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The European Schoolnet report identifies that there is still a significant lack of quality educational software and content across Lithuania. For example, the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics study (2006) surveyed the e-learning contexts and services for primary and special needs education across Lithuania. It analysed policy documents, computer teachings aids provisions for schools, e-content and e-services across 250 schools and 60 municipalities. The study found that:

  • A lack of suitable interactive learning objects that matched the curriculum requirements;
  • A positive correlation between the impact of well implemented learning objects and virtual learning environments on students' knowledge, skills and competences and their motivation;
  • The requirement for a further increase in the number of computers in classrooms for purely educational purposes.

More recent research into the use of digital learning resources within primary schools has shown that teachers access a range of online and offline materials broadly in line with the average primary school teacher in the EU (obtained from a survey across all European countries; European Schoolnet, 2009, p2). There has obviously been an improvement in resource and provision since the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics study in 2006.

Other recent initiatives have tried to make up some of the identified shortfall (e.g. the Digital Teaching Aids Methodical and Technological Evaluation Criteria were approved by CITE in 2008). These criteria have set a benchmark for the design and functionality of digital learning resources.

Once a specific resource has been officially recognised through CITE's procurement and assessment process, there are several CITE repositories within an educational portal where it can be stored and then accessed by schools. These include:

  • Textbook search services;
  • Centralised meta-data repositories;
  • Collections of materials produced by teachers as a result of their engagement in national and international projects;
  • Subject-focussed collections of educational content;
  • Distance learning courses for talented children or those with SEN.

The development of new educational digital resources are being encouraged through public tenders for CITE funding, funding from the European Social fund for specific purchase or creation of e-content at a national level, and the production of methodological materials by teachers through their involvement in project such as the CITE/Microsoft Corporation 'Virtual Classroom Tour' project. This project is part of a larger 'Partners in Learning' project through which teachers create lesson plans and ideas using Microsoft PowerPoint.

In terms of VLEs, in 2006 a version of Moodle was adopted by CITE and proposed as the most suitable VLE for use across the Lithuanian general educational system, as well as in vocational training institutions and for teacher in-service training.