The first DUNES Focus User Group Workshop took place at Thessaloniki on Thursday 17 July, at Pouliadis premises. The workshop was co-organised by Pouliadis & Tessera multimedia. The duration of the Workshop was 2,5 hours and the DUNES system was presented to the participants (mainly concentrated on the use of the Digalo tool and User & Case management).
15 participants attended the workshop coming from different backgrounds but mainly from academic institutions (universities, technical institutions, polytechnics, education centres, companies, private schools).
After the presentation of the DUNES system a quite fruitful discussion took place. Some general conclusions were:
- The participants were quite enthusiastic with the system but they all agreed that several improvements must take place in order to become a product.
- Some participants said that this tool is very-very useful mostly for departments of theoretical sciences (political sciences, philosophy, history, pedagogy, etc) and less for departments of engineering and physical sciences for example.
It has to be noted that most participants had previous experience with other e-learning tools (Blackboard and WebCT were mentioned) and they all agree that DUNES as a whole could become quite competitive especially if a reasonable price will be offered.
At the end of the meeting a questionnaire was distributed to the participants in order to get their opinions on some issues of the project.
A mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) was also created and the next day of the meeting an email was sent to all the participants providing access to the Digalo and Case management tools.