TOGIVE Work packages

TOGIVE Work packages

WORK PACKAGE 1 – PROJECT ENVIRONMENT SET-UP
WORK PACKAGE 2 – CAPACITY BUILDING OF LATIN AMERICAN DIGITAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS
WORK PACKAGE 3 – MOOC PRODUCTION AND TESTING
WORK PACKAGE 4 – QUALITY ASSURANCE AND MONITORING
WORK PACKAGE 5 – DISSEMINATION
WORK PACKAGE 6 – EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS
WORK PACKAGE 7 – MANAGEMENT

WORK PACKAGE 1 – PROJECT ENVIRONMENT SET-UP

The aim of WP1 is to set-up the needed conditions for the effective materialisation of the project.

It is mainly an analytic work-package comprising 3 focused analyses:

First, a preliminary analysis of the capacities of the involved Latin American HEIs for the effective delivery of MOOCs and digital education in general. Made by the LAC HEIs themselves, its objective is to know their view on the state and needs of their digital education facilities, software and staff capacities before the “Digital Education Experts´ Committee” visits the installations.

Secondly an analysis on the current state of the Open Government paradigm in each involved Latin American country and, specifically, on the local environment of the HEIs to assess the strength to be put on the dissemination plan and the Open Government Digital Education Platform promotion. Thirdly, a comparative report on the available Open Government MOOCs in all partners HEIs in order to identify the most relevant and most important contents for the creation of the 6-months

Open Government MOOC to be replicated in each HEI.

Together with this, three main actions will prepare the ground for a successful implementation of the project. A first approach to possible collaborators for a Digital Education Cooperation Programme managing an Open Government Digital Education Platform WP1 will prepare the ground for attracting public officers/civil servants (both from public universities and the rest of public institutions in the country) to follow the 6-months Open Government MOOC by meeting with regional civil servants associations and passing a survey created by the Open Government Experts Committee for public officers´ recommendations for the MOOC.

The preparation phase will also include the planification of the inter-regional collaboration activities between the Latin American HEIs related to Digital Education.

WORK PACKAGE 2 – CAPACITY BUILDING OF LATIN AMERICAN DIGITAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS

Work Package dedicated exclusively to build-up the digital education capacities of the Latin American HEIs giving a strong impulse to the training and education of LAC HEIs technical staff and to the creation of cost-effective facilities (following the model and experience of the European HEIs) with equipment and open-source software.

The WP begins with an in-site analysis made by the “Digital Experts Committee” in each of the LAC HEIs (4) for determining the final needs and actual equipment to be purchased on the basis of the Digital Education Facilities MODEL created by the ULL. The equipment is to be purchased and installed through a tender in each LAC HEi in order to be operative for the recording of the Open Government MOOC.

One of the immediate future goals of the OGDEP is that the use of ICTs become a standard tool in the Latin American partners. For this reason, we need to: train staff in the use of this ICTs making them capable of adapting with ease to methodological changes; have user-friendly, intuitive IT platforms that are adaptable to different contexts; create peer-assessed content with technical, scientific and pedagogical quality; facilitate effective communication through the network between the various stakeholders.

The training of academic staff, technicians and mentors for the effective operations of the DigitalEducation facilities will start as soon as month 8 of the project with 2 workshops for digital education professionals to be carried out by the “Digital Experts Committee” in each LAC HEI (4).

The contents of this training is to be developed by the “Digital Experts Committee” itself.

Once the installation is complete (month 9) production and postproduction tests will be developed with the trained staff to get used with the technology and prepare the ground for the successful recording of the 6-months Open Government MOOC videos.

The European HEIs will prepare, at this stage, their own studios and facilities for the recording of the MOOC videos.

Owing to its experience, UNINETTUNO and ULL and FGULL will participate in the preparation of the courses. ULL also calls on the services of teachers who will share their knowledge of technical and
computer skills, as well as of the transfer of academic outcomes and their application to the real world.

The videos will be then recorded IN ALL HEIs of the consortium with the contents created by the “Open Government Experts Committee” and with the selected professors in each national language to be then uploaded in the OGDEP.

WORK PACKAGE 3 – MOOC PRODUCTION AND TESTING

This DEVELOPMENT Work-Package covers the entire creation and put into practice the 6-month Open Government MOOC starting with the contents (syllabi) based on a sound analysis made by the EU-LAC “Open Government Experts Committee” and the recommendations of the civil servants institutions gathered in WP1.

The underlying goals of the Open Government MOOC WORK PACKAGE are to:

Fill the learning gap for mid-level public service employees looking to advance but who have neither time nor a course tailored to their level and needs.

Appeal to leaders to modernise and widen their horizons, helping them understand and adopt the new forms of government that society is beginning to demand, such as open government.

Provide them with IT tools that enable them to manage better through improved use of public data. Improve their command of area-specific English necessary for fluent communication.

Enable them to improve their skills without having to take leave of their regular job, and to adapt to their specific schedule without diminishing the quality and prestige of the course.

There is much work to be done on defining the subjects to be taught, curriculum design, diplomas to be awarded, and differing levels of presence, attendance and monitoring. It must not, therefore, be forgotten that Open Government also require communication skills such as, inter alia, public speaking, social networking, press relations, writing properly, proficient use of technology, an understanding of intellectual creation.

Once the committee has designed the relevant contents for a 6-month Open Government MOOC with a detailed syllabi adapted to the MOOC methodology, these contents will be translated from English to Italian and Spanish in order to be able to record them in each consortium HEI

Following the established quality common criteria for MOOC procedures between all consortium universities each HEI will then upload the complete MOOC to the Open Government Digital Education Platform managed by the Steering Committee who will calibrate and concur the formats in the platform.

Once checked and approved by the Steering Committee, the MOOCs will be released with a strong dissemination campaign (activities…) and open calls for students allowing for the selection and enrolment of as many as possible students.

Each HEi will implement/release the Open Government MOOC with a close monitoring during the 6 months process.

Nor should we overlook the critical aspect of evaluation and recognition of the courses completed on the Platform. Considering the different options regarding criteria to be taken into account in evaluating online learning, we propose a user-centred, inclusive approach focused on their acquired skills. The criteria to evaluate should therefore be based on what the learning environment offers, emphasising the quality of the contents or materials, communication, use of innovative strategies or tools for teaching and learning, as well as the tutoring plan and the management and administration of a team that provides both technological and pedagogical support to engage all the students in this educational experience.

WORK PACKAGE 4 – QUALITY ASSURANCE AND MONITORING

The Quality Assurance and Monitoring Work Package develops a quality plan aiming at providing a common quality baseline for every activity for every partner in the consortium, involving a close monitoring of each activity, book recording and registration of TOGiVE´s activities and responsibilities.

This Quality Plan is to be signed and adopted by each partner at the beginning of the project and starts with the adoption of the quality assurance mechanisms in line with both good EU practices and procedures at Latin American universities. It will design the common criteria for MOOC procedures between all consortium HEIs and with the OGDEP.

The quality plan goes further and is to be adopted and circumscribed to the OGDEP itself and the broader framework of the future Digital Education Cooperation Programme (DECP).

At the same time, an external evaluator will be appointed for the mid-term (annual) evaluation of the progress of the project and for a final general evaluation as well as for the monitoring of the workflow and strict attachment to the quality mechanisms in the development of each activity.

WORK PACKAGE 5 – DISSEMINATION

TOGiVE´s dissemination Work Package is crucial for the success of the project Its main objectives are to:

  • Engage Latin American and European public officials institutions in the Open Government paradigm.
  • Engage Latin American HEIs for new international collaborations with European HEIs through the establishment of a Digital Education Cooperation Programme.
  • Raise awareness on the new Open Government Digital Education Platform for the provision of collaborative Open Government MOOCs.
  • Influence good governance practices both in LAC and Europe.
  • Promote Digital Education in Latin American HEIs.
  • The campaign for the promotion of TOGiVE´s project and cooperation on Digital Education starts
    since the very beginning with the preparation and distribution of the project brochure, the Open
    Government Digital Education Platform (OGDEP) and the Open Government MOOC brochure.

    The project website and the social networks accounts will be active since month 1 and will serve as a basis for the provision of information to the relevant collaborators such as the LAC regional public officers institutions and other Latin American HEIs.

    There is to be a strong impulse to the project promotion first of all within each consortium HEI through three Info-days for students and HEI public officials in each consortium university (one at the beginning of the project, the second just before the release of the Open Government MOOC and the third at the end for the project evaluation and the promotion of the Digital Education Cooperation Programme (DECP)

    Following activity 1.5 (WP1) agreements will be signed with the detected public officials institutions/unions in each country to disseminate the OGDEP and the Open Government MOOC Member of TOGiVE´s staff will disseminate the new Open Government Digital Education Platform at various conferences in their own institutions and internationally.

    Member of TOGiVE´s staff will disseminate the new Open Government Digital Education Platform through regional media giving interviews both in written and online press as well as in national televisions

    With regard to branding and advertising aspects, despite the highly digital nature of the platform,
    we consider it essential to allocate significant resources to the dissemination of the OGDEP brand and contents. Activities that fall under these concepts will include event attendance, promotion in the media, public relations and sponsorship, advertising, etc.

    WORK PACKAGE 6 – EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS

    TOGiVE project´s main aim is strictly connected to the effective exploitation of its results, therefore, this work package is of the utmost importance and will reflect the success or failure of the entire range of activities.

    As such, WP6 main aim is to create and sustain the conditions for the generation of the international collaborations between LAC and EU institutions needed for the establishment of the Digital Education Cooperation Programme (DECP)

    For that, it is planned, in first instance, the signature of “Expression of Interest” letters of other Latin American HEIs, the creation of a financial sustainability plan for the management of the Open Government Digital Education Platform for the future production and certification of Open Government MOOCs in the broader framework of a Digital Education Cooperation Programme to be established, in first instance, between the project consortium partners (signature of the establishment of the programme…) and to be expanded in a later stage. And, most importantly, the institutionalization of the Open Government Digital Education Platform (OGDEP) and common Open Government MOOC at all consortium universities by establishing the needed overseeing bodies and defining inter-university cooperation (relationships and obligations).

    WORK PACKAGE 7 – MANAGEMENT

    The aim of WP7 Management is to organise the work of the consortium using the most effective strategy in order to achieve the planned results. It is the responsibility of the Steering Committee to supervise, motivate and closely monitor the smooth development of the activities strictly following the work-plan and the established quality procedures.

    The management objectives comprise the leadership within the consortium providing problem-solving and decision-making mechanisms for all the partners and facilitating the flow of information between regions and macro-regions.

    The main milestone of this WP is the establishment of:

    THE OPEN GOVERNMENT DIGITAL EDUCATION PLATFORM (OGDEP)

    The Open Government Digital Education Platform (OGDEP) will be a cooperative platform that provides intellectual and attitudinal training to any public sector employee, whatever their origin and current position.

    Its goal is to be a virtual bridge for public sector workers who will exercise greater public responsibility as they ascend the government hierarchy.

    It will also be a meeting point between public and private entities that will improve relations between the two parties and make them more transparent.

    It will encompass the following values:

    • Practical and relevant education adapted to all levels

    • Aimed at and directly catering to the needs of the public sector employee

    • Vertical and horizontal learning

    • Multifaceted learning, integrating the perspectives of public and private institutions

    • Worldwide access

    • Financially independent

    The only cost in terms of infrastructure will be related to the servers needed to host the platform.
    However, given the expected scale of the project, we will also require at least an office dedicated to platform maintenance and optimisation of resources.