Sustainability

The DOTS website will remain active after the project has finished. Moodle has been chosen as the website platform for two reasons: firstly, it is based on constructivist principles and therefore lends itself to learner-focused constructionist learning approaches and is very suitable for collaborative work. The software is also open source, i.e. freely available and widely supported, and is very stable. Thirdly, both the University of Zagreb and the Open University have chosen Moodle as their VLE platform. This means that project partners already have experience with this particular platform.

Because the training materials are designed for independent use, these will stay valid and usable without ongoing support. The same is true for reflective activities, although some institutions may want to adapt the training approach to their own needs and provide "guidance" or support for reflective activities (e.g. peer-mentoring, "buddy-study"). 

The collaborative aspect of the website will depend on the input of users (trainee teachers, independent users); this will not change once the project is completed and the website is fully developed. The only proviso for this area is the continued need for online tools that allow interaction (e.g. forums, chat). This means that a basic "document dump" website is not sufficient. However, in a Moodle environment the collaborative tools are fairly stable and easily sustainable. The collaborative elements will also possibly need moderating to ensure against inappropriate use. This should be feasible with minimal monthly checks of the website.

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