Project Overview

This project consists of:

  1. Innovating curricula for vocational studies in the field of M&DTV
  2. Developing curricula for specialized professional studies in the field of M&DTV

The new curricula will be in line with those used at the world's leading schools in the relevant fields of study and consistent with the Europe 2020 strategy, the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training and the Bologna process. Curricula of vocational studies will be innovated in order to provide knowledge in the field of M&DTV adequate for a vocational engineer who will be trained to apply modern technology solutions for image and sound production. Curriculum of specialized professional studies will be designed to provide advanced training and knowledge in the field of M&DTV and to educate professional specialist for using, designing and developing solutions in the field of applied M&DTV technologies.

Curricula for vocational studies will include 35 courses, obligatory students' internship and final bachelor's thesis, in three year study period. Students who finish vocational studies will receive a Bachelor diploma. It is planned that 240 students will be enrolled for the first year of vocational studies in the projects implementation phase.

Curricula for specialized professional studies (SPS) will include 20 courses, obligatory students' internship and final professional thesis, in two year study period. Students, who have previously finished vocational studies in similar field, will be considered eligible for enrolment to SPS. Students who finish SPS will receive diploma of Specialist in multimedia and digital TV. Diploma of a Specialist in Serbia is equivalent to Master Professional Diploma. It is planned that 60 students will be enrolled to first year of SPS in the project implementation phase..

Only students who pass entrance exam will be enrolled to study programmes. Students will be ranked according to results achieved on entrance exam (60% of ranking points) and success in previous study (40% of ranking points).

All courses in curricula will be taught using contemporary teaching methods, such as problem based learning, game based learning, case study method, etc. Courses will be organized using blended learning concept – a combination of traditional and e-learning concepts. All course materials and activities will be available to students through a distance learning system. During their studies, students will be involved in practical work and internships in TV stations that participate in the project.

In order to enable efficient and effective teaching and learning, multimedia labs will be equipped with modern hardware and software tools for producing and editing multimedia materials. In each high education participant institution a local lab for basic training in the field of M&DTV will be equipped. In addition, one regional lab for advanced training in M&DTV will be equipped in VISER. All local labs in Serbia, Albania and Montenegro will be connected to a regional studio in VISER through Internet. Experiences acquired through the production of digital multimedia content in local labs and in regional lab will be integrated with experiences of EU partners and industry partners in order to establish sets of standards and best practices for application in the industry (broadcasting enterprises in WB countries). This approach will lead to better future interoperability and standards application in WB countries broadcasting systems.

In order to implement digital TV studio in a high education institution, substantial financial resources are required, as well as spatial and technical infrastructure. VISER already has a TV studio for advanced training in the field of analogue TV, and fulfils technical and infrastructure requirements. Therefore, VISER has been chosen as the most suitable institution to deploy the regional lab. Existing analogue equipment will be replaced with digital, while the existing infrastructure will remain. During the project realization, students from other participant institutions will be able to use regional lab services through Internet, while best students will receive advanced training through study visits. This cooperation will last even after completion of the project, and will be included in academic and financial sustainability plans.

Student will be involved in realization of the project at several levels:

Since the project involves a number of partners and a number of activities, ensuring smooth execution and coordination of these activities as well as managing all stakeholders are important project management tasks. The basic project management approach is to have a project coordination board and a significant experience steering committee responsible for monitoring and guiding the project activities. The project management team will be supported by work package leaders. Precise milestones and delivery dates as well as the content of the deliverables are defined in a detailed project plan. Project control will be established, supported by communications tools and an Internet collaboration platform. A self-check mechanism for the work package leaders and other participants will provide an early warning system to identify deviations from the work plan, and make it possible to establish contingency plans. The objective of the day-to-day management is to always keep the project closely aligned with the project plan and reduce the risks associated with project activities. Individual administration effort for the project should stay at a minimum, including the number of meetings necessary to control the project. Phone/online meetings will be used for regular interaction with the research partners and follow up of activities performed on their sites.

The project will be coordinated by a Project Coordination Board (PCB), who will organize and coordinate work in all work packages. PCB meetings will be held four times per year. PCB consists of a project coordinator, work packages' leaders, and representatives from PC and advisors from the EU.

Work on the project will be monitored and controlled by Steering Committee (SC). Final versions of all project deliverables will be evaluated and accepted by SC, or improved until accepted. SC will be composed of experienced project participants, one from each PC country, and EU participants. SC meetings will be held twice a year.

The objective for the decisions making process is to achieve consensus in all relevant issues. The escalation process in case of conflict consists of steps within the project and at external instances:

All the activities in the project will be organized in work packages that represent logical units of work. In the first year of project realization, there will be a setup of methodological bases for curricula development, curriculum for vocational studies will be innovated, curriculum for specialized professional studies will be developed, methodology for realization of study programmes will be set up, equipment will be purchased and installed in local labs and regional studio. Second year of project realization will include activities concerning realization of study programmes: accreditation at National Accreditation offices, intensive promotion in high schools and vocational schools and enrolment of students. Third year will consist of activities of teaching and learning within innovated and designed study programmes, as well as evaluation. Activities concerning dissemination, quality planning and project management will be performed continuously during the realization of the project.

Quality of the project will be monitored and measured using several instruments:

  1. The work in the individual work packages will result in formal deliverables that are committed in this description of work. A focus of the project management will be to assure the work on the deliverables starts at an appropriate time before the Deliverables are due
  2. Before deliverables are submitted to the Commission they will have to undergo a technical and editorial review process: the team responsible for the deliverable collects all technical input from those involved in the work package and prepares the first technical draft; The draft is circulated for comments and suggestions to the consortium and the pre-final draft deliverable is submitted to project management for editing; Final editing is done to make sure that not only readability and content are high quality but that formalities are taken care of appropriately; In case a deliverable contains a number of complex issues that are important to be understood by the target audience and a peer review will be used to make sure that the content of the deliverable is appropriately described; The final step is a consortium and Steering committee approval; A last round of changes might be necessary before the deliverable is submitted to the European Commission Project Officer and the Reviewers.
  3. Student evaluations will be performed at each semester to collect and analyse data about developed study programmes
  4. Innovated and new study programmes will be accredited at National accreditation offices
  5. Innovated and new study programmes will be peer reviewed and by external experts.
  6. Recognition on national and international level will be achieved through encouraging students' and teachers' mobility programmes.