Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (hereinafter JVLAM) currently has 515 students, 87 of them are self financed (356 Bachelor’s level students, 143 Master’s level students and 16 Doctoral students), 16 departments and 12 study programmes that are provided by 115 teachers/ professors and 116 guest lecturers. Taking into consideration student’s work load, they need to be provided with topical, innovative, interesting and modern learning methods. Implementation of e-learning courses in JVLAM would be a good solution for provision of modernized learning courses. Accessibility of e-environment in JVLAM would provide continuity of study process for those that are currently studying abroad. In average 25 students (5% of the total number of students) per year go on exchanges abroad that influences their opportunities to continue their studies when coming back from the exchange in order to comply with JVLAM requirements. Taking into consideration that exchange opportunities are widening, it is foreseen that in future the number of those studying (going on exchange) abroad will increase. Foreign higher education institutions offer separate courses but do not provide theory and history courses that are compulsory when studying at JVLAM. After development of e-environment these courses will be available in electronic format disregarding person’s current location.
E-learning will include mastering of music history and theory, history of arts as well as pedagogical courses, providing course materials, visual aids, data base of audio and video materials and practical exercises and texts for mastering courses without assistance.
Although the accessibility of e-environment does not substitute the amount and significance of contact lectures, it would ease the study process and foster the quality of information.
Availability of e-environment would save time on taking notes during lectures as well as develop student’s opportunities to study, discuss and apply the knowledge while having consultations with teaching staff during contact lectures, would increase significantly. In order to provide qualitative, modern and interesting study environment at the same time optimizing time and other resources, JVLAM will develop e-learning environment that will offer 18 courses (course description, programmes, syllabus, visual aids – audio and video materials, pictures, practical exercises, specialized encyclopaedias, explanatory dictionaries, competency tests etc.) and separate preparation programme for future students. Within the project the following activities will be implemented:
1) development of e-learning course content (list of study courses available in Annex II);
2) provision of e-learning environment;
3) training of teaching staff for developing study courses in e-environment (for JVLAM
teaching staff who’s courses will be included in e-learning environment and that will use e-environment in their work as well as preparation of training material in electronic format in
order to ensure that lecturers who currently are not participating in the project have the
opportunity to design and use e-courses in the future);
4) provision of accessibility of e-environment. In order to provide free access of
e-environment for students and the opportunity of full use of the optimized training
resources, it is necessary to create and develop existing infrastructure and equipment.
For purchase and installation of the equipment, procurement procedure will be carried out (procurement plan and description of procurement procedure is available in Annex III);
5) digitalization of materials (compositions and fragments of compositions) – current
archive of video materials will be investigated and analyzed; the materials that are not
available in DVD format currently will be transferred in DVD format;
6) project management (project management scheme is available in Annex IV);
7) publicity activities (two press conferences will be organized, seminar of good practice will be carried out for other cultural education institutions and other higher education institutions interested in the topic as well as prepared informative brochure for the users of e-environment. In order to provide general public’s awareness of the project and availability of its results, information will be put in JVLAM web page).
The project has been started implementing on 1st June 2009. Project will end on 31st January 2011. Full project duration – 20 month.
Fur further information please visit project section in Latvian.
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