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Complex eLearning solution for Cyprus schools

Premises

The Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) in Cyprus aims at ensuring a sustainable development for the education system, focusing on creating new innovative models and developing the necessary competences for facing the modern society challenges. The decision makers acknowledge the need for significant changes regarding several areas, especially concerning the use of information technology in education.

Objectives

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the development and modernization of the Cypriot educational system, by introducing and enhancing the use of information technology in the teaching/learning process, in the pre-university education.

The Ministry of Education and Culture aims at encouraging innovative teaching and learning techniques and stimulating creativity among teachers and students, while offering a general framework for developing collaborative projects, with the purpose of allowing the stakeholders to participate at the information society development and contribute to the creation of the knowledge based economy.

By introducing an eLearning solution in the Cypriot national education system, teachers, pupils, parents and the community are all supported in the achievement of their short, medium and long term objectives within the context of knowledge based society.

The project components

1. Implementation of the national eLearning platform - DIAS Project

The project provided the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus with an integrated learning and collaborative platform, which consists in a Learning Management System and a Collaboration Suite, built on, and fully integrated with the Microsoft Learning Gateway technology.

The centralized eLearning platform for the pre-univeristy education system in Cyprus addresses the following targeted groups:

  • 700 schools
  • 130,000 students
  • 150,000 parents
  • 20,000 teachers
  • 20 administrators

The solution includes:

  • AeL Learning Management System

AeL LMS offers support for training and learning, testing and evaluation, content administration and for monitoring the training and evaluation process. It can be used to conduct assisted training or self-training. AeL provides a single point of training for all course participants.

  • AeL Collaboration Suite

AeL Collaboration Suite helps students to communicate faster and better. The solution is designed for the facilitation of virtual meetings and collaboration, providing also a native bandwidth management mechanism. AeL Collaboration suite is closely integrated with AeL LMS and with Microsoft Learning Gateway.

  • SharePoint Portal component

The Learning Gateway Solution utilises SharePoint technology to provide the portal framework and team collaboration web sites throughout the solution.

The solution offers a highly secure environment and a highly available framework that integrates several Microsoft and third party server products to deliver a scalable, web-based Portal Solution that supports eLearning. The solution is based on a central hosting of all schools throughout the country and utilizes latest technologies for clustering and load balancing in order to increase scalability (through Web Farms) and provide redundancy in the event of a failure, through Microsoft Clustering.

2. Implementation of educational digital content for schools in Cyprus

The project is customized specifically to fully meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus. The solution is based on the award winning AeL eContent, translated and adapted to teh local curricula and covers 13 subjects: Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, French, Technology, Basic notions of Mechanical Engineering, Applied Electrology, Building Materials and Constructions, Applied Arts, Decorative Arts, Technology of Hotel and Food Supplies, Technology of Woodcraft. All the teachers involved in the project benefited of training sessions.

The solution provided for the MoEC in Cyprus includes a total of 512 DEC (Digital Educational Content) units, totalling over 21,000 individual learning objects. The interactive learning lessons were designed to cover all the specific teaching goals for all the 13 subjects. The lessons have a high levels of interactivity and include simulations and experiments, in a virtual, secure environment.

The content is suitable not only for off-line, asynchronous learning, but can also be viewed as a tool to be used in the classroom by the teacher, meant to support and enrich the learning environment. The content also pays attention to the differences between the pedagogical methodology applied when using books and the pedagogical approach applied when using computers.

The AeL eContent includes:

  • simulations and experiments
  • animations
  • testing/evaluation activities
  • educational games
  • additional sources of information
  • diagrams
  • photos
  • audio materials
  • video materials
  • applets
  • reference text
  • interactive maps
  • problem solving

The main benefits of the solution offered by SIVECO Romania are:

The AeL eLearning solution offers the Cypriot educational system direct benefits (in immediate relation with the users) and indirect benefits (contributing to the production of other educational instruments), with effects upon the teaching/learning process. The educational process represents the central reference element in the concept, design and creation of an IT based educational system.

  • All teachers are empowered to use specifically designed software tools as an additional resource in the classroom. The most innovative teachers can customise or create new educational resources.
  • A wider range of resources will be available for both teachers and pupils, including digital materials as well as subscriptions to on-line libraries of curriculum content.
  • Collaboration through e-mail, discussion forums and chat, audio and video conferencing, sharing of applications and presentations, shared web browsing and whiteboard. Educators will be able to share best practices and monitor the students' progress more easily, while students will be able to work on joint projects across schools and education authorities.
  • Easier access for children to learning resources inside and outside the school environment. The solution also enables parents to support and become more involved in their children's learning experience.
  • The support of an educational technology provider reduces the time spent by teachers for IT systems maintenance who will have thus more time for the actual teaching.