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The Athens School of Fine Arts’ Advanced Telematic Services

The “Athens School of Fine Arts’ Advanced Telematic Services” Project ran from 2000 until 2003, as part of the “Information Society” Operational Programme. It was coordinated by Associate Professor G. Charvalias and aimed to provide advanced telematic services to the ASFA academic community. The Project was funded by the European Union and the Greek State, and consisted of developing and maintaining a comprehensive online educational environment for the Visual Arts.

Initially, the Project identified and recorded the requirements for each course that would be offered online (synchronous and asynchronous learning), in order to establish the specifications and the unique features of each subject, adapted to the user.
The nest step was to design both the basic educational process, which constitutes the basis for the delivery of the courses themselves, taking into account the data that emerged from the previous activity, and the appropriate supporting materials for delivering the courses.

On the technical side, the internet connection speed was increased with the completion of the gigabit network on the school’s backbone, the capacity to support a much larger number of dial-up connections and the transition from frame relay to PCM.

The main objectives of these actions were the correct configuration of the WAN connection and the simultaneous configuration of the school’s backbone. At the same time, content was developed through comprehensive software environments, with the aim of creating a digital library that will function as both a showcase and an educational tool. The digital material that was produced may be used by both the online academic environment and the e-learning service, as an educational process (course), as well as a teaching aid. With that in mind, two online courses, with corresponding multimedia applications, were developed, to support the Athens School of Fine Arts Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, as well as for general use by the academic community.

Overall, the Project reorganised, optimised and expanded the School’s advanced telematic services, though advanced authentication and authorisation systems, roaming profiles and synchronous and asynchronous e-learning environments, aimed at making digital content quickly and easily accessible. Important additions were also made to the online educational system, the key objective of which was to incorporate automated functions for assessing, classifying and supporting the users/students.