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GIZ presents innovative products on Lerntec

Even this year E-Academy as part of the Academy of International Cooperation could enhance its profile presenting innovative products on Lerntec, international Trade fair and conference for education, learning and IT in Karlsruhe. During her presentation E-Academy project manager Monika Soddemann referred to GIZ’s huge experience with webinars. In the fields of Mobile Learning and Serious Games – both are future trends in this sector – E-Academy could distinguish itself by innovative platforms and online courses concerning International Cooperation. The new management learning game “Inter Acción!” which has been developed in this context, was one of the finalists of European Award for Technology Supported Learning 2012 (eureleA). On Learntec project manager Volker Lichtenthäler presented numerous e-learning products and activities of E-Academy to the audience and shared relevant experiences at a stand in the area of eureleA. While association representatives mainly wanted to know more about technology being used, developers of human resources and organisations working for German companies operating on an international level, have been much more interested in didactic innovation linked to these learning formats and products and in learning technologies that GIZ has been using in Human Capacity Development.

For further information go to ttp://www.learntec.de.

2012-03-06 08:59

Learning – Sharing – Playing: GIZ at Online Educa in Berlin

During Online Educa Berlin numerous visitors and key players in the world of International Cooperation were impressed by the wide spectrum and competence of the E-Academy concerning the use of new learning media for a global Capacity Development. At this year´s GIZ booth, together with the wide range of online courses related to the topic of sustainable development, Mobile Learning offers in particular received a great response from the public. For example, the educational game “InterAcción – The Intercultural Management Game” (http://www.interaccion.mobi) won visitors´ excitement and curiosity.

Many key players of development cooperation came to network again this year at the Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training which is the biggest E-Learning event in the private and public sector. This was the reason why GIZ gave half of its booth´s space to the Open ECBCheck-Initiative. Since 2008, using the certification project of online courses initiated by InWEnt, GIZ has established a worldwide quality partnership with international organizations such as the BI, ITC-ILO, UNEP, UNITAR, UNU, AVU, IICD, EFQUEL as well as with other international players in the field of Capacity Development. On the day before conference start the members of Open ECBCheck-Initative came together in GIZ bureau in Berlin to review this year’s process and plan further activities and certifications for 2012.

Compared to 2010 the number of certified courses in 2011 has doubled. It has been awarded a total of 12 certificates for E-Learning courses on different topics such as Environmental Management, Complete Blood Count (CBC) or Interactividad y Tutoria Virtual (in Spanish ASEL).

The coveted Open ECB Check label has been received by the following associations:

Ethiopian Institute of Architecture

Building Construction and City Development (EiABC)

Red fortalecimiento de capacidades de educación a distancia y virtual en América Latina (EDUCAL)

Kasr Alainy School of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva

FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), Rome

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Manila, Philippines

UNU-MERIT

Namibia eLearning Centre (NeLC), Namibia

Open University, Manila, Philippines

GIZ E-Academy received a certificate for the following courses:

- “Communication and Leadership“

- „Project Management“

- „International Training and Facilitation Skills“

If you are interested in further information, please contact one of these persons:

Mr. Volker Lichtenthäler, volker.lichtenthaeler@giz.de , Project manager E-Learning at GIZ Academy of International Cooperation, http://www.gc21-eacademy.org. Mrs. Monika Soddemann, monika.soddemann@giz.de, Project manager E-Learning competence on IZ/Open ECB Check, http://www.ecb-check.de

2012-01-11 15:15

We can achieve success when we work together

Dear participants,dear partners,dear colleagues,

An eventful year is drawing to a close. The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) has brought together under one roof the expertise of German Development Service (DED), German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany.

At the GIZ, learning and collaborating with new media – including E-Learning in all its facets – will continue to play an important and central role, accompanied by the Global Campus 21 as the main learning and communication platform for international cooperation projects.

Since October 1st 2011 the former E-Learning centre is now an integral part of the “Academy for International Cooperation“ (AIZ) ; the new “E-Academy“, which is now being created, is to become the GIZ’s competence centre for E-Learning.

In order to fulfil this demand and mission we had to strategically reorient ourselves. But our major tasks continue to be the same:

-The continuous development of the Global Campus 21 learning and communication environment

-The development of targeted online products and services addressing all important topics of international cooperation

- The establishment of E-Learning resources worldwide through „Capacity Development for E-Learning“

Your needs as our participants, partners, our clients and colleagues, have been part of our demands and have guided us in the continuous development and extension of the Global Campus 21 and its learning and communication services.

Now that the year 2011 is almost over, we want to express our sincere thanks for your cooperation.

We can achieve success when we work together.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

Günter Podlacha In the name of GIZ’s E-Academy

2011-12-28 16:08

First Open ECBCheck training concluded

“I have a dream: I would like to certify all our courses with Open ECBCheck in the next 5 years. You know we are the only Open University on the Philippines offering distance learning courses and we would like to set the standards in the region”, says Katherine Kang Esteves a lecturer from the Philippines and participant of the first Open ECBCheck training– an international quality label for e-learning – in Turin, which is jointly organized by GIZ and ITC/ILO. “Here I want to learn how to become a peer-reviewer in the Open ECBCheck Quality Framework”, says Daniel Sziebert, also participant and project manager at UNHCR from Budapest.

Open ECBCheck is a global initiative consisting of UN agencies, for example FAO, UNITAR, ITC/ILO and other international capacity building initiatives, for example IICD, EFQUEL, and has been started three years ago by GIZ and EFQUEL. An international community has been created during that time, which agrees nowadays on a quality standard and criteria.

The common interest is to “harmonize efforts of standards” and to “be divers” as well to be “inclusive” through a shared framework. For more and more leaders in educational organizations, professionals and developers of learning materials, authors or curriculum designers quality of ICT enhanced learning is an issue. Open ECBCheck is providing a toolset for developing and checking quality of programs and courses. The idea behind this training in Turin was to qualify future Open ECBCheck reviewer.

Katherine and Daniel are both part of a larger group of 17 people coming from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. In this group cultural background and languages differ a lot as well as their field of competences and their role in e-learning or distance learning. Some are experts of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Afghanistan – dealing with ICT, some are running the Latin-American Network called “EDUC@L” – a network which supports Capacity Development of eLearning in the region; others are lecturers and e-learning experts at their Universities, where they conceptualize or tutor e-learning programmes in fields like architecture or medicine and last but not least, there were some colleagues from UN-Organizations like UNITAR, UNHCR, UNEP or UNOCHA.

The group is heterogenic, divers, but gender balanced and highly motivated. What they all brought to Italy for this 3 day training is their curiosity to know and learn more about the Certification procedure of Open ECBCheck: they want to know how the concepts of the Open ECBCheck Quality Framework for e-learning works? How to use the online tools for self-assessment and peer-review?

The training course now provided the participants with in depth knowledge of quality management of e-learning delivery and e-learning development. Step by step they were familiarized with the Open ECBCheck methodology, which they apply to their own programs and courses first. Along with this knowledge they have undergone a case based review. In the future they will be able to help other organisations to develop top quality e-learning, consult them on Open ECBCheck and perform peer-reviews in our global initiative, from which someone said: “This is a new window to my future career!”

Who likes to know more about it contact Monika Soddemann,monika.soddemann@giz.de, or click http://www.ecb-check.org or

http://openecbcheck.innovationpros.net/

2011-07-14 17:06

GIZ showcases ICT innovations at elearning Africa conference

“Quality, open innovation and the GC21 E-Academy” – these themes have been at the core of GIZ’s engagement at eLearning Africa, the continents largest conference on ICT for development, education and training. The ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)’ reached out to the more than 1700 participants from all over the world gathering in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from May 25 to 27.

Throughout the conference, GIZ’s stand was crowded with ICT experts and decision makers, who showed high interest in GIZ’s innovations in capacity building such as the newly opened M-Learning Portal, the GC21 E-Academy, the African open source business network ict@innovation and GIZ’s blended learning courses in health, statistics, decentralization and IT-business

Further dwelling on the themes of quality and open innovation, GIZ showcased a range of its products by engaging in key discussions and workshops of the pan-African gathering, among them: “Down to earth: eLearning Qualification and Accreditation in Practice with the OpenECBCheck” (Monika Soddemann, GIZ), “Scaling up strategies, open source, web 2.0, and tools for student generated content in Ethiopia” (Omar Davud, Addis Ababa University / ecbp Ethiopia) and “Business models in Free and Open Source Software in Africa” (George Nyambuya, GIZ South Africa / ict@innovation).

elearning Africa provided an important space for extended networking. GIZ, including colleagues from CIM (Centre for international Migration and Development) got in touch with more than 400 African key stakeholders, participants and alumni of capacity building measures, potential partners and existing key partners such as the “Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)” and the “National eLearning and Support Center Tanzania”. Fittingly, the conference saw the launch of ict@innovation’s Training Guide on Linux System Administration as part of ict@innovation, a joint capacity building programme of GIZ and FOSSFA.

Video footage and interview with African partners and the community of practice of the E-Academy will be online soon at www.gc21-eacademy.org. For detailed information on the overall programme of GIZ at eLearning Africa 2011 see http://ict.ez-blogs.de/ and links below.

2011-06-21 13:49

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Learning platform for mobile phones: E-Academy’s new M-portal is online

Cell phones are always switched on and ready to hand. Therefore users of mobile phones and mobile internet get easy access to information and offers. Without such technologies these people would not have this access because of their life conditions – and they would be cut off from knowledge and chances. With a mobile phone learning is possible always and everywhere.

This is reflected in GIZ’s new event format: a new learning platform for mobile phones and Tablet PCs on Global Campus 21. On the occasion of its launch GIZ’s E-Academy organized a virtual conference on this issue on May 18, 2011. In addition to speakers and experts in Bonn there were live online presentations from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The special thing about Mobile Learning, that means the use of wireless devices for education, lies in the environment of the users. Meanwhile mobile technologies are decisive factors for development and competitiveness. They support management processes in healthcare and sustainable economies, they facilitate financial services and improve knowledge management systems. But most of all the support learning processes. E-Academy’s M-Learning portal shows how mobile services can jointly be developed.

The international exchange of the virtual conference focused on new results and practical examples in the field of Mobile Learning, Mobile Banking, Mobile Health Services and Mobile Technology for Development. The particularly interest of the 80 virtual participants from all over the world lied in the possibilities of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for rural development.

During the online chat spontaneously a transnational network (ICT for Rural Development) was built to exchange first experiences on this field. A good practice example was the case of Dr. Alvin Marcelo, a Filipino doctor and computer scientist, who is using the mobile phone for years successfully for anamnesis and remote diagnostic all over the Filipino Archipelago.

People interested in M-Learning receive information at any time, of course also by mobile phone from anywhere, on interactive and participatory services of the M-Portal. Registered members, especially graduates of E-Academy’s online courses and partners of GIZ in developing countries, can use so called “Knowledge Nuggets”. These are compact knowledge packages optimized and designed for mobile terminal equipment. They allow an interactive exchange with the author and E-Academy’s network of online learners. Whether you’re an author or a consumer: knowledge nuggets are a benefit for all.

You will find more information on Mobile Learning, recordings of the conference and press commentary on http://www.gc21-eacademy.org/mobile.

2011-06-01 12:04

GIZ at eLearning Africa 2011

It’s Africa’s largest conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for development, education and training: For the sixth time in succession eLearning Africa takes place from May 25 till May 27 in Tanzania. Leading organizations from Africa and the rest of the world like European Commission, Global Development Learning Networt (GDLN) or United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) contribute to the programme of the conference.

The ‚Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit‘ (GIZ) is again showcasing a number of its capacity building products at the upcoming eLearning. With GIZ, ICT experts and decision makers can learn how to join the GIZ E-Academy or how to free an IT-Business in Africa through Open Source. Furthermore GIZ will show how to do an OpenECBcheck evaluating the quality of an e-learning programme and how to become a proctor of Linux Administration Certification.

In addition, the GIZ stand, which is realized together with the networking partner National eLearning Support Center (NeSC), at the main exhibition of eLearning Africa will provide a platform for networking with GIZ programmes in the area of health, statistics, decentralization, e-learning and ICT for business development. Overall, GIZ’s presence and action at e-learning Africa is geared towards leveraging the power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and e-learning for sustainable development through human capacity building. GIZ is sponsoring 42 persons attending the conference.

More information on the full GIZ programme at eLearning Africa 2011 will be published soon at http://ict.ez-blogs.de/. Further information on the conference will be given soon at http://www.elearning-africa.com.

2011-05-24 13:27

New learning platform for mobile phones and tablet PC's

Mobile and digital technologies are an important factor for development. This is true for industrial and transition countries as well as for developing countries. Mobile phones and mobile Internet provide those people with access to information and development options whose circumstances would normally exclude them from these technologies and opportunities.

Mobile technologies can support management processes in the health sector and in sustainable development, enable financial services and improve knowledge management-systems. First and foremost, however, they support the process of learning!

On the occasion of the launch of its new learning platform for mobile phones and tablet PC’s and the first anniversary of the GC21 E-Academy, the E-learning Center of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bonn is organizing a virtual conference on this topic on 18th May 2011. In addition to speakers and experts in Bonn, there will be live online-presentations from Africa, Latin America and Asia. The main topics will be Mobile Learning, Mobile Banking, Mobile Health Services and Mobile Technology for Development. The conference will be held in English.

You find up-to-date information on the event and the registration on M-Learning Platform under http://www.gc21-eacademy.org/mobile

2011-05-13 12:52

Dr. Jan Grabowski has left the company for retirement.

The E-Learning Center of GIZ informs you that Dr. Jan Grabowski has left the company for retirement. Responsibility for operation and development of Global Campus 21 has been passed over to Dr. Günter Podlacha.

The ELC thanks Mr. Grabowski for his long-lasting successful activity, and it aims at maintaining and improving the achieved level of services. We will keep publishing the results here, and we welcome any suggestions from our readers and users.

2011-02-23 12:01

Welcome to GIZ

The organisations DED, GTZ and Inwent have merged into a new company Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. To improve the effectiveness of our work, we will unite the best experiences, competences and instruments of the predecessor organisations. This will incorporate, without doubt, the Global Campus 21 and the GC21 E-Academy.

The e-learning centre is looking forward to continuing our good cooperation with all users and partners.

And here are our latest news:

Since the beginning of 2011, the GC21 E-Academy presents itself in the new GIZ design, with a new course programme and information in four languages!

http://www.gc21-eacademy.org

On our page “About Global Campus 21″ you find the Annual Statistics of GC21 for 2010 showing the latest trends, and a summary of our user survey of November 2010 with interesting insights!

We are curious about your feedback. Use the contact form!

Your E-Learning Centre

2011-02-04 09:32

The ceremony of awarding Open ECBCheck certificates

There was a great excitement in Berlin. The reason for it was the ceremony of awarding Open ECBCheck certificates to the representatives of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Bank Institute (WBI), the International Training Centre of International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and GIZ. All of them have worked hard to get their certificate.

A couple of weeks earlier all networking partners had dealt intensively with the evaluation of their own programmes as well as with their role as reviewers evaluating the e-learning programmes of other organisations. The incentive was to get a certification for one’s own programme. As a result, the project “Open ECBCheck” – Open E-Learning for Capacity Buildung Check – created for certification and accreditation of e-learning courses and programmes has passed the project cycle successfully and as scheduled for the first time.

Since 2008 GIZ has been running a worldwide quality partnership with the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL) and in a close cooperation with other international organisations working in the field of capacity building, among which WBI, ITC-ILO, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), UNITAR, UNU (United Nations University), AVU or IICD (International Institute for Communication and Development). GIZ’s networking partners from Latin America, EDUCAL, “Asian E-Learning Net” and “African E-Learning Service-Net” have contributed significantly to the development of the project too. During the first two years, together with them and other international partners, we have developed a catalogue of criteria concerning seven different quality fields: technical, didactic, organisational and others.

Based on this fundament we have continued to work on the development of an online instrument for the evaluation of e-learning trainings. A so called “Peer Reviewing” instrument succeeded after that. The idea behind it was to improve one’s learning level not only by evaluating their own programme but by appraising the programmes of other organisations as well. In addition, an approved quality standard has been fulfilled. The participants in the first pilot phase have confirmed that both goals can be reached.

Starting In 2011, Open ECBCheck initiative is going to involve further institutions into an inter-institutional Review partnership. It´s goal is to place the quality network on a more sustainable ground, for example, concerning the establishment of its own office.

For further information please contact Monika Soddemann [Monika.Soddemann at giz.de], e-learning project manager and responsible for Open ECBCheck.

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2011-01-28 13:20

From e-learning networks up to e-learning policy: Pre-conference workshop at Online Educa Berlin

„Am I a social network, and if so, how many of them are there?” During InWEnt’s workshop (InWEnt is now a part of GIZ) at Online Educa Berlin this question surely occurred to more than 50 international participants out of politics, economy, education and culture. The main topic of the workshop was the significance of networks and their influence on e-learning policy.

Many alumni have already created their own network of e-learning experts so that they can take part in the designing of e-politics in their home countries by using different forms and formats.

Based on this experience the participants of Educa had a discussion about the requirements and factors of success concerning network-building. What kind of different networks and communities exist nowadays? And how strong is the influence of e-learning strategies and e-policy in every country?

Reports by Beverly Trayner, an international expert for social networks, and professor Bernadette Robinson, an expert for e-learning and e-politics from Great Britain, opened the workshop. According to Trayner, virtual networks offer people´s voices a chance to become noticed all over the world instead of remaining unheard. This particular characteristic of virtual networks can play an important role regarding the topic of “leadership”.

For e-policy expert Robinson, policy is an accumulative pool of opinions in which every person and their expert community has to play a part.

With the help of practical examples from GIZ’s network partners from Costa Rica, Cambodia, Mongolia, Namibia and Tanzania it became evident how many goals these countries have already accomplished. For example, thanks to the efforts of the Namibian e-learning centre (NeLC) there is an “Open and Distance Learning Policy” in Namibia. The political influence of the National E-learning Centre in Tanzania is similarly strong.

The quintessence out of this very lively and inspiring workshop was, as it has often happened before, a whole variety of methods, leading to success. The right mixture of confidence, leadership and “ownership”, lobby work and patience finally clears the way that leads to the target.

Workshop moderators were our colleagues from the e-learning centre of GIZ department 8.05. They all have been very enthusiastic about witnessing numerous exciting contributions and receiving a lively interest in the topic.

For further questions please contact GIZ department 8.05. Christian.Gmelin@giz.org, Monika.soddemann@giz.org, Miriam.Unverzagt@giz.org.

2011-01-18 16:12

10 years of GC21 – review and outlook

Our special series devoted to the 10th anniversary of Global Campus 21 finds its conclusion with a contribution by Jan Grabowski and Günter Podlacha, who have been responsible for managing the platform during these ten years. We thank all authors for their inputs. At the same time, we present you an extensive version of the article series as a brochure for down-load, with a preface by the managing director and a timeline of history of GC21!

To read more, visit our special page „10 Years of GC21“ in the category „Blog“. We, the e-Learning center and the editorial staff, are looking forward to get your feedback! Please use the contact form. Hide me.

2010-11-07 07:59

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Mongolia is building a solid bridge

Many GIZ programmes are dealing with the difficulty of the so called “Digital Divide”. They intend to build a bridge to overcome the gap between industrialised countries and Southern countries concerning the development of the IT sector and its use. Although not situated in the South, Mongolia is well on its way not only to build such a bridge but also to cross it.

Although this is not one of the countries the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is primarily cooperating with, Federal Minister Dirk Niebel visited Mongolia on one of his first trips abroad. The home country of Genghis Khan must have something special… Surely one important reason for the Minister’s visit was the upcoming boom in the sector of coal mining and the intention to introduce Germany’s economy as a reliable partner for development. However, he may also have recognised that Mongolia is much more advanced concerning e-learning than one would think.

Make knowledge accessible

Inwent and its e-learning centre in particular are paving the way by realising numerous projects with the help of experts of Applicatio Training & Management Ltd. In a country that is as vast in size and sparsely populated as Mongolia e-learning is the ideal way to make knowledge accessible all over the place.

Ten experts from Mongolia have taken part at GIZ’s ELDI-programme to this day. Meanwhile, the then newly founded NGO Mongolia e-Knowledge (MeK) is now running its own e-learning platform based on acquired knowledge. Furthermore, this platform has been very successful offering trainings based both on Inwent’s courses and on MeK’s own developments.

This year the organisation hosted an opening workshop for GIZ’s eLDI-Asia Programme in Ulaanbaatar. And, on behalf of some private companies in Mongolia, MeK created portals and learning platforms in Mongolian language.

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Clear goal

Today MeK and the GIZ are taking a further step together. They initiated a process with the objective of developing a national e-learning strategy, which would attract wide interests. At the beginning of 2011 a round table discussion will take place in order to develop the first nationwide e-learning strategy managed by MeK with the participation of many ministries, agencies and NGOs.

Here, different aspects of quality management in the field of e-learning will play an important role. It has been planned, therefore, to moderate the ECBCheck, which development Inwent was significantly involved in, and launch it in Mongolia. It seems that – in this field – another bridge has been built that is not founded on sand but on solid foundations consisting of clearly defined quality criteria and keeping a clear goal in sight.

By Gerelchimeg Chuluunbaatar-Trede and Thorsten Trede

Applicatio Training & Management Ltd.

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2010-11-03 16:17

GC21 speaks Portuguese

Our platform has now a Portuguese user surface. The standard texts for machine-user interaction in courses and virtual working environments were translated to Portuguese. This fulfils a frequently expressed wish, as Portuguese is spoken in important cooperation countries of Inwent. Some applications for Portuguese-speaking participants, e.g. in the GC21 E-Academy, have been available for a longer time, however, with English standard texts inserted. Now we expect a further increase of usage in Portuguese language.

As a result, GC21 has reached its targeted range of 8 user interface language (English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese). Further extension is not being planned at present.

2010-09-27 12:27

Author workshop at GC21 E-Academy in Peru

From E-education up to multi-media interaction: These were the topics of GC21 fourth Author workshop that was held in Lima, Peru from 12th to 15th of July 2010. With a strong support of our regional offices we were able to present the whole concept of the E-Academy. All 12 participants from Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Argentina and Colombia discussed examples from running courses offered by GC21 E-Academy and later practiced what they had learned by implementing their respective course screenplays. Miriam Unverzagt and Constance Adlung moderated and led the workshop with the energetic and professional support of visiting experts on e-education, e-tutoring, e-authoring, multimedia design and evaluation.

By fall, the following course modules are going to be completed and made available to a wider public in the context of InWEnt´s e-Academy:

1st Gestión de Redes (Network management)

2nd Gestión de Cambio (Change management)

3rd Cambio climático (Climate change)

4th Facilitación con Enfoque Participativo (Assistance focussed on participants )

5th Diseño Didáctico (Didactic design)

6th Desarrollo de Contenido (Content development)

7th Tecnología de eLearning (E-Learning technology)

8th Gestión de eLearning (E-Learning management)

9th Tutoría de eLearning (E-Learning mentoring)

10th Evaluación de Aprendizaje de eLearning (Evaluation of e-Learning education)

For further information on the status of contents, which have to be generated, you can contact our regional office in Lima ([lima@inwent.org.pe]) and learn more about our thematic course modules (1-4). If you are interested in our E-skills modules (5-10) you can get in touch with us via e-mail, [eacademy@inwent.org].

Miriam Unverzagt and Constance Adlung

8.05 Dept. E-Learning, International Knowledge Communities and Documentation

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2010-08-26 15:39

Empowering People through E-Learning

“In e-learning we already arrived at regional integration. We are involving tutors and participants without borders and we are interdisciplinary”. That is how Juvy Gervacio, Assistant Professor at the “University of the Philippines Open University” (UPOU), highlighted online programs as one crucial tool when it comes to integration, networking building and education in Southeast Asia and elsewhere in the world. The e-learning workshops on the “Costs and Benefits of E-Learning” were part of the overall topic of InWEnt’s Alumni-Conference on “Regional Integration in Southeast Asia: Leadership Challenges and Network Building” in Hanoi from June 30 to July 2.

With around 250 participants from all over region and topics ranging from Coastal Management to Corporate Social Responsibility, from Financial Management to the use of Open and/or Free Software in the health area, the e-learners once again manifested themselves as the cross-cutting experts when dealing with further education, capacity and community building.

In three consecutive working groups the participants discussed a broad variety of topics relevant to e-learning – extending from social and socio-economic issues to educational and even ecological aspects of online programs.

Connecting Communities – Connecting People

This first session focussed on the educational and social dimensions of e-learning. However, more basically it made clear the very down-to-earth challenges e-learning is still facing nowadays: Why praise the easy and flexible access to information or the high quality of education if you cannot afford a computer or the internet fees? Why bother with networking and building up local champions if the great masses feel left out from this movement? Why invest so much time and money if there is no binding legal framework to canalize the energy?

During a lively discussion the group agreed on e-learning as the key tool for community and capacity building at the regional level. It is the choice instrument for empowerment to enhance leadership styles and skills and foster partnerships. E-learning has an outstanding potential to connect people and help build communities, and portals like the GC21 E-Academy can and should play a vital role in linking these communities of practise. To sustainably enhance these objectives it is pivotal for e-learning to pay heed to quality assurance in order to create and sustain acceptance of people and gain government support.

Cutting edge tool/Health topic

Because of its pervasiveness, its wide accessibility and its strong commitment to interactivity, e-learning is a potentially suitable facility in the field of environmental management ranging from policy advocacy to information, education and communication.

Even though initially not on the agenda but evidently of high interest was the health topic. There, e-learning has a tremendous potential when it comes to health insurance and standards for health care. In widening the scope of the definition of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) a parallel workshop declared health its main theme. Health and Open Source Software discussed the practical use of Free and/or Open Source Software (FOSS) in the countries of the ASEAN and, among others, gave answers to questions like how a mobile text message may help your health.

For hospitals e.g. in Vietnam that cannot afford proprietary software for the administration of their patient charts, FOSS can provide solutions for an improved health care. It also facilitates the transmission of patient data over long distances via the internet or even via mobile phone. This can spare patients in remote rural areas long and cumbersome travels to the doctor’s office or hospital e.g. when they need to get their blood values or blood sugar levels tested.

More information on accessibility and the practical uses of such free software you can find under

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Asia E-Learning Network: Towards Developing E-Learning Champions

This last session was supposed to bridge the workshop topics and the overall theme of the conference on leadership challenges and network building by particularly discussing concrete initiatives and steps to bring the region’s integration project further and by figuring out useful future capacity building projects for regional integration.

One practicable and easy to tackle step towards furthering integration is the continuous development and strengthening of the Asia E-Learning Network. This may be a promising kick-off for collaboration of individuals and experts in Asia.

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2010-08-11 11:30

New Usage Statistics of GC21

The usage statistics of Global Campus 21 for 2009 has now been published.

We are happy to report that all indicators show a significant increase in comparison with 2008. Russia, Peru, Egypt, Colombia and the Philippines head the country list. Usage in Arabic and Chinese language has stabilised, though still on a low level.

Read the summary on our page

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and download the complete statistics from that page. For the first time, an overview of accesses to the various public programme and theme portals of GC21 is included, and there are usage figures for the new subsystems of the Application Farm.

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2010-08-04 14:37

Vietnamese-German University Consortium Association

In the future, a portal on Global Campus 21 will ease the work of the Consortium Association in building up a Vietnamese-German University (VGU). The VGU is the first Vietnamese state university, which has been established under a foreign model: following the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (TUD). The VGU opened 2008 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The VGU platform on Global Campus 21 is being used as a means of communication between all parties involved in the VGU consortium in order to control their activities, especially the participating universities. The portal offers two usages: In internal fields members of various working groups can exchange or set documents, and chat. The public domain, open for all members, contains documents, forms and useful information as, for example, updates of general meetings or association reports.

The VGU Consortium was founded in February 2009 in Bonn. Members are 32 Universities and the TU9 Association, a consortium of Germany’s largest technical universities. In the coming years the Consortium will develop a comprehensive study programme with bachelor, master and PhD degrees.

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2010-07-29 13:37

New editor of Global Campus 21

Dear Community,

I present myself as the new editor of the Global Campus 21. In the future, I will manage the German and English pages, María Ortiz will continue to be your contact for the Spanish ones. Furthermore, I will also moderate the facebook group. I work as a freelance journalist and technology writer in Bonn, writing for various print and online media, including Spiegel online, Zeit online, Bonner General-Anzeiger, various publications of the DAAD or the Leibniz Gemeinschaft. And I also create contents for the website of the Signal Iduna IKK.

I‘m really looking forward to work as editor of the Global Campus 21, hoping for a lively exchange with you and many interesting contacts.

Kind regards

Sabine Wygas

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2010-07-29 11:23

GC21 team with a new face!

Dear GC21 community, the Global Campus 21 – editorial team will be given a new face! I have been part of the team since about three years, especially working at the German and English pages, and also recently as moderator and administrator of this facebook group. I have finished this activity now, continuing my career as a freelance journalist.

The new team member will be Sabine Wygas, also a freelance journalist from Bonn. She will introduce herself here and on the GC21 pages. María Ortiz will continue to be your contact for all Spanish pages.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all readers and visitors for their interest in our work. I wish you all a wonderful time with the GC21! Of course you can still find me here on facebook, if you want to keep contact!

Kind regards,

Boris

2010-07-22 21:06

eLearning Africa 2010: Thirst for networking

There was an indescribable rush on Wednesday, May 26, in front of the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in the heart of Lusaka, Zambia. Despite the humidity that morning more than 500 people were waiting at the entrance to this year’s eLearning Africa. Never before had conference organisers from ICWE Berlin experienced a similar rush on an African conference.

After Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Accra and Dakar the largest conference on eLearning and distance learners took place for the fifth time on the African continent. More than 1,700 participants from 78 countries attended the largest African Conference on the use of information and communication technologies for education and training. The strong attraction of this event shows that it hit a nerve with its subject: The “thirst” for access, networking and development on the continent is high, e-learning has become an effective means to convey knowledge and skills cost effectively. Mobile Learning and open source software were a hot topic at this conference – no wonder, considering the large number of mobile users in Africa.

Of Course, InWEnt with its 10 years experience in capacity building in Africa also took actively part in the event. While many people waited in the conference hall for their registration, booths were built behind the scenes. InWEnt shared a nine square meter booth with its two African network partners, the Namibian eLearning Centre (NeLC) and the Kenyan eLearning Centre (KeLC). More than 300 people attended this booth during the following three days. Not only e-learning courses were in demand, but particularly know-how in the introduction of e-learning strategies in companies or organisations, as well as ideas and advice on setting up e-learning centres. People were looking for partners for e-learning projects. InWEnt’s e-learning alumni from Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Namibia, were exactly the right people for these inquiries. Whether in health, fair trade or quality management they are all still actively involved in e-learning. With commitment and expert opinion they gave information and reported on their experience and future projects. Thanks to their participation and tremendous support, InWEnt´s booth was a great success.

In addition to the booth there were many other initiatives which InWEnt and its partners were involved in during the course of the conference: InWEnt attended the “2nd Steering Committee meeting of the Pan African e-Learning Network of the UNEP”. The participants discussed strategies for the building and development of e-learning in the environmental field. The approximately 40 participants from Africa almost all had attended InWEnt courses on “e-Learning in Practice” and are a catalyst for building e-learning” hubs” in the environmental field.

The N3LC-KeLC-InWEnt workshop on “Developing Business Strategy Models for Multi-Stakeholder elearning” received a great response from the audience. It related to best-practice examples of e-learning strategies as well as foundations of e-learning centers. Here, the participants were able to pick up important content impetus for their work. Also the workshop on “Open ECBCheck” – quality management and certification of e-learning products – met with considerable interest. The workshop dealt with the question of how to standardize e-learning products and continue to improve them, without much money to spend. A tool had been developed and saved on a USB stick – it quickly became known that the tool was available at the booth. The tool turned out to be a true “magnet” for the booth and demonstrated the vitality and quick communication on this unique conference.

Links:

[eLearning Africa 2010] [OPEN ECBCheck] [GC21 E-Academy]

2010-06-22 14:02

E-Academy: The New World of Learning

“When we launched the Global Campus 21 ten years ago, many people were skeptical,” says Bernhard Schleich, Managing Director of Inwent. “They thought, why should we rely on a technology that was at that time barely available in developing countries.” But Inwent was right – today internet one of the most important instruments in knowledge transfer and the networking of people from developing and developed countries. “We have to take up trends early enough, instead of running after them,” said Mr. Schleich. With the new E-Academy Inwent now paves a new path again – as Inwent did with the introduction of the Global Campus 21

Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), opened officially the GC21 E-Academy on April 28. The main target group of the new e-learning portal are leaders from developing and emerging economies. You can choose from a catalog of 35 courses: Topics include development, management and leadership, sustainable management, communication, climate and environment, health, education and equality, peace and human rights. Another 25 courses are being planned and will be included at the end of 2010.

Mr. Beerfeltz stressed in his speech the importance of Web 2.0 and e-learning in education. “People enjoy new learning media such as internet, cell phones, computers and new communications technology. They bring us into a tension between traditional learning methods and innovative forms of learning.” Mr. Beerfeltz emphasized the role of Inwent in this new learning phase. The E-Academy is an innovative element of a modern German development cooperation, he said. Inwent brings an important asset in the forthcoming merger of the major implementing agencies. “This will influence the work of the entire German international cooperation,” said Beerfeltz.

The guests at the opening event were able to take a first look at the new portal on notebooks. The impressions were positive – people praised the dynamic home page and the easy navigation. The offerings of the E-Academy are partly free of charge, some can be booked with partial scholarships. Inwent alumni receive a 50% discount. There are self-learning courses and online courses, which are accompanied by tutors. All courses are subject to international quality standards and can be booked via an online shop. “With the E-Academy Inwent will expand global partnerships for sustainable development,” says project manager Volker Lichtenthäler. “We can use this new offering to address culturally diverse groups individually and to offer high quality training at relatively low prices.”

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2010-05-05 12:39

GC21 goes facebook

The Global Campus 21 has now established a group on facebook. All GC21-users and interested people are invited to join the group. We will post information on our latest articles and blog postings. Those who have a facebook account can use the following link to join:

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2010-04-22 16:26

Capacity Building for Effective Health

The new course “Capacity Building for Effective Health” is aimed at executives from institutions responsible for national health strategies. Every year the programme has a specific focus: in 2009 it was “Health Financing”, in 2010 it is “Curative Service Management” and in 2011 it is going to be “Data-based Decision and Policy Making.”

The participants are from countries that deal extensively with these priorities: Vietnam, Cambodia, Kenya and Tanzania. The health system in these four countries faces a variety of problems. However, there is a great need for an efficient system people could benefit from.

Five participants will be selected from each of the four countries – from different organisations – both public and private sector. The participants must have the potential to enforce changes in their organisation or institution. The aim of the course is to provide participants with opportunities and tools enabling them to help building a sustainable and stable healthcare system in their countries.

The course consists of several face seminars and a continuous exchange among online working groups on the Global Campus 21. Although this course is not an online course the GC21 has a firm place in its educational scenario: Tutors are going to offer chats to give participants an opportunity to exchange information directly with them as well as with other participants. It is also a chance to discuss whether the participants get along well, what kind of problems they have, but also technical issues, such as how to assess the results so far.

There are working groups on the GC21, where tutors can upload material and summarise work results, as well as chat sessions, including regular chats with experts. For example, in the last course there has been a chat with a scientist, who conducts a research on the field of health economics.

The course consists of 280 hours within 42 weeks. During this time, participants develop individual solutions to specific problems of their homelands. Before course start they are supposed to find a specific topic from their homeland which they will work on during the course phase. They identify the shortcomings of their current health care system and put their new concepts into group discussions. Hide me.

2010-04-02 12:37

Sustainability in the Financial Sector

“In a financial institution in the West you deal a lot with aspects that affect people in developing countries – more than ourselves”, David Harleman from the Dutch Fortis Bank said in a GC21 interview. In developing and emerging countries, but also in developed countries the awareness of the financial sector for sustainable development is increasing. The aim is to ensure that the investment and business deals don’t counteract the development of their own or another country. Sustainable banking must make certain in its activities that human rights are respected and resources protected.

The most popular definition of “sustainability” has been written in the Brundtland Report, published by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” A sustainable policy therefore influences the economic, social and ecological development of a country.

Most banks have long recognized that they can combine with sustainability environmental and economic objectives – an effective resource and environmental management can led to considerable savings. Many customers hold also increasingly facilities in high regard that don’t contradict sustainable objectives. A social and environmental risk analysis in the financial sector is therefore more than just an ideal: it is a “must” in order to remain competitive.

The United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) developed in cooperation with Inwent, the INCAE Business School, the Ecoanking Project and FMO – Finance for Development the online course “Environmental and Social Risk Analysis.” It is aimed at staff from regional and international financial institutions – they learn how to systematically identify the environmental and social risks of their lending and investment activities, but also to analyze and manage them. The course activities will take place on the Global Campus 21.

Participants learn how to better recognize environmental risks that arise in activities with their customers. But they also learn how to establish a new value system in their institution and therefore achieve a competitive advantage. In the end, they develop strategies to systematically capture risks in their own work and understand them. Thus they avoid losses to their bank and position themselves on the market and attract new business fields.

UNEP is a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the private financial sector. Their aim is the integration of environmental issues in the services of the financial sector. Worldwide more than 180 institutions from over 40 states have joined the initiative to encourage private investment in clean technologies and services and to link sustainability with economic efficiency. Hide me.

2010-03-22 21:50

In remembrance of Til Schönherr

Last week marked the anniversary of Til Schönherr´s death, who was our friend and colleague.

The E-Learning Center remembers with gratitude the time when Til belonged to our team.

Since then we have felt repeatedly the great influence he had on our work and our life.

Our current approaches in sustainable development of regional e-learning structures, the project Open ECBCheck, the transformation of the “Management Skills Suite” into the E-Academy, etc. – all this was greatly inspired by Til’s ideas and shaped with his support as well.

It turns out that these ideas endured and proved their value.

But Til’s influence is not only evident in our work results. We remember vividly his direct manner and open mindedness which he always won people over with.

In this sense we want to continue pursuing Til’s work.

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2010-03-07 21:39

Opening Message from ELC

Dear users and visitors,

today we reveal the new Public Portal of Global Campus 21. We have facelifted the design, to make content easier to perceive (both by people and search engines). Also the editing process has been rebuilt, allowing us to shorten the editing cycle and to address our audience in different languages more flexibly.

The new pages will focus on providing valuable and vivid messages about our platform and its practical use, new products, and the experience and opinions of people and organisations who inhabit our virtual house.

Step by step, we will enrich the portal functionally, to meet the demand for discussion and feedback opportunities, personalisation, further languages, and systematic access to campus data.

It is worth recalling that, a few months ago, we opened an important subsite, the “GC21 Compass” (User Support Center), attended by long-standing experts, providing well-sorted knowledge resources around GC21 use, and a moderated forum. And shortly we will have another premiere: The innovated GC21 E-Academy will open its doors, with a considerably extended learning portfolio and customer-friendly face.

And also in 2010, we will celebrate the decennial of Global Campus 21. There will be ample opportunity to remember what our platform stands for, and what it has achieved.

For today, let me say we wish you happy surfing and reading, and we are eager to get your feedback.

Thanks to all those who helped: the editorial team, and Michael Wiese, Ute Bender, Jeremy Crowe, and Sabine Altenburg.

Coming back soon

Jan Grabowski, on behalf of InWEnt’s E-Learning Center.

2010-02-05 10:06

Opening Message from Editorial Team

Welcome! We, the editors of Public Campus 21, are pleased to bring you with this blog a bit closer to the activities on the campus on a more personal level. In the future, we will report here on issues that we encounter in our everyday editorial work – new portals, new courses, but also what we find in the worldwide web about virtual learning.

We – that is María Ortiz for the Spanish-language sites and themes and Boris Hänßler for the German and English! We welcome you to accompany us with your ideas and your feedback!

With kind regards

María Ortiz and Boris Hänßler

2010-02-04 22:49

Sustainability has high priority

What do participants of e-learning courses do with their gained knowledge? We asked David Harleman from Fortis Bank Nederland whether his participation in our course “Enrivonmental and Social Risk Management” had helped him in his daily work. He said, he had learned how to assess risks of transactions in a more systematic way.

What motivated you to participate in the course?

David Harleman: One of my activities is to work on the integration of social and environmental issues in our risk management processes, as well as work on policy development on sustainability topics. That is why this course was interesting for me, because it offered exactly that.

Did the course meet your expectations?

David Harleman: Yes, one of my aims was to look in a more systematic way on how to deal with environmental and social risks in a financial institution. I think that in our organisation we have already been working to a system to address those risks or issues. But sometimes it was a bit ad hoc, so when a topic came up, we started to look at it and analyse it case-by-case. We have a team of experts with a lot of knowledge about sustainability but there was not a really structured way to deal with these risks. That was what I was hoping to get some insights on in the course. This met my expectations.

Have you been able to use your newly gained knowledge from the course?

David Harleman: I can say that now I am able to use this knowledge for my benefit. Before this course, when I had to give an opinion on a certain deal, I looked at the deal as such and I used my available knowledge, I did not use a fixed structure. After the course I have been using elements from it to assess transactions on environmental and social risks.

What role does sustainability play in your institution?

David Harleman: The financial crisis in 2008 had a lot of impact on our company; there had been many changes in our structure. Still, I think we developed ambitious initiatives to deal with environmental and social risks, and despite what happened, this is still important. Our activities have not been subordinated to other priorities, and this is encouraging for us.

Have you learned something from the other participants in the course?

David Harleman: It was a very interesting group of participants with a huge variety of backgrounds, there were people from all over the world. It was especially interesting to get to know different kinds of experience from people in developing countries. In a financial institution in the West you deal a lot with aspects that affect people in developing countries – more than ourselves. Normally, you are not in touch with banks and financial institutions in developing countries. Because of the different time zones discussions had not always been on a high level – so it would have been very interesting to atually meet the people, but I understand this is complicated and expensive to organise.

David Harleman has a Master in International Business and International Relations. He is Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Fortis Bank Nederland. Fortis Bank Nederland became independent in October 2008 after nationalisation of the former Fortis Group´s Dutch part. Mr. Harleman participated in the course “Enrivonmental and Social Risk Management” in spring 2009.

2010-02-03 22:05

New Course: Professional Certificate in Education Finance, Economics and Planning

This one-year blended-learning programme is targeted at officials and professionals involved in education policy, planning, financing and budgeting and employed in ministries of education and finance, NGOs and training institutions within the SADC region.

The programme is to assist participants to acquire the essential skills and competencies in the area of educational finance and planning for achieving education policy objectives.

Participants learn how education policies such as quality education for all can be translated into budgets and programmes.

It is jointly offered by the SADC Education Policy Support Initiative Centre at the Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, together with InWEnts Education Division and is accredited by the Wits University as a masters level Certificate of Competence.

A combination of residential tuition – comprising of 4 weeks in Johannesburg – and e-learning-phases allows participants to continue to work and to apply their learning in practice on-the-job, all while learning to use modern information and communication technology.

For a short demo-version of the online modules please refer to:

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2010-01-29 12:35

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Local Partnership With A Kick

In 2010 South Africa will host the world’s biggest sport event, the FIFA World Cup – it will take place for the first time in Africa. German experts know from their own World Cup: the organizational skills of World Cup host cities are challenged. Being a host is more than just stadiums and fan parks. There is hardly a communal work field, which is not affected by the World Cup preparations: transport, security, energy, marketing or tourism.

German cities have met well the challenges of the World Cup in 2006. Since 2007, they now want to share their experience with their South African colleagues. The project is called “South Africa 2010 – Germany 2006: Local partnership with Kick!” German municipalities not only provide their expertise in sustainable urban development to African partners – they conversely deepen their knowledge of the partner region. Both partners exchange ideas in order to find solutions to current issues that affect both sides.

To say it more concretely: German experts are consultants to local actors in South Africa. About 70 experts from 13 German World Cup cities and team sites are engaged in the project. They advise on all matters of the World Cup organization. To prepare for their missions, they are trained by the InWEnt “Vorbereitungsstätte für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit” (V-EZ) in cross-cultural and regional topics. Additionally In Germany there will be events on city squares, in stadiums, universities and other institutions – the anticipation of the 2010 World Cup will be combined with information on South Africa’s past and present, development opportunities, problems and successes.

The Global Campus 21 is part of the project. On a special online platform the German experts share their experiences in a closed working space. So they can easily find colleagues who already dealed with similar problems. Together, they can more specifically advise their South African partners. The German representatives thus strengthen the network of German-South African World Cup experts and at the same time make their international know-how and commitment visible in their own community.

The project is being carried out by InWEnt on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and is part of the German-South African government agreements. It is closely linked with the activities of the Development Co-operations of organisations such as DED, GTZ, KfW and CIM. Together with the InWEnt Regional Office in Pretoria, the Service Agency in the One World (SKEW) is the central contact for this project.

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2010-01-29 11:31