Learning from the Extremes

Learning from the Extremes will address inequalities of access to digital education by enhancing inclusion and by reducing the digital gap suffered by school communities from remote areas with low connectivity, limited or no access to devices and digital educational tools and content.

Learning from the Extremes started in February 2022 and for the following 24 months, it aims to offer a vision of what can be achieved with adequate investment in ICT infrastructure, tools and content, along with a detailed Rural School Innovation Roadmap on how to achieve that vision – a plan with clear targets, clear priorities, and a management process that will ensure continuous feedback and reflection. Learning from the Extremes adopts a multidimensional approach to thinking about and planning for the future of technology enhanced rural school education, comprising:

  1. foresight work involving all educational stakeholders, aiming to identify the probable, possible and desired developments in rural school education in the mid-term future, and
  2. user-driven consultation process with the key stakeholders, to map the directions provided by the foresight activity onto the diverse realities of rural schools in Europe today, assessing the impact of numerous innovative digital solutions and identifying barriers to adoption and wide roll-out.

Participating rural and remote schools will all benefit from stronger, more responsive and reliable distance education platforms, online labs and simulations, supporting high-performance web-conferencing and collaboration tools. All schools will be able to share teaching excellence with professional support in the classroom, the school and the region. Students will have modern, connected and constructive learning spaces equipped to support engaged, personalised learning. Teachers will have the development, support and resources they need to integrate digital tools within the learning environment. School communities will have access to digital tools and connectivity for effective communication and collaboration.

Learning from the Extremes will involve more than 100 rural schools from 10 European countries (Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Spain).

In the 1st phase of the project a call for proposals will be published (within May 2022) in order for schools from the participating countries to submit their proposals and get support. The call for proposals will remain open for 4 months to offer the opportunity to educational authorities and schools to prepare their proposals. The funding will be between 10 to 20kEuros and the duration of the selected projects will be up to 12 months

The Learning from the Extremes project is coordinated by the Institute of Educational Policy. The project’s consortium is composed of 14 partners representing 12 EU countries. It represents a wide range of disciplines, experience and expertise that are all necessary to reach its ambitious objectives by bringing together expertise from policy makers, experts in the design of user-centred studies and analyses, experts in teachers training and in educational impact assessment, experts in the provision of digital tools in rural schools, ICT solutions providers along with user communities across Europe and dissemination and awareness raising experts.

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