Environmental aspects and GIS aspects of higher education in Egypt
Having been involved in a UN project in Egypt for several years, with the aim of streamlining the physical planning process in Egypt, it became clear that there is a great need to improve the planning of planners and to give them access to more modern methods and tools already During study time. INES (through the GIS Center) has long been in a leading position in the development of educational / technical methods for communicating courses and courses via the Internet (e-Learning), for which there is a great interest but relatively limited experience in Egypt.
This research and development project is a collaboration between LU, KTH in Stockholm, ITC, The Netherlands, Benha University and Alexandria University, Egypt and funded by EU TEMPUS. The aim is to try and combine educational methods and techniques from all partners to develop course materials that can be used in a semi-campus context and in pure Internet-based teaching situations. The project has begun with a student exchange, where Swedish students have studied pedagogy, learning environments and student-teacher interaction in Egypt, followed by a similar study of Egyptian students in Sweden in spring 2008.
Development and research are conducted to adapt course content, distribution technology, and pedagogy to an international user community. Some parts of the course material, such as Some video lectures will be distributed in Arabic with English subtitles and vice versa. This is to improve accessibility and to investigate how this is experienced by a multicultural student group.
During the project six courses will be worked out with the common pedagogy as a base. Then the courses will be offered to Swedish and Egyptian students and professionals, and the results will be evaluated in collaboration with CED (Center for Education Development) at Lund University.