Stichting Nisa for Nisa (Vrouw Voor Vrouw)
Johan Jongkindstraat 97 – Amsterdam
M. el Fakih
Illiteracy and digital illiteracy is dividing societies in haves (those who do know how to) and have-nots (those who do not know). Especially marginalized groups (like migrant women and elderly people) suffer the consequences. Our partnership consists of both learning infra partners and expert-partners that work together to empower informal educational organisations to setup effective virtual literacy-courses, targeting both illiteracy and digital illiteracy. The architecture of the virtual platform and the specs of the deliverables will be set and further developed by the partners during the project. At the core will be a virtual classroom concept based on the free services of Google, more specific the use of "Google Hangout", a free, webbased, voice- and videoconference software that can be integrated with Youtube (for distribution and archiving), and "Google Apps for Education" (for productivity). Additionally we will develop browser-based (management)tools and (video)tutorials, and improve didactical methods and content for courses. Expert-partners will team-up with learning infra partners (for instance Dutch-Maroc Women Network) to convert existing literacy courses to the new platform and concept. Our partnership will focus on two main goals: 1. The exchange of experiences, knowledge and best practices concerning (digital) literacy courses with a focus on marginalized groups. 2. Facilitate and train informal learning organisations to setup and use Google Hangout as a virtual classroom, with the help of the tools, methods, tutorial and guidelines developed. We will develop a dummy-proof implementation and operation strategy that covers ICT, didactics, use of multi-media course content, distribution and archiving.