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Learn.scot – A Virtual School for Scotland

A new venture under development to launch 'Scotland's Digital Learning Centre', and transform Scottish Education for the 21st Century.

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Learn.scot – A Virtual School for Scotland

Learn.scot is a new venture under development, intended to deliver ‘Scotland’s Digital Learning Centre’, a community marketplace platform where members can be both learners and tutors, accessing and also creating e-learning courseware. A summary of the business model:

  • Learning Community – Enable members to be both student and teacher, creating as well as accessing courses, with site forums and other features enabling a collaborative, supportive online community.
  • Blockchain Certifications – Utilize the Blockchain to digitize course credentials, improving engagement through ‘gamified’ curriculum and awarding of digital badges.
  • Industry Engagement – Work with employers and industry groups to develop ‘Course to Career’ pathways, with a focus on practical courseware that is directly relevant to required workplace skills.
Join in the discussion about this venture here.

Transforming Education

It is intended to play a pivotal role in Transforming Scottish Education for the 21st Century.

While you would assume e-learning would now be a mature component within the education sector, the reality is that it’s adoption is still quite immature – 62% of parents said their school had not provided any online learning for their children and teachers were struggling with how to deliver it effectively.

Writing for Reform Scotland Jenifer Johnston offers this simple but very compelling ideal for what is needed – A ‘virtual school’ for Scotland:

“My ask of the Scottish Government is that there is a national online curriculum developed and delivered digitally in really simple, open-access websites, no passwords, no gatekeeping, just lessons broadcast daily on a website, join in if you can. Scotland has many superstar teachers who could deliver classes to the nation’s kids in a virtual school – we could get to know them as well as our own fantastic class teachers. Lessons could be live and recorded to watch later if children can’t get to them right away.”

Our national opportunity is to harness this collective pool of innovation and define how various combinations of each can be applied to meet the various education needs of Scotland.

“Scotland has many superstar teachers who could deliver classes to the nation’s kids in a virtual school – we could get to know them as well as our own fantastic class teachers. Lessons could be live and recorded to watch later if children can’t get to them right away.”

Conclusion

Harnessing modern digital learning platforms can address Scotland’s challenge, and overall presents the country with the opportunity to modernize not only what we learn, but how we learn, and transform our entire approach to education.

The primary purpose of Digital Scotland is to drive the initiatives that will see us emulate the digital nation success of countries like Estonia, and with this program ask and answer the question how might Scotland achieve this same level of digital capability and the same high performance academic achievement it enables.

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Editor of DigitalScot.net. On a mission to build a world leading Scottish digital nation.

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