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ELISA EUREGIA exhibition @24oct2006


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ELISA INTERREG project presentation at the Leipzig EUREGIA project exhibition on October 24th, 2006

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ELISA EUREGIA exhibition @24oct2006

  1. 1. ELISA LEIPZIG Annual Conference Presentation Leipzig, October 24, 2006 Hatzakis Ilias GRNET Tel. +30 210 7474268 [email_address]
  2. 2. Project Snapshot <ul><li>Project name: e - L earning for Improving access to I nfomation S ociety for SMEs in the SEE </li></ul><ul><li>Project Acronym: ELISA </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: 27 months </li></ul><ul><li>Total Budget: 1.252.223,28 € </li></ul>
  3. 3. The general idea <ul><li>The creation of a dynamic set of tools (human, technical, infrastructural, organizational) that can be used by policy makers or adequate bodies in order to implement policies that improve the ICT usage at local SMEs </li></ul><ul><li>In the future: no competitive business outside the electronic universe </li></ul><ul><li>The use of internet in the SEE is very low </li></ul><ul><li>- Simple, quick, flexible and low cost policy measures have to uptaken as soon as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What did we already have at the starting point? <ul><li>The ongoing collaboration between National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in SE Europe through infrastructural development projects like SEEREN ( ), SEEREN2 ( ) and SEE-GRID ( ). Networks that require applications and usage. </li></ul><ul><li>The existing resources at the local parthers: abundant talent, high level IT skilled graduates (that usually fall to the brain drain phenomenon) </li></ul><ul><li>The high political impact of local partners with policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>The success of the Goonline project in Greece ( that emerged from the collaboration between the academic and the business community </li></ul><ul><li>The long experience of the partners in developing national targeted strategies in various fields, in implementing SME training actions, in building e-learning platforms and methodologies. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Partner structure concept E-business training ( GRNET ) E-learning methodologies ( FUB, UOM ) INIMA MARNET AMREJ ISTF SMEA MASIT JURIT SAITC E-learning tech ( SYSTEMA ) Network management ( GRNET ) ERDF PARTNERS BC PARTNERS NRENS - Political impact - Network management - Infrastructure - Talent <ul><li>SMERS </li></ul><ul><li>- Political impact </li></ul><ul><li>- SME training </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>IT clusters </li></ul><ul><li>- Policy measures </li></ul>
  6. 6. ELISA AIMS at… <ul><li>… improving the access to knowledge and the information society of SMEs in South-East Europe, through close cooperation of academic and business communities at a transnational level, by transferring EU best practice training know-how and by developing national training strategies . Emphasis is given to SMEs from rural and distant areas in Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria and Serbia (beneficiary countries). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Target groups <ul><li>FINAL </li></ul><ul><li>SMEs in the beneficiary countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Makers in the ICT field. </li></ul><ul><li>INTERMEDIARY </li></ul><ul><li>Managers and personnel inside the SME representative organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Managers and researchers inside the Universities and the National Research and Education Networks , </li></ul><ul><li>PARALLEL </li></ul><ul><li>ICT companies that specialize in e-learning technologies. </li></ul>
  8. 8. ICT Training Strategies Train the Tutors and SMEs Training Content e- Learning Platform Project Coordination and Administration Elisa- Content Professors teleteaching/ preparing Tutors via LMS 6 Tutors per beneficiary Country Each Tutor trains 5 SMEs for 10 hours face-to-face at Labs of NRENs using LMS Elisa- LMS Evaluation of training ICT training strategies report Policy Makers Workshops Dissemination Actions (Communication, Portal and Seminars)/ Potential synergies with related projects time Overview Workpackages Set of tools + e-business 40.000 survival kits H323 WP1 WP3 WP4 WP5 WP6 WP2
  9. 9. The web portal <ul><li>Functions as: </li></ul><ul><li>A 6-language transparent image of the sum of activities and achievements </li></ul><ul><li>A space for collaboration between partners </li></ul><ul><li>A tool for dynamic project management </li></ul><ul><li>A news feeder for all interested parts </li></ul><ul><li>An access to the e-learning area </li></ul>
  10. 10. The e-business training content <ul><li>Aims at: </li></ul><ul><li>Developing IT skills of professionals in local SMEs </li></ul><ul><li>Giving practical advice and information on the current status of INTERNET in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Guiding the innovators who wish to do business over the internet </li></ul><ul><li>+ (for tutors): providing didactic guidelines/ pedagogical principles </li></ul>
  11. 11. The e-business training content consists of: <ul><li>SECTION 1: Basic IT knowledge for business purposes </li></ul><ul><li>- Using the internet- basic skills </li></ul><ul><li>- Creating websites </li></ul><ul><li>SECTION 2: Introduction to e-business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e-business environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-business – business to consumer (B2C) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-business – business to business (B2B) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-business (the digital enterprise) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SECTION 3: Entrepreneurship on the internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to start a business on the internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation of your business on the internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internationalization of activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer relationship management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-business in the agricultural sector </li></ul></ul>On-line tests for all sections A guide for SMEs to make e-business plans Reports on the digital economy
  12. 12. The e -learning platform <ul><li>State of the art of open source LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation- Selection  </li></ul><ul><li>Technical and Functional Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Phase1 of development </li></ul><ul><li>Tests- and Phase2 of development </li></ul>
  13. 13. The ELISA e-learning platform <ul><li>Easy-to-use </li></ul><ul><li>Highly interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual (English, Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Albanian) </li></ul><ul><li>Various spaces (professors’, tutors’, pupils’, SMEs’, administrator’s, partners’ etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>User guide </li></ul>
  14. 14. The first TELE-SEMINAR <ul><li>Athens  Belgrade </li></ul><ul><li>6 professors, 6 tutors, 2 coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Tele-education rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Tele-conferencing technologies (via H.323) </li></ul><ul><li>Certification of tutors by FUB </li></ul>
  15. 15. The e-learning platform
  16. 17. The “survival kit”
  17. 18. The e-business “survival kit” - 10.000 items per country - CD-ROM +Booklet+Brochures
  18. 19. NEED FOR FUTURE COOPERATION <ul><li>Strong interest for the implementation of the ELISA model in 3 other countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Romania). </li></ul><ul><li>Raise of awareness of policy makers on the importance of access to knowledge and information society for SMEs  more and larger scale measures/ opportunities in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption of e-learning as a sustainable training practice, in more fields. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Overall conclusions <ul><li>Use existing experience and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage synergies between related projects </li></ul><ul><li>Involve all possible stakeholders (public administration, academy, business) </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive but “friendly” management/ be proactive/ dismantle difficult situations by focusing always on the solution </li></ul><ul><li>Constant motivation/ non-finance is a big implementation problem </li></ul><ul><li>Use marketing principles/ dissemination at all phases/ levels </li></ul>