranged for the 10th time. The Director General of The Finnish National Board of Education Mr Aulis Pitkälä opened the conference. His speech concentrated on national and international research results into the exploitation of ICT, which has not reached the desired level in Finland. He emphasised the point that in the near future, Finland has to concentrate on improving this exploitation as well as on teacher skills, usage of ICT in education and eMaterial. The international keynote speaker was Dr Anne Looney from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in Dublin.

Published: Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Gilly Salmon is pictured in conversation with Dr Maggie McPherson, the evaluator of VISCED

A half day meeting of the VISCED International Advisory Committee took place on the morning of Wednesday 28 November in Berlin. The agenda for this final IAC meeting included a presentation and discussion about Key and Critical Success Factors for virtual schools and colleges. It also provided an opportunity to review teacher training and most importantly, policy challenges, opportunities and recommendations for the future in a session led by Barry Phillips the policy analyst at Sero. The traditional IAC dinner was held the evening before, with a new innovation of a Guest of Honour – in this case Professor Gilly Salmon, a leading international light in online learning.

Published: Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Nikos Zygouritsas with other members of the panel at OEB

Nikos Zygouritsas presented the VISCED project on the afternoon of the final day (Friday) of Online Educa in Berlin last week. In a session, chaired by Paul Bacsich, entitled “Distance Learning and the Virtual School”, Nikos described the project and its key case studies. Due to one presenter being unavailable there were just three presentations in the session and this allowed an extensive range of questions to Nikos and the other two presenters at the end. A large number of brochures and all the Handbooks that had been brought vanished off the desk at the end and Paul and Nikos were surrounded by people wanting more information. There were over 60 participants in the audience.

Published: Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Join us for a free webinar on the outputs of VISCED on 10 December

The VISCED Project partners are organising a webinar to present the main findings of the project on Monday 10 December at 15:00 CET. This one hour webinar will provide a summary of the main outputs of the project including a description of the status of virtual schools and colleges in Europe. It will also summarise a set of recommendations generated through the work of the partners related to how best to foster and encourage effective virtual schooling options for those who could best benefit from flexible alternatives to traditional schools and colleges.

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