FAQ

1. What is globe?

globe is a vibrant community of practice for digital learning. Explore the numerous advantages by becoming part of the expert community! Learn more about globe by browsing the platform and by clicking here.

2. Are there any fees or costs for membership?

No, participating is totally free of charge.

3. When does the MOOC take place?

The MOOC phase took place from February 15th till March 25th 2016. Please find here the detailed Time Schedule. After the MOOC phase globe will remain openly available.

4. What is the topic?

Core issue of this community is how quality can be defined and measured in digital learning scenarios with particular emphasis on development cooperation. However, quality and quality assurance in technology-supported or digital learning activities is a challenge that affects all organizations and initiatives providing digital learning solutions. The challenges become increasingly interlinked with the need to address new and collaborative approaches going along with new media learning at an institutional and strategic Level.

But how can quality in digital learning actually be measured? Can the same mechanisms be used to measure for example the quality of traditional e-learning, mobile learning scenarios, gamified solutions or MOOCs? These are only some of the questions that have been tackled in the course of the MOOC, which started the community.

5. What are the requirements for successful completion and to get the certificate at the end of the MOOC phase?

Participants will be awarded a Digital Certificate upon successful completion of this MOOC. The certificate will be sent to you via e-mail after the end of the MOOC.

In order to be awarded the certificate, you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete your profile: The following areas have to be completed truthfully: Name, Surname, Profile Picture, Bio Data.
  2. Join a Group: Join at least one group for collaboration. (Hint: Have a look at the different topics – is there one topic (or maybe two or three) that you would like to work on deeper? Is there another interesting topic you would like to work on by creating a group? Make your choice!)
  3. Decide on a topic: Decide on, at least, one of the following topics for group work: MOOCs, Mobile Learning, Gamified Solutions, Augmented Learning, Blended Learning or/and Self-paced-Learning.
  4. Complete Group Assignment: Develop in your working group a set of 3 to max. 10 core quality criteria and a description on how they might be applied in an overall quality assurance scheme such as the Open ECBCheck. Optionally, you could also have a look at the existing ECB Check criteria in your working group and make suggestions for an update of the existing criteria in a specific area or for a specific digital learning solution. You should do that in discussion groups, either continuing in a group where you are already a member or, alternatively, you can join or create yourself a different group for this purpose!
    Publish the first verson of the group assignment in the Beta House.
  5. Peer-Review: Give constructive criticism on at least 2 assignments on Quality Criteria, published by other groups in the Beta House.
  6. Submit Final Version: Revise your Quality Criteria with your group by considering the feedback (Peer-Review) of the community. Then, publish your final version of your criteria in the Beta House. The final version can be provided in any format. You and your group can decide whether you wish to create a document, a video or any other format of your choice. And that’s it, you’ve done it :-)!

Let’s work together on a better future for Digital Learning! Because Quality matters!

6. How do I find my way around?

There are different areas in globe where learning, communication and collaboration l take place: The Open House, the Beta House, the Forum and Groups. We would like to suggest that you take a quick journey through the MOOC in order to learn more about these spaces.
Please find additional information in the Step by Step Guide explaining some important functions of the MOOC. Should you have further questions, please let us know.

7. What are the groups for and who creates them?

In the Groups, you can discuss special topics, share resources with group peers interested in the same topic and comment and like inputs from peer members of your working group. During the MOOC phase or in trainings taking place at the platform the group assignment will be jointly prepared here.

If you click on Community, you will find the link to the Groups in the navigation. After clicking on Groups, you will see all Groups created so far. You can either join one of the Groups or create a new one if you would like to exchange on a topic that you would like to add. Group creation should be a self-explanatory process, however, you will find information on how to do it in the Step by Step Guide).

What will happen in the Groups?

You will find a Group Forum in order to exchange on the topic of your choice (of course, informal exchange is possible and you can also get to know people in your group better, just exchange on whatever you like ;-).

You will also have the possibility to jointly work on documents with the members of your group, e.g. on the group assignment.

As the creator of a group, you will be the group’s administrator, i.e. you can upload a group picture, change the settings of the group and you will have certain rights as to the management of group members. However, you are asked to take on ownership too and keep the group alive.

8. Is it possible to join in late?

By all means. Core issue of this community is how quality can be defined and measured in digital learning scenarios with particular emphasis on development cooperation. However, quality and quality assurance in technology-supported or digital learning activities is a challenge that affects all organizations and initiatives providing digital learning solutions. The challenges become increasingly interlinked with the need to address new and collaborative approaches going along with new media learning at an institutional and strategic Level.

9. Where can I find previous Newsletters?

The Newsletter will be send to every registered participant automatically. Furthermore, you can find previous Newsletters in the Newsletter-Archive.

10. What are Badges? How can I earn them?

A Badge honours a user for a certain action she/he has done. These actions can be very differently, for instance creating a group or publishing a certain amount of posts in the Open House.
Badges are not obligatory for earning the Certificate at the end of the MOOC. Just have fun collecting them!
You want to know more about the Badges you can earn? Here you go.

11. What is the Activity Progress Bar? What are Community Points?

Users can earn Community Points by beeing active in the community. There are lots of activities that lead to Community Points, such as publishing in the Beta House or commenting a post in the Forum.
Depending on your Community Points, you will have a certain activity Level. The more Community Points you collect, the higher your level will be. The level achieved also relates to your rights and permissions in globe.

The (green) Activity Progress Bar shows you how much points you need for reaching the next level.
To level up is not obligatory for earning the Certificate at the end of the MOOC. It represents your activeness in the community.

12. How can I publish in the Open House?

Community members who are very active, who earned a high level of feedback from peers and therefore achieved level 12 gain automatically authoring rights in the Open House for sharing insights and resources of the community on the internet.

13. Who is behind globe?

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The MOOC and the technical platform behind globe is being offered by the Open ECB Check initiative and organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany. However, all network partners back this project and contribute with their Expertise.

14. What is the ECB Check Initiative?

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Being a well-established initiative the Open ECBCheck has been providing a quality improvement scheme for E-Learning programmes for almost 7 years. Many international organisations were supported in measuring how successful their digital learning offers are and introduced continuous improvement through peer collaboration and bench learning.

Open ECBCheck forms a participative quality environment which allows its members to benefit in a variety of ways by having access to tools and guidelines for their own practice on the one hand, and being able to join a vibrant Community of Practice on the other hand. The existing procedures and criteria for quality assurance in e-learning are a solid basis for finding new ways to consider the latest technological developments in the field of digital learning.

This MOOC will be offered in cooperation with many experts who have been involved in the debate about quality in digital learning during the past years. It aims at creating a space for taking the discussion on quality in digital learning further and for opening it to new learning formats. New members for the international e-learning quality community are welcome to join in.

15. What are the technical requirements?

General technical requirements are:

  • A reliable internet connection with Internet LAN-Cable. WiFi or WLan sometimes doesn´t offer a stable Connection.

Windows
1.4 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows 7 or higher
2 GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista® Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit editions with 32-bit browser)
512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended) for Windows XP or Windows 7; 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended) for Windows Vista or Windows 8
One of the following Browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher (32 bit only); Mozilla Firefox 3 or higher; Google Chrome

Mac
1.83 GHz Intel CoreTM Duo or faster processor
Mac OS X v10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (Intel) or higher
512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
One of the following Browsers: Mozilla Firefox 3 or higher; Apple Safari 4 or 5; Google Chrome

Additional technical requirements for participation in webinars:
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.3., e.g. when using Linux-Systems: latest version of Chrome installed and built-in Flash enabled.

For further questions or a discussion on technologies please check the Forum.