Hellenic Open University (HOU) is the sole Greek State University that provides distance education in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. HOU consists of 4 Schools: Sciences & Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Applied Arts and offers 6 B.Sc. and 26 M.Sc. programmes, currently being attended by 30,000 students. HOU pioneers new educational methods which are wholly based on the principles of distance education and offers innovative programmes of study, providing opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate studies to wider social groups of the population, thereby making continuing education and lifelong learning possible for all. The promotion of scientific knowledge is made possible by means of distance learning methodology which is facilitated through Information and Communication Technologies and the production of appropriately developed materials.
Software Quality Research Group (SQRG) of Hellenic Open University (quality.eap.gr) has vast experience in the applied research on Software Quality Assessment and Metrics and in particular on Educational Software Quality, using PLEs and Learning Analytics. Moreover, SQRG specializes in the development of Web 2.0 e-Learning environments, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and Augmented Reality tools, as well as immersive environments that include 3D Virtual Worlds which apply the principles of active and experiential learning on subjects that are impossible, unsafe or inefficient to be addressed through conventional educational methods. The Software Quality Research Group consists of 15 active members and many associates, including undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers coming from the research fields of Human-Computer Interaction, e-Learning, Augmented Reality, 3D Immersive Environments.
HOU is the applicant and coordinating organisation of the V-ALERT project and will be mainly responsible for the following tasks:
- project management
- design and development of the 3D Virtual World Learning Environment (VWLE) (alpha & final version)
- testing and formative evaluation of the alpha version of the 3D VWLE
- carrying out a number of pilot implementation sessions