Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (UKF), Slovak Republic
Constantine the Philosopher University is a public university founded in 1992 as the University of Education in Nitra (renamed to UKF in 1996) and now, 5 faculties, is the 4th greatest university in Slovakia. UKF as the first Slovak university use for all faculties a central e-learning environment. The university educational portal http://edu.ukf.sk is based on the department’s research, the expertise and long-term experience. The researchers involved in the proposed project work at the Department of Informatics providing education to prospective teachers of informatics as well as the professionals in the field of applied informatics. The educational research of the department is concerned mainly with the theory of teaching informatics and effective application of ICT in education (development of educational software, e-learning with its methodology, implementation and evaluation covering all levels and forms of education. Every subject from the study program has its own e-course. The Department is considered to be a pioneer in the field of e-learning (especially the blended learning), not only at the local level, but even from the national perspective. The UKF puts much emphasis on international co-operation in all fields of study and research. Department of Informatics co-operates with European universities (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia) through international projects (European Social Fund, Comenius, 7th Framework Programme, LLP programme Leonardo DaVinci, Norway grants) or by organizing joint workshops, seminars and international conferences (Distance Learning in Applied Informatics - since 2001). Staff and students actively participate in international mobility programmes (Socrates/Erasmus, CEEPUS).