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The Ministry of Education provides funds to the local authorities across the country to enable them to choose and purchase digital learning resources and content. The Ministry also funds the development of specific learning resources in those cases where the market is too small to sustain a commercial approach.

As the use of digital tools is one of five basic skills within Knowledge Promotion (the Norwegian National Curriculum), the provision of a range of digital learning resources is essential in all schools. Therefore, as part of the Knowledge Promotion reform, a three-year plan for funding the upgrade of learning resources was put in place.

At the upper-secondary level, the majority of county authorities (18/19) have formed a digital learning portal called the National Digital Learning Arena (NDLA). This has facilitated both the purchase of commercial resources and also encouraged the development of resources by teachers and others. These 'user-generated' resources are moderated by universities and colleges. Within the NDLA, all content is freely available to all.

In addition to the NDLA, there are two other national education portals for primary and secondary education. These portals collect, index and make available digital content for schools free of charge.

There are also some other commercial developments in this area.

Almost all schools in the Norwegian education system make use of a learning platform of some sort. The most widely used by far are Fronter and It's Learning. Microsoft’s Learning Gateway and PedIt have smaller shares of the market. Although well developed systems, digital learning platforms have limitations and bottlenecks that hinder use. Transport of information and resources in a simple, yet safe, manner is a challenge that applies to all systems. Security has been criticised from relevant authorities, although security within the systems has improved in time (European Schoolnet 2011).

At the current time, there are no national initiatives addressing the use of Web 2.0 technologies within education.

The Norwegian Publishers Association has established a new portal for all the digital learning resources of the publishing houses in Norway. This can be found at digitaleressurser.no.

Their ambition is to create a viable commercial solution for simple access to digital learning resources, and to simplify the distribution of digital learning content for primary, secondary and higher education. The portal’s distribution solution can be accessed by all content vendors and learning platforms.

Through EUN-projects like Calibrate and Celebrate, digital learning resources have been made available to other European countries. Norway participates in the European Schoolnet Learning Resource Exchange initiative and eQNet project, which targets the use of digital content across borders. The latter evaluates resources from the different national initiatives to find "resources that travel well" and if possible add these to the LRE.