Beyond Textbooks

Digital Learning Resources as Systemic Innovation in the Nordic Countries

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Technology is a key driver of educational innovation, and a variety of programmes focusing on investment in infrastructure, equipment, in-service training and digital learning resources have been established to promote its usage in primary and secondary schools. So far, little comparative analytical attention has been devoted to understanding how digital resources improve the quality of learning and to assessing the public policies that support their development and use, and the role played by other stakeholders like publishers, broadcasting companies and increasingly user communities. This publication aims to fill that gap by both reviewing and evaluating the process of systemic innovation. Drawing on case studies from five Nordic countries, the report assembles information on the knowledge bases and policy actors which impact each phase of this innovation process and the main factors which influence its success including governance, financing and user involvement.



ICT Policy in the Nordic Countries

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This chapter will describe some similarities and dissimilarities among the five nordic countries which are of relevance to the production and use of DLRs. Viewed from the outside, the region looks homogeneous, consisting of rather small well-off countries with large tax.funded public sectors. The education systems are decentralised and well equipped in terms of ICT broadband and number of students per computer. There is a long.standing tradition of cooperation in the region, symbolised and supported for long by the Nordic Council of Ministers. On the other hand there are a number of differences, making the region an interesting starting point for comparisons.


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