The project ‘‘E-Government 2.0 in practice’’ is realized under the European Commission’s program ERASMUS+ and aims at developing innovative and interdisciplinary teaching curricula in the area of eGovernment, offering a new quality of university education as regards the content provided and educational tools applied.
The implementation of e-Government solutions constitutes a priority in the EU members states. When compared to other EU countries, Poland places itself in an extremely unfavourable position. Low social participation is accompanied by deficits in the sphere of e-Government. Although great endeavours have been made over the last 10 years to implement change, the lack of systems approach and existing barriers in the area seem to prevail, one of them being a deficit of specialists with practical experience and adequate knowledge of potential solutions.
The situation becomes even worse as there seem to be no relevant curricula provided by universities that would be practically-oriented and that would use effective teaching methods like workshops, simulations, etc. The project proposed by the consortium has been conceived to fill in this gap and contribute to the increase of knowledge and skills related to e-Government among project participants, young people in particular. By offering a free access to a new IT application, the project will provide the grounds for practical implementation of e-Government solutions.
The results of the project: the new curricula, teaching methods and didactic tools will be implemented in Tischner European University and disseminated among other universities in Poland and abroad. Practically-oriented study programs in e-Government will contribute to competence development of university alumnae — future public administration staff. The project will provide solid grounds for strengthening international cooperation and exchange of experience in e-Gov 2.0 between Polish, British and Estonian organizations.
- The project ‘‘E-Government 2.0 in Practice’’ will pool together experts (including scientists) specializing in e-Government, civic engagement, research methodology as well as specialists in IT implementation and social media.
- Dissemination activities will encompass representatives of higher education institutions, mass media, central and regional administration and NGOs including c. 30 seminar and 50 conference participants. The scheduled summer program will bring together around 20 Polish and Estonian students. Given the open access to project educational resources the project will target around 450 entities.
- Within the project, a knowledge base on existing e-Government solutions and initiatives will be created (an international perspective will be taken into account). The base will take a form of an online catalogue and will include resources developed through the analysis of strategic documents, outcomes of research projects and evaluation of selected e-Gov 1.0 and e-Gov 2.0 implementations.
- A teaching methodology for e-Government 2.0 will be developed. Subsequently curricula along with related courses (and syllabi) will be prepared. To complement new curricula, a set of didactic tools will be developed including a casebook — a publication collecting model applications in e-Government, 8 e-learning courses, 8 video tutorials, 8 multimedia lectures, 8 presentations, 8 podcasts.
- Project activities will be supplemented with a seminar summing up the research and analysis phase, a conference summarizing the project and promoting its results and ‘‘E-Government Academy’’ — an intensive summer program delivered in a blended-learning formulae. As a result of the project a new specialization in e-Government will be introduced on a Masters’ s and a postgraduate level by Tischner European University.