IT INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ONLINE LEARNING SYSTEM - M.N.E. VISION
Developed by the Ministry of National Education (M.N.E.) through the European Social Fund, the CRED program “Relevant curriculum, education open to all” aims to prepare more than 55,000 teachers, elaborate 19 methodological guides and create more than 7,200 educational resources. In this sense, one of the main lines of action of the project is the establishment of 13 centers of Open Educational Resources (RED) at the level of the partner units of the project, of an online learning platform (educred.ro) for the tEacher’s development and training, and the creation of multimedia materials and their dissemination to the school community. The project’s efficient functioning implies the existence of an efficient IT infrastructure, which will support the productive functioning of the online platform as well as a professional video conferencing solution, which will ensure good collaboration between the participants, easy operation of webinars and creation of digital video content.
IT INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ONLINE LEARNING SYSTEM – THE BENEFICIARY’S REQUIREMENTS
In this sense, the project’s technical team opted for a telepresence solution, which would offer versatility and a high level of performance in video communications. This solution would ensure both the videoconferencing sessions between school inspectorates /teachers’ houses / pre-university educational institutions, based on telepresence technologies (13 locations in total), as well as live transmissions and recordings of educational video content with the possibility of connecting with different other video portal software solutions.
“In the educational environment in Romania, video technologies have been implemented to create specific content but also live broadcasts of various events, workshops, lessons taught at a distance by teachers from renowned schools. These projects have been successful and have convinced us that telepresence is the right solution,” says George Boros, Video Education Systems Expert, within the CRED project.
In a first stage, the project team outlined the technical requirements and prepared the specifications for designing an infrastructure to help create and disseminate educational video content, as well as its interconnection with the e-learning portal, through API type software libraries. The acquisition was made through a tender conducted on SEAP and won by Datanet Systems.
"It was the first collaboration with Datanet Systems and they surprised us with the professional approach and the very well documented activity. The project has permanently involved a team of specialists, from project manager to experts on video technologies and networking. We quickly realized that I am an experienced company that has a good command of the field. From the sending of the technical offer to the passage of the system in operation, the company showed a very good understanding of the project."
George Boroş, Video Educational Systems Expert, CRED
"The set of technological solutions integrated within the project helps to grow the CRED project. In the first 3 months of use, we organized no less than 7-800 monthly webinars with over 12,000 participants. In this interval, the educred.ro platform has exceeded 11 million viewed pages, 40,000 registered users and over 60,000 online sessions. Digital literacy contributes to the increase of quality in education, and the technology we use gives us important support in this endeavor,"
Liviu Costandache, Coordinator of Open Educational Resources
"The good results of the project were ensured by the close collaboration between the specialists involved, both at technical and operational levels. The main challenge was the simultaneous mobilization of the teams that carried out the installation of the equipment in a very short time, complemented by the rapid configuration of the Cisco Collaboration solutions from the Data Center of the Internet service provider, realized by the technical department of Datanet Systems,"
Tiberiu Novac, Project Manager, Datanet Systems