1. The University of Ljubljana (ULJ) is an institution with a very rich tradition. With its more than 56,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students, it ranks among the biggest universities in the world scale. A total of 22 faculties, 3 academies of art and 1 university college employ approx. 3500 teaching and research staff, assisted by nearly 900 technical and administrative staff. The University of Ljubljana was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long- established pedagogical tradition. For almost half a century it remained the only Slovenian university until it was joined, about 20 years ago, by the University of Maribor and, last year, by the University of Primorska on the coast of Slovenia. Laboratory involve3d that cooperates on this project - Laboratory of Microsensor Structures (LMS) is involved in research and development of silicon devices, sensors and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Internal properties and external characteristics of semiconductor devices are studied using analytical and computer modeling. Semiconductor process technology available in LMS allows investigations of basic semiconductor processes (mask design and fabrication, photolithography, diffusion, depositions, cleaning, etching, micromachining etc.) and development of active and passive discrete semiconductor devices (photosensors, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, radiation sensors, sensors for nuclear physics, 3D structures etc.). Technological research is supported by measurement equipment and characterization techniques, aided by process and device modeling. LMS offers complete research and development services in the field of silicon semiconductor devices and MEMS, from theoretical analysis to development of test structures and devices, their characterization and optimization. Partial R&D services are also available such as modeling (process & device simulation), characterization (various measurements and testing), single semiconductor processing steps development (lithography, diffusion, metalization, depositions, micromachining etc.) and similar. LMS is open for any kind of cooperation with other laboratories and industry.
2. Fontys University of Professional Education (FON): Dr. Piet Kommers is lector at the Fontys University of Professional Education in particular its teacher training department at Sittard. At Fontys, it is possible to follow almost all higher professional education programs at bachelor's and master's level available anywhere in the Netherlands. Fontys offers programs in Health Care and Social Work, Economics, Business and Communication, Applied Science and Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, Logistics and Transport, and Education. Programs in numerous locations all over the Netherlands. All programs are focused on professional practice in a modern society. This focus is expressed through practical lessons, practice placements, also abroad, and the use of modern information and communications technology in education. Teaching is provided at Fontys in small groups, which guarantees close contacts with your lecturers who can better be described as counselors. At Fontys, the student always occupies a central position.
In addition to offering regular higher professional education for students at bachelor's and master's level, Fontys is actively involved in post graduate studies and contract activities. In every field of knowledge and professional activity at Fontys, tailor made training and courses are provided for individuals, companies, institutions and government bodies. The range of tasks includes also research, consultancy and advice activities, all provided by various business units. Education at Fontys is placed in an international context, Fontys programs are to be recognized as programs of higher education with international professional perspectives. Student and staff mobility is actively stimulated, as well as internationalisation of the curricula and internationalization at home. International transparency is provided through ECTS. Fontys participates in different international consortia and Fontys is active in international contract activities. A growing number of programs is offered in English or in German, open for foreign students.
Besides his Lectorship at Fontys he is also Associate Professor at the University of Twente. His research field is the design and application of media in learning situations. His courses are Multimedia Design, Virtual Reality and Societal Effects of ICT. Concept mapping and metaphoric design stages play an important role here. Projects are undertaken in the field of multicultural communication. The learning processes at individual and societal levels manifest in terms of existential expressions and awareness. Media play an ever more important role in it. Conceptual representations for meta-cognitive awareness become a default language for identity and road maps for changing oneself. The high saturation of communication infrastructure offers the opportunity to participate in learning communities. Sharing experience and finding the right sparring partners for exploring alternative approaches in one's job and continuous learning becomes realistic and offers a more dynamic personal development. Schools, Professional Training and Human Resource Management face the challenge to include and build upon personal growth and attitudes. The priority in learning is not restricted to the access and assimilation of knowledge and skills. Finding ways to convey one's own further learning is priority number one. The WWW, adjacent to the face-to-face communication, is a valuable support facility. The art of designing WWW-based facilities and procedures is keen on both the nature and culture of the human mind. We may expect that education in the new era will have less and less to do with the transfer of knowledge on the shelf; the key issue is to facilitate the new learning modalities of the younger generation. We can hardly fall back on proven methodologies if it comes to media design`. In a certain way it is a self-organizing process where prior goals undergo evolution continuously. As new media appear daily, it is vital that those who are responsible for learning, communication and cooperation are willing to play with its potential; they will soon discover that a sense of pragmatism helps to attain the higher missions as well. Besides more than 60 reviewed scientific journal articles his recently-edited books are:
Cognitive Support for Learning; Imagining the Unknown. Edited by: P.A.M. Kommers. 2004. IOS Press, Amsterdam 2004. ISBN 1-58603-421-9.
Web-Based Communities 2004. Edited by P. Kommers, P. Isaias & M.B. Nunes. Lisbon, IADIS Press, 2004. ISBN 972-98947-4-4.
Advanced Learning Technologies: Media and the Culture of Learning. Ed. by V. Petrushin, P. Kommers, Kinshuk & I. Galeev. (IEEE Learning Technology Task Force, Palmerston North, 2002). ISBN 0-473-08801-0.
3.-NGO- Miks ja Millepärast- A Why`n`Not Education (NGO). Type: Private company (services). Size: 3 persons, 1 full-time. NGO has experiences in working with education for regular schools since 1991. NGO has published 9 sets of exercises and educational materials and acted as an advisor and catalyst in adopting new educational models like using integrated curriculum and student centred cognitive learning. Since 1995 developing “open-source” online learning communities and is working with developmental projects, which do not have commercial value in the Miksike Learning Environment. Two areas of special interests are facilitating the change in small rural schools in Estonia and helping Russian speaking minorities in Estonia to get education in their native language. Expertise on regular schools level and serving schools online with virtual teacher assistants. NGO has partnered successfully with Ministry of Education in Estonia, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Regional Affairs, with majority of countries in Estonia and Embassy of Netherlands, Finland, Nordic Council on Ministers and many, many others. NGO is internationally co-operated with Renovabis, Schoolsisters in Germany and Sweden and many other organizations in Europe. One of the main activity for 2002/2003 study year is together with Fund of Estonian Regional Development Agency to work out online test standard for Estonian schools. Approximately 1/3 of all Estonian schools have participated in these projects and good results gained here have encouraged NGO to systematises also using interactive whiteboard concepts in schools. At this time on international scale. NGO team and its volunteering community has experiences with working with web based software solutions since 1995. 2003 NGO had workign contracts with 10 people. People working in NGO and NGO involves numerous volunteering community and friends all over the world. Director on NGO is Marju Piir For specific tasks and contributions of this partner please see 6.workpplan.
4. BEH- Behacker & Partner OEG (BEH) Type of Institution: SME Size of institution: 6 persons; 3 full -time equivalents; Number of learners: 100 Expertise and experience: Behacker and Partner is a software company working in programming and networking service with numerous clients. It is engaged mainly in e-learning by developing learning platforms and providing web-based contents for schools, universities and the public. The company has been and is involved in the following international e-learning projects: Cosmos with a human face - CHF(Coordinator; Templeton) European System for Astrophysics and Cyber Education - ESPACE (Coordinator; COMENIUS) Learning Folders -LeFo (Partner; MINERVA) Nuclear Physics Experience NUPEX - (Subcontractor; FP5) Competencies in Marketing for Trainers in Continuing Education - CMCE (Partner; GRUNDTVIG 2) Cinema and Science - CISCI (Partner; FP6) Involved staff in the project: Mr. Markus Behacker Manager of Behacker & Partner oEG Study of applied information services at polytechnic ICT-specialist and programmer Project partner of international and national e-learning projects Prof. Dr. Heinz Oberhummer Researcher and university lecturer in Physics at the Vienna University of Technology Research areas: Astrophysics, nuclear physics, e-learning Author of 164 scientific publications and 4 books including school books Coordination and lecturer in in-service teacher training Coordinator of 25 national and international scientific and e-learning projects Coordinator of EU-projects ESPACE (COMENIUS) and CISCI (FP6) Short bibliography: H. Oberhummer, The LTWOpradigm: a generalised theory for IT-based educational systems, Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning, Vienna 2000, Editor: H. Oberhummer, CD-ROM H. Oberhummer, A Web based Learning-/Teaching-/Writing- /Organising-System, Proceedings ofv the Workshop on Interactive Computer Aided Learing (ICL) 2000, Editor: M. Auer, Villach, Austria, CD-ROM Specific tasks in the project: Number of persons involved in the project: 3; Full time equivalents: 1 For specific tasks and contributions of this partner please see 6.workpplan.
5. RR- R&R.COM Renk&Reyeros (RR) is a full service advertising agency founded in 2000. Size: 3 persons, 2 full-time. The agency’s objective is to create concepts, advertising strategies and design always regarding the dialogue between product and customer. We know how to build brands by using traditional advertising tools and we know how to use new media such as the Internet to achieve this goal. We create print ads and advertising material, e-mail-newsletters and web sites. Expertise and experience of the organisation R&R.COM is a full service advertising agency founded in 2000. The agency’s objective is to create concepts, advertising strategies and design always regarding the dialogue between product and customer. We know how to build brands by using traditional advertising tools and we know how to use new media such as the Internet to achieve this goal. The agency supports the clients with market research, strategic know how as well as design. We create print ads and advertising material, e-mailnewsletters and web sites. Beside these main items R&R.COM offers media planning and services for print and electronic media production. For more information please visit our web site www.r-u-r.com --- Short CVs of the key persons Rafael Reyeros-Bienert, political economy graduate, Partner, R&R.COM Renk & Reyeros GbR Experience German Television Deutsche Telekom AG Honda Deutschland Automobile Unilever Frozen Fish Gruner+Jahr Rafael Reyeros-Bienert worked for two years for German Television (WDR) before he started in advertising with Lintas in Hamburg, working on Honda Deutschland und Sega Video Games. After four years, Rafael left to join Gruner + Jahr, working on the magazines ELTERN, Marie Claire and P.M. In 2000, Rafael, together with Ursula Renk founded R&R.COM, working with clients such as Autodesk, Taubert Gloves and Supercall AG and creating advertising campagnes using classical communication tools as well as e-mail and the Internet. For specific tasks and contributions of this partner please see 6.workpplan.
6. Sta. Birgitta Adult Education Centre is situated in the centre of Stockholm close to the Catholic cathedral of Stockholm. It coordinates studies for 60 adult high school pupils in Stockholm and 60 pupils in Gothenburg. The school cooperates with the Elementary school of Björngårdsskolan with appr 400 pupils and has close contacts with the St Erik's and St Cecilia catholic elementary schools in the city of Stockholm. Of the personnel most have long teahcing experience and are trained in flexible learning methods. The adult students study on fairly independent guidelines. Of the regular teaching staff their will be appr 2 involved in this project particularly in promoting material/method of the project to be developed in cooperation with the adult students for usage through the children in the elementary schools.
7. Amnim d.o.o, center for scientific visualization produces scientific or educational software enhancing the understanding of topics difficult to learn from the textbooks only. We are able to produce texts, illustrations (drawings and paintings), web3D and dynamic HTML web projects as well as e- and “classical” books. Type of institution:SME. Size of institution: 3 persons, 1 full-time equivalent. Some of CSV projects: 1999 Systems of Organs I. and Cell-Tissue-Human Body. Both Educational software packages were supported by Ministry of Education of Slovenia and acknowledged as an official educational tool in slovene schools. 1999 Tomaz Amon is invited to join the IST project Web-based Standard Educational Tools(WebSET, IST-1999-10632)as a member of the UMA team. The goal of the WebSET project is to develop and use advanced Web-based technologies to implement innovative costeffective learning tools that can be run on any workstation platform including a standard PC of average capacity and ensure the adoption of WebSET surgical applications with major European learning centers e.g. Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Belgian College of Surgeons. 2000 The software package “Cell-Tissue-Human Body” has been selected for inclusion in the Awesome Library, a collection of the top 5% of sites in the field of K -12 education. 2002 CSV becomes a partner in the IST project (IST-2001-34204) named School LABoratory anticipating FUTURE needs of European Youth (LAB@FUTURE). LAB@FUTURE will experiment Social Constructivism, in combination and dialogue with activity theory, focusing on expansive learning, within a mixed and augmented realities set-up, enabling mobile eLearning. Experiments will involve laboratory teaching for the disciplines of Science (Fluid Dynamics), Mathematics (Geometry: developing spatial skills), and Arts & Humanities (Environmental awareness, Educational walks, visits and seminars). LAB@FUTURE will use real and virtualized objects for educational purposes. These objects will be interfaced, using mechanotronic systems, mobile technologies tracking and 3D multi user environments. There will be real objects that the teacher or student will be able to interact with, using special interface devices, in order to specify or carry out an experiment. 2002 CSV becomes a partner in the Socrates - Minerva project named "LearningFolders (LeFo) "- open source online educational publishing and support for primary schools. (Minerva 100152-CP-1- 2002-1-EE-MINERVA-M) 2003 Tomaz Amon becomes a member in the research group LMSE - Laboratory of Microsensor Structures and Electronics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. For specific tasks and contributions of CSV please see 6.workpplan.