- Who can participate?
Educational institutions, research institutions, universities, individuals, small/medium/large enterprises, anyone interested in bringing the worlds of FIRE and eLearning together is welcome to participate to the Open Call. The proposed work on an experiment-driven course must be associated with the FORGE tools together with FIRE facilities.
- What types of proposals are expected? Is the call addressed only to developers?
Many different types of proposals may be submitted for the FORGE Open Call, an indicative, non-exhaustive list of which is presented hereafter:
- Deployment (as-is) of a FORGE course (either one of the prototype courses that have been developed by the FORGE consortium or an external course that will be developed within the Open Call process by an external user) in the context of a real-time course offered within the curriculum of the proposing institution(s);
- Design and development of a new lab course, following the FORGE methodology;
- Further development and extension of a FORGE course;
- Transformation of a traditional course to an experiment-driven course;
- Creation of interactive educational material (e.g. editing an existing course and creation of an eBook) based on the FORGE approach;
- Development of new widgets and/or FIRE Adapters;
- Offering of a testbed for remote experimentation;
- Any combination of the above.
- Can more than one organization jointly submit a proposal? Is there a limitation in the number of the team members?
Proposals can be submitted by teams or individuals from one or more organizations, there is no limitation in the number of team members per team. However, the team members have to appoint the individual team member who will be responsible for the proposal.
- Is there a limit in the pages of the submitted proposal?
An indication of the maximum expected page length is given for each section in the proposal template. This is not restrictive; however participants are advised not to exceed the indicated page limit. The proposed structure of proposals is provided at the application form, which is available at: http://ict-forge.eu/opencall/.
- Will a proposal be rejected if it is submitted after the cut-off date?
The opening of the FORGE platform is a continuous process initialized by the first announcement and will last until September 2016. Participants will be able to submit their proposals at any time after the official announcement of the call. However, proposals submitted after the first cut-off date (or any cut-off dates that will be set for the consecutive submission phases of the open call) will be taken into account for the next round of submission and implementation of proposals. The FORGE consortium will be available and will provide support to all interested parties for any discussion or clarification of any aspect of the call or their planned scenario of exploitation of the FORGE tools and processes throughout the duration of the call. Potential proposers are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with the FORGE consortium prior to the submission of their proposal.
- Which are the evaluation criteria for the selection of proposals?
The open call is launched as open access continuous open access to the FORGE tools, meaning that no strict procedures for proposal submission and evaluation will be applied. All proposals shall be eligible and may be accepted, provided that they foresee the use of FORGE tools and FIRE facilities within the implementation of the suggested courses. However, some additional criteria will be also taken into account for ranking the proposals into a priority list in terms of implementation and provided support. These criteria include the use of FIRE facilities, the reach of the course and its dissemination aspect, the feasibility and sustainability of the course, the interactive elements it comprises, as well as the foreseen provided support by the FORGE consortium. In addition, proposals that foresee the deployment of the proposed course in the context of a real-time course offered within the curriculum of the proposers’ institutions will be given high priority. However, no scoring will be applied, since the process is not competitive and the open call is not funded.
- What is the intended duration to implement and deploy the experiment-driven course?
The participants will be given five months to design, implement and deploy (where applicable) their course within their institutions. Following the course’s development and deployment (where applicable), participants will provide feedback to the FORGE consortium regarding the FORGE methodology, issues that were raised during implementation and the learners’ evaluation results (where applicable). The participants will be supported by the FORGE team throughout the implementation and also be provided with guidance on preparing short documentation on the experience and findings at the end.
- Will the participants receive funding for the implementation of their proposals?
Participants within this call will not receive EC funding and will not become official partners in the FORGE project. However, the call offers free access to the FORGE tools and processes and guaranteed training and support by the FORGE consortium covering guided training and technical assistance. Moreover, the participants will be acknowledged as associate partners and will receive wide recognition and high visibility through the project’s website.
- Is a specific time zone being followed for the cut-off dates for the submission of proposals?
There is no strict deadline regarding the time that the proposals have to be submitted. In that sense it is fine to follow your own time zone.