The Nordic Educational Experience

In addition to the International educational track on Friday, The Norwegian Educational Publishers Forum offers a program from 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm on Thursday called “The Nordic Educational Experience”. The original target group for this event was the Nordic educational publishers but we know that educational publishers from other countries would like to join as well. All are of course welcome!

The Nordic Educational Experience.
The working conditions for educational publishers vary a lot around the world, but in many countries major changes in the curriculum are done at a certain time. These processes are of course very important for the educational publishers. Radical revisions of curriculum most often lead to radical revisions of learning materials or completely new ones.

This event starts with a fresh case study on how a major curriculum change has been in development in Norway, in a time where there are significant changes in the production of learning materials. Listen to the Norwegian Ministry of Education present the key elements of the new curriculum, and discover teachers, pupils and other stakeholders’ expectations to new learning materials and its utilization.

Then, we broaden the perspective with a Nordic comparative study: How are local and central authorities involved in the ecosystem of production and distribution of learning materials and in developing the business models? Finally, you will listen to publishers and politicians from the Nordic countries (and perhaps others as well) discussing best practices and key success factors on learning material production in accordance with national policies and goals.

The draft program schedule is:

2:00pm – 2:50pm

The new curriculum in Norway

  • What was the purpose and idea behind the curriculum change, what are the key elements and what are the authorities’ expectations of the implementation. Presentation by the Norwegian Ministry of Education
  • What are the expectations of the new curriculum in general and of the new teaching materials in particular. Panel: Steffen Handal, Leader, Teachers Union; Leader Students Union (not yet elected), Municipal educational officer, Oslo Municipality
2:50pm – 3:40pm

The role of the authorities (presentation)

What is the role of the authorities in the Nordic countries in the development and implementation process of producing learning materials? How are local and central authorities involved in the ecosystem of production and distribution of learning materials and in developing the business models? How do they interact with publishers?

Presentation by Øystein Gilje, researcher and associate professor University of Oslo

3:40pm – 4:00pm Break-out session/coffee
4:00pm – 4:55pm

The role of the authorities (discussion)

Discussion on policy framework conditions for learning materials in the Nordic countries. What do key policy decision makers in the Nordic countries think of the findings in the above presentation? Is it possible to identify best practice to ensure the development of the best learning materials? Panel: Nordic Ministries of Education (not all confirmed)

4:55pm – 5:50pm

The role of the publishers (discussion)

How do Nordic educational publishers anticipate the future learning materials value chain and publisher-role? Which conditions should be preserved and which should be changed in order to allow the creation of the best learning materials?

5:50pm – 6:00pm Summing up
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