Every digital course that will be published must have the following information and requirements:
- Detailed description of the course and its objectives.
- It should provide compulsory keywords or key terms.
- The material should be organized in thematic sections or in lectures, which can facilitate the learning process.
Each section will be accompanied by a detailed description of objectives, keywords or key terms, notes, slides, supporting material and literature references or exercises etc.
Every A- or A+ course should be accompanied by:
- Slides, in case the instructor uses them during the courses.
- Lecture notes, in case they are already available.
- Online (general or self-assessment) exercises (optional for A- courses, mandatory for A+ courses)
- Literature references that will include not only textbooks but also other sources, available on the Internet.
- Electronic library resources in case the instructor believes that they will facilitate the student.
Multimedia content material
The multimedia material for the A+ courses can be in the form of:
- Video files, training material in video format from laboratory courses, studies and field work, excavations, theatrical performances, and anything else that the instructor believes is relevant with the course's subject.
- Video files from recorded lectures, synchronized with slides, in case the instructor uses slides.
- Multimedia presentations with video material.
- Interactive educational material such as exercises, etc.
Multimedia material duration
In order for a digital course to qualify as a course of full standards, its multimedia material has to cover at least the 80% of the lectures conducted in the amphitheaters during the semester. The above requirement is satisfied when, for example, the videolectures of a course cover the 80% of the course's tuition hours. In a typical university course which is taught for 13 weeks, twice a week, the total teaching hours are 52 hours. Therefore, the corresponding multimedia material must cover at least 42 teaching hours. In this example, the project will be charged with 52 teaching hours.
Specifications for the videolectures
Each videolecture should be accompanied by the respective comprehensive description and the respective slides (in case they are used during the lecture), regardless of whether the slides are contained as part of the video. The slides will be synchronized with the videolectures. The student is advised to attend a part of a videolecture which corresponds specific slides or subsection.
In cases where the instructor uses slides, whiteboards or blackboards, the content, such as text, figures, equations etc should be clearly visible.
For this purpose, it is advisable to record the lectures in high-definition video (at least 720p). In case the instructor does not use any slides, the recording can be realized in standard definition. In any case, the desired goal is the highest possible level of the videolecture comprehensiveness giving priority with the following order in the instructor's sound, in the slides' or the blackboard's presentation, and in the instructor's video picture. The technical specifications, such as the required framerate (minimum 12 fps) or the video analysis and the type of images (jpeg), will be finalized by the horizontal action's expert technical team.