General education

Tiger Leap Plus, which followed the Tiger Leap program, focused mainly on the ICT competences of students, teachers and educational staff. Its main activities included the creation of electronic educational materials, in-service training and support of teacher cooperation and experience exchanges.

An educational portal known as SchoolLife was launched in 2001, giving teachers the opportunities to exchange ideas and ask for advice from colleagues, and allowing them to share good ideas, find educational materials, and discover useful links and electronic courseware information.

Alongside the development of instructional and teaching material, teacher training was developed to accommodate this change. The priority was to create teacher trainers within the education community and to take the training as close to the participants as possible. By 2004, teachers’ computer use had diversified tutorial work and teachers’ computer skills had significantly improved. Over the next decade, the range of courses diversified considerably and a network of teacher trainers formed to provide courses all over the country.

Vocational education

New impetus for the development of digital learning in vocational education was provided and cooperation became more formal in 2005, when eight institutions of professional higher education and 27 vocational schools, the Ministry of Education and Research and the Estonian Information Technology Foundation established the Estonian e-Vocational School consortium, with the aim of developing e-learning and cooperation in vocational education. A project entitled “The development and implementation of e-learning in vocational education institutions and applied higher education institutions” was rolled out in 2005-2008 to create a high-quality, sustainable system for the development and implementation of e-learning in vocational education institutions and applied higher education institutions.

Higher education

In 2003, the Estonian e-University consortium was established, whose mission was the diversification of higher education and the development of more flexible learning opportunities in institutions of higher education in order to promote lifelong learning and enhance the international competitiveness of higher education. Promoted by the consortium, the “Regionally accessible qualitative higher education via e-learning development” (REDEL) project was implemented in 2004-2008, aimed at improving accessibility to high-quality education for all target groups and creating conditions for the provision of lifelong learning.