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1 E-learning in Latvia: current status and problems Prof. Boriss Misnevs Transport and Telecommunication Institute

2 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Why computers still are very rarely used in teaching? 44% not enough time 36% lack of specialized premises 44% lack of knowledge 34% lack of knowledge how to organize teaching in this way 44% no motivation and stimulation (including financial)

3 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Proportions of Enterprises with Internet Access In Finland - 99% In Denmark and Austria both - 98% In Poland - 89% In Lithuania - 88% In Cyprus - 86% in Latvia - 80%

4 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Information society benchmarks YEARYEAR UsersPopulation% Pop ,0002,318, % ,0002,290, % ,0002,293, % ,030,0002,279, %

5 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Typical Development Directions of Application of Electronic Technologies In Education Interactive multimedia rich study materials in the CD-ROM format; Virtual learning environments and Learning Management Systems; Online learning; Blended learning.

6 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Open Distance Learning (ODL) and e-learning At the beginning of 1994 Board of Distance Education was officially created at the Latvian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. In December 18, 2001 Cabinet of Ministers (Government) discussed this issue and delegated to Ministry of Education and Science the responsibility to elaborate this project as a Concept of Virtual University.

7 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Riga and Latvia regions Still HE institutions are active in implementing modern technologies in education and in particular regional institutions are quite successful in this respect.

8 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, E-learning Tools The University of Latvia is using WebCT in its E-University project (is moving to Moodle) TTI, RSEBA are using Moodle environment, RTU is using BlackBoard product (is moving to Moodle) Vidzemes Augstskola (VA) - e-learning system Dokeos

9 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, National programmes & initiatives ICT for educational quality (Latvian government program for Informācijas un komunikācijas tehnoloģijas izglītības kvalitātei IKTIK). Education Development Concept Paper

10 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, The goals of the Education Development Concept Ensure education accessibility for the population of Latvia in the context of lifelong learning Increase cost-effectiveness of education in all stages and types of education

11 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Lifelong learning policy The creation of a lifelong learning system in Latvia started in 1993 The Education Development Concept Paper defines lifelong learning as a priority of the education policy. A national programme the Development and Implementation of a Lifelong Learning Strategy (until 2010) has been developed and approved within the framework of European Social Fund.

12 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, The national programme includes seven projects: the development of a lifelong learning strategy and action plan (a national level project); regional lifelong learning support system development and capacity strengthening projects (6 similar regional projects covering the whole territory of Latvia).

13 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Long-term objectives of LLL: the introduction of a balanced and modern education system and employment policy meeting the labour market requirements (especially during the time period of 2000 to 2010 – by 10%) provide lifelong learning in line with the populations interests, abilities and regional economic development plans; ensure capacity of the education sector for the implementation of a lifelong learning strategy in long term;

14 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Short-term objectives of LLL: develop unified conceptual approaches and a strategy regarding lifelong learning; define education objectives for the development of human resources in the planning regions concerning economic development goals; reduce disparities regarding access to education services among regions of the country and local governments; strengthen capacity of the education sector and its influence on the promotion of the population's economic activity; enhance cooperation in the planning regions among sectors, fields and institutions in order to plan and coordinate the development of lifelong learning in a harmonized manner.

15 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Informatization of school network The Ministry of Education and Science has been carrying out the school network informatization process since On average, there is one computer per 16 educatees in education institutions. Computer science is a compulsory subject at all education institutions.

16 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Social-cultural reflection Lots of children with Russsian speaking parents dont use Latvian as their first language when they are communicating with their family members at home. Some schools are working with 70-80% of children with parents with Russian cultural background. The diversity of cultures is reflected within the e- Learning materials (Russian and Latvian).

17 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Main suppliers of e-learning education in Latvia Universities and other higher education institutions Public Employment Service Municipalities Vocational Education Centre Private companies.

18 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Some National and EU projects in which Latvia is participating: KALEIDOSCOPE - Contact person in Latvia - Atis Kapenieks eMapps.COM - Contact person in Latvia: Ms Solvita Udre, UNIFIED ELEARNING ENVIROMENT FOR THE SCHOOL STREP - Contact person in Latvia: Prof. Jurijs Lavendels, ;

19 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, National policies for fostering e- Learning There is no policy for fostering the supply and take-up of e-Learning in Latvia. Institutions which develop e-Learning are doing this on their own initiative or were stimulated from outside

20 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Current supply of e-Learning courses On-line e-Learning courses mainly are offered by higher education institutions. Offline e-Learning has become more commonplace since books and magazines have sometimes become supplemented by CD-ROMs.

21 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, E-Learning take-up by enterprises/employers Today, staff training by enterprises (employers) is common practice Usually the ICT equipment (CD-ROMs, etc) is used in the same place where the training takes place There are many private companies involved in this business.

22 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Overall supply-demand match with regard to e-Learning in the country It is difficult to answer the question because nobody has investigated proportions between demand and supply of e-Learning courses.

23 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Problems regarding e-Learning The first one is the service awareness by public. The second one is affordability of the service

24 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Final conclusion The penetration of (broadband) internet connections at households are the weakest within Europe. The instructional method is mostly more traditional. New aspects and forms of e-Learning like game based learning and social software now are only finding its ways to schools, institutions and companies of Latvia The best examples are multimedia e-learning courses of the Riga Technical University Distance Education Centre, e-learning program of Turiba and E-university of the University of Latvia.

25 Workshop - Vilnius October 10, Boriss Misnevs Dr.Sc.Eng., Assoc. professor Study programs Vice-rector Transport and Telecommunication Institute 1 Lomonosova st., Riga, LV-1019, Latvia Phone: Fax: http:

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