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WP2.1. Reviewing and restructuring the existing Bachelor MDTV curricula

The existing bachelor MDTV program was opened as a result of a previous TEMPUS project. The curriculum was designed some years ago according to the criteria defined. However, during its implementation, it has been observed that certain changes should be done to meet the needs of the country in this field. For this reason, a general review of the existing program and its improvement is of outmost importance. To achieve this, EU consortium members and industry partners will be consulted regularly so that improvement is done in the best possible way. The first workshop (Learning from EU expertise in MDTV area) of the proposed project will be realized in Albania at the premises of the leading institution to decide on the specific guidelines that should be taken into consideration while revising the curriculum. Then, the pre-specified working group of AMU and EPOKAUNI HEIs will continue working on their curriculum. Course types and syllabi will be revised and reconsidered during this phase of the project. Dependent on the needs specified in the preparation phase, some new courses may be added or replaced with other courses of the existent MDTV curriculum. The curriculum will be carefully and comprehensively studied by especially the representatives of the leading institution and Epoka University members. All the decisions made will be supervised, controlled and consulted with the EU members of this project. Defining the competences and the learning outcomes of the new revised MDTV curriculum is the next step of this phase. Within this WP, the workshop will be combined with the first kick off meeting where the Steering Committee Members (SCM) will be selected as well. Preliminary reports will be prepared for each activity held and for the changes done. This work package will be finished when the new curriculum books of curricula for each PC high institution are printed.

2.1.1. Workshop: Learning from EU expertise in MDTV area

2.1.2. Reviewing the existing MDTV curriculum

2.1.3. Defining competences and learning outcomes for bachelor MDTV program

2.1.4. Printing bachelor’s degree curricula

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WP2.2 Innovating MDTV Master curricula

 

This work package includes innovation and development of a professional master curriculum in the field of MDTV. This package will start with a study visit which will be realized to partners from Czech Republic at VSB Technical University of Ostrava to acquire expert knowledge and best practices in MDTV education area. All consortium members will take part in this activity since it will be accompanied with some knowledge sharing (teaching/research) activities as well. The leading institution is expected to offer this new program; thus, AMU will develop a new curriculum for this aim. On the other hand, the other three participating WB partners will implement some new modules with specific orientations, namely Image Processing Module, Animation Module and Production/Post-production Module. EPOKAUNI, UBT and UP will offer these modules as part of their existent master programs. These modules will be designed for both increasing teaching and research collaborations within these countries and EU partners. While innovating and developing the MDTV PM curriculum partners from industry will be consulted to a high extent to harmonize competence of future experts with industry needs. Since the PM curriculum will be implemented only at AMU, the main members of the working group selected to do the activities will be from this institution. Moreover, members from other institutions will be active as well. The main inputs to be used in this WP2.2 will be existing models of other EU MDTV related graduate program, expertise from EU partners, industry standards and requirements. All the activities will be performed under supervision and approval of EU partners. Finally, the work package will be completed when the book of MDTV curriculum is published.

2.2.1. EU Study visits

2.2.2. Innovating Professional Master (PM) curricula

2.2.3. Developing Image Processing Module

2.2.4. Defining competences and learning outcomes for PM

2.2.5. Printing of PM curricula

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WP2.3 Enriching infrastructure and teaching methodologies

WP2-3 includes the following activities: 

Animation and Production/Post-production modules will be developed in accordance with the expertise of the EU partners. For this aim, all the course types, contents and the materials related to teaching will developed and published. Training of academic staff members from Albanian/Kosovo institutions both in EU partner countries and in home countries will be realized regarding the offered specific modules. The other activity to be realized is the equipment purchasing including the necessary hardware and software. Equipment will be bought for local labs that will be opened at EPOKAUNI, UBT and UP partners. The necessary literature that will be offered to students and AMU library will be purchased as well. Training of staff members in Partner Countries for equipment usage is the next activity of this work package. Moreover, AMU staff will have an advanced training due to the variety of equipment they will have in the new established laboratory/studio. Teaching materials will be prepared in line with EU, national and institutional standards and practices. They will be prepared in form of paper books and electronic materials (presentations, teaching notes, etc.). Methodological instructions for teaching and student practices will be designed.

2.3.1. Training staff members on modules

2.3.2. Developing Animation Module

2.3.3. Developing Production/Post-production Module

2.3.4. Hardware/Software and Teaching material procurement

2.3.5. Staff Training for equipment

2.3.6. Preparing teaching materials and instructions

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WP2.4. Implementation of professional studies program

During this work package, the implementation of professional studies will be realized and the necessary feedback will be taken and evaluated. Initially, the necessary documents required for the accreditation process will be prepared and submitted to the respective bodies for evaluation and approval. In the mean time all the institutions will ensure student enrollment to the MDTV program. Enrollment will be completed in line with standard procedures. Each HEI will enroll the students based on their own application criteria. Realization of the MDTV programs will include teaching, learning, evaluation and exams. A good practical knowledge will be added to AMU students due to the new laboratory that will be established at its facilities. During the realization of study program, surveys and questionnaires will be used to get feedback from students on the quality of teaching, teaching materials and overall realization of the process. The work in this work package will be realized by Albanian/Kosovo institutions and it will be monitored by EU partners and external PC experts within the quality management work package. Academic sustainability will be achieved by establishing procedures and suggestions for permanent improvement of the MDTV-related programs. Permanent education strategies will be adopted for the academic staff.

2.4.1. Accrediting developed MDTV PM

2.4.2. Student enrollment to MDTV PM

2.4.3. Realization of MDTV PM program

2.4.4. Students’ feedback on the programs

2.4.5. Achieving academic sustainability

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WP2.5 Fostering collaboration with industries and MDTV experts

The work in this WP will be organized with working group profiles those being industry members, university representatives and EU members, which will supervise the whole process through activities in quality management. During this work package, memoranda on cooperation with industry partners and other broadcasting enterprises will be signed. There will be collaboration memoranda among consortium members as well. Each memorandum should include support to developing and implementing MDTV-related studies, student internships with enterprises and programs for engaging industry experts as guest teachers. Industry experts will be consulted for curriculum improvements as well and this will be included in the issues mentioned in the memorandum. All the partners from Kosovo and Albania will have to collaborate to create strong and lasting relationships between universities and industry. Student internships with industry partners will be realized within the framework of this work package. Undergraduate and graduate MDTV students will have to complete this internship before they finish their studies. Engagement of industry experts in teaching will be realized by organizing industry expert lectures or open forums in the included higher education institutions. Depending on the topic, lectures will be organized in the scope of a certain course, or as lectures connected to a study program. 

2.5.1. Formalizing collaboration with industry partners 

2.5.2. Students’ internship 

2.5.3. Guest lecturing with MDTV experts

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WP3. Quality plan

The new offered PM in MDTV must undergo the accreditation process and must be accepted at national and international levels. Therefore, assurance of the quality of the project activities, its deliverables and outcomes are of outmost importance. Quality of project activity management and financial management are among the most important factors that will influence the whole project results. For this reason, all the activities and their specific deliverables will be under the control and they will be checked during the whole project duration. It is the Steering Committee the body that will ensure a reliable and accurate quality control and monitoring. Initially, internal evaluation will be done by the internal staff members of MDTV program at all the institutions offering it. This will be realized for both the revised bachelor and the new professional master programs. Then, the necessary precautions will be taken for ensuring good quality programs and according to the required criteria and standards. After the internal evaluation, a peer review will be done by the EU experts in the field. Experts will be hired to complete this task.

3.1. Internal quality assurance on bachelor program

3.2. Internal quality assurance on PM program

3.3. External evaluation of study programs by experts

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WP4. Dissemination and exploitation of results

This WP is focused on the promotion of the project and its participants and the raising of public and industry awareness of the potential benefits of project outcomes. Therefore, it will target suitable public events like national and regional conferences, round tables and other suitable events. One of the first tasks in this package will be creating an active project web site. National media channels and partners from industry/broadcast will have an important impact on this as well. Particular focus will be given to Internet tools and other social media applications to reach as large audience as possible in as efficient manner as possible. A special attention within this work package will be paid to promotion of developed study programs among potential students. Marketing materials will be prepared and published and distributed to groups of interest. Furthermore, various visits will be paid to high schools and universities in the Albania and Kosovo to promote the MDTV-related studies. AMU, EPOKAUNI, UBT and UP will create their specific working groups to realize this activity. Either visits to highs schools or organisation of other promotion activities will be performed.

4.1. Web site and social network promotion

4.2. Preparing marketing materials

4.3. Promotion in the Albanian/Kosovo high schools and universities

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WP5. Project management

Project management will be focused on the project progress regarding expenditure, use of resources, implementation of activities, delivery of results and outcomes and the management of risks. To achieve the wide and specific objectives of the project, the project team will systematically collect, analyse and use relevant information about project progress. Systematic reviews and control will ensure the possibility to reflect on the progress of the project and the content of progress reports in case any problem occurs. A continuous communication is the most critical factor for an efficient and effective leadership. The major decision-making body of the project is the Steering Committee (SC), which will be established by selecting one representative member from each consortium member. Another important organisational body of the project is the Project Management Board (PMB), which will deal with the organisation and operative decisions of any activity related to the project. Most of the members of this body will be from the leading institution since it will have to do with division of responsibilities and tasks to assure and effective and efficient project management. PCB will meet four times a year, while Steering Committee (SC) will meet twice a year and online meetings will be held whenever necessary. Risks related to the management will be predefined, managed and controlled during the whole project. This WP also includes reporting and communication with national and international Erasmus+ offices. Organisation and coordination of project activities will be reported yearly.

5.1. Steering/Project management committee meetings

5.2. Organizing and coordinating project activities

5.3. Financial management

5.4. Preparation of interim and final reports

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