Title eLearning course - How to Build and Implement DTN Based Internet Access with Gender and Cultural Sensitive Approach
Project Number 2010-1-SE1-LEO05-04796
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
DTN is a new way to establish ICT access that suits self-governed initiatives such as NGOs, SMEs and citizens in remote and rural areas. The European Digital Agenda aims to give all Europeans basic broadband by 2013. e-Learning DTN transfers knowledge from an EU FP7 project and has developed an e-Learning course on how to build DTN based internet access, which is a new way to establish ICT access that suits self-governed initiatives by NGOs and citizens in remote and rural areas.
DTN makes the exchange of data between the source and destination tolerant of time delays; if there isn't a continuous path from source to destination when the data is sent the data can be held at some intermediate node (which might be any computer or server). People, cars, helicopters and similar moving “data mules” that travel in the remote area actually take the data with them and deliver it to the next node in the network 'cloud'.
Summary N4C (Networking for Communications Challenged Communities: Architecture, Test Beds and Innovative Alliances) was a FP7 project in which the partners developed internet for remote regions where it is not simple or not cheap or, even feasible to gain access in any of the conventional ways. N4C used Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) technology. In eLearning-DTN the project team aims to offer information on how to build DTN based internet access, thus transferring knowledge from N4C to new audiences. The project pays attention to the course content being inclusive for all and that when ICT is developed and implemented, it is important to apply a gender equality perspective and to promote gender equality policies.
The project includes four former partners in the N4C project and a spin-off company from the former N4C project. A learning platform and training content were developed in two steps (draft and final versions) and tested by strategically chosen audiences. The learning material consists of seven modules:
1. How to start – what you need in the form of ICT software and other equipment
2. How to implement software
3. How to build your network – people, mules and nodes
a) Case: An environmental company building a DTN network for business
b) Case: An NGO developing DTN for a rural village
4. Working with people in deployment - how to recruit users
5. Case A: Deployment to NGO in Swedish Lapland
6. Case B: Environmental deployment
7. Case C: How SME and NGO can deploy / encourage business on DTN
a) A case of an environmental company building a DTN network for business
b) A case of an NGO developing DTN for a rural village
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
open and distance learning
material for open learning
The eLearning-DTN course can be used in schools, and in learning at work places but also among people studying on-line. eLearning-DTN has brought the digital inclusion frontline further by making educational material about how to practically build networks and products with DTN available for SMEs and NGOs, rural populationor and other non-experts.
We also dare to say that our proejct has taken LLL further by developing new models for experimental learning. This achievement can be deployed to the VET (vocational, educational and training) sector. We have also developed models and methods for testing complicated LLL course-material about technical issues. Another achievement is development on test methods; next-bench observation methods and questionnaires. Further we have developed business models for deployment of a course the can be downloaded free of charge from the internet. In that aspect we have taken IPR issues further and that part of our development can be used in other circumstances.
It has been confirmed that eLearning-DTN is globally unique and valuable. Initaitives have been taken from actors in USA to make the eLearning-DTN training program part of the IPNSIG portfolio. IPNSG stands for Interplanetary Networking Special Interest Group of the Internet Society (www.ipnsig.org). The connection comes from that DTN was first designed for space agencies' purposes.