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Case study for the Nest project

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  1. 1. Oilproject<br />Case study<br />Giantommaso D’Astolto<br />NEST project<br />Alta ScuolaPolitecnica VII cycle<br />
  2. 2. What is it? <br />Italian on-line virtual school with free lectures open to all users. <br />The service is build up on the concepts of <br />community and voluntary participation<br />
  3. 3. Homepage<br />In the homepage we have the <br />possibility to sign up (registration is free) ,<br />select one of the lectures from the <br />database or connect to an on-going <br />online talkshow<br />
  4. 4. Profiles<br />There are basically 3 profiles among which the user can choose, with different functionalities available: <br /><ul><li>Professor: can record and upload video/audio lectures and answer to question asked by students
  5. 5. Student : can rate topics, participate to talkshows, watch uploaded lectures and ask questions
  6. 6. Member of a community: upload group pages and promote their initiatives</li></li></ul><li>IT tools<br />Videoconferences<br />for on-going talkshows<br />Google maps <br />for locating events<br />Video player<br />for uploading lectures<br />
  7. 7. Strengths/1 <br />The service is completely free<br />The registration is free, but you don’t even need to register to access to most of the content!<br />
  8. 8. Strengths/2 <br />The content is well organised, therefore the research is fast and simple<br />Moreover there are several topics regarding today’s life<br />
  9. 9. Strengths/3 <br />Possibility of interaction through forums and chats<br />Besides there is some sort of feedback in order to evaluate the quality of the material <br />
  10. 10. Weaknesses/1 <br />The voluntary nature of the service may slow down its growth<br />Some “classical” subjects, such as maths are still missing<br />There is need for a management of the feedback system<br />
  11. 11. Business model <br />The service is completely free and the participation is voluntary, as we said<br />All the costs are covered through sponsorships<br />There are also collaborations for promoting the service<br />
  12. 12. Conclusions and take-aways<br />The idea is very catchy, especially the focus on everydaylife’s topics, such as Economics<br />The role of feedback and the importance of the community should be considered as drivers for the development of this kind of projects<br />It is important to manage the rating system and evaluate whether a source of information is trustworthy or not<br />