Lithuania

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This entry is a stub. For up to date (July 2015) information see the excellent 11-page report Open Education in Lithuania, by Airina Volungeviciene
For general background on education and online learning in Lithuania, see E-learning:Lithuania



Policies Survey notes:

Lithuania has participated in various international EU-funded projects (co-financed by its government) that are aimed at the creation of OER. These projects were implemented with European Schoolnet whilst developing a European Learning Resource Exchange service for schools.
The topic of OER is part of the broader Lithuanian Strategy on ICT Implementation in General and Vocational Education for 2008–2012.
The Association of Lithuanian Scientific Libraries conducted a study on Lithuanian research in open access journals; see www.lmba.lt/sites/default/files/OA_tyrimo%20ataskaita.pdf.

Overview

Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublika) is a country in Eastern Europe, often referred to as Northern Europe or in Baltic Division. Situated along the south-eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, it shares borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the southeast, Poland, and the Russian exclave of the Kaliningrad Oblast to the southwest. Lithuania is a member of NATO and of the European Union.

Its population is 3,400,000. Its capital and largest city is Vilnius.

Further information

For further general information see Wikipedia:Lithuania.

Education in Lithuania

For a general description of education in Lithuania see Education:Lithuania.


e-learning

For a description more focussed to e-learning see E-learning:Lithuania.


Quality procedures

Internet in Lithuania

There has been steady growth in almost all indicators. Growth in fixed broadband take-up continued last year, reaching 21%. The situation is somewhat better for household connectivity. Currently, 54% of households have a fixed broadband connection, a slight increase on 2009. The majority of Internet connections are broadband. Some 83% of broadband connections are at least 2 Mbps. The connectivity of businesses is slightly lower than the EU average (81% as opposed to 83% in the EU), and showed only marginal progress in the last year. Wireless Internet technologies are emerging, especially laptop use via a wireless connection outside the home or office, but are not yet widely used. Regular and frequent use of the Internet in Lithuania is getting closer to the EU average (58% and 45% respectively). However, at 35%, Lithuania has an above-average proportion of the population that has never used the Internet. The take-up of Internet services has increased significantly over the past few years. The most popular activities are reading online newspapers, Internet banking, downloading, listening to and watching music and/or films, and seeking information about goods and services. Take-up of eCommerce by individuals with 11% lies well below the EU average (40.4%). Although the online availability of public services for citizens increased in the last year, it is still far below the EU average at 69%. Take-up by citizens is also far below the EU average (at 24%) although slightly increasing. Availability is higher for services for businesses (at 75%), though still below average and unchanged since last year. Finally, take-up by businesses exceeds the EU average by 20 percentage points and is the third highest value in the EU. (1)

Internet in Education

Copyright law in Lithuania

Copyright law in Education

OER Initiatives in Lithuania

For a general reference on OER in Lithuania see the UNESCO report:

National OER initiatives

Regional OER initiatives

Institutional OER initiatives

References

1. ReVica/VISCED page for Lithuania (http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Lithuania)

Reports

  1. Open Education in Lithuania, by Airina Volungeviciene, July 2015, http://education.okfn.org/open-education-lithuania/
  2. Open Educational Resources in Lithuania - State-of–the-Art, Challenges and Prospects for Development, by Airina Volungeviciene, UNESCO, 2011, http://iite.unesco.org/pics/publications/en/files/3214687.pdf

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