The Webinar "European Blended Learning and HDR-Photography" is an activity of the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership "Vir2Cope".
In 2015 a sequence of Webinars is conducted dealing with different topics about HDR-Photography is conducted. All project partners from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and UK participate in the webinars - sometimes as participants and sometimes as online-trainers. The webinar on 28. September 2015 will be conducted from the italian project partner "Acquamarina". The topic is "Results of the HDR-Photography project in Trieste/Italy".
The project "HDR Photography and Blended Learning" is delivering an example of best practice in the field of transnational Blended Learning with the inclusion of realtime online seminars as a special form of E-Learning in combination with a Training activity. Realtime online seminars are called also webinars. Although the webinars could be used in all education sectors for seminars, lectures, communication of groups, they are still not very common in Europe. There is a lack of online-trainers, who are able to conduct webinars and there are no guidelines for the pedagogy of webinars, increasing the attractiveness and efficiency of such learning activities. Additionally many learners, including disadvantaged persons, cannot estimate how useful and efficient webinars are and how easy it is to participate without the need of high digital skills.
Webinars are per se cross sectoral. The six project partners are active in high education, further education and adult education, being national and transnational networkers between education sectors and companies, focussed also on rural development, reflect the huge range of potential users for webinars. Thus the project contributes to the internationalisation of education in all sectors, the growing use of digital learning and better access to education for all. How the cooperation through transnational Blended Learning could function is practically shown in the 2-years-project.
The topic of learning and cooperation is "HDR-Photography". This highly efficient technique is a rather new technique in photography. Already penetrating the imaging world, it is still discussed very controverse, the technique is not mature and the people are still not aware about the huge potential this technique provides. Although HDR (High Dynamic Range) was already developed in the nineties in computer animation and film, a broader usage in photography started in the last four years. With a trainer, the basic technique can be learned quite easy. The technique is one of the most interesting innovations of the digital photography. With HDR-photography, the digital photos can show nearly all contrasts. That was never possible with analogue photography. The image branch is well aware about this point. A common digital camera and computer software for the processing of HDR photos are necessary to make HDR-photos. If professionals, students or amateurs, they all can profit from this creative and highly potential technique very much. It's huge range of application possibilities (photographers, artists, graphic design, documentation, press and media) makes it an ideal topic for transnational Blended Learning.
The material results of the project are an essay about online pedagogy of transnational webinars and Blended Learning . Complementary information will be provided by a film that shows the conduction of a pedagogical well structured webinar . The film will be available on Youtube. An E-Book about the state of the art in HDR-Photography with practical informations for applicants and for newcomers, experiences and new ways of usage is worked out. All outputs are available as OER, the essay will be translated in different languages and will be published online and in printed journals. Part of the dissemination activities will be exhibitions of HDR-Photos in Italy/Trieste and Portugal/Lisabon.
Especially teachers, stakeholders and persons from disadvantaged groups (rural areas, physically disabled persons) are invited to participante in the transnational webinars from their home computer or office in order to see how it functions.
We warmly invite the participants to give a short evaluation after the webinar with an online questionnaire (www.vir2cope.eu/questionnaire_webinars.php).