E-learning Services for Rural Development


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Presentation of invited speech (in English - only title slide in Greek), of Workshop on E-Services, Technological Educational Institution of Ionian Islands, Lefkas, Greece

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  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
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  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • D7.2.2 Project Powerpoint Presentation - Initial
  • E-learning Services for Rural Development

    1. 1. Ηλεκτρονικές Υπηρεσίες Μάθησης για την Περιφερειακή Ανάπτυξη περίπτωση μελέτης αποθετηρίων εκπαιδευτικού περιεχομένου αγροτικού ενδιαφέροντος Δρ. Νίκος Μανουσέλης Εθνικό Δίκτυο Έρευνας & Τεχνολογίας (ΕΔΕΤ)
    2. 2. introduction
    3. 3. learning object <ul><li>&quot;any entity, digital or non-digital, that may be used for learning , education or training &quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ΙΕΕΕ Learning Technology Standards Committee (2002) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. http://www.soilassociation.org
    5. 5. http://www.teachersdomain.org
    6. 6. http://www.slideshare.net
    7. 7. http://www.digitalgreen.org
    8. 8. learning repositories <ul><li>digital repository: system for the storage , location and retrieval of digital resources </li></ul><ul><li>digital learning repository (DLR): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nature of resources or their description reflects an interest of use in an educational context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holden C., “From Local Challenges to a Global Community: Learning Repositories Summit”, Academic ADL Co-Lab, 2003 </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. interesting (?) questions <ul><li>do existing, generic learning repositories have content of agricultural interest? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>do they have a lot? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>are there learning repositories focusing particularly to agricultural & rural stakeholders? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>where are they? </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. problem outline
    11. 11. preliminary study <ul><li>took place during 2005 (time to repeat it now…) </li></ul><ul><li>examined 59 well-known repositories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>found in 27 of them (~45%) agricultural content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BUT </li></ul><ul><li>in a total of ~881,000 educational resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… only 3,201 resources (0.36%) related to agricultural topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tzikopoulos et al., &quot;Investigating Digital Learning Repositories' Coverage of Agriculture-related Topics&quot;, ITAFE 2005. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. subject classification 34.5% of resources not particularly classified
    13. 13. so we assume that… <ul><li>learning repositories that particularly focus on agricultural & rural stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>should probably have more relevant content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>should probably have it better described/categorized </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. but, do they exist?
    15. 15. <ul><li>how can someone find agricultural learning resources online? </li></ul><ul><li>can someone search for them from a single point of access </li></ul><ul><li>… more work is required </li></ul>more interesting questions
    16. 16. federations
    17. 17. what are they? <ul><li>learning repository federations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interconnecting learning repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitate metadata exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allow searching throughout whole federation </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. generic examples
    19. 19. any agricultural ones? <ul><li>Not yet... (but people are working on it) </li></ul>http://aglr.aua.gr
    20. 21. about <ul><li>builds a federation of learning repositories with content on Organic Agriculture (OA) & Agroecology (AE) </li></ul><ul><li>EU’s e Content plus Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36 months [1/10/2007-30/9/2010] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4.800.000 euros budget </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2.400.000 euros funding (50%) </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. rationale <ul><li>irreversible damage done to the environment by current agricultural practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>soil and water pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>depletion of natural resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>destruction of delicate ecosystems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“… need for actions supporting the training and education of all stakeholders related to OA …” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU Action Plan for Organic Food & Farming, 2004 </li></ul></ul>
    22. 23. objectives (1/5) <ul><li>support stakeholders producing content about OA & AE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>describe according to multilingual, standard-complying metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>publish in online federation of learning repositories </li></ul></ul>
    23. 24. objectives (2/5) <ul><li>deploy a multilingual online environment on top of the online federation of repositories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to facilitate end-users’ search, retrieval, access and use of learning resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>the Organic.Edunet Web portal </li></ul>
    24. 25. objectives (3/5) <ul><li>study educational scenarios to support the teaching of OA & AE relevant topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use Organic.Edunet Web portal to find learning resources in the repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>targeted user organisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>agricultural universities </li></ul></ul>
    25. 26. objectives (4/5) <ul><li>involve various schools & universities to evaluate project results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>focused pilot trials within partner institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>open validation events within affiliated institutions </li></ul></ul>
    26. 27. objectives (5/5) <ul><li>create organisational structures to support the sustainability of project results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reinforce the cooperation of stakeholders in the OA & AE content area </li></ul></ul>
    27. 28. metadata application profile IEEE LOM mapping to other metadata schemas (IEEE LOM, Dublin Core , application profiles) ontology-based searching (e.g. thematic, geographical) social navigation based on user feedback ( e.g. ratings, tags , recommendations ) OAI-PMH harvesting OAI-PMH, SQI
    28. 29. progress so far… <ul><li>e-portfolio software for learning repository set-up & organisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// oe.confolio.org / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organic.Edunet Web Portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://portal.organic-edunet.eu </li></ul></ul>
    29. 31. how can it work?
    30. 32. imagine <ul><li>Greek island </li></ul><ul><ul><li>olive trees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local olive oil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… sun, nature, clean beaches </li></ul></ul>… or maybe NOT ?
    31. 33. a (hypothetical?) problem <ul><li>leftovers from local olive processing - oil production facility pollute nearby river </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eventually find their way to the sea </li></ul></ul>
    32. 34. in the school (1/2) <ul><li>teacher in nearby highschool wants to raise awareness about this problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>show consequences to children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>introduce them to alternative methods </li></ul></ul><ul><li>searches through Organic.Edunet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>finds a Cretan river case </li></ul></ul>
    33. 36. in the school (2/3) <ul><li>a similar collaborative outdoor activity is organized </li></ul><ul><li>children split in groups, study various effects, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>quality of water in river </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>quality of water in nearby beach </li></ul></ul>
    34. 37. in the school (3/3) <ul><li>children produce their own content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… photos, video, pictures, report on findings, class presentation on alternative olive processing,… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uploaded to Organic.Edunet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>other schools may access them online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exchange of results/experiences </li></ul></ul>
    35. 38. conclusion
    36. 39. potential <ul><li>agricultural learning resources: useful </li></ul><ul><li>having them organised in learning repositories: good </li></ul><ul><li>exploring ways to introduce them into formal and informal education & training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>challenging and worthwhile </li></ul></ul>
    37. 40. challenges <ul><li>technical issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mainly interoperability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>requires standards, technologies, protocols </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>agricultural content providers lagging behind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul>
    38. 41. for more info… <ul><li>contact me at: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>also visit: </li></ul><ul><li>http://portal.organic-edunet.eu </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.organic-edunet.eu </li></ul>