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EC2E2N-1 • Work Package 05

A virtual campus for chemistry and chemical engineering

Updated: 27-10-2012 00:38


Antonio Lagana, Department of Chemistry, University of Perugia, Perugia, IT

Marina Rui, Department of Chemistry, University of Genova, Genova, IT


Hazel Wilkins, , Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 

Pita Vandervelde, , Antwerp University, Antwerp, Netherland,
Carol Mathe, , Avignon University, Avignon, France,
Mariano Fajardo, , Rey Juan Carlos University, Mostoles, Spain,
Gino, Paolucci, , Ca Foscari University, Venezia, Italy,
Ioannis Kozaris, , Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece,
Johannes Froehlich, , Technical University, Vienna, Austria,
Marek Frankowicz, , Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland,
Kristiina Wahala, , Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland,
Stuart Bennett, , Open University, United Kingdom,
Paul Peijzel, , Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherland.

Aim of the group

The general task of this workpackage is to investigate the exploitation of modern networking and computing technologies to support the teaching and learning (T&L) activities of the community of Chemistry (and chemical engineering) higher education institutions. For this purpose all efforts will be concentrated in designing a suitable way of building a Europe-wide virtual campus.


The first task of the workpackage is, therefore, that of developing relationships among the Universities of the project based on the model of grid virtual organizations. This will mean to design a way to establish a Community of Practices (CoP) for education by adopting networked open and distance digital technologies.


The second task of the workpackage is to design a system for a distributed management of the specific features of the Molecular & Material Sciences & Technologies (MMST) teaching and learning practices so as to further stimulate student centred education. This will imply the design of a set of web based activities complementing the necessary local front and laboratory work typical of the specific educational organization of each site.


The third task will be to figure out the best way of collecting and making shareable the educational material continuously produced by the teachers of the member institutions after adopting agreed digital formats and feeding interlinked distributed repositories (shared repertoires). This implies the definition of suitable standards for the production and storage of such material or for the conversion of the previously produced one. This will also imply the design of an organization of such material for an open science usage.


The fourth task will investigate how to utilize the material of the shared repertoires to support telematic activities aimed at assessing and certificating chemical knowledge at various levels (from compulsory to professional education) at professional level. This will imply the design of a system for offering this type of services not only to the students of the Universities of the project but also to other Universities and to the general public.


D16 a report of the features that a Cop in Chemistry should possess
D17 a scheme for the distributed management of teaching and learning activities
D18 a model for a shared distributed implementation and usage of teaching material
D19 a structuring of the teaching and learning telematic activities exploiting the material of the common repository


For the purposes of the work package a Virtual Campus site has been activated at the URL

The site is based on Moodle 1.9.9 and makes use of the mysql database, PHP version 5.2.4 -2ubuntu5.3. Such environment allows all the members of the working group to insert files and documents in different formats, to hold open discussion forums, to create link to external sites and to add all the resources and activities supported by Moodle. The site hosts at present: a news forum mainly for administrator to all the participants communications, two thematic forums (a Focus Forum devoted to discussions on the Virtual Campus and a Forum Cafe devoted to general discussion).

Period of Activity

Months 1-36 (1.10.09 - 30.9.12)


Virtual email contacts (1.10.09 - 31.12.09), 

Moodle Open forum May 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010
Planned: Bratislava, SK, 18-21, May 2011
Planned: International launch of ECTNA telematic activities, first week of November 2011
Planned: Milano, IT, Spring 2012
Planned: Prague, CZ, September 2012