An integrated system
The use of the courses, consistent with the purposes indicated, takes place through an integrated system of platforms: a Learning Management System and an Interactive Videoconference environment.
The training activity delivery platforms are connected in Single Sign On with the University administrative services (ESSE3) and with the library services.
The access point for the student is the LMS platform which is transparently integrated with an adequate platform for videoconferencing and live streaming of classroom lessons.
LMS platform (DOLLY)
The LMS (Learning Management System) platform allows you to organize the educational path in areas dedicated to single teaching and single support and tutoring activities.
For educational activities it allows access to multimedia content, self-assessment tests, profit tests, allows you to participate in forums, post, videoconferences, live seminars, possible delivery of papers, tasks, etc. and to interact also in synchronous mode with the teacher or tutors.
The LMS platform used is Moodle (www.moodle.org), an Open Source platform that is also the most used in the world both in the academic and in the professional training field.
The adopted version of Moodle, and its features, are communicated by the 31 August prior to the start of the educational activities and are maintained until the 31 August of the following year, except for security updates and functional updates that do not change the methods of access and of use by the student.
Thanks to its scalability, the platform is structured to guarantee access and use of services by more than 50.000 users simultaneously.
The existing structure will be object of objective measurement of performance with standard market tools and methods and may be subject to variations or improvements in relation to the actual number of users pertaining to the system.
The platform guarantees real-time tracking of activities with granularity at least at the Learning Object and single test level.
The platform can incorporate content defined according to SCORM standards and interactive via the HTML5 standards using the H5P plugin that allows you to publish interactive and traceable multimedia content.
The SCORM - "Shareable Content Object Reference Model" (Reference Model for Shared Content Objects) is technically a standard, ie a collection of technical specifications, which allows the exchange of digital content independently of the platform.
The system is able to provide detailed reports of the activities for which the need for tracking has been defined: the student can easily access it through a dedicated menu on his personal page.
All the tracking data and those acquired for administrative purposes are kept in the database for the time necessary to carry out the tasks for which they are registered and in any case in compliance with the legislation in force.
In general, all data maintained is treated in a way that ensures their logical and physical security and confidentiality.
The technological infrastructure is implemented in Cloud based on national Service Providers and includes:
- an Apache web server for delivering professional level content with SLA guaranteed at 99,9% on which Moodle is installed;
- a POSTGRESQL or MySQL DB server serving the web server and on a separate, dedicated and optimized server connected in high speed to the web server;
- a web server and a DB backup server with update time slots not exceeding 6 hours;
- an interface CDN and WAF for access to web services to accelerate performance and ensure high security standards;
- a high performance Video Repository with high security standards for the publication of multimedia content in multi-bitrate formats and optimized for different devices (multi format);
- a cloud-based system for integrating production flows and publishing video content to allow the publication of all video and multimedia contents within 24, including the recording of classroom lessons;
- each classroom is equipped with shooting systems, direction, integrated recording (video, audio, multimedia contributions by the teacher) and deployment on the integrated publishing system to the LMS.
The videoconference platform
The videoconference platform adopted is Blackboard Collaborate. This platform, usable in the Cloud configuration, is transparently integrated with the LMS environment. The student accesses from the LMS and from here he can enter the Virtual Classroom where the educational activities are carried out using his own identity.
For each course a dedicated Virtual Classroom is set up.
The videoconferencing platform allows you to interact in audio / video with the teacher, to use a blackboard, a chat tool, online surveys, tools for immediate interaction (show of hands, request for speech, appreciation, etc.), sharing of documents , etc ...
Learning technologies 'in situation'
The type of degree program does not provide for learning 'in situation' in telematic mode. Any practical activities or laboratory technicians or 'in situation' are carried out during the 'in attendance' sessions properly programmed by the teacher and by the tutor of each single teaching.
Secure protocols and GDPR
All access to web-based systems is via secure protocols (HTTPS) and encrypted (SSL).
Through the dedicated portal and at the appropriate structures, the University provides users with general information concerning the structure, the training offer, the methods of accessing the services, the technologies used and the teaching methodology.
All the student's data is stored in the University's databases and subjected to a strict control regarding the protection of privacy in full compliance with the regulatory indications and the GDPR standards.
The data processing manager is clearly indicated for each portal.