E-learning in Norway: Some important features, projects and providers Morten Flate Paulsen NKI Nettstudier Professor of Online Education President of EDEN - the European Distance and E-Learning Network Find the slides via: http://home.nki.no/morten www.facebook.com/mfpaulsen twitter.com/MFPaulsen www.slideshare.net/MortenFP A 15-minut presentation at the eLearning Baltics conference in Rostock, Germany , July 1 2010
The presentation focuses on online education in Norway. It includes facts and thoughts on regulations, markets as well as technological and pedagogical innovations. The presentation also focuses on some of the major players in Norwegian distance education, including the Norwegian Association for Distance Education, Norway Opening Universities, Norwegian School of Management and NKS Distance Education. NKI Distance Education, which is Scandinavia’s largest provider of online and distance education, is presented in more detail. Among the NKI services discussed are the award winning Learning Partner system and the individual planning system.
The Megatrends project published the book: The Provision of e-learning in the European Union. It presents data gathered from Norway and the 25 members of the European Union as an introductory overview of the provision of e-learning in Europe http://nettskolen.nki.no/in_english/megatrends/Book1.pdf
Rekkedal, T.: eLearning in Norway. In: Demiray, U. (Ed.): e-LEARNING practices. Volume 2. pp. 515-542. Anadolu University-2010. Electronic ISBN 978-975-98590-8-4 (1.c) 78-975-98590-7-7 (tk.) http://www.midasebook.com/
The Norwegian Association for Distance Education and Flexible Education (NADE) was established in 1968. Since then the organisation has played an active role in the development of distance education in Norway.
NADE is a membership organisation with about 30 members. They are both private distance education institutions and public institutions engaged in distance education, at all levels.
NADE is a consultative and cooperating body for the Ministries in matters concerning distance education.
Primarily courses and short programs from secondary school, vocational school and introductory college levels
Most courses lead to a diploma or a job qualification
Most students pay the tuition themselves, but maybe about 25 percent of the students are supported by their employers
Distance learning establishments in Norway are entitled to award diplomas. The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) was established in 2002 for accrediting both distance and face-to-face education.
Printed material is still important, but online material is gradually more used
Some mobile technology, some video conferencing
Most course authors and teachers are part-time employed
European Megaproviders of Online Education in 2005 27 Nominated Institutions Sorted by Country
Bit media (Austria)
University of Liège (Belgium)
University of Hradec Kralove (Czechia)
University of Tartu (Estonia)
Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (Germany)
Hungarian Telecom (Hungary)
Dennis Gabor College (Hungary)
Scuola IaD (Italy)
Riga Technical University (Latvia)
Open Universiteit Nederland (Netherlands)
Sør-trøndelag University College (Norway)
Universitat de Barcelona Virtual (Spain)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
Universidad de Las Palmas (Spain)
Lund University (Sweden)
Learn Direct (UK)
Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
Staffordshire University (UK)
The Open University (UK)
The University of Leicester (UK)
The University of Ulster (UK)
An updated list with further information is available at: http://nettskolen.nki.no/in_english/megatrends/nominated.html
Norwegian Megaproviders of Online Education http://nettskolen.nki.no/in_english/megatrends/workpackage4.html Three private and one public institutions Institution # enrollments # courses NKI 12217 470 BI 8500 54 NKS 2200 104 Sør-trøndelag University College 2500 148
Innovative service for voluntary cooperation between students in a large online learning community
International award for the Baltic and Nordic countries.
The jury stated that NKI’s Learning Partner Service: "Furthers and develops the Nordic tradition in ODL. The learning partner concept adds a new, innovative dimension of student support to flexible distance education.“
Learning partner - opportunities for cooperation in distance learning