e-learning in DK

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Af Jesper Hundebøl — Came across a quite elaborate EU-funded (Leonardo da Vinci) report (169 pages) named "Situation and prospects for e-Learning in Denmark". The report is not exactly new, but still fairly recent (December 2003) - and still relevant, since it holds recommendations and survey-based projections/forecasts for 2003-2012.

In one major chapter the report "The current e-Learning Market" (demand and supply sides), while the "Reference framework" and the "Future Prospects for e-Learning" are placed in chapters 1 and 3 respectively. Chapter four holds the "Conclusions and recommendations for further action".

Chapter three lists - some of - the Danish content, solution and technology providers in the market and - some of - the "E-Learning Associations and Resarch Institutions" (supply side). On the demand side the report distinguishes between Corporations, SME's, the Public and Academic Sectors, and Individuals. The aim is to explore what their demands are.

On page 11 I found an interesting illustration of "The evolution of e-learning in Denmark". 4 stages were presented:

  • 1. Development of CMC as a new educational paradigm (1985-93)
  • 2. Networking the schools, development of basic e-skills (1993-2000)
  • 3. E-learning hype and crash (2000-03)
  • 4. Sustainable growth and maturity (2003 onwards).

On page 15 is an "overview of e-learning providers in Denmark". As indicated, the list is far from complete - in fact, it is moreover misleading since only a fraction of Danish e-learning providers are mentioned (compared to the e.g the list of commercial actors available on linqx|dk).

On the other hand, the description of those providers included in the list is far more elaborate and - of interest for a non-native public - in English. In addition, a few providers (not yet) listed here, are mentioned in the publication.

Further down the report I noticed a so-called "major finding". The authors had drawn the following list of subjects that "were on the wishing lists of the SMEs":

  • strategic management (coach yourself, time management)
  • specific product training
  • personel training (keeping the staff motivated)
  • bookkeeping/accountancy
  • e-mail marketing
  • general sales and marketing
  • navigation on the internet
  • ICT courses
  • Courses in e-business and e-commerce (online sale)
  • Content Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • language courses

Although I could to a large degree endorse the list, it is in contrast to a report recently published by "Nyt om efteruddannelse" That report concludes that e-learning (certainly in SME's) is first and foremost used for compulsory courses related to (environmental) safety at the workplace...

As regards SMEs, the authors find that "there is a great potential in this market": "SMEs need just-in-time, tailor-made training they can attend at any time from any place." The problem is, however, that SME's are not ready to pay the costs of high quality tailor-made e-learning programs.

From the conclusion I notice the following passages... :-o

To sum up, Denmark is on the way of becoming a leading nation in the field of e-learning, not so much as a technology supplier, but more in their pedagogical approaches of e-learning. The early successful implementation of e-learning has taken the pedagogical and cultural barriers and increased the e-readiness/c-readiness (readiness for e-learning and collaboration).

The Danish prefer the Danish way: not programmed learning but learning in communities with intensive tutorial support. Denmark is the country of story-telling (Remember, that 2005 is the year of Hans Christian Andersen) and high quality design, which is reflected in multimedia contents developed.

There will be a need for excellent contents, for innovative methologies and earning scenarios. SMEs and individuals in remote regions will be an evolving niche market.

Report: Situation and prospects for e-Learning in Denmark (PDF) > (JAN06: Link rot, active link removed: www.t-ict.net no longer responds)

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