|Is e-learning present in national programmes and action plans?||-|
|Is e-learning present in national curricula?||Yes||In some curricula/syllabi e-learning is mentioned, but its use is not compulsory. However, many Portuguese lower and upper secondary schools offer their teachers and students access to an LMS. Most use Moodle as their platform. This helps organise teachers' and students' daily tasks while bridging the gap between school and home, thus involving parents and caregivers and giving them the opportunity to follow their children's work more closely and to support them whenever they feel it is necessary. The Ministry of Education and Science provides e-learning for itinerant students in primary and lower secondary education as well for those itinerant students wanting to finish their upper secondary education if they have used this same modality in K-9. This provision, which has its specific curriculum, was started in 2005 and its aim is to answer the impossibility some children and young people are faced with of attending school, either temporarily or permanently, for different reasons. This discontinuity in their learning experiences often leads to school failure and even to school dropout before compulsory education is completed Open University runs distance higher education programmes, and is modernizing its e-learning offer; Polytechnics formed a national consortium to share resources in offering distance programs using e-learning tools; several Universities are developing degree awarding programs based on e-learning.|
|Are there training initiatives (for teachers, enterprises) using eLearning tools on the national level?||Yes||In Portugal most continuous professional development courses are provided by so-called Teacher Training Centres, which are either local or regional in nature.E-learning, be it b-learning or virtual, is on the increase as an alternative to face-to-face teacher training. In the recent past, the inservice training model for the educational use of ICT was defined centrally by the Ministry of Education. It was a cascade training model in which trainers were first trained by select specialists, who in turn trained teachers at local or regional level. Both trainers’ training and teacher training were deployed out via b-learning. Portaria nº 731/2009 created the "Sistema de Formação e de Certificação em Competências TIC", training and certification on ICT skills. Professional training courses at polytechnics and universities:“CET–Technology Specialization Courses”, level 4 post-secondary education w/ professional certification (presently, 119 registered CETs in ICT, in 38 institutions, in 30 towns).|
|Are there dissemination initiatives for awareness raising in place?||Yes||eSkills 2012 was key in disseminating the importance of and the urgency in learning and using ICT both at school and in the workplace (please see A 66, no. 2 above). The Ministry of Education and Science has in place a number of initiatives which are clearly geared towards disseminating the use of ICT and digital tools in general. These include (a) regular webinars, some of which focusing on the educational use of digital technologies; (b) a catalogue of educational blogs at the Schools Portal, a national website run by the Ministry of Education and Science and including an educational repository of digital learning resources, that is to say, blogs which are run by schools, having a clear-cut educational purpose; c) The website run by the Team of Educational Resources and Technology (Direção-Geral de Educação, Ministry of Education and Science), offers a plethora of materials, resources and information on the educational use of ICT. The same applies to a Moodle plataform run by the same unit in which a large number of teachers get together online under different communities of practice, ranging from support given to ICT teachers to communities revolving around the use of mobile learning devices and technologies to School Radios and TVs.|
|Are there national projects on creative classrooms and creative learning environments in place?||-||Although there are many school initiatives in this field, and several european projects with the support and coordination of the Ministry of Education and Science/DGE, as mentioned above, we cannot state, at this moment, that there is a national project on creative classrooms and creative learning.|
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