Work Package 1 – Analysis of MDTV study programs in Kosovo/Albania and related EU studies

 


Work Package 2.1 – Reviewing and restructuring the existing bachelor MDTV curricula

UAMD, the coordinator of the DIMTV project, is the only university in Albania that offers a Bachelor study program in Multimedia and Digital Television (MDTV). The existing bachelor MDTV program was opened as a result of a previous TEMPUS project. The other WB partners, Epoka, UP, and UBT, offer courses that are related to multimedia in the bachelor degrees. All the partner country HEIs conducted a SWOT analysis of current bachelor study programs. Based on these analyses, the expertise of EU partners, and the inputs from industry, the bachelor-level curricula were modified and new courses were introduced. Each WB HEIs went through the legal and policy procedures to make the necessary updates in their curriculum. After the newly developed curricula were finalized, it was necessary to define the objectives, learning outcomes, and competencies for the study programs and respective modified courses/modules. In the end, the bachelor curricula book were designed, printed, and distributed in hard copy and electronically to relevant internal and external stakeholders for promotion reasons. 

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Work Package 2.2 – Innovating MDTV master curricula

After, the bachelor curricula were revised and updated, the work between the consortium members started on the development of the master degree curricula. UAMD has to offer the professional master in the 3 profiles, so each EU partner country gave their expertise, knowledge the best practices in the MDTV education area.  On the other hand, the other three participating WB partners implemented new modules with specific orientations, namely Image Processing Module, Animation Module, and Production/Post-production Module. EPOKA, UBT, and UP offer these modules as part of their existent master programs. These modules were designed for both increasing teaching and research collaborations within these countries and EU partners. After the new curriculum was designed and the courses were chosen to be implemented, it was necessary to define the objectives, learning outcomes, and competencies for the study programs and respective mdodifie courses/modules. In the end, the master curricula book was designed, printed, and distributed in hard copy and electronically to relevant internal and external stakeholders for promotion reasons.

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Work Package 2.3 – Enriching infrastructure and teaching methodologies 

WP2.3 was the following step to build capacities, innovate and improve the implementation of multimedia bachelor and master degrees. The WB universities, UAMD, EPOKA, UBT, and UP, purchased all the needed equipment and enriched their libraries with the new books. To support the new courses and study programs, University of Ljubljana (UL) as an expert in the field of multimedia, organized 9 staff and student training at the premises of each university. Also, UL organized 3 other staff and students training on equipment. Training academic staff members from Albanian/Kosovo institutions, both in EU partner countries and in-home countries were organized regarding the offered specific modules. Moreover, UAMD academic staff and students had more training due to the variety of equipment they have in the newly established laboratory/studio. All master modules were developed following the expertise of the EU partners. For this aim, all the course types, contents, and teaching materials were developed and published. Teaching materials are prepared in line with EU, national and institutional standards and practices. They are prepared in form of paper books and electronic materials (presentations, teaching notes, lecture notes, etc.).

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Work Package 2.4 – Implementation of professional studies program

During this work package, the implementation of professional studies was realized and the necessary feedback was taken and evaluated. Initially, the necessary documents required for the accreditation process were prepared and submitted to the respective bodies for evaluation and approval. All the WBs universities offer accredited bachelor and master in multimedia/ICT-related study programs. During this phase, the students were enrolled in a multimedia-related bachelor and master study program with the updated curricula and courses offered by all the WB universities. Throughout the academic years of the project implementation, surveys and questionnaires were distributed in the academic year, to get feedback from students on the quality of teaching, learning materials, and overall realization of the process. The work done in this work package was realized by Albanian/Kosovo institutions and was continually monitored by EU partners and external Partner Countries experts within the quality management work package. Furthermore, academic sustainability is achieved by establishing procedures, mechanisms, and suggestions for ongoing improvements of multimedia/ICT-related programs.

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Work Package 2.5 – Fostering collaboration with industries and MDTV experts 

The work done in WP2.5 is an important part of the project implementation because it dealt with the industry members, university representatives, and EU partners. During this work package, many memorandums of understanding (MoU) were signed. Industry experts were consulted for curriculum improvements as well and this is included in the issues mentioned in the memorandum. These MoUs were at the institutional level among consortium members, for academic staff and student exchange, and with the industry in both Albania and Kosovo. All the partners from Kosovo and Albania had worked to collaborate, to create strong and lasting relationships between universities and industry. As a result of these collaborations, were organized many open lecturers where the industry experts were engaged as guest teachers. The engagement of industry experts in teaching was realized by organizing industry expert lectures or open forums in the included higher education institutions. Depending on the topic, lectures were organized in the scope of a certain course, or as lectures connected to a study program. Student internships with industry partners were realized within the framework of this work package. Undergraduate and graduate students from Albanian and Kosovo universities had completed these internships before they finished their studies. These activities helped students to learn and know how to react in different work environment scenarios.

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Work Package 3 – Quality Plan

The newly developed/updated bachelor and master study programs have to guarantee the quality assurance of the project activities, its deliverables/reports, and results. After the accreditation process at national levels, all the partners of the consortium worked hard to achieve quality also at the international level. Therefore, Quality of project activity management and financial management are among the most important factors that influence the whole project results. For this reason, all the activities and their specific deliverables/reports underwent several controls and checks during the whole project implementation. The Steering Committee meetings were the most important mechanism used to ensure reliable and accurate quality control and monitoring. Initially, the internal evaluation was done by the internal academic staff members of the multimedia-related bachelor and master study programs at all the WB universities. Then, the necessary precautions are taken for ensuring good quality programs and according to the required criteria and standards. After the internal evaluation, a peer review is done by hired EU experts to complete this task.

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Work Package 4 – Dissemination and exploitation of results

The promotion of the project, the raising of public and industry awareness about the impact and benefits of the project outcomes were the major activities realized in the work package. For these purposes, the official website of the DIMTV project was published and it was linked with social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. To target a broad audience, all the WB partners published public national events like regional conferences, round tables, and other project-related events. An important role in this work package played the RTSH partner, which helped to further promote project results. Special attention to this work package is paid to the promotion of developed study programs among potential students. Marketing materials were prepared, published, and distributed to all the groups of interest. Furthermore, various visits were done to high schools and universities in Albania and Kosovo to promote multimedia-related studies. UAMD, EPOKA, UBT, and UP have created their specific working groups to realize this activity. Either visit to high schools or organization of other promotional activities were being performed.

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Work Package 5 – Project management

Project management is 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 systematically collected, analyzed, and used relevant information about project progress. Systematic reviews and control ensured the possibility to reflect on the progress of the project and the content of progress reports in case any problem occurs. Continuous communication is the most critical factor for efficient and effective leadership. The major decision-making body of the project is the Steering Committee (SC), which was established by selecting one representative member from each consortium member. Another important organizational body of the project is the Project Management Board (PMB), which deals with the organization and operative decisions of any activity related to the project. Most of the members of this body are from the leading institution since it has to do with the division of responsibilities and tasks to assure effective and efficient project management. PCB usually meets four times a year, while Steering Committee (SC) meets twice a year and online meetings were held whenever necessary. Risks related to the management are predefined, managed, and controlled during the whole project. This WP also includes reporting and communication with national and international Erasmus+ offices. Organization and coordination of project activities are reported yearly.

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