|Is e-learning present in national programmes and action plans?||Yes||E-learning is an important aspect in several development plans, strategies and programmes in the field of education. A special body - the Estonian e-Learning Development Centre (ELDC) - has been established within the Estonian Information Technology Foundation with a mission to promote e-learning in vocational and higher education in Estonia (see http://www.e-ope.ee/en/edc). See also the Strategy 2007-2012 of the Estonian e-Learning Development Centre athttp://www.e-ope.ee/en/edc. Development and use of e-learning for the purposes of inclusion and flexibility is present in the Development Plan for the Estonian Vocational Education and Training System 2009-2013 (see: http://www.hm.ee/index.php?149743). In addition, e-learning is prioritized in the Estonian Higher Education Strategy 2006-2015 (see: http://www.hm.ee/index.php?149743). Furthermore, a roadmap elaborated within the ICT Foresight framework by the Estonian Development Fund also sets focus on e-learning (only in Estonian http://www.arengufond.ee/upload/Editor/Publikatsioonid/IT+Haridus_teekaart_est.pdf).|
|Is e-learning present in national curricula?||Yes||The national curriculum supports the use of e-learning in study processes and this is promoted at all level through different projects and programmes. More precisely, the general education national curricula consist of two parts: the general part and subject areas. The general part of the curricula sets out that students must have a competence in basic computer programmes. Subject area plans establish the use of ICT-based learning environments, learning materials and learning tools (that is, eLearning) in the learning process.|
|Are there training initiatives (for teachers, enterprises) using eLearning tools on the national level?||Yes||There are several different teacher training programmes in Estonia. Elementary school teacher training is one of the priority areas of the Estonian Tiger Leap Foundation. The foundation offers specialized ICT training for teachers of various subjects, see http://www.tiigrihype.ee/?op=body&id=40 for more information. Teaching staff in higher and vocational education institutions can receive training through the E-Learning Development Centre's teacher training program (http://www.e-ope.ee/en/teachers/teacher_training).|
|Are there dissemination initiatives for awareness raising in place?||Yes||The E-Learning Development Centre actively promotes e-learning by organizing different conferences, seminars etc. In addition, the agency issues an e-Learning newsletter introducing e-learning developments and trends both in Estonia and abroad. http://www.e-ope.ee/en/e-learning/newspaper|
|Are there national projects on creative classrooms and creative learning environments in place?||Yes||Between 2008-2013 there are two national e-learning programs. Program "BeSt" is an e -learning program for higher education, financed by the European Social Fund, implemented by the Estonian IT Foundation and partnered by 19 universities and applied universities. Program "E-learning in vocational schools" financed by the European Social Fund, implemented by the Estonian IT Foundation and partnered by 25 vocational schools.|
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