Eötvös Lóránt University

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Eötvös Loránt University (ELTE) was founded in 1635. The University is internationally recognized and its programmes are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board. The diplomas issued by Eötvös Loránt University are acknowledged worldwide, and its course credits are transferable throughout the European community. Currently, the University has 8 faculties: Science, Informatics, Law and Political Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Psychology, Elementary and Nursery School Teacher Training and the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education. The current number of students enrolled is about 32,000, with an academic staff of 1,800 highly-qualified teachers and researchers. The University does not have a separate eLearning unit. Faculties and departments are the ones in charge of the eLearning management.

ELTE main office is in Budapest, Hungary.

Web URL: http://www.elte.hu/en

There is classroom based training available for teaching staff involved in eLearning activities and for learners to become proficient with the technology used to support the eLearning environment. Faculty members are assisted in the transition towards ICT supported classes, but they are not assessed during the process. Teachers are tested in general by a digital testing process. This training and assistance does not continue through the progression of ICT supported education yet (e.g. peer mentoring, or an available department for further teacher education), but it is planned for the near future. Such services will be provided by the Centre for Multimedia and Educational Technology – Hungarian licence holder for EPICT, the European Pedagogical ICT Licence.

The majority of eLearning activities found at the University are blended learning activities with teaching materials being developed by creative groups. The use of virtual learning environments (simulations, labs) and collaborative distance learning and distance work - carried out in a real time approach - can be frequently found at the University. Since 2005, a teleconference system has been in operation to provide Ph.D. students with training. To assure the required degree of quality the University introduced a compulsory quality control feature, which is integrated in the learning management system (type: ETR). The University’s good reputation is also expressed by 50% of all Hungarian higher scientific degree holders (Doctors and Members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) in Mathematics and Natural Science being employed as staff of the Faculty of Science of the Eötvös University. ELearning course/programmes are not developed by using the European Credit Transfer System ‘Information Package/Course Catalogue’ checklist and transfer. The Institution does not have a defined eLearning Strategy.

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