Preparation for the development:
information collection and analysis of the local needs

Preparation for the development: information collection and analysis of the local needs

Tasks

– Collecting needs, and discussing need analysis for courses and reporting.
– Designing the course contents according to the needs.
– Organizing course development groups and assigning a coordinator for each group.
– Deciding communication channels.
– Needs analysis for iMSEP and reporting.
– Deciding on iMSEP functionalities.
– Purchasing equipment for partner university laboratories.
– Purchasing equipment for e-learning systems.

Description

Social activities are crucial to make partners to know each other (cultural, personal, academic aspects, etc.) and also to bring them closer to be able to communicate and  work easier in groups. It is also a fact that understanding the overall management and  responsibilities, the cooperation procedure, and getting to know each other, will facilitate  a successful realization of the project. Social gatherings to foster personal relations  between staff will thus be organized.
The aim of the first gathering is to meet most of the key contact persons that will be  actively involved in the project to discuss details concerning preparation, tasks and  responsibilities, and execution. They are expected to express their opinions and generate  a consolidated work plan and status report. Associate partners will also be  invited to k/o meeting.

The aim of this meeting is to define content of the course materials and to create course development groups (from partner and participant universities) as well as distributing the tasks, equally. Deadlines will be set for the development procedure by the steering committee. Communication and cooperation arrangements will be agreed within the development groups. Each development group will be coordinated by a participant university. Details such as the amount of theoretical and practical tasks for the courses, source of information, and number of example cases will be discussed and agreed in the development groups.

Related assumptions and risks

– Detailed information about the current status in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan as well as the needs required for the design of courses and the design of the internet-based information Management System for Environmental Protection and disaster risk management (iMSEP).
– Partner universities need to buy required equipment, including server, computers, software, etc. to be able to run the courses.
– Equipment is required for setting up and running an e-learning system.
Risks:
– Information collection and needs analysis may be slow because of bureaucratic challenges, e.g. waiting for permissions. These may be solved by providing better communications and high level of commitment and cooperation with national authorities. We have also considered enough time to be able to do the tasks with a good quality.
– Problem with transferring money to the partner universities due to unpredicted (e.g. political) reasons.

Tasks

– Collecting needs, and discussing need analysis for courses and reporting.
– Designing the course contents according to the needs.
– Organizing course development groups and assigning a coordinator for each group.
– Deciding communication channels.
– Needs analysis for iMSEP and reporting.
– Deciding on iMSEP functionalities.
– Purchasing equipment for partner university laboratories.
– Purchasing equipment for e-learning systems.

Description

According to the consolidated work plan and the kick-of meeting conclusions, partner universities start collecting needs for developing SIST courses on environmental  protection and disaster risk management from associate partners and stakeholders. The following activities will be conducted to reach the objectives:
– Setting meetings with associate partners and stakeholders (other responsible organizations on environmental protection and disaster risk management) as early as possible.
– Visiting associate partners and stakeholders.
– Present applicability of modern innovative SIST for environmental protection and disaster risk management.
– Discussing and analyzing skills and knowledge gaps related to environmental protection and disaster risk management using SIST. This will be used for developing courses.
– Discussing and analyzing the base data and functionalities needed for iMSEP.
– Discussing and analyzing available resources and infrastructure at both partner universities and stakeholders for running and using online courses.
– Preparing report.

The aim of this meeting is to define content of the course materials and to create course development groups (from partner and participant universities) as well as distributing the tasks, equally. Deadlines will be set for the development procedure by the steering committee. Communication and cooperation arrangements will be agreed within the development groups. Each development group will be coordinated by a participant university. Details such as the amount of theoretical and practical tasks for the courses, source of information, and number of example cases will be discussed and agreed in the development groups.

Related assumptions and risks

– Detailed information about the current status in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan as well as the needs required for the design of courses and the design of the internet-based information Management System for Environmental Protection and disaster risk management (iMSEP).
– Partner universities need to buy required equipment, including server, computers, software, etc. to be able to run the courses.
– Equipment is required for setting up and running an e-learning system.
Risks:
– Information collection and needs analysis may be slow because of bureaucratic challenges, e.g. waiting for permissions. These may be solved by providing better communications and high level of commitment and cooperation with national authorities. We have also considered enough time to be able to do the tasks with a good quality.
– Problem with transferring money to the partner universities due to unpredicted (e.g. political) reasons.

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