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French visit

The third and last peer learning visit of the P2V project took place on 15-17 September 2008 in Paris. The meeting focused on Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), a key priority for the French Ministry of Education which hosted the event at the International Centre of Pedagogical Studies (CIEP) of Sevrès. A school VLE, which in French is called ‘Espace numérique de Travail (ENT)’, is one of the priority actions of the French Ministry of Education for the coming years: the French partners showed the P2V visit participants general policies and pilot projects already in place in this field. ENT is a unifying concept for the whole French educational system: it consists of a personalised workspace with login and password, which can be accessed by teachers, pupils, parents and head teachers.

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Catalonia visit

The second peer review visit of the P2V Policy strand took place in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on 20-22 February 2008. The meeting was organised by the Department of Education of Catalonia. The methodology developed in P2V calls for organisers of the visit to identify a specific issue or problem to be presented and possible solutions discussed with peers.

The issue under discussion at the meeting was formulated as follows: Catalonia is currently facing a number of major challenges related to immigration, cultural identity, transformations in economic activities and changes in social structures, especially the family. School is seen as a key player in responding to these changes. However, a number of studies indicate that performance of the Catalonian school system in terms of exam results is insufficient and there is considerable concern amongst the general public about the efficiency of schools. Methodological changes are needed if schools are to respond to these challenges. Such innovative changes include fostering collaborative working, developing flexibility and supporting creativity.

The Catalonian issue to be worked on during the P2V seminar in February 2008 is to create the right conditions to support and spread pedagogical and managerial innovation in schools using ICT. Two aspects are singled out. First the need to find ways and means to encourage innovation on the part of teachers. And second, the need to foster a whole school approach to innovation, particularly in secondary schools (12 - 16 year olds).

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Lithuania visit

The first peer review visit of the P2V Policy strand took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 18-20 June 2007. 23 participants from five countries, partners in the P2V project participanted. The meeting was organised by the Lithuanian Centre of Information Technologies of Education (ITC) and addressed the issue of digital resources. The methodology developed in P2V calls for organisers of the visit to identify a specific issue or problem to be presented and possible solutions discussed with peers.

The issue presented by the Lithuanian hosts was how to increase the reusability of pedagogical material and pedagogical scenarios. The discussions and examples focused particularly on the following: IMS LD-compliant Units of Learning (UoL) and Microsoft’s Virtual Classroom Tour.

The rationale behind promoting the reusability of learning resources is that sharing digital resources across Europe supports the development or eLearning as well as is a cost effective solution to increase supply of LO and Learning resources.

This is why the Lithuanian Ministry of Education is currently looking at the best ways to build a Lithuanian Digital Library of Educational Resources which will be connected to major European repositories of learning resources including European Schoolnet’s Learning Resources for Europe (LRE). The use of UoL and efficient templates could be a way to tackle a changing educational and pedagogical environment.

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Key P2P documents

Policy reports were written as a result from the P2P project. These evaluation papers from Finland, France and Northern Ireland elaborate on approaches related to e-learning in schools with a focus on the integration of ICT in education. The link also provides a document on the used methodology and what was the overall impact of P2P for its participants.

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