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VCH technology - lessons learned from the project
October 29, 2013
The lessons learned about E-infrastructure technology through VCH have now been published in the report D5.4 Virtual Campus Hub technology evaluation report. A second report represents the project deliverable D5.3 Virtual Campus Hub technology, and provides guidance to users who wish to login to the VCH portal at https://vch.tue.nl/. This portal is the point of access to VCH's single sign-on system and to the applications developed in the project. Users who have an an account at DTU, TU/e, or KTH can access with their local user name and password. External users need to setup a guest account.


Strategy for Virtual Campus Hub
October 21, 2013
A new report describes the strategy for dissemination and exploitation of project Virtual Campus Hub. The strategy includes plans for sustaining the Virtual Campus Hub applications and technology beyond the project's lifetime.


KTH receives 2013 International E-learning Award
October 16, 2013
The E-learning platform CompEduHTP by Virtual Campus Hub partner KTH has been selected for Honorable Mention in the Blended Learning category of the 2013 International E-Learning Awards--Academic Division, given by the International E-Learning Association. CompEduHTP is an abbreviation for Computerized Educational Platform in Heat andPower Technology.



New report on the Virtual Campus Hub concept
October 4, 2013
The final report on the Virtual Campus Hub concept has now been released. The report describes the concept of connecting users and services from different universities via the European infrastructure Géant/eduGAIN. It summarizes the documented best practises for using the Virtual Campus Hub and the connected applications. An outlook to the future is given in the context of sharing applications for learning and collaboration across national and institutional borders.


KTH connected as identity provider
September 27, 2013
KTH is now connected to the VCH Portal via eduGAIN. Testing of the newly established connection has been successful and allowed participants from KTH to access the online wind energy course held at DTU with their home institution's credentials. Work is presently beeing carried out to further simplify the procedure of connecting institutions to VCH and grant access to users from the federated partners to KTH's remote labs. The status on VCH connections is now that three of the four partners in VCH are connected as identity providers (IdPs) and two are connected as service providers (SPs). The VCH Portal is found at https://vch.tue.nl/.


StartApp - a new VCH application
September 18, 2013
A new application has been released by the VCH partner Polito. StartApp is an on-line tool for innovative start-up businesses or entrepreneurs, which supports some phases of their learning path towards incubation. The tool is available for testing at http://toce.polito.it/vchub/ (user name: demouser, password: demouser). Personal accounts can be setup upon request. Further information about StartApp can be found in the report D4.2 e-Link Functionality integrated into the VC Hub.

VCH project meeting in Denmark
September 9, 2013
The final project meeting of VCH was held on September 4-5 at the Technical University of Denmark. During this meeting, the partners presented the main outcomes of the project and discussed the sustainability of the VCH technology as well as the many applications developed in the project. This photo of the project team was taken at the meeting:

New report: E-learning Programmes and Courses Evaluation Report
August 13, 2013
The report D3.4 E-learning Programmes and Courses Evaluation Report describes and evaluates nine virtual events where different E-learning applications developed in VCH were tested in real teaching situations. The report documents that the number of students who have been engaged in one or more of the virtual events of VCH is approximately 1,000 and that more than 25 teachers have been involved in the testing of tools for online teaching and learning.


E-Learning tools from KTH at public web site
July 9, 2013
KTH has developed a series of e-Learning tools in connection with VCH. The tools are three different remote laboratories related to turbomachinery and a set of tools for continuous online examination. Both types of tools have been used for KTH's internal courses and tested by the other partners of VCH. A public web site is now available, which gives an overview of the e-Learning tools and how to use them. The web site includes a gallery of images and video demonstrations. It can be found at http://www.energy.kth.se/proj/projects/Remote_labs/RL/RL_website/Home.html.


Two partners fully connected to the VCH Portal
July 5, 2013
Two partners, DTU and TU/e, are now connected to the VCH Portal via the local federations in Denmark and the Netherlands. The connection makes it possible for users at the two partner institutions to login to each other's applications with the user name and password of their local university. The video demonstration below shows the login procedure for a user at TU/e who wants to access the wind energy course offered by DTU. The course material is hosted by an external service provider and this adds complexity to the login procedure and the technology behind.


Two presentations about VCH delivered at EDULEARN13
July 2, 2013
VCH was presented at the educational conference EDULEARN13, which was held in Barcelona July 1-3, 2013. Two presentations were delivered about the project: "Virtual Campus Hub: A single sign-on system for cross-border collaboration" (ID 815) and "Community building and cross-border collaboration through online courses in wind energy" (ID 662). A conference proceedings paper is available for the second presentation.


New report: Pedagogical Improvements of e-Learning Tools
June 7, 2013
The project deliverable D3.2 Pedagogical Improvements of e-Learning Tools is now available. The report describes the lessons learned at KTH through the development of a series of e-Learning tools. The tools embrace three different remote laboratories, which let users control advanced equipment for exercises in turbomachinery. The remote laboratories give a broader range of students outside of KTH access to very advanced research equipment and also to the specialised staff who operates it. Another set of e-Learning tools has been developed for online examination. The report focuses on the testing of the different e-Learning tools and the feedback KTH has received from a large amount of test users.


Meet VCH at two upcoming educational conferences
May 23, 2013
Virtual Campus Hub will be presented at two upcoming educational conferences. The project has got a contribution accepted for an oral presentation at EUNIS 2013 "ICT Role for Next Generation Universities" held on 12–14 June 2013 in Riga, Latvia. The contribution title is "Virtual Campus Hub: Toward a concept for international collaboration in education" (paper 37).


Two other contributions have been accepted for oral presentations at EDULEARN13 held on 1-3 July in Barcelona, Spain. These presentations are called "Virtual Campus Hub: A single sign-on system for cross-border collaboration" (ID 815) and "Community building and cross-border collaboration through online courses in wind energy" (ID 662). The project team is exited to share the preliminary outcome of Virtual Campus Hub and to receive some feedback from the educational community - the prime stakeholder in the project.


Pioneer use of websocket technology
March 20, 2013
The remote control of KTHs remote labs is based on websocket. This new web technology is supported on the most popular web browsers and does not require any plugin, application or software installation. Direct control of the lab from any PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone is now possible. Click below to see a demonstrative video of the remote cascade lab at KTH:

VCH at the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting
March 7, 2013
Virtual Campus Hub was represented at the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting in Brussels. The meeting was an opportunity for the different e-Infrastructure projects under FP7 to exchange knowledge and help shape the e-Infrastructure activities under the upcoming programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). A 5-minute lightning talk about Virtual Campus Hub was given as part of the conference track called 'Creating the European communication commons for knowledge economies'.

Flutter conditions achieved in new remote lab at KTH
March 5, 2013
Free flutter conditions have successfully been achieved in the new remote flutter lab developed at KTH. The lab is the third remote lab to be developed in Virtual Campus Hub and it completes the series of labs that were planned in the project.
The flutter lab has a high potential for use in advanced training in the field of unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity, being equipped with five instrumented blades and active control of blade stiffness. Watch the video of the first test:

Virtual Campus Hub in WAYF newsletter
February 27, 2013
The latest newsletter from WAYF (2013 No. 4) features an article about Virtual Campus Hub called International students get single-sign-on for wind energy training. The article describes how DTU's wind energy course, which is hosted by the cloud service itslearning, is going to be connected to WAYF and eduGAIN. These connections will facilitate single-sign-on to the learning management system so students from the partners can use the identity from their local university for login. Course participants from the wind energy industry will use guest accounts provided by the national federations. The single-sign-on system will ease the management of users and goups and also reduce the risk of participants sharing logins to the wind energy course and other Virtual Campus Hub applications.

Virtual Campus Hub on Facebook and Twitter
February 26, 2013
Anyone who is interested in the Virtual Campus Hub project and its outcome is invited to contribute with comments and suggestions via Facebook and Twitter. Over time, we hope to generate a Virtual Campus Hub community where the latest news about cross-border collaboration in the context of education, research and innovation is easily shared.


24 participants follow online course in wind energy
February 25, 2013
DTU's online course in wind resource assessment ('WAsP') has been launched for a second test run with 24 participants from all over the world. The participants come from the VCH partner universities and the wind energy indystry. The online course offers a high degree of flexibility when it comes to planning of the work load for each individual participant and for the teachers, too. The teachers act as E-moderators and follow the participants closely throughout the course. In this way, we expect to achive a completion rate close to 100%. Another benefit from this type of course is that participants get the opportunity to network with others who share an interest in the course topic - in this case in wind energy. The WAsP course will run for ten weeks until April 19, 2013. It is possible to get viewing access to the course environment. Please contact mebc@dtu.dk if you are interested.


WAYF joins eduGAIN
January 14, 2013
The Danish federation WAYF has joined the European e-infrastructure eduGAIN. This initiative was partly taken to meet requirements from the Virtual Campus Hub project team. The interconnection of federations offered by eduGAIN is essential for linking research institutions together and for establishing a single-sign-on system between them. Three partners of Virtual Campus Hub are now connected to eduGAIN via their national federation.


DTU’s online course complete
January 14, 2013
The online wind energy course ‘WAsP’ by DTU was fully developed and ready to run by the end of September 2012. A first run was performed with 12 internal test students and the overall feedback was positive – both when it comes to the scientific content and to following a course online. The course will be improved and is scheduled to run again in February 2013 – this time with 24 external participants from the partner institutions and the wind energy industry.