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Promoting Webinar-Based Education in Southeast Europe
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The project will involve the following activities: 1. Organization of 4 transnational project partner meetings; 2. Conducting of 1 research on e-learning in the region; 3.Preparation of 1 e-guide to organizing webinar and webinar methodology; 4. Creation and regular updating of 1 regional portal on e-learning; 5. Organization of at least 36 webinars (12 by project partner) on how to organize a webinar and the benefits of webinar-based education. The 4 transnational project meetings will serve the purpose of regular project coordination and communication. Two of the meetings will be held in the first year of implementation and the other two in the second year of implementation. There will be one meeting in the countries of each project partner and two meetings in the country of the coordinator. The specific cities will be decided at the project outset, however they have no influence on the project budget since they will be in the 100-1.999km travel distance range. The research on e-learning will aim to provide an in-depth assessment of the availability of webinar and online course opportunities in the region, the supply and demand of such education opportunities, the reasons for and the factors behind the lack of such supply or demand, and the challenges learning providers have been facing with the organization of such educational processes. The following data collection methods will be used to produce the research: extensive online searches for data on e-learning opportunities, interviews (to be conducted via Skype or similar) with representatives of education providers across levels and sectors of education, as well as interviews with learners, young people and adults. In addition, data will also be collected via the web portal (online surveys). The research will involve the expert engagement of 3 researchers who will collect the data, and produce the analysis and recommendations. The research will be published as an e-document. Professional graphic design services will be hired for the design of the final document. The production of the e-guide will involve the effort of 3 experts/researchers. The guide will be published in an e-form. . Professional graphic design services will be hired for the design of the final document. The guide will be based, to some extent on the data collected for the research report, however it will also involve separate process of data collection, specifically for the purposes of the guide, for example of available technology, platforms for e-learning, key challenges, specific issues related to limitation on numbers of participants in different technologies and platforms used, limitations and advantages to video and audio communication, sharing of documents, etc. In addition, the guide will discuss particular issues related to e-learning methodology, such as difference between a physical and an online classroom, presentation tools, presentation length, style interaction, practical work, etc. The regional portal on e-learning will aim to serve as a central resource for education providers and learners who are interested in webinars and online courses. The portal will collect and disseminate information on: available webinars in the broader region (providers will be offered to post their ads for free); it store resources on e-learning will be collected from relevant stakeholders; it will feature articles and discussions on e-learning, provide technical advice, etc. The web portal will be managed by the coordinator, but all partners will take part in provision of content and data. They will be required to identify webinar opportunities, invite experts to contribute, write articles themselves, share content, promote the portal, take part in and moderate discussions, promote online surveys, etc. The portal will be a major effort in the project and it will act as the principal dissemination tool hence the contribution of each partner will be coordinated on regular basis. The project partners will organize at least 36 webinars during the project. Each partner will be required to organize at least 12 webinars (6 per year). The webinars will be a dissemination tool and they will focus on how to organize a webinar and what are the benefits of webinar-based teaching. Each partner will be responsible for broadly promoting its webinars, participant selection and registration, selection of presenters and discussants, and delivery of the webinar. The objectives of the webinars will be consistent and some of the core material will be common but the partners will have the autonomy to produce their own webinar. They could decide on selection of discussants, specific focus of their presentations, etc. The primary target of the webinars will be education providers across levels and sectors.



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