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Digital Education Policies

The effective use of digital learning technologies and resources (DLT&R) in Education & Training (E&T) is considered a key enabler for the realisation of the educational targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The use of DLT&R aims to improve and add value to the learning and teaching processes. Learners and educators alike can access an increasing number of DLT&R and use collaborative platforms to improve teaching and learning practices. But despite the obvious advantages of embedding DLT&R in formal education settings, policy challenges remain. Across EU countries, various national policy initiatives for the integration of DLT&R in education have been implemented.

However, different surveys and studies, for example those carried out by the European Commission, OECD and the World Economic Forum, highlight that there is still a gap in the integration of DLT&R in European education systems.

There is still a need for peer-learning in policy making.  This can be achieved through the sharing of experiences, lessons learned and insights into effective (and less effective) policies on the integration and innovative use of DLT&R in formal education settings.

The aim of the study “Overview and Analysis of Policy Models for the Integration and Innovative Use of Digital Technologies in Education (DigEduPol)” is to increase our knowledge base on how digital education policies are implemented in the EU and beyond and to better understand the key enablers, success factors and barriers.

The key findings seek to inform, guide and inspire policy makers at all governance levels (local, regional, national, international) in designing new policy initiatives, or in adapting or re-designing existing ones in the field of digital education.

The main outputs of the study consist of an inventory of 40+ policy initiatives in digital education, 6 case studies, and a thorough review of relevant academic literature.

The DigEduPol study has been designed and funded by the European Commission's, Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studieson behalf of the European Commission's Directorate General Education and Culture. The study is being carried out by CARSA and the Department of Education of the University of Oxford.