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eBook: Pedagogical model for virtual education projects

E-learning is an approach to education that enhances methodologies and strategies for virtual learning modules. The GIZ considers E-learning to be crucial to successful knowledge transfer. This is why the GIZ has undertaken initiatives to both fund and support the training of qualified personnel across Latin America, to further their E-learning modules.

The GIZ published an ebook (Spanish version available as pdf and ePub) in order to share its experiences with institutions aiming to improve the quality of their educational proposals. These institutions are striving to develop E-learning strategies at institutional levels.

Virtual Learning Networks: EDUC@L

The GIZ maintains that E-learning takes full advantage of cutting-edge technologies. In this way, education is refurbished and holistic learning is promoted. The GIZ’s training methodology is defined as self-guided and socially-collaborative, with various ways to create and share knowledge, exchange opinions and perspectives, and build communities of practice. A great example of this is Latin America’s prestigious virtual education network for capacity building, EDUC@L, one of the most important products of this program.

The program’s development is a labor intensive yet rewarding process, synergizing participant competencies through the discussion of personal experience. This has a direct influence on the achievement of goals, perpetuating long-term collaboration in developing and enhancing learning methodologies: particularly the virtual ones.

Thanks to Our Partners

The GIZ would like to thank everyone who participated in and / or contributed to this program throughout the years, with particular regard to the virtual education expert Johanna Meza, who took care of the preparation and editing of this publication.

Miriam Unverzagt
Program manager “E-Learning para el desarrollo de capacidades”
Akademie für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (AIZ)
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Bonn, Germany

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Armenian E-Learning Network

Armenian E-Learning Network: Third National Training successfully completed

 

The third round of the national Armenian E-Learning Programme ended on a high note, with the final workshop taking place 10 – 13 May 2013 in Yerevan. The 5 month e-learning training programme followed a blended learning approach: face to face workshops in combination with an online phase.

 

Training by national e-Learning trainers

Teams from five educational institutions were trained to develop and implement e-learning courses within their institutions. The training also included counseling and coaching phases at the beginning and end of the training programme, to ensure the sustainability of the project. The development of a pilot project was an integral part of the training, i.e. an e-learning course designed by each team. The training itself was implemented by national e-learning trainers in an interactive and participant-oriented manner. Participants were able to strengthen their skills in order develop their pilot projects as effectively as possible. The success was twofold: On a personal level, the participants could engage with one another and work on their pilot projects according to their individual course-development skills. Working collaboratively with their peers on the e-learning modules during the online phase, they further developed their competencies in areas such as media, communication, and management. The institutions, which had to submit an e-learning strategy before they were admitted to the programme, can now make use of a ready-made e-learning course.

Positive feedback

The participants provided very positive feedback, emphasizing the usefulness of the training for their institutions. They pointed out the variety of interactive teaching methods applied by the e-learning trainers during the course, as well as the individual and personal support they have received. Participants also presented their pilot projects to guests from national training institutions, among them the Director of Global Development Fund in Armenia and the Director of National Centre of VET Development, which congratulated the Armenian E-Learning Network on the excellent training programme and stressed the importance of said programme for the education sector in Armenia.

Selection of institutions and networking

Since 2009, 15 institutions in Armenia have passed the training course. These are located throughout Armenia, selected from various regions in order to promote dissemination of knowledge as well as a nationwide exchange of educational institutions. In 2010, the Armenian E-Learning Network “ARMeLNet” was established as a joint initiative of eight public and private educational organisations. It also established its own learning platform.

Background information

The regional project in the South Caucasus is part of the global programme „E-Learning for Capacity Development“of the GIZ E-Academy. The programme aims at strengthening the educational landscape in the partnering countries as well as fostering regional and global e-learning networks.

In the countries of the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), the project started in 2008/2009. Within the framework of the project, content on all aspects of e-learning was translated and adapted to the local context. National E-Learning Trainers were qualified by GIZ to offer the training on the national level through a training of trainers programme. In all three countries , national e-learning networks were introduced, along with the Caucasus e-learning network functioning on a regional level.

Contact:

Yulia Stakyan, GIZ Office Armenia,

Elke Wemhoff, OE 8170 Global Knowledge Sharing & Learning,


Examples Worth Adopting

Examples Worth Adopting

A growing number of organisations build their information and knowledge infrastructure upon services available in the World Wide Web, or in intranets. They come to understand the potential of web based learning, communication and cooperation, and they look for suitable tools.

The exploding multitude of systems and techniques makes it difficult for organisations to orient themselves, and sometimes they must learn that novel technology isn’t always a panacea. Organisations that use a system like Global Campus 21 rely not only on proven technological concepts and a stable and secure system operation, but also on professional advice and customised solutions.

On this page we report about organisations (not least Inwent) that realise projects with the aid of Global Campus 21. We outline why, for what, and how they use the platform. You may take this information as a suggestion for your own projects. Ask us for further details or for a contact with the responsible staff.

German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) uses Global Campus 21 as a tool of its international cooperation in higher education – currently with two portals. An example is the IC-Forum: DAAD has currently 49 information centers in all continents. On GC21 an organisation informs about its activities as well as study and research opportunities in Germany. The ICs have been using the campus since 2007 as a virtual resource and communication portal, which facilitates the cooperation among the ICs as well as with DAAD headquarters. The portal provides extensive resources, including guidlines or presentation templates, news and important dates from the centers and headquarters. Foreign experts also use the portal to exchange experience.

Export-Forum as a network for DAAD project staff

Due to positive experience with the IC-portal in 2009 DAAD has created an Export-Forum for coordinators of DAAD programme “German Study Programmes Abroad ” With this programme, DAAD supports German universities while establishing themselves on the international education market. Those entrusted with the coordination of higher education employees have the opportunity to use the Export-Forum in order to network and retrieve documents: dates, event presentations, templates, addresses and links.

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the private financial sector. Its aim is to integrate environmental aspects into the sector of financial services. To achieve these goals, the initiative offers special education programmes.

In cooperation with InWEnt and other partners, UNEP FI is offering two e-learning courses, which are performed on the Global Campus 21. “Environmental and Social Risk Analysis” (ESRA) is aimed at risk managers and analysts from the banking sector specialising in investments in developing and emerging economies. The course was initially developed in Spanish; since 2007 an English version is also available. Students learn to assess the social and environmental risks of their investment and lending activities and how to manage them.

On Global Campus 21 participants receive intensive individual support from their tutors. During the course, for example, they analyse the implementation of environmental and social politics and simulate case studies. The participants take into account possible effects on the environment of their own customers.

The second course provides knowledge on “Corporate Eco-Efficiency”. Companies that effectively save paper, printing, water and energy, experience great economic benefits. They often save millions of dollars. The programme shows how financial institutions can reduce resources within their daily activities, and thus also reduce their environmental footprint.