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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

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Collaborating Internationally to Make Croatia an Knowledge-based Society

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