Denmark: User Portal Initiative (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
27 May 2016

Synopsis

The Danish Ministry of Education has recently put forth a national User Portal Initiative, which aims to develop a common learning management system and standardization framework for exchanging data for all school-aged students in the country. The initiative aims to go live during the 2016-2017 academic year. These initiatives are in collaboration with several TEL vendors, with a common goal of allowing an integration of data nationwide that can be used to develop and inform local or district-wide initiatives. In this sense, performance and activity data will be come available to all those with a stake in primary and secondary education, including students, teachers, administrators, and policy makers.

 

By 2016, it is expected that all schools in Denmark will adopt technology infrastructure to begin the wide-scale adoption of learning analytics. The Ministry is involved in developing and supporting a wide range of resources and programs for schools.  Several of these online portals consolidate and summarise resources and evidence of their utility, including EMU, SkoDa, and Materialeplatformen. The creation of common educational objectives, well-being objectives and national testing by the Ministry also lends to a broader adoption of learning analytics tools and data sharing. Enrolment in secondary education also takes place through a digital process called Accession, allowing for easy collection of student demographic data. Finally, a data warehouse allows for comparisons of student data between institutions, districts or regions, and is available to the public.

Classification

Inventory type:

pilot

Keywords:

Data sharing

Standardisation

Context of Practice

Learning:

school

Geographical:

National: Denmark

Pedagogic:

The Ministry of Education will require in 2016 that all schools incorporate IT infrastructure to support these initiatives. Little has been released about how this may change or disturb current teaching practices.

Practical Matters

Tools used:

The Ministry plans to collect data from local IT infrastructures at individual schools. National online testing will form a common practice among all schools.

Design and implementation:

These practices have been initiated by the Ministry of Education in Denmark, in collaboration with local schools through a pilot study conducted by Ramboll Management Consulting. At present, the initiative is ready to launch nationwide for the 2016-2017 academic year. One current challenges will be encouraging intuitions to adopt a ‘data culture’ and preparing teachers and administrators through the development of digital competencies. As of yet, little information about ethics or privacy have been realeased.

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

As the project is just in its initial pilot phases, it is still too early to draw conclusions about maturity or evidence of use. However, in its development phase in 2014, an assessment of the potentials of learning analytics use in schools was conducted Ramboll Management Consulting and incorporated into the practice design, which highlights an anticipation of success.

Further Information

Press release: http://bit.ly/1OaRrPa (In Danish)

LACE summary:  http://bit.ly/1YhwceJ

Data warehouse: https://www.uddannelsesstatistik.dk/ (In Danish)

Information about national testing: http://bit.ly/1qE3QvH (In Danish)

Accession: http://www.optagelse.dk/ (In Danish)

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