Opal case study 48 gitta switzerland

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Opal case study 48 gitta switzerland

  1. 1. GITTA – Geographic Information Technology Training Alliance http://www.gitta.info/website/en/html_reg/index.html Description: In the context of the Swiss Virtual Campus (SVC) project GITTA (Geographic Information Technology Training Alliance), between July 2001 and July 2008 ten Swiss partner institutions developed and operated learning content for academic education in the field of geoinformatics. The partners are interdisciplinary institutions, different types of academies (universities, technical universities, colleges) as well as multilingual. The summarized goal of GITTA is: • Bundling Swiss knowledge in the field of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST), integrating it into a virtual educational pool which is flexibly utilizable for several disciplines • Replacing ex-cathedra teaching by hybrid teaching arrangements • Integrating the contents into the partner institutions’ curricula At this point the project contains more than 40 lessons, spread to the two levels “basic” and “intermediate”. Additionally, solution-oriented case studies were generated. Following the concept of a self-learning, self-adjusting organization, early 2006 the content was made available to the interested public in line with an Open Content strategy. October 2006 the Society of Friends of GITTA was founded, amongst others with the intention to maintain and improve the content that was developed for the project. For technical realization the XML framework eLML (eLesson Markup Language) was used, which implements the structure of the didactic concept. It is available as Open Source Product at SourceForge.net. Type: This is an example of an alliance for content creation which would not have been ossible alone. The alliance character allowed the participating institutions to pool their resources and develop high quality learning units in a very complicated, high risk sector with multimedia animations. The material has been developed under the creative common license to make it beneficial for all partners – and others. Collaborative open educational development initiative. The project also contains learning units which are based on a ceratin paradigm of self-study. Features: Complete units and case studies, XML (eLML) usage.

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