||Numerous web sites have been created
by teachers, other staff, and students including sites for college units,
individuals, and courses, as well as resource sites and research/data collection
sites. User-friendliness has been of particular concern, e.g. in the re-design
of the college library site, which is partly based on results of
a survey that focused on service offered by the library, and distance students'
knowledge in the field of information search.
||To support the national policy on IT, a policy for IT
in teacher education was written based on extensive data collection from
all teachers of the college and leading persons of every unit regarding
IT experiences, expectations, and plans. A survey based on a former
one was designed to gather data from all incoming students in the fall
1997 on ICT knowledge, experience, and skills. A translation of parts
of the policy report will be available soon (in print, on web). First
effects of the policy are increased use of IT in many courses and a reinstalled,
mandatory IT course for all B.Ed. students.
||Staff development initiatives to increase
teacher educators' knowledge and skills in using ICT include, e.g., workshops,
counselling, and on-line discussions. Special focus has been on ODL skills
as a large group is involved in distance education. This is, e.g., through
staff participation in courses (inside college or abroad) and seminars
for staff and students (by participants of APPLAUD, other staff, or foreign
||An Internet-based distance education program (B.Ed) was
established at the college in 1992, which has served students across Iceland.
During the APPLAUD project, both the technological and human infrastructure
supporting the program has been strengthened. Positive media coverage of
the B.Ed. distance education program at the college has fostered national
recognition of the qualification that the students acquire. Internet-based
methods have also been adopted within the one-year distance education program
(teaching license) at the college.
||ODL has been integrated into many courses at KHI at different
levels (B.Ed., In-service, M.Ed.). An example is the exploration
and analyses of a variety of on-line interaction and types of discussions
for deeper understanding tried out in B.Ed. math and math education courses
with participants located at the college, in practicing schools, or at
home. Another example is an in-service course on the use of the web in
education that included an introduction on the use of Cu-SeeMe. An
example in the M.Ed. program is a prototype of a course that was made and
piloted on the influence of IT on learning and teaching. It
was an ODL course but participant s also met for lecturing and co-operation.
The course was run as a constructive exercise where the individuals focused
on the effect of ICT on particular subjects, the role of library within
learning, and on special education at three different levels: the intended
curriculum (of subjects), implemented curriculum (learning materials &
teaching), and the actual situation of students (skills, knowledge, attitudes).
All participants' work is part of the course web site and as such considerable
contribution to the Icelandic educational community.
||Partner 2, with two other Icelandic universities,
prepared a plan for co-operation in teacher education which will make use
of ODL, and students entering distance education programs at other schools
have been prepared for the use of ODL at KHI.
||Students at KHI began using e-mail in connection with
courses several years ago, and for the past years every student has had
an e-mail address. Students have used e-mail within the college, and from
schools or their own homes. Other ICT-related student activities include
their interviews in schools regarding integration of ICT and their influence
on schools' teaching and learning practices. Also, groups of students
have participated in courses within other European countries and in particular
in an intensive course at the co-ordinating institute of APPLAUD (Helsinki).
Furthermore, a number of ICT-related B.Ed. theses have been completed.
Contact with other APPLAUD partners has been of value in this respect.
||Partner 2 now runs the Icelandic Educational Network
(Ismennt) with the purpose to support the national policy regarding
the use of IT in education. Ismennt maintains an educational web
site (http://www.ismennt.is) and offers web-based, distance education courses.
In accordance with the KHI IT policy and to strengthen the infrastructure,
the Ismennt and KHI nets have merged, and work begun to run web-based courses
and develop new ones in co-operation with the In-service department.