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ODISEAME - Open Distance Inter-University Synergies between Europe, Africa and Middle East - 546

Eumedis Project number:546

EC Project code:546

Contract "signature" date:2002-07-29

Planned start date:2002-09-01

Planned duration:40 months

Planned end date:2005-12-31

Actual start date:2002-09-01

Actual end date:2006-06-30

Total Budget:2.724.743,00 ?

EC Contribution:

2.179.743,00 �

Sector:Education

Background:

ODISEAME tries to establish a network of Euro-Mediterranean institutions of higher education, which will cooperate in the creation and distribution of contents for educational purposes. A key point is that the virtual learning experiences organised will be participated by students and teachers from the different countries taking part. This, with no doubt, will help to strengthen the relations between these countries in different fields like research and education.

The ODISEAME partnership expects that this project will favour the economic and social relations between the regions and communities taking part. The availability of virtual learning opens up potential for equality of opportunity to all, important reciprocal human development that could lead to opportunities for people in remote places or disadvantaged circumstances to successfully share knowledge, to improve intellectual understanding and to work. This project will facilitate, for example, the development of the independence of people with disabilities. Another objective is to help empower those with learning disabilities to gain new skills. Moreover, whether one lives in a rural area or an urban centre, the foreseen virtual learning experiences will ensure that a wide range of knowledge is at one�s fingertips. Students from different cultural backgrounds can learn two very important things together: they can learn mathematics, or physics, and they can learn to understand and respect each other, and this will happen no matter where they are or if they have a mobility disability.

The European Commission is determined to make sure that development of the Information Society takes full account of the needs of everyone: the disabled, the ones living in rural areas, etc. ODISEAME helps to ensure that the Euro-Mediterranean border fully benefits from the changes the Information Society is bringing. The spirit of the partnership totally agrees with the objective of the European Union to prevent exclusion from the knowledge-based society.
ODISEAME has a strong technical component lying beneath the development of the virtual learning space and the analysis of the quality of the network infrastructure available for the delivery of web-based services which will benefit all the partners.

Objectives:

Overall Objectives
� To establish a network of Universities to organise and take part in tele-learning activities.

Specific Objectives
� To elaborate hypermedia contents for higher education.
� To use these contents in tele-learning experiences.
� To establish a human network of students and teachers that facilitates the relations between the regions and communities taking part into the project.

Description:

The contents will be designed by an interdisciplinary workgroup of different specialists including pedagogues and psychologists, telecommunication and computing engineers, graphical designers, experts on the contents to be delivered, etc., and will be available in English and in the language of the country of origin.

The partners with no previous experience in the design of virtual learning projects will be assisted by the experienced partners in relation to, for example, the following topics:
� Creating a work team for doing good tele-learning.
� How to structure hypermedia contents for teaching purposes.
� Adequate contents for the available infrastructure.

The contents of the training modules will be integrated into a collaborative learning space. Each virtual classroom will offer several services including different synchronous and asynchronous communication means, agenda, etc. The communication space of the classrooms will be dynamic thanks to the teachers who will encourage the students to hold an active communication with them and with the rest of students and also to take part in all the activities organized during the whole duration of the course.

The expected results of the ODISEAME project could be summarized as follows:
� A multilingual virtual learning space.
� Several higher education courses for virtual learning.
� A number of virtual learning experiences with participation of students and teachers from different countries.
� A handbook (with free distribution of one thousand copies) about how to design and implement virtual learning experiences.
� A book (with free distribution of one thousand copies) describing the experience accumulated during the intercultural tele-learning experiences.
� A group of teachers all over Europe and the Mediterranean border with the ability to successfully carry out virtual learning experiences (design of methodologies, design and implementation of contents, etc).
� A human network of students and teachers with the ability to participate in virtual learning activities with an intercultural component and to get benefit from these experiences.
� A demo effect for the rest of students and teachers of the partner institutions that do not take part in the virtual learning experiences.

Training
Once the collaborative virtual learning space and the training modules are ready (implemented and tested), several pilot experiences will take place within ODISEAME. These pilot experiences will consist of a number of intercultural virtual learning experiences, both in English and the mother tongue of each country, with the participation in all of them of teachers and students from more than one partner country. The objective of these mixed training experiences is not only to learn how to teach or how to learn in a virtual space, or to acquire some new knowledge, but also to live an intercultural experience with a view that will help to establish stronger ties among partner institutions in the format of teacher and student exchanges, shared research projects, etc.

Results / Impact
ODISEAME joins an important number of higher education institutions mainly spread all over the Mediterranean border. It is known that the University is one of the engines of a society, as it carries out a number of important tasks such as training of the future human capital of that society as well as an important commitment to promote interaction with the community in order to favour the transfer of knowledge to the regional entrepreneurial initiative and to the society as a whole.
The ODISEAME partnership brings together an important number of students, teachers and specialists in different fields of knowledge (instructional designers, networking and telecommunication engineers, hypermedia designers, etc.) all of them with a role to play in the full deployment of Tele-learning.
The University of Valladolid itself has more than 33000 students and 2000 teachers, although it is true that not all of them will take part into the tele-learning experiences foreseen in the frame of ODISEAME, an important demo effect is expected and the interest arisen by ODISEAME will probably have as a consequence the organization of more virtual learning experiences in the partner institutions beyond the end of the project.

Technical Approach
ODISEAME has a strong technical component lying beneath the development of the multilingual virtual learning space and the analysis of the network infrastructure and the performance available for the delivery of web-based intercultural leaning experiences.
It also should be highlighted the shared research that will take place in which refers to the pedagogical aspects of tele-learning with the final goal of establishing the ideal sequence and characteristics for a tele-learning action according to the different scenarios (network infrastructure, target group, etc.).

Results:

1. A multilingual virtual learning space.

2. Several courses of higher education in a hyper media format.

3. 1000 copies of a book about how to design and implement hypermedia contents for education purposes.

4. A group of teachers all over Europe and the Mediterranean border with the ability to create contents and to participate in tele-learning activities with success.

5. A human network of students and teachers with the ability to participate in tele-learning activities with a multicultural component and to get a big benefit from these experiences.

Project Management:

The leading partner is in charge of project management.
Each partner will nominate a representative in the Management Committee. These should also be the official contact points for communication within partners.
The MC is the main governance structure and should meet at least once per year.

Web site:http://www.odiseame.org

Project Coordinator: Elena Verdu, PEREZ (more details ...)

Leading partner

Spain

Centro para el Desarrollo de las Telecomunicaciones de Castilla y Len [http://www.cedetel.es/]

Participating Partners

Algeria

Institut Suprieur de Gestion et de Planification [http://www.isgp.edu.dz/]

Cyprus

Frederick Institute of Technology [http://www.frederick.ac.cy/]
University of Cyprus [http://www.ucy.ac.cy/]

Egypt

Cairo University Faculty of Agriculture

Germany

Fachhochschule fr Technik und Wirtschaft [http://www.fhtw-berlin.de/]

Israel

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem [http://www.huji.ac.il/]

Jordan

Jordan University of Science and Technology [http://www.cit.just.edu.jo/]
University of Jordan [http://www.ju.edu.jo/]

Malta

University of Malta [http://www.um.edu.mt/]

Morocco

Institute Agronomique et Vtrinaire Hassan II [http://www.iav.ac.ma]

Palestinian Authority

Islamic University of Gaza [http://www.iugaza.edu/]

Spain

Retecal Interactiva S.A.
University of Granada [http://www.ugr.es/]
University of Salamanca [http://www.usal.es/webusal/Principal.htm]
University of Valladolid [http://www.uva.es/]

Turkey

Anadolu University [http://www.anadolu.edu.tr/]