The Ministry of Science of Education and Sports has established in co-operation with the University Computing Center (“Sveučilišni računski centar – SRCE”) the Catalog of e-Courses of Institutions in the Higher Education System in the Republic of Croatia.
The e-Courses catalog is conceived as a central place where the basic information on all e-courses, which are in the order of lectures and exercises on institutions of the higher education system in the Republic of Croatia.
The Catalog in one place give an overview of e-learning data provided by institutions in the higher education system, it also increases the availability and visibility of data on e-courses and e-courses themselves. At the same time, the catalog enables easier monitoring of e-learning implementation at higher education institutions, planning of further actions related to the systematic implementation of e-learning at the level of higher education and individual components as well as at national level, and ensuring greater availability of existing e-learning data.
The Catalog has established and maintained the University Computing Centera – SRCE like a partner of the Ministry of Science of Education and Sports in charge of providing technical support to the use of the e-Catalog, enrolling e-collections and updating them.
What was the challenge intended to be addressed? Why? What did work well? What did not work well? What have been the main achievements? How did you evaluate its success? What has been the change brought by this good practice?
Before 2014, there was no single repository of e-courses for higher education institutions in the Republic of Croatia. There was also no unique central E-portfolio that would serve to record and present the acquired qualifications and experiences. The most PHE institutions have developed their own e-learning solutions using Moodle as a platform. However, there was no single list at national level as well as the number of e-courses per individual public and private PHE institutions.
Within the institution of SRCE, an e-learning center has been set up, which has established an e-portfolio system that enables students, teachers and institutions to create e-portfolios.
E-Portfolio is a system used to record and present acquired qualifications and experiences. It consists of a set of works in digital format that document ideas, activities and achievements. The use of digital technology enables the collection and organization of content in the portfolio in a variety of media formats (audio, video, graphics, text).
What are the enabling conditions (e.g. institutional, economic, social/cultural, regulatory) that needed to be in place or played a facilitating role for the good practice to be successful?
Through the Institution policy in the Republic of Croatia ther is Catalog of e-courses at PHE institutions. Ministry of Science and Education and University Computing Center - SRCE as a partner in charge of providing technical support in using the catalogs and registration and update of e-Course in Croatia.
Catalog enables simpler monitor the courses in the implementation of e-learning in higher education institutions, planning of further actions tied for the system of e-learning in higher education institutions as well as their availability.
Up to now, there are currently e-catalogs available from the academic year 2014/2015. until today. An e-learning review is possible generally or per academic year.
E-courses in the Catalog can be viewed in the following ways by:
- enrolling the e-mail in the search engine;
- entering the name and / or surname of the teacher into the search engine;
- choosing a higher education institution and / or type of study;
- selecting menus and navigating within the app.
What are the challenges, barriers or limiting factors encountered? How have they been addressed?
Collecting data for the catalog started in the academic year 2014/2015 when 4233 courses were enrolled at the level of the entire Republic of Croatia. In the academic year 2015/2016 was enrolled in 8859 on-line courses, and today in the academic year 2017/2018 in catalog there are 12634 e-courses.
This number of available e-courses by on-line in relation to the number of higher education institutions is still not sufficient and is not related to the needs labor market. The question is how the curriculum of individual e-courses satisfy the needs of the modern labor markets.
The requirement to apply this or similar system requires digital competencies for all participants.
It can be said freely that the implementation this catalog of e-courses is still in the experimental phase.
Feasibility & Sustainability
What are the elements that need to be put into place for the good practice to be sustainable (institutionally, socially, economically, etc.)? If applicable, indicate the total costs incurred for the implementation of the practice. What are the benefits compared to total costs?
The implementation of this catalog of e-courses is still in the experimental phase, but it can be also a good way to set up a personalized learning environment - PLE, especially if other interested stakeholders are involved in this project.
According to that, it is necessary to develop and strengthen cooperation between all educational subjects and stakeholders, at every level of institutions.
Replicability & Upscaling
What are the possibilities of extending the good practice more widely? What are the conditions that need to be in place for the good practice to be successfully replicated in a similar context? What are the steps that should be taken/respected to ensure that the good practice is replicated / up-scaled, but adapted to the new context?
Complete implementation is one of the basic goals of the E-Course catalog. It is necessary to facilitate a simpler follow-up of the e-learning implementation process at higher education institutions. Further action planning should be linked to the systematic implementation of e-learning at the level of the PHE system, its individual components as well as at national level, and providing information on the number and greater availability catalog of e-courses.
Partnerships between institutions of higher education, industry and the labor market supported by the measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in order to stimulate the development of e-courses whose curriculas will be directed to the necessary professional skills required by modern labor markets.
Continuous development of digital professional competences of teachers and students in the PLE area, there is a need for an institutional organization with active support from ministries and governments at the national level.
This approach to centralized e-learning can provide better integration of local and regional specific stakeholders in order to ensure continuity in the process of delivering training for the labor market.
What would have facilitated an earlier and/or bigger impact? What are the key features that should be kept in mind if this would have to be implemented again? What would you do differently if you could go back in time? What could have been done better?
This approach of a centralized e-learning catalog provided a better integration of local and regional stakeholders, to ensure continuity in the training process delivery.
For continuous development of digital professional competences of teachers and students in the PLE area, there is a need for an institutional organization (like SRCE), that will have active support of ministries and government at the national level.
Please provide some information about the context and initial situation that can help in fully understanding the action (e.g. information about the national system, applying regulations, etc.)
From the project "E-Learning Strategy 207 - 2010, University of Zagreb", supported by Tempus project UM_JEP-19105-2004 "EDUCATION QUALITY IMPROVEMENT BY E-LEARNING TEHNOLOGY (EQIBELT)" coordinated by the side of University Computing Center - SRCE. This project is based on the experiences of European and Croatian universities - members of the consortium EQIBELT.
From the experience of this Strategy, the Government Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Education and Sports decided to establish an unique national catalog of e-courses, as a partner they select the University Computing Center (SRCE) from Zagreb.