Study of the impact of eTwinning on participating pupils, teachers and schools
eTwinning is part of the European Union's main support scheme in the field of education, the Lifelong Learning Programme (Comenius sub-programme). eTwinning focuses on taking advantage of information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance cooperation between all kinds of schools, through internet-based twinning links to develop joint projects using the tools and the secure internet spaces made available for them through the European eTwinning portal. eTwinning also provides other services to teachers, including the search for partners for Comenius school partnerships, the possibility of... taking part in communities of practice, professional development workshops and online learning events. This impact study of eTwinning is intended to contribute to the final evaluation of the LLP (2007-2013), particularly assessing impact in terms of pedagogy, teacher professional development and pupil learning, and analysing the factors that contribute to, or constrain, successful participation in eTwinning and thus the impact upon the overall effectiveness of the Comenius Programme. The impact study gathered data and evidence over 21 months through a literature review, data and document review, completion of 24 school case studies in 13 countries, and a general survey in 25 languages of 5956 registered eTwinners.