Digisprong on The Archive for Education

The Flemish Minister for Education, Ben Weyts, will be investing heavily in the digitalisation of compulsory education in Flanders over the coming years as part of the Digisprong initiative. In the framework of the Flemish Government’s Resilience Recovery Plan, Flanders is investing in a huge digital leap forwards for all schools, students and teachers. Our educational platform, The Archive for Education, is helping to support this initiative.

Challenge

Flanders launched the so-called Digisprong initiative in response to many schools having to contend with an ICT shortfall. A substantial amount of funding has been made available for the digitalisation of compulsory education as part of the Flemish Government’s Resilience Recovery Plan. Funds are also being provided for the continued development of The Archive for Education, so that we can support schools even better with their digital advancement.

Our role

There are four key areas within this Digisprong initiative:

  1. A future-proof and secure ICT infrastructure for all schools in compulsory education;

  2. A highly supportive and effective ICT school policy;

  3. ICT-competent teachers and teacher trainers with appropriate digital teaching resources;

  4. A ‘Digisprong’ expertise and advice centre to serve the education sector.

Our educational platform has a role to play in key area 3. €512,000 has been made available for the continued development of The Archive for Education as part of this Digisprong initiative, and we will use these funds to further increase support for digital teaching – in particular, we are researching and developing a number of additional features.

Approach

We’re focusing on three key areas in this project:

1. Promoting the exchanging of resources between teachers

Making assignments shareable and searchable

At The Archive for Education, teachers can search in a targeted way for a wealth of image content, audio clips and inspiring collections that have been specially created by our editorial staff – ready to use in lessons. Platform users can compile and publish their own collections for other users and create assignments for students in secondary education. But it’s not currently possible to also share these assignments or make them searchable. We’re therefore analysing and developing this feature further so that teachers can inspire and motivate each other with activity-based forms of teaching.

Enabling collaboration between users

Teachers can currently only compile individual collections or assignments, but we want to open this feature up so that teachers can work together to prepare lessons, for example in job shares, internships and interdisciplinary projects.

Making shared assignments findable on KlasCement and i-Learn

Finally, we’re looking at whether and how we can also make assignments with audiovisual content easy to find and share on teaching resources platforms such as KlasCement and i-Learn.

2. Providing easy access through collaborative educational platforms

Embedding audiovisual content

Teachers and students have many other digital tools that they can benefit from alongside The Archive for Education. Teachers want to help their pupils with subjects they themselves are already working with, so we’re investigating whether audiovisual content from The Archive for Education can also be embedded on other educational platforms. This development requires extensive analysis in terms of any legal, business and technical aspects.

Providing easy access via OAuth (open authorisation) and SSO (single sign-on)

In order to make it as easy as possible for our end users to gain access, we’re investigating which educational partners we can work with to develop an OAuth connection. This will enable users to log into the linked platforms with a single unique password. 

We’re also working on a proof of concept for The Archive for Education to develop a single sign-on infrastructure by the Flemish Government. This will enable teachers and students to use a single central account to register for various educational platforms, including The Archive for Education. A huge leap forwards!

3. Developing new teaching methods for blended learning

Interactive images and audio

Digital ways of working and blended learning (link in Dutch) have lots of advantages, and these working methods are already proving their worth, especially in personalised and differentiated teaching. Video is an essential tool for this – teachers want to be able to add their own interactive elements to audiovisual content, such as (multiple choice) questions and drag-and-drop features. This can evolve the use of audiovisual content in the classroom from more passive watching and listening exercises into active processes. We want to investigate this demand for interactive images and audio, and convert it into a proof of concept.

Partners

  • The Flemish Department of Education and Training

  • The Flemish Minister for Education, Ben Weyts

  • KlasCement and i-Learn

The continued development of The Archive for Education is part of the Digisprong initiative and the Flemish Government’s Resilience Recovery Plan. It is being made possible with support from the Flemish Minister for Education (Ben Weyts) and the Flemish Department of Education and Training.

Meemoo is also contributing to other aspects of the Flemish Government’s Resilience Recovery Plan, in particular in the GIVE digitalisation projects, the process for Flemish heritage databases and supervising cultural organisations in digital collection registration projects.

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