D 5.2 Design and development process of the NMLA
Lead beneficiary: Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Delivery date: 05/10/2016
The IECEU project findings are made available a New Media based Learning Application (NMLA) developed as a part of the project. The developed NMLA is an e-learning platform with an object on one hand, to support the project dissemination and on the other hand, to provide a complimentary tool for various EU crisis management training courses and events.
This deliverable will describe the background, structure, learning objectives and the development process of the IECEU learning application. This application is a part of IECEU training toolbox, developed in the course of the project as a part of the IECEU dissemination activities (integration with other relevant trainings has been further elaborated in D8.5). The deliverable briefly describes underlying theories related to online learning. Moreover, it describes the development process and related phases in NMLA development work. The NMLA is based on Opigno/Drupal open source software which provides a clear and light basis for comprehensive content which easy to maintain and update. The platform can be accessed at www.ieceulearning.eu.
The developed NMLA can be used free of charge. The user will only have to create his or her own user account. After that, the required link to access the NMLA will be emailed to the user. The target group of the eLearning tool includes staff seconded to the CSDP missions, contracted staff, national staff, researchers, educational institutions, students, civil servants, employees of NGOs. The structure of the NMLA consists of seven chapters. The platform has been developed in a way that after initial introduction to the tool, the platform allows users to navigate freely to focus on their individual needs and interests. First, the platform presents briefly the most relevant EU institutions and planning and implementation activities related to conflict prevention and crisis management. Then, the platform describes and summaries the eight IECEU case studies and the findings of subsequent comparative studies. All the chapters will be followed by a quiz measuring users’ learning achievement. Finally, a chapter titled General competencies in conflict management, consisting of animations and interactive elements, presents 13 generic topics related to crisis management.
The deliverable sums up the current EU/CSDP training in particular with regard to existing eLearning. The EU has demonstrated increasing interest towards eLearning and that it has invested in developing various eLearning contents to support conflict prevention/crisis management related training (especially under ESDC, ENTRi and EUPST activities). However, it has not been done in a coordinated and well-orchestrated manner in spite of the potentials eLearning has as a cost-effective, practical and easily manageable complimentary tool. Moreover, the findings highlight the need for enhanced training among CSDP mission participants. This need creates a strong incentive to develop and utilize e-learning in a more systematic manner. In order to support EU’s comprehensive approach, it would be logical and beneficial to try to restructure eLearning activities/platforms in a more holistic manner. The use of various e-learning solutions has increased considerably in EU countries as part of informal and formal education. The younger professionals joining the CSDP missions and operations are more accustomed to use eLearning tools in their learning and thus they can be more respondent to it. Moreover, even though it is often difficult to pin-point causalities in sequence of unfolding events, trade politics, development aid, humanitarian aid, civilian crisis management and military crisis management are all interconnected. Training that provides understanding of this interconnectedness with the various eLearning platforms could serve to enhance the competences and analytical skills of the collaborators in the CSDP missions and operations. Ultimately, this could enhance the effectiveness of the EU efforts in conflict prevention.