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CSVM Workshop: first experiences, handing certificates
Students and tutors Participating in the first pilot run of the CSVM project discussed their experiences on the virtual internship on a workshop. At the end of the workshop participants received their certificates and also a surprise gift: a pendrive of 1GByte, too - offered by a regional IT company, Albacomp Ltd., sponsor of the event.
Portal of the virtual “zero” class launched
Recent changes in the application system for the Hungarian higher educational affect rural universities very unfavourably. To compensate these effects universities have to make more and more efforts to attract secondary students to their faculties. At the University of Miskolc our Distance Education Centre suggested the establishment of a virtual zero class based on the experiences of taster courses (eTaster Minerva project) in international projects. Virtual courses represent the training supply of faculties and all of them are available free for everybody, via the same e-learning platform, used regularly at our Faculties. Through these courses which contain video lectures and e-learning training materials anybody can get real learning experiences as well as the favour of student traditions of our university. Based on the activities and the results of tests and exercises, secondary students may win several gifts and invitations for programs of faculties.
CBVE project kick-off meeting in Leuven
A new project: Cross Border Virtual Entrepreneurship started in October. On the first meeting our university was represented by Maria Kocsis Baan and Edit Lukács.
EADTU's 20th Anniversary Conference, Lisbon
From year to year the conferences of EADTU attract increased attention. This year the Anniversary Conference was hosted by Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal, the conference was titled as “International courses and services online”.
The Conference focused on the main topics listed below.
From University of Miskolc Maria Kocsis Baan gave a lecture on „Complexity of virtual internship needs complex support systems” and the title of the presentation of Edit Lukács was „Blended learning methods at the Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc”.
The official site of the conference: http://www.eadtu.nl/conference-2007/
Maria Kocsis Baan
Kick-off meeting of ViCaDiS project in Timisoara
Partners of this new EU supported project (LLP-Erasmus 134039-LLP-1-2007-1-RO-ERASMUS-EVC ) reviewed the detailed workplan of the project and agreed in task sharing and administrative issues of project management.
ViCaDis consortium is lead by our friends from Timisoara – also partners in the previous Mission, e2ngineering and e-Taster projects.
CSVM project meeting in Leuven, Belgium
The first pilot of virtual internships has been completed. The local project coordinator Maria Kocsis Baan presented the results of it on the CSVM project meeting in Leuven. At the University of Miskolc seventeen students participated in the pilot phase from three faculties: Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Materials Science Engineering and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Informatics. Tutors and students evaluated their experiences with the help of a questionnaire. On the whole we got positive feedbacks. The advantages of virtual internship recognised by students are: flexible schedule, good supervising, getting overall experiences. Tutors also expressed their willingness for taking part in such a virtual internship program and they would recommend such a virtual internship program to their colleagues.
On the first day of the meeting participants discussed administrative tasks, gave reports of results and evaluated the experiences. On the second day project management tasks were in the focus.
New EU project for course development: „Cross-Border Virtual Entrepreneurship” (CBVE)
The main objective of CBVE is to enhance the professional skills of students by lifelong open and flexible learning approaches, with a specific focus on the development, extension and expansion of entrepreneurial skills. CBVE is to pilot entrepreneurship as prospective part of the curriculum for students not (longer) part of traditional cohorts. CBVE addresses the training of trainers as well i.e., the upgrading of entrepreneurial skills of the academic staff involved. CBVE has a clear operational focus on cooperation between higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders in the field: Regional Entrepreneurial Networks, Chambers of Commerce, Investment Banks and other Professional Organisations. This has been acknowledged to be a major lifelong learning priority. Two organisational units - Faculty of Economics and North Hungarian Regional Distance Education Centre - of University of Miskolc participate in the project, which is coordinated by the EADTU (Europan Association of Distance Teaching Universities/EADTU).
New project titled „Virtual Campus for Digital Students (ViCaDiS)” has won support
In ViCaDiS (Virtual Campus for Digital Students) a wide range of ODL actors from EU and CEE countries will focus on developing an innovative approach for enhancing international eLearning by moving the strength from the institutional learning environment to the personal learning environment (PLE) which focuses on students. It will also produce an instructional or pedagogical shift inside universities eLearning moving the focus from the education materials and technology to the user-student, to user generated content.
The main objective is to build a virtual campus for digital students aimed at providing open educational resources and tools available and accessible for all students and to ensure the interoperability between the different eLearning environments used in the partner universities.
The goal of ViCaDiS is to create an attractive environment for all students within the Member States, using already existing tools which will be enhanced with new tools wanted by the new generation of students. An innovative multilingual ICT-based environment unique in Europe (as an international virtual campus), it will incorporate several open educational resources (library, glossary, external links, student projects, course activities), open educational tools (wiki, blog, forum, calendar, podcasting, instant messaging communication, audio-video conferencing over IP, RSS, mobile text messaging, mobile accessibility to ViCaDiS) and will promote social networking as an instructional method.
Partners of the consortium: