In the context of the MECCA project “tools” refers
to audio and visual communications technology that can be
used in the context of distance or wider blended learning
activities to facilitate instructor-learner communication.
Furthermore, “tools” refers to supporting equipment
that can enrich a video conferencing session or a video stream
that presents educational material, ranging from projectors
to digital blackboards and whiteboards, as well as software
applications that are supported by those.
Both video conferencing and video streaming technologies are
validated as communication tools in educational environments,
and specifically in the area of life long learning aiming
at professional development.
Audio and visual communications technology is mature. MECCA
does not aim to evaluate these technologies from the technical
point of view. Rather, it aims to disseminate knowledge on
how these technologies can be effectively integrated into
courses, always viewing the tools as facilitators of education
rather than the main objective of MECCA activities.
The educational and knowledge transfer methodologies that
integrate audio and visual communication tools and are explored
in MECCA have wide applications and can be adapted in other
educational areas, such as higher education, graduate education,
vocational training, etc.