WP4: Selecting and testing new IT tools

Objectives
To select and test new IT tools: social media, selected Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. Massive Open Online Courses, etc. To evaluate synchronous and asynchronous tools, methodologies and good practices. To compare and evaluate, LMS (learning management systems), CMS (Contents Management Systems), VSCR (Virtual synchronous classrooms), SSA (Screen Share Applications), CSA (Contents Sharing Application). Cloud computing environment.
To identify and define profiles of virtual campus, virtual learning environment and virtual synchronous classroom.
To review and compare virtual classrooms (VCR) based on hardware equipment against the ones based on PCs.
To identify VCRs which better serve the teacher´s or student’s activities; compare from the technological point of view the most known VCR (PC based) available in the market.
To 2 No EU funding requested analyse the technological profile that virtual classrooms should have to ensure a good pedagogic result.
To characterize methodological and technological aspects of multimodal didactic communication.
To identify the general methodological aspects of VCR with a special focus on online tutoring, continuous online evaluation and good practices. To test IT tools in concerning effective developing ICT and e-learning competences as well as in design of intercultural competences.
 
Description of work
At WP4’s initial seminar participants will present their research results on the methodology of conducting cross-cultural investigation in area IT-tools testing. They will create a thoroughly elaborated system measuring levels using different IT tools for developing of ICT, e-learning and intercultural competences concerned in the countries participating in the project.
Task 4.1. Videoconference and roundtable debate Comparison and Presentation of Different IT Tools for all project project participants (chair Prof. Antonio Dos Reis)
Task 4.2. Dissemination of some results of the previous research work in the visited institution by giving lectures, seminars or other activities (Conference Innovations in Higher Education 2015, DTSU, Ukraine).
Task 4.3. To make up focus groups, one of students and one of in-service teachers, in every country participating in the project in order to involve them to testing new ICT tools (LCMS, Massive Open Online Courses, virtual classroom technology, social media, other selected Web 2.0 and Web 3.0).
Task 4.4. Invitation of focus groups to experimental learning with usage of new ICT in sequence in order to provide the participants with the possibility to take personal experience of usage new ICT tools and express their view on their usage in learning
Task 4.5. Collection of the data on the participants’ attitude to new ICT by implementing such methods as observation, interview, and self-assessment
Task 4.6. Analyses of the data obtained, generalize and make conclusion on strong and weak points of implementing LCMS, virtual classroom technology, social media, selected Web 2.0 and Web 3.0.
Task 4.7. Researchers will be expected to take part in events, such as conferences, workshops and
roundtables, that deal specifically with their topic(s) of research, in particularly: Conference Innovations in Higher Education in DSTU (Ukraine); Workshop The Skills of Scientific Communication Among Faculty Using Repositories, Wiki Technology, E-Libraries in DSTU (Ukraine),
Task 4.8. Conference Open educational e-environment of modern University in BGKU (Ukraine),
Task 4.9. Conference ICTE-2015, OU (Czech Republic),
Task 4.10. Conference Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Distance Learning (Subtitle: IT Tools – Good Practice of Effective Using”), Workshop E-learning Methodology in Practice, US (Poland), seminars and
e-round tables debates for all project participants (face-to-face and remote form).
Task 4.11. Meeting and Workshop Using effective and adequate IT tools for development of teachers’skills, CU (Australia).
 
Deliverables:
D 4.1. Month: 19 - Monograph Innovations in Higher Education - Modern Communications and Collaboration at the University using Specific IT Tools.
D 4.2. Month: 22 - Joint Consortium Report on the Selection new IT tools and their characteristic and it publication on Project web-site;
D 4.3. Month: 23 - 7 scientific papers, published in the ICTE 2015 (Information and Communication Technology in Education) Conference Proceedings
D 4.4. Month: 23 - Discussion papers on the topic of more adequate and effective IT tools;
D 4.5. Month: 24 - Script Selection IT tools and their using for developing IT competences;
D 4.6. Month: 24 - Scientific paper Using effective and adequate IT tools for developing teachers’ skills (International Journal IJCEELL).
D 4.7. Month: 22 - Collection of papers Open Educational and Informational E-environment of Modern University.
D 4.8. Month: 24 - Monograph IT Tools – Good Practice of Effective Using
 
WP4 Staff Exchanges:
 
1. To Partner 3 DSTU (Ukranie) 13 June 2015 – 12 July 2015 Canceled

  • ER2 Ogrodzka-Mazur, ER3 Gajdzica, ER1 Smyrnova-Trybulska from Beneficiary 1 US to Partner 3 DSTU
  • ER4 Kommers from Beneficiary 2 UT to Partner 3 DSTU
  • ER7 Delicad from Beneficiary 3 UEx to Partner 3 DSTU
  • ER12 Capay, ER13 Tomanova, E14 Drlik, E15 Kapusta (Svec) from Beneficiary 4 UKF to Partner 3 DSTU
  • involved in Task 4.2-4.7 (M3, milestone) for deliverables D 4.1, D 4.2, D 4.5.

2. To Partner 2 BGKU (Ukranie) 15 August 2015 – 13 September 2015

  •  ER1 Smyrnova-Trybulska, ER2 Ogrodzka-Mazur, ER3 Gajdzica from Beneficiary 1 US to Partner 2 BGKU
  • ER4 Kommers, ER5 Bolded (Fenko?) from Beneficiary 2 UT to Partner 2 BGKU
  • ER6 Cubo, ER7 Delicad, ER9 Tosina, ER10 Diaz, ER11 Masa from Beneficiary 3 UEx to Partner 2 BGKU
  • ER23 Pinto from Beneficiary 5 LU to Partner 2 BGKU
  • ER24 Kapounova, ER25 ER12 Capay, ER13 Tomanova, E14 Drlik, E15 Svec from Beneficiary 4 UKF to Partner 1 BGKU (instead trip to DSTU in June 2015)
  • Malach from Beneficiary 6 OU to Partner 2 BGKU
  • involved in Task 4.1, 4.3-4.7, 4.10, (M3, milestone) for deliverables D 4.2, D 4.7.

3. To Beneficiary 6 OU (Czech Republic) 14 September 2015 – 13 October  2015

  • ER18 Morze, ER19 Ogneviuk from Partner 2 BGKU to Beneficiary 6 OU
  • ER20 Romanyukha, ER21 Sadovoy (Sorokina?), ER22 Korobochka (Nakazny?) from Partner 3 DSTU to Par Beneficiary tner 9 OU
  • ER26 Noskova, ER27 Pavlova, ER28 Yakovleva from Partner 4 HSPU to Beneficiary 6 OU (21.09-20.10.2015) involved in Task 4.2-4.6, 4.9, (M2, milestone) for deliverables D 4.2, D 4.3.

4. To Partner 1 CU (Australia) 1 November 2015 – 30 November 2015

  • ER6 Cubo, ER8 Gutiérrez, ER9 Yuste, ER11 Arias (Gemma Delicad and  Masa from November 2014) from Beneficiary 3 Uex to Partner 1 CU
  • ER4 Kommers, ER5 from Beneficiary 2 UT to Partner 1 CU (instead November 2014) involved in Task 4.1, 4.3-4.7, 4.13 (M3, milestone) for Deliverables D 4.2, D 4.6, D 4.