Studying with Disabilities – The Case of University of Zagreb

Markovina, Jerko; Miškulin, Martina; Vrabac, Katarina

Koçi, Aida (eds)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
159-165 ISBN: 978-608-4700-04-3

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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University of Zagreb, which enrolls over 65000 students annually, has only about 200 students with disabilities.3 Most of them attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that has 48 and Faculty of Economics with 21 students with disabilities.4 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb is the most accessible to this population of students. It has access ramps, elevators and other aids suited to the needs of students with disabilities. There is also a special working room that is adapted for blind and visually impaired persons as well as for students with mobility problems. Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is home to many associations whose goals are to facilitate adaptation of persons with disabilities from early life, education and future employment. The Office for students with disabilities of the University of Zagreb helps students get direct help in solving specific problems that may arise during their studies, and as such is the mechanism of ensuring equal opportunities.

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Study Abroad and Service Learning Assisting Students in Learning Croatian Language.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Posavec, Kristina; Boras, Damir

International journal of education and information technologies

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
6 336-344 ISSN: 2074-1316

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to connect the framework of the interactive multimedia project AFILC (Assisting Foreigners in Learning Croatian) with the study abroad and service learning experience of exchange students in the University of Zagreb. The purpose of the AFILC is to develop language learning materials that will motivate foreign students to learn the Croatian language at their own pace and help them cope with its grammatical richness. The purpose of the international service learning course is to motivate exchange students to deeply experience Croatian language and culture and to get insight into the relevance of their service experiences to their personal, career, educational and civic goals.

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Service learning: can our students learn how to become a successful student?

Mikelić, Nives; Boras, Damir

Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Information Technology Interfaces

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
651-657 ISBN: 953-7138-05-4

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to discuss the origin of the higher education (HE) issues in Croatia and to introduce service learning methodology into our faculties. Service learning (SL) is a form of education where learning occurs when students apply what they learn to community problems and reflect upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community. Service learning as a teaching methodology can be easily integrated with ICT in order to achieve better learning and teaching outcomes. Finally, we present the results of two surveys conducted with Croatian students in order to reveal their issues and concerns and we offer solutions learned from our experiences in US.

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Learning in Information Sciences: Web for the Blind

Basrak, Bojan; Matic, Sanja; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

The Future of Information Sciences: INFuture2007-Digital Information and Heritage

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
501-507 ISBN: 78-953-175-305-0

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The biggest problem to blind and visually impaired people poses the integration in various aspects of the social life. Since computer technology with its dominantly visual interface increasingly becomes the prime media for communication, these people are faced with a new obstacle – the ability to work on a computer and use it to communicate with others. Technologies that enable the blind to use the computer do exist, both hardware and software, but they have difficulty learning to use them. The reason for this is lack of standardized educational program so that computer education of blind is usually left to themselves and a few associations that do not have sufficiently qualified staff for such a task. Our service learning project offers the first step to possible solution of the current situation. Service learning is a methodology where learning occurs when students apply what they learn to community problems. It was introduced into information science curriculum in the academic year 2006/07 for the first time in Croatian University with the goal to transform the old teaching style, give the final year students more place to apply the theory they learned through the study and, most important, to provide an important service to the local community. “ Web for the Blind” is the service learning project that provides a first step towards an optimal solution. The main goal of this student project was to establish an adequate model on which all future projects in this field could be based. At the moment “ Web for the Blind” is a stand-alone application that provides the blind and visually impaired with the guides on how to install a web browser, familiarizes them with its interface and gives them some basic information on surfing the web. The application can be used without a mouse and with or without screen-reader software because it contains the tutorials in textual and audio format. The next phase of the project involves intensive testing in the field. It is to be presented to as much users as possible for the evaluation purpose. Finally, the contents of the tutorials need to be gradually updated in both quality and quantity.

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Service learning in Zagreb University: how far have we gone?

Matic, Sanja; Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Boras, Damir

Ce Computers EDUCATION Zagreb

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
25-30 ISBN: 978-953-233-039-7

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to discuss the recent development and evaluation of service learning (SL) methodology in information science curriculum. In the Academic Year 2006/07 we introduced new educational methodology into our curriculum transforming the old teaching style and giving students more place to apply the theory they learned. Also, SL explores the possibilities of transforming our university into a place that meets the needs of the new economic reality of changing markets and rapidly developing technology. We integrated that methodology with the ICT in order to achieve better learning outcomes and we present both the successful and unsuccessful recently finished service learning projects in this paper. Finally, for the first time this paper brings all the advantages and drawbacks of the application of SL methodology into Bologna process in our University.

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Implementing Model of Service Learning in Teaching Strategic Management Course

Jelenc, Lara; Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Mujevic, Denisa

4th International Conference An Enterprise Odyssey: Tourism – Governance and Entrepreneurship

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
381-393 ISBN: 953-6025-23-X

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The London communiqué (2007) emphasizes one of the goals of higher education, and that is to prepare students for their future careers and enabling their personal development. The employability of students should rise and they should have capabilities, competencies, and skills needed for the competitive job market. Therefore, the relation between universities and employers should be more strongly interwoven. Bologna process initiated the curriculum reform, introducing a student-oriented study, interactive teaching, and urges for higher level of student involvement. The students have factual knowledge, while they lack soft skills and competence to implement their knowledge in practice. Students are in a position when they finish their studies and are left without actual practical use of what they have learned and no real experiences. The model of service learning is contemporary teaching standard enabling dialogue between universities, students, and employers. Employer is facing a real-time problem, which students help to resolve while implementing theoretical knowledge learned in lectures and seminars. This paper introduces the model of service learning in teaching strategic management course. The model was developed in USA and was introduced for the first time in teaching a course of Informatics at the University of Zagreb in the academic year 2006/2007. The paper introduces the model of service learning, explains the main prerequisites of the model, and proposes the implementation in teaching Strategic management. The semester long teaching according to service learning model offers first-hand experience and reflections on the students, employers, and teacher’ s feedback, concluding about the need of this model in teaching strategic management course.

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Learning for the Knowledge Society: service learning theory and practice (Učenjem do društva znanja: teorija i praksa društveno korisnog učenja)

Mikelić Preradović, Nives

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN: 978-953-175-338-8

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Service-Learning: Findings From a 14-Nation Study

Haski-Leventhal, Debbie; Grönlund, Henrietta; Holmes, Kirsten; Meijs, Lucas C. P. M.; Cnaan, Ram A.; Handy, Femida; Brudney, Jeffrey; Hustinx, Lesley; Kang, Chulhee; Kassam, Meenaz; Pessi, Anne Birgitta; Ranade, Bhagyashree; Smith, Karen A., Yamauchi, Naoto; Zrinscak, Siniša

Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
22 3 161-179 ISSN: 1049-5142

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Service-learning literature has been dominated by studies from North America with little cross-national comparative work. This article reports on a survey of university students conducted across 14 different countries. The study examines the relationships between service-learning programs (both compulsory and optional) at high school and university, along with current volunteering, study subject, and sociodemographic variables. The survey found variation in service-learning across the different countries along with relationships between service-learning participation and gender, family income, and study subject. By contrast to previous research, however, both mandatory and optional service-learning at high school and university led to higher participation in general volunteering.

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Evaluation of Service learning in ICT curriculum.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Kisicek, Sanja; Boras, Damir

Proceedings of the 2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
3 56-66 ISBN: 9782953384284

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Theoretical knowledge without (practical) skills and weak connection between university education and labour market needs are two most important educational issues facing higher education in Croatia today. Higher education in Croatia lacks emphasis on the integration of theory and social needs. Service learning (SL) is a teaching strategy that connects meaningful community service with academic learning and civic responsibility. SL was introduced into Information Science curriculum at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb for the first time in 2006/07, with the goal to transform the old teaching style. This study examined the quality of 40 SL projects using Youth Service California’s Service Learning Quadrant (2000). The results showed that SL can become a useful academic tool in transforming our Department and Faculty into a place that meets the needs of the new economic reality of changing markets and rapidly developing technology.

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Promotion of knowledge society through service learning.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Tudman, Miroslav, Matic, Sanja

The Journal of Quality in Education

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1 ISSN: 2028-1897

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to discuss the relationship between higher education and private&public sector in Croatia, the issues Croatian students face when they get their university degrees and to explore the possibilities of transforming our university into a place that meets the needs of the new economic reality of changing markets and rapidly developing technology. We introduced new educational methodology into our curriculum that transforms the old teaching style and gives student more place to apply theory they learned, while in the same time they think how to solve world problems. Service learning is a methodology where learning occurs when students apply what they learn to community problems and reflect upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community. We integrated that methodology with ICT in order to achieve better learning outcomes and we present the first service learning projects in Croatian university in this paper. Service learning should be a well balanced approach to the knowledge society, not only between theoretical knowledge and social needs, but also between education system and social values.

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Service-learning – The integration of higher education and the community in the process of the education of socially responsible and active citizens

Culum, Bojana; Ledic, Jasminka

REVIJA ZA SOCIJALNU POLITIKU

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
17 1 71-88 DOI: 10.3935/rsp.v17i1.897

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The paper analyses the connection between the civic mission of the university,, higher education teaching (as one of the basic academic activities) and the education of socially responsible and active citizens. It presents one of the most current models of experiential learning at the university level, originally called service-learning. The model in question relies on the integration of the curriculum and active involvement of the students in the community, with the aims of ensuring their better understanding of the academic discipline, the needs and problems of the community and encouraging their (further) civic involvement. The international academic community is increasingly regarding this model as a mechanism that successfully contributes to the realisation of certain aspects of the civic mission of the university. With the purpose of contributing to the conceptual analysis, the concepts and approaches to the definition and theoretical origins are presented. Opening the area of the discussion about the challenges of the integration of this model into higher education curriculum at our universities, the Croatian equivalent of the term set-vice learning is offered and explained.

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Service e-Learning Project: State Graduation Online Demo Exam

Mandić, Ana; Bakarić, Ana; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

In Billinness, C. et al (eds)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
235-243 ISBN: 978-953-175-408-8

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The service e-learning project described in this paper presents the online demo exam in informatics designed as a preparatory step for the state graduation. It was created in the midst of turbulence caused by the introduction of the state graduation at the end of secondary education in Croatia. With this project we wanted to engage grammar school students in service e-learning and present them with the opportunity to design their own test materials through the collaboration with college students who are experts in the field. We also aimed to gain our own benefit of connecting the theory learned during the study with new practical experiences while at the same time helping the students to achieve at a high level in the state graduation exam. Finally, since its free available online, our project should benefit everyone who wants to test their knowledge in informatics and/or learn something new in an easy and interesting way.

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Service Learning in Croatia and the region: progress, obstacles and solutions

Mikelić Preradović, Nives

Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
97 4 33-48 ISSN: 0043-0439

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of the paper is to discuss the possibilities of transforming universities in Croatia and the region into places that take account of the emerging community trends and current challenges that our students should be capable of dealing with once they finish their studies. Service learning (SL) was introduced in the largest faculty of the University of Zagreb (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) in 2006-07 through a series of faculty workshops and through academic courses. The goals and requirements of this teaching and learning method were based upon our U.S. experience, gained at the George Washington University. Since then around 50 SL projects in the IT field have been completed and evaluated. Service learning was also introduced in the Faculty of Economy at the University of Rijeka in 2008. In 2009 it was added as a regulation of the Croatian National Youth program 2009- 2013, approved by the Croatian Government. Also, in the same year the Croatian translation of the term “service learning” (“drustveno korisno ucenje”) offered by the author of this paper became accepted as a common term at the JFDP (Junior Faculty Development Program) Regional Conference. Although the workshops were extremely popular both in Croatia and the region, and although SL courses achieved remarkable student enrollment in a short time, the number of faculty who have so far implemented it as a teaching strategy is very low. This paper discusses the reasons for faculty resistance to engage in SL and some possible solutions.

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Academics and University Civic Mission (Sveučilišni nastavnici i civilna misija sveučilišta.)

Ćulum, Bojana; Ledić, Jasminka

Rijeka: Filozofski fakultet u Rijeci

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN: 978-953-6104-80-2

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Prihvaćanje načela civilne misije i njihovo integriranje u svoj svakodnevni nastavni I istraživački rad traži upornost, strpljenje i dugoročnu posvećenost sveučilišnih nastavnika, osobito ukoliko matično sveučilište ne iskazuje institucionalnu privrženost načelima civilne misije. U sveučilišnom okruženju u kojem civilna misija sveučilišta nije institucionalno pozicionirana, promovirana i vrednovana, kao što je slučaj s hrvatskim sveučilištima, stavovi sveučilišnih nastavnika spram civilne misije i društvene odgovornosti prema (lokalnoj) zajednici u kojoj žive i djeluje postaju još važniji. Polazeći od ključne uloge koju sveučilišni nastavnici imaju u uspješnoj integraciji civilne misije u temeljne akademske djelatnosti, u ovoj se knjizi teži dati odgovor na pitanje: U kojoj mjeri i pod kojim uvjetima možemo na sveučilištima u Hrvatskoj očekivati posvećivanje sveučilišnih nastavnika integraciji civilne misije?

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Development of Universities’ social responsibility through academic service learning programs

Perić, Julia

Mašek, A. (ed.), Osijek

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1 365-375 ISBN: 978-953-253-106-0

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Universities with their educational, research and social performance directly influence the quality of life in communities. Socially responsible universities foster the development of entrepreneurial behavior and social responsibility of their students and show that they know and can respond to actual social issues, not only through projects referred to community development, but also through programs and courses that educate young people how to become active participants in the process of making positive social changes. Such educational programs, also known as “academic service learning programs“, allow students transfer knowledge and skills gained in the classroom into practical projects within their communities thus becoming more socially aware and active. Such programs are important component of socially responsible performance of universities ; they reinforce the connection between universities and local communities, show that universities are capable to recognize what is going on in their society and actively participate in the development of the culture where socially responsible behavior of its actors is not a mean to an end but an end itself. In Croatia most universities are neglecting the responsibility they have toward their community thus focusing merely on educational and research component. This paper describes the case of the academic service learning course Entrepreneurial skill I at Faculty of Economics in Osijek as one of the rare examples of fostering development of social responsibilities of students. This course encourages students to stop being passive observers of social phenomena, but instead, through active participation in the community, to have direct impact on solving current social issues and develop skills with which they will ensure successful employment. The project “Contribution to the Community” within the course is an important activity that helps students retain and improve their skills, provides opportunity to explore new options, gives pleasure because of participating in solving community’s problems, and contributes to building problem solving capacity. Fostering and developing entrepreneurial mindset of students affects both their personal development and the economic and social development of the community they live in. The methodology used to identify models used for development of entrepreneurial behaviors of college students is based on a review of literature (entrepreneurship education, knowledge society, universities’ social responsibility, academic service learning programs, higher education and economic development) and qualitative studies and recommendations related to supporting students’ active engagement in the community and collaboration between local communities, universities and students.

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From Violence to the Shelter – Service Learning Experience in Social Work Education in Croatia.

Keserica, Vendi; Berc, Gordana

Proceedings 8th WSEAS International Conference on EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES (EDUTE’12)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
158-164 ISBN: 978-1-61804-104-3

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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This paper deals with service learning experience in social work education in Croatia. The goal of the paper is to demonstrate a case-study of the student of social work who participated in service learning program based on developing counseling competences and communication skills. The internship was organized in Autonomous Women House in Zagreb, a Non-governmental organization focused on providing different services for the women victims of domestic violence. The fieldwork activities started with systematic preparations and education about both counseling and communication specifics in work with women victims of violence. Also, the student actively participated in many activities of this NGO especially in counseling processes with clients and different assistances in purpose to reach clients needs. After the fieldwork period the student continued with engagement in the AWHZ as a volunteer and continued her education in this area in Croatia and abroad. Also, based on service learning experience she was motivated to develop some ideas for implementing e-learning approach in education for women victims of domestic violence. Benefits of service learning as well as some possibilities of e-learning in social work education and practice are discussed.

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Innovation at the Faculty-level Education through Service Learning

Nives Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Boras, Damir; Lauc, Tomislava

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
71 622-627 ISSN: 1307-6892

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The paper presents the service learning project titled DicDucFac (idea-leadership-product), that was planned and conducted by the team of information sciences students. It was planned as a workshop dealing with the application of modern social media (Facebook, YouTube, Gmail) for the purposes of self-promotion, free advertising via social networks and marketing own ideas and/or products in the virtual world. The workshop was organized for highly-skilled computer literate unemployed youth. These youth, as final beneficiaries, will be able to apply what they learned in this workshop to “the real world“, increasing their chances for employment and self- employment. The results of the project reveal that the basic, active-learning principles embodied in our teaching approach allow students to learn more effectively and gain essential life skills (from computer applications to teamwork) that can only be learned by doing. It also shows that our students received the essentials of professional ethics and citizenship through direct, personal engagement in professional activities and the life of the community.

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Academic service learning program in the function of development of entrepreneurial behaviors of college students

Perić, Julia

Sarajevo: University of Sarajevo, School of Economics and Business

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
380-391 ISBN: 978-9958-25-077-4

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Universities with their educational, research and social performance directly influence the quality of life in communities. However, many Croatian universities focus more on educational and research component, thereby neglecting the responsibility they have toward their community. By supporting entrepreneurship education universities foster the development of entrepreneurial behavior of students and show that they know and can respond to actual social issues, not only through projects referred to community development, but also through programs and courses that educate young people how to become active participants in the process of making positive social changes. Such educational programs, also known as “academic service learning programs“, allow students to transfer knowledge and skills gained in the classroom into practical projects within their communities. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of developing academic service learning programs since such programs reinforce the connection between universities and local communities and encourage the development of a culture in which university education is recognized as a key element in creating an active and social responsible citizenship and sustainable social development. This paper describes the case of the academic service learning course at Faculty of Economics in Osijek which encourages students to stop being passive observers of social phenomena, but instead, through active participation in the community, to have direct impact on solving current social issues and develop skills with which they will ensure successful employment. The project “Contribution to the Community” within the course is an important activity that helps students retain and improve their skills, provides opportunity to explore new options, gives pleasure because of participating in solving community’s problems, and contributes to building problem solving capacity. Through benchmark analysis this paper puts an important emphasis on The Oslo Agenda for Entrepreneurship Education in Europe whose aim is to foster entrepreneurial mindset in society through education and learning. Fostering and developing entrepreneurial mindset of students affects both their personal development and the economic and social development of the community they live in. This paper has identified activities that are being implemented and proposed within this Agenda, which can be applicable to Croatian universities as well. The methodology used to identify models used for development of entrepreneurial behaviors of college students is based on a review of literature (entrepreneurship education, knowledge society, academic service learning programs, higher education and economic development) and qualitative studies and recommendations related to supporting students’ active engagement in the community and collaboration between local communities, universities and students

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Students for Seniors: Basic ICT Education for the Elderly

Lenić, Marija; Kustura, Anita; Jurković, Ida; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

INFuture2013: Information Governance

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
4 249-256 ISBN: 1847-8220

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The mission of this service-learning project was to teach the elderly citizens the basic information and communication technology (ICT) skills. Students of information and communication sciences (museum studies and heritage management and librarianship) planned and realized this service learning project through interactive collaboration between Tin Ujević public library, Trešnjevka retirement home and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. The education for the elderly, a social group that is least connected with the rest of the today’s society through information technology, represents a very important issue for their social inclusion and staying in life’s mainstream. The students taught the end beneficiaries the basics of information technology with the emphasis on social networks (Facebook and Skype). Out of 15 participants, the first level (basic computer skills) was successfully completed by 13 participants. Two participants had physical deficiencies (they could not coordinate the movements of their body with the visual input). The second level was completed by 9 participants, while 6 participants were able to completethe third level (creating and managing the Facebook account). The last level (creating and managing the Skype account) was successfully completed by only two participants.

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The Academic Profession and The Role of Service Function

Ćulum, B., Rončević, N., Ledić, J.

Work Situations, Views and Activities of the Academic Profession: Findings of a Survey in Twelve European Countries

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
137-158 ISBN: 978-94-007-5976-3

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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While teaching and research, traditionally regarded as two academic pillars, have been in the focus of numerous studies, service activity has been highlighted less. Despite the academic attention it has received lately, service is still a vaguely defined concept – or scholarly discipline – and is still searching for a more intense scientific discourse. This (sub) chapter thereby aims at contributing to the academic debate and offers some reflections on the concept of academic service, discussing data collected in 12 European countries. Highlighting the similarities and differences between senior and junior academics at universities as well as those between academics at other higher education institutions, this chapter discusses various themes linked to ‘service’: academic workload in service activities, the nature of service activities, the interconnection of service with other academic activities, ‘service character’ in academic teaching and research and academics’ views on the scholarship of service as well as their perception of institutional strategies encouraging service activities. In exploring the factors associated with the orientation of academics towards service activities, significant differences by country stand out. However, the 12-country analysis suggests that the traditional core functions of teaching and research are (still) clearly in the forefront of the academic activities, while service has remained up on the margin.

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Facebook: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

Bingula, Mihaela; Matić, Andrea; Varga, Vanesa; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

INFuture2013: Information Governance

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
4 105-115 ISSN: 1847-8220

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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This paper presents a student service-learning project that used a unique service learning approach to the issue of cyberbullying among elementary school pupils. Students have prepared a combination of lectures (curriculum units) and workshops about cyberbullying that occurs on social networks. Main purpose of the project was to educate pupils about the harmful side of the social networks, violence, and pedophilia. However, students also showed children the variety of ways social networks can be used appropriately in school and how to protect themselves from bullies and predators on the web.

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Facing New Expectations – Integration of Third Mission Activities into the University.

Ćulum, B., Rončević, N., Ledić, J.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN: 978-94-007-4614-5

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Universities around the world have been called to (re)consider their role in society, to evaluate their mission, their relationship with various internal and external stakeholders, as well as their contribution to democratic and sustainable society. Universities are increasingly expected to be more socially accountable, to collaborate more and therefore contribute more to different public and private domains of the society. In other words, universities are impelled to assume their ‘third mission’ and to engage in various forms of interactions with local, regional, national and international business and social partners. The university pillars of teaching and research are therefore undergoing significant pressure and change. Academics are not only expected to achieve excellence in their teaching and research, but to achieve it in a way that is measurable, efficient, effective and highly relevant for the contemporary knowledge- economy and society at large. At the same time, universities have been criticized for tailoring their curricula and research as well as extending their activities by the market’s needs, thus leaving behind the civic responsibility. Authors place the issue of extending teaching and research within the wider discussion on the ‘third mission’ that thoroughly explores how universities interact with the public domain. The issues of university civic mission, education for socially responsible and active citizens, as well as the education for sustainable development, are discussed as potential answers to the pressures universities and academics are faced with on their way to become more accountable for complexity and needs of the society

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Service Learning in a Croatian University: A Possibility for Effective Partnership with Community Stakeholders.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Kišiček, Sanja; Boras, Damir.

The International Handbook of Cultures of Education Policy. Analytrics

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1 495-520 ISBN: 979-10-90365-03-2

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of the paper is to discuss and compare the values, attitudes and purposes of service learning stakeholders in Croatia. Service learning (SL), as a pedagogy and teaching strategy that connects meaningful community service with academic learning and civic responsibility, has five major stakeholders: students, faculty, the university, the community partner, and the local community. SL was introduced into Information Science curriculum at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb for the first time in 2006-07, with the goal to transform the old teaching style and offer new roles to stakeholders in higher education. This study examined SL value from multiple stakeholder perspectives, emphasising the quality of 40 SL projects using Youth Service California’s Service Learning Quadrant (2000). The results showed that SL can become a useful academic tool in transforming our Department and Faculty into a place that meets the needs of different stakeholders and supports the partnership development.

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Service-Learning Program at University and Its Role in Building Child-Friendly Community

Krumes Šimunović, Ines

Challenges in Building Child Friendly Communities Proceedings of International Conference

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
17-31 ISBN: 978-953-98718-6-2

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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This paper presents an action research associated with Faculty of Education in Osijek, brunch in Slavonski Brod with pre-service teachers during the four academic years. The study follows the process of improving student learning through collaboration colleges and local communities for the benefit of gifted children in lower grades of elementary school. This work follows the process of creating workshops and creativity, imagination and cooperation that has developed thorugh activities related to Children’s ceremony, “In the world of fairytales of Ivana Brlić- Mažuranić” in Slavonski Brod. The paper traces not only the development of future teachers learning, but also the creativity of children and the circumstances that lead to better cooperation with local institutions.

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Croatian Academics and University Civic Mission Integration: Possibilities and Constraints

Ćulum, B.

Global Challenges, Local responses in Higher Education

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
59-79 ISBN: 978-94-6209-581-6

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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University civic mission is a reflection of universities as good institutional citizens that engage in their (local) communities in multiple ways – by researching and providing solutions for significant (local) problems (usually universal problems that are manifested locally, such as poverty, unequal health care, substandard housing, hunger, and inadequate, unequal education, etc.); by conducting research on democracy, civil society, and civic development; by educating students to be active and responsible citizens; by providing forums for free democratic dialogue not only for academics and students, but for (local) community members as well; and by offering its various resources and educational opportunities to the local community – to sum up by paraphrasing Benjamin Barber (1996), by being a ‘good neighbour’ that cares about and supports the improvement of (civic) life in local communities.

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Service-Learning. Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

Mikelić Preradović, Nives

Peters, Michael (ed.), Springer Singapore

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1-Jun ISBN: 978-981-287-532-7

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The article gives and overview of the service- learning methodology, groups of definitions and it compares SL to other forms of active learning and community engagements. It describes four stages of SL, describes Benefits and Criticism of Service-Learning and interprets the relation between Service- Learning and Digital Technologies. The author concludes that global sustainability of SL, along with the huge potential of educational technology (that liberates SL from geographical constraints and facilitates collaborations on a world-wide scale), fosters education that promotes engagement, intercultural competency and many 21st century skills.

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Determinants of students’ interest in service learning (Odrednice interesa studenata za društveno korisno učenje)

Modić Stanke, Koraljka; Putarek, Vanja

International Conference EDUvision 2016 “Modern Approaches to Teaching the Coming Generations”. Orel, M. (ed.), Ljubljana.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1105-1117 ISBN: 978-961-93662-8-8

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Service learning (SL) is a teaching method that enables students to apply academic knowledge and skills and also to enrich the process of acquiring knowledge by teamworkondevelopinga project that solves a specific social problem. As such, SLis closely associated with the trends of modern education, which emphasize the importance of critical thinking and practical experience in education. Considering the great potentialof SL, it is important to conduct research that will examine various determinants and aspects of SL. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine students’interest inSLand possibledifferences in this interest in 2relation to the socio-demographic variables, familiarity and experience in SLand psychological variables. The research was conducted on the students of the University of Zagreb (N=252) using the on-line questionnaire, which consisted of sociodemographic questions, items related to SL, Civilresponsibility Questionnaire and The General Self-efficacy Scale. The results showed that most students areinterestedin the enrolment in the SLcourse. Furthermore, students who previously heardofSLand those thatvolunteered somewherewere more interested in the enrolment in the SLcourse. Finally, students who had greater specific self-efficacy and greater civil responsibility also had greater interest in the enrolment in the SLcourse. Given the existing deficit of SLcourses in the Republic of Croatia, these results suggest the need to increase the number of elective and obligatory courses that include SLin order to improve the qualifications of students for the labor market.

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civic responsibility; service learning; experience; self-eficacy; students

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Service Learning as a Lever for Rural Social Entrepreneurship Development in Croatia

Detelj, Kristina; Kedmenec, Irena; Vuković, Ksenija.

Economic and Social Development – 35th International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development – “Sustainability from an Economic and Social Perspective”

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
461-468 ISSN: 1849-7535

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Educating for social responsibility through experiential service learning course

Rovan, Daria; Vizek-Vidović, Vlasta

University of Zagreb, Croatia

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Croatian Croatia

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The aim of the paper is to present the implementation and evaluation of the new one semester optional course "Mainstreaming students with special needs" offered to the 4th year undergraduate psychology students. The course design has been based upon the concept of the education for social responsibility. The main goal of the course was defined as the development of empathy and sensibilisation of the students for the issues concerning the mainstreaming of children with special needs within regular classrooms. The experiential learning was enhanced using the case-study approach through field assignments in the classrooms and referral institutions. The project assignment (carried out in small groups of 4-5 students) consisted of four phases: designing the case study, collecting data, preparing and presenting the report. At the end of the course the students evaluated following aspects: course plan and lecture organization, motivation and learning opportunities, relationships with participants in the teaching process and the global satisfaction with the course. Students were also asked to rate on the several comparable subscales "the typical" and "traditional course". The data analysis showed that students had very positive reactions to the new course giving it significantly higher ratings then to the course of traditional design. It is interesting to note that the lowest ratings were given to their participation in the teamwork, although in their commentaries they also pointed out the importance of that learning experience. It has been concluded that more attention should be paid to the process aspect of the course.

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What Role Do Croatian Higher Institution Play? A study on University Civic Mission.

Ledić, J.; Ćulum, B.; Nuždić, S.; Jančec, L.

Proceedings of the 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, Vol. 8. Higher education and citizenship, participation and democracy.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
8

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The social context in Croatia in which universities operate shows two dominant trends. Market orientation is being promoted as a response to globalization processes. Growing resistance and concern about this tendency brought initiatives to strengthen civil engagement in higher education. Since academic knowledge is increasingly expected to be based on real life circumstances and connected to practice, the need to strengthen civic engagement, social responsibility and active citizenship at universities is further stimulated. Requests are being made to bring university instructors and practitioners into closer relationships, expecting academic knowledge to directly improve living conditions in local communities and affect democracy and civil society development (Ostrander, 2004). Students should acquire knowledge, develop skills and opinions through active participation, which in turn develops their sense of active involvement in making political decisions and controlling its implementations. Many authors agree how active citizenship is the ideal contemporary society should aspire to (T.H.McLaughlin, D. Miller, C.Wilkins, R.Griffith, D. Heather, K. Faulks). The purpose of university’s civic mission is to enable the development of this ideal.

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The Integration of Higher Education and the Community in the Proccess of the Education of Socially Responsible and Active Citizens. (Učenje zalaganjem u zajednici – integracija viskoškolske nastave i zajednice u procesu obrazovanja društveno odgovornih i aktivnih građana.)

Ćulum, Bojana; Ledić, Jasminka

Revija za socijalnu politiku

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1 71-88

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Challenges of the university’s third mission. Changes in the Academic Profession: Responding to Challenges in Society? (Izazovi treće misije sveučilišta. Promjene u akademskoj profesiji: Odgovor na izazove u društvu?)

Ćulum, B.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
23-39

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Academic Profession and Contribution to Community and Society Development. Changes in the academic profession: Responding to challenges in society? (Akademska profesija i doprinos razvoju zajednice i društva. Promjene u akademskoj profesiji: Odgovor na izazove u društvu?)

Ćulum, B., Turk, M. Ledić, J.

Jasminka (Ed.)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
113-142

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Book of case studies: service learning success stories in Macedonia and Croatia

Gjurovski, Marjan; Karanakov, Bojan; Zinoski, Mihajlo; Penčić, Divva; Poposki, Vladimir; Sidorenko, Sofija; Kandikjan, Tatjana; Micevska, Jelena; Zdravevski, Darko; Petrushev, Koçi, Aida; Shkereli, Monika; Raguž, Andrea

Koçi, Aida (eds.), Skopje

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN: 978-608-4700-04-3

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Situation in Macedonia and Croatia, regarding inclusion of persons with disabilities in high education is presented in this book thought the case studies.

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Challenges of the Implementation of Service-Learning Model-The Case of the Course “Family and the Prevention of Antisocial Behavior” (Izazovi implementacije modela učenja zalaganjem u zajednici – primjer kolegija ‘Obitelj i prevencija asocijalnih oblika ponašanja”)

Zloković, Jasminka; Polić, Petra

Život i škola

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59 29 102-122

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The paper presents a discussion on the challenges faced by the authors when trying to implement the service-learning model into the course ”Family and the prevention of antisocial behavior” of graduate study in pedagogy in the academic year 2011/2012. The basis for the discussion on the challenges of implementation of this model consists of experiences and reflections of students, their mentors in community organizations, as well as those of the professor and the teaching assistant. Their experiences and reflections were approached with the help of the forms designed for the evaluation of students’ work and the course itself. A valuable framework for understanding specific problems and examining the challenges of the implementation can be found in the work of authors who discuss examples of implementation of this model, as well as in the work of authors who discuss the assumptions and requirements necessary for its successful implementation. All involved in the work on this course (students, their mentors, the professor and the teaching assistant) consider this approach to be useful, both for the development of students’ knowledge and skills, as well as for responding to some of the local community needs and the development of social responsibility. Major challenges are related to some difficulties in the integration of the course content and activities in the community and the lack of institutional, university support in the form of a service-learning center that would facilitate many of the activities necessary for a successful implementation. The experiences in the work on the course provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on some aspects of the course learning, in whose design, implementation and evaluation extra effort needs to be placed to improve the quality of integration of learning and engagement in the community. The authors believe that these considerations might also be useful to other university teachers in the search of new opportunities in improving higher education learning.

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University Teachers and Community Engagement. Changes in the academic profession: Responding to challenges in society? (Sveučilišni nastavnici i zalaganje u zajednici. Promjene u akademskoj profesiji: Odgovor na izazove u društvu?)

Ćulum, B., Ledić, J., Rončević, N.

Jasminka (Ed.)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
53-90

 

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Croatian Croatia

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A Model of Service Learning and Outreach for Primary Education through Museums.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Miličić, Dolores, Đuričić, Petra.

International Journal of Education and Information Technologies.

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8 48-55 ISSN: 2074-1316

 

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Croatian Croatia

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This paper presents a model for the development of collaborative projects between universities, institutions for primary education and museums. The project described in this paper was realized as a service learning project through collaboration between students of Information Sciences from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Museum of Arts and Crafts and elementary school “Cvjetno naselje”. As a result, the Museum gained young experts and valuable help in its outreach mission, while university students expanded their practical experience working with the museum pedagogue and leading school classes through the Museum. The evaluation of the service learning project addressed the role of field experiences in university education, service learning pedagogy and museum education partnerships.

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Community Engaged Learning – models, experiences and guidelines for integration (Učenje zalaganjem u zajednici)

Ćulum, B., Jelenc, L.

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Croatian Croatia

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Academics and Community Engagement: Comparative Perspective From Three European Countries.

Ćulum, B., Turk, M., Ledić, J.

Springer

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
133-150

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The aim of this chapter is therefore to contribute to the ongoing discussion on community engagement by focusing on the nature, extent and the evaluation of academics’ communitiy engagement in three European countries – Croatia, Germany and Ireland – and their different social, cultural, political and economix contexts.

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Attitudes towards volunteering assessment of students` volunteering at the University of Zadar (Stavovi o volontiranju i vrednovanju volonterskog rada studenata Sveučilišta u Zadru)

Kotlar, Vilma; Milanja, Ivica; Jakšić, Krešimir; Bionda, Marija

University of Zadar

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Croatian Croatia

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There were 340 undergraduate and graduate students and 136 teachers from different fields of science at the University of Zadar participating in this research. The results show that 53% of the students surveyed participated in some kind of volunteering activitiy. They have a variety of volunteer experiences, not only at the university and in the local community, but also abroad. The relationship between volunteering activities and their field of study was equally relevant and irrelevant, and the desire to engage in short-term activities and activities of humanitarian character dominates, followed by activities involving work with children and activities organized by students themselves. One third of those surveyed are planning to engage in activities organized by university teachers, as well as volunteer activities in the community and abroad. There is also an interest in cultural and artistic content, sports, environmental protection activities, volunteering in the area of ​​social welfare, welfare of the elderly and the disabled. Despite the interest, research shows that it is necessary to improve information on volunteering and training for young people. The comparsion of teachers ‘and students’ attitudes has shown that both groups recognize the personal and social significance of volunteering, for academic, and for the wider community. Teachers have an interest in information and professional training on the topic of student volunteering and service learning as a teaching method. Students desire service learning at the university level, i.e. to have courses in each study program that use this teaching method, so that it is organized in the form of an elective course. Part of the teachers are willingto include this form of work in teaching, but want to be provided with professional, administrative or logistical assistance. Teachers and students agree with the statement that it is necessary to reward (and thus encourage) volunteering. Both groups give preference to written acknowledgments to other forms of reward.

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Using video journals in academic service-learning

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Jandrić, Petar

Polytechnic & Design (1849-1995)

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4 4 407-419

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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This paper chronicles experience of one of its authors (Nives Mikelić Preradović) with video journals in the service-learning course with year-5 students of Information Sciences at the University in Zagreb (Croatia) specialized in the following fields: Archival Science, Library Science, Museology, and Informatics Teacher Education. The first part of the paper introduces academic service-learning and outlines previous experiences with video journals in servicelearning. The second part of the paper describes service-learning at the University of Zagreb, and briefly introduces research methodology. The third part of the paper presents two case studies of using video journals in academic service-learning: TiM: Ti i Muzej (Team: You and Museum) and Readers’ Club Knjigotron. The last, fourth part of the paper, analyses case studies and describes advantages and obstacles to introduce video journaling in service-learning. The paper confirms earlier research in conclusion that the main obstacles to such implementation are technical skills related to video production. However, it also shows that widely available equipment, such as phones and computers, satisfies the needs of service-learning. Therefore, in contrast to earlier research, it seems that equipment has ceased to be an obstacle. In spite of differences in technical proficiency and quality of final videos, students in both groups have met learning outcomes and acquired appropriate critical skills. Instead of speaking of video proficiency, therefore, the paper suggests that future research should turn into the direction of video literacy.

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Service-Learning and Digital Technologies

Semenski, Sara; Harte, Aidan; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

Seljan, Sanja (eds.)., Zagreb: Uiversity of Zagreb

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
283-289

 

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Croatian Croatia

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This paper describes the project developed during the Europe engage project student tour, where students from 11 European universities have collaborated in a multicultural service-learning experience. The main goal of the project was to produce a video which would enhance the work and mission of community partner – Cell EXPLORERS. The video represents the vision and mission of the Cell EXPLORERS workshop programme and it will be useful for each of the Cell EXPLORER’s university partners to increase the student volunteer base and participation in STEM subjects in schools, while simultaneously creating highly trained and competent educators. The video is targeted at a broad audience and it incorporates drawings made by workshop participants, along with volunteer interviews, documenting the fact that volunteers and participants of the Cell EXPLORERS workshops were involved in the creative process of the video making. Since the aim of the workshop and the video was to dispel the prevailing stereotypes of scientists and to increase participation in STEM subjects, children’s voices were also incorporated to match the stills of the children’s drawings.

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