The American University of Beirut (AUB) has been awarded a grant from the European Union Tempus Programme to fund the development of a professional diploma program for green technologies in Lebanon and Egypt, entitled PRO-GREEN-Joint/Dual Professional Graduate Diploma and Professional Degree in Green Technologies.
Through the project, universities will develop a joint/dual diploma for green technologies with a focus on renewable energies, green buildings and water resources. The curriculum will first be piloted at universities in Lebanon and Egypt, with the ultimate goal to have the diploma offered in numerous countries and universities across the region.
The Pro-Green joint diploma aims to provide a unique and focused program that caters for the engineering and architecture professionals aspiring to enhance or complement their technical and decision-making skills in green technologies or progress in green businesses.
Meeting the projects needs
In order to provide this professional diploma, AUB required a quick and reliable access to a cloud based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which could be accessed by all Pro-Green staff and students. Wissam Nahas, (e-Learning Manager) at AUB states “it was essential we develop a reliable VLE to encourage coopreration between Lebanese, Egyptian and European institutions. The platform was also needed to host the Learning Management System for students and instructors”.
The IT team at AUB found that a hosted Moodle service from the University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) provided the best solution for this project. ULCC were able to guarantee a minimum downtime, unlimited storage, 24/7 support, backup and redundancy plan and maintenance of the VLE through continuous upgrading. With a variety of different institutions involved within the project, there were many data ownership questions raised, resulting in a cloud based Moodle platform being used. This money-saving option allowed the team to focus on the administration of the application and development.
The IT team at AUB mentions “working with the highly professional and flexible learning technology team, ULCC provided both technical and instructional support. The team was always willing to help and introduced the Checklist Moodle activity which we found extremely beneficial to the project.”
The results of the midsemester evaluation have been positive and reveal a general satisfaction among students and staff regarding the diploma, with over 90% of student’s satisfied with the hosted Moodle service.