About the i-Learn project
Digital personalised learning, the future
With i-Learn we want to lower the threshold to use educational technology in the classroom. Classes in primary and secondary education are very heterogeneous and present teachers with a great challenge. How do you ensure that your lessons are adapted to the level of each student? Personalised digital learning can provide the solution. Thanks to digital tools, it is possible to personalise the learning track of a pupil. As a teacher, you can adapt the content of your lessons to the level and pace of each student.
i-Learn is a project that is developing an online portal on which educational applications are easily accessible. To be able to see the wood for the trees, the project also provides the necessary guidance and coaching for teachers to make optimal use of the portal in their lessons. And all this in co-creation with Flemish schools and teachers: together we create the tools to lift Flemish education to a higher level.
Our heterogeneous and multicultural society presents us with many challenges. As one example, the composition of the classes in our schools is becoming more varied. This makes it increasingly difficult for teachers to use a teaching style that works for every pupil. Some children learn faster and need more challenges. One child may prefer to learn through play in a group, another may prefer to work alone or with a friend.
Technology can help to cater for the different preferences and potential of each learner. For example, personalised digital learning allows for differentiation, challenging pupils and increasing their engagement. It can also give teachers a quicker insight into the learning processes of pupils and thus help them identify pupils at risk of dropping out.
Personalised learning for each child is internationally recognised as the future of education. The importance of personalised learning was already underlined by the European Commission in 2011. In recent years, several initiatives have emerged around personalisation. In Flemish education, however, the possibilities of digital tools are underused.
With the i-Learn project, the Flemish government wants to focus on responsible and sustainable use of technology to help teachers implement personalisation in Flemish primary and secondary schools.
What do we provide?
Specifically, we envisage an online portal, i-Learn MyWay, where software providers can plug in their digital applications for personalised learning. The portal with applications is made available free of charge to all Flemish primary and secondary schools for the duration of the project.
In addition, i-Learn will also provide the necessary training and guidance for teachers free of charge via an i-Learn Academy, with the help of the Flemish coaching institutes and guidance services, in order to be able to use these applications in classroom practice in the most concrete and efficient way possible.
Approach & timing
The i-Learn project aims for a successful implementation of the online portal in at least 10% of the Flemish primary and secondary schools by the end of September 2022.
Co-creation is the core of our project. That is why, together with schools and teachers, we are shaping i-Learn MyWay to meet the current needs within education. To this end, we have gone through several trajectories, such as a co-creation trajectory (spring 2020), a pilot trajectory (school year 2020-2021) and a co-pilot trajectory (2020-2021). You can find more information about these trajectories on our blog and in our newsletter.
From March 2021, schools can register to use i-Learn MyWay for free from school year 2021-2022.
How do we proceed?
In order to be able to map out the educational technology needs and wishes, our programme team first of all conducted a literature study and a market analysis of what solutions exist at home and abroad. They also held focus discussions with educational actors. What digital learning environments do schools need? What technological and didactic characteristics do they need to have?
By means of market surveys, we mapped out the opinions of experts in the field (educational software developers, training providers, guidance services, etc.). This enables us to make the right choices, so in the further implementation of the programme we can develop or purchase technology that meets the needs and possibilities of the educational field.
Through public tenders, we searched for the right partners for the development of the portal, the guidance of schools and teachers, and educational applications. Thanks to the input and feedback from the pilot schools and our co-pilots, we are shaping the i-Learn portal. Disclaimer: Users of the i-Learn website and tools are not obliged to provide feedback, but in case they do, this feedback is deemed to belong to the i-Learn partners who may use it freely and at their own discretion.