The project was initiated at the beginning of September 2014 and will end in August 2017.
The project is a collaboration between the University of Stavanger, the University of Nottingham, England, and the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain (Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir).
The University of Stavanger shall act as the coordinator, developer and producer of the interactive mobile learning tools, and shall provide the basis content for the work.
The partner universities in the Dimeane project will facilitate and oversee the translation, adaptation and recording of audio in English and Spanish, and shall conduct reports at the end of the project on the impact and scope of the tools.
E-learning in higher education serves various purposes, including; improvement of learning, making distant education possible and flexible, building confidence in learning, adding learning enjoyment, and importantly, today's students expect or demand flexibility and digital technologies in their learning process.
The DIMEANE project will modernize and improve upon the already successful concept of digital learning tools developed by the e-learning department at the University of Stavanger (UiS), NETTOP.
Content from the highly successful interactive pdf series (which were originally tailor made for nursing education produced at UiS), shall be translated and revised to become even more accessible.
Previously, the interactive resources utilized Flash media in document format PDF files, appearing as media-rich e-compendiums, available on PCs.
A recent study found that the media-rich e-compendiums produced at UiS were the most appreciated learning tool provided by the university. Thus, both the need for and usability of this kind of e-learning tool is highly supported. In the DIMEANE project, we will revise and redesign these learning tools as OERs (Open Education Resources) for use on all mobile devices, and assess the impact of their use.
Variety of modes
The methodology of the OERs will support a variety of study modes, adapted to fit the nursing programs in the partner countries, and will be tested and implemented in nursing education at the University of Nottingham (UoN), Universidad Católica de Valencia (UCV) and UiS.
The overall aim of this project is to develop and implement interactive mobile e-learning apps for European bachelor nursing education in order to facilitate flexible, personalized, and collaborative learning, as well as participate in changing the pedagogy towards a more modern and interactive student-centered higher education program.
Technological development: to redesign the existing PDF/flash content into a responsive, mobile design. Create a functioning publish-to-app platform that can be a reusable methodology for other subjects and courses.
Translation, adaptation and studio recording to podcast of eight chosen Norwegian compendiums to English and Spanish.
Implementation of the new app material and guidelines for their use, in nursing courses in Norway, England and Spain, with followed by evaluations of their use.
For the review, students’ use of the apps and the feasibility of apps and podcasts on the three programs will be evaluated. How useful, flexible and whether or not they have been successful in creating variation in learning will be addressed. How the OERs have affected learning habits, and if possible if/ how they have affected learning outcomes (dependent on for example, exam form).
Based on the evaluations at the three participating organizations, guidelines for the pedagogical use and implementation of the e-learning apps will be developed for future use.
At this stage of the project we shall publish all OERs developed on App Store and Google Play, and they will be available as a url link to Wordpress site.