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.



Systemic Innovation and ICT in Education

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This chapter presents the analytical framework of the study together with concepts of “digital learning resources” and “innovation” that are being used in the report. It gives a short history of the development of dlrs and explains how this work is related to other related areas of research. furthermore, it looks at possible factors influencing the use of dlrs introducing an analytical model which looks at access to, competence in and motivation to use DLRs. Finally it describes the closely related phenomenon of open educational resources.


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