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Collaborating Internationally to Make Croatia an Knowledge-based Society

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A presentation to the EDEN conference in Helsinki, June 2005

A presentation to the EDEN conference in Helsinki, June 2005

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    • 1. Collaborating Internationally to Make Croatia a Knowledge-based Society: Regional Implications for E-Learning in South-Eastern Europe Mark Bullen Jeff Miller Dragana Kupres Daliborka Pasic
    • 2. Croatia
      • Population 4,5 mil.
      • Area 56 542 sqkm
      • Membership in EU?
      • Education system 8+4+4(5)
      • Slow changes towards ECTS
      • No tradition in open and distance learning
    • 3. Croatian Academic & Research Network (CARNet)
      • a government agency
        • Established 1991
        • 62 employees
      • a private computer network connected to the Internet
        • 200+ research and HE institutions
    • 4. E-learning in Croatia
      • Growing number of small scale projects
      • Growing interest for CARNet support for e-learning
        • WebCT
        • E-learning workshops
        • Online courses
        • Reference centers
      • Need for systematic education in e-learning – no expertise in the country
    • 5. Description of ELA Certificates
      • ECTS credits
      • 2 semesters of 16 weeks
      • Mixed-mode delivery
        • F2f: Orientation/Bridge/Closing Session
      • Currently in English, Croatian version will open in October
    • 6.  
    • 7. Building Croatia’s E-Learning Capacity
      • Capability
      • Develop Croatia’s capability to effectively organize its educational institutions to develop and deliver
      • e-learning.
      • Content
      • Develop the needed e-learning content in a variety of areas critical to the nation’s development.
      • Culture
      • Change the culture to one that embraces the use of learning technology to help reach national educational goals.
    • 8. Collaborative Program Development
      • Face to face meetings (timeline, blueprints defined: target audience, objectives, duration, scope, content,...)
      • Collaboration at distance: email, video-conferences, shared development files
      • Croatian case-studies
      • UBC: tutors, mentoring tutor participants
      • CARNet: administration, organization of f2f activities
    • 9. Future Directions
      • ELA will develop e-learning experts in Croatia and south-eastern Europe
      • Stimulate development of e-learning in the region
      • Translation into Croatian
      • Adaptation of the ELA for delivery in other SE European countries
      • Potential regional cooperation
        • universities, businesses, NGOs
    • 10. Contact Information
      • Mark Bullen - UBC
      • [email_address]
      • Jeff Miller - UBC
      • jeff . [email_address] .ca
      • Dragana Kupres - CARNet
      • [email_address]
      • Daliborka Pasic - CARNet
      • [email_address]