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ELAICH - Educational Linkage Approach in Cultural Heritage

Guidelines to the eLAICH - Educational Toolkit

How to use ELAICH
General information
The eLAICH Educational Toolkit provides a “Basic Course” as well as a number of optional “Advanced Topics” which can be taken separately by the user. The ELAICH Toolkit provides flexibility through its e-learning platform, enabling easy navigation and immediate access to all main titles and activities of the Toolkit and at the same time it provides an easy sequential learning progress through the whole of eLAICH.
The eLAICH Toolkit is accompanied by a set of thematic Introductions and Guidelines on all levels: from general level to the level of a single topic of teaching material. The Introductions relate to the content of each relevant part of the Toolkit, explain what it is about and provide an abstract of material to be studied. Guidelines explain how to actually do and study each relevant part, e.g. time duration, equipment (if any), etc. Altogether, Introductions and Guidelines make up a manual to enable the use and management of eLAICH by users with no expertise in cultural heritage. The Manual is available in a number of different languages on-line and can be downloaded.
eLAICH educational activities are to be held in the classroom, school laboratory (if available), and at a historic site.


eLAICH structure
Modules:       The eLAICH Educational Toolkit consists of six Modules, subdivided in turn, into specific topics. Each Module is devoted to a specific integral part of contemporary interdisciplinary conservation of cultural heritage, and linked to eLAICH’s on-site teaching unit - “Adopt a site”.
The Modules are the following:
·         Module 1 - Values and Awareness
·         Module 2 - Knowing the Built Heritage
·         Module 3 - Decay and Environment
·         Module 4 - The Conservation Processes, Materials and Techniques
·         Module 5 - Monitoring and Maintenance
·         Module 6 - Management and Use
Topics:          Each Module, in turn, comprises several Topics. The number of each Topic starts from the number of a relevant Module, in order to provide easy orientation, e.g. the first topic of Module 4 has a number 4.1., etc.
Educational activities:      two types of educational activities could be undertaken: learning the new material, and exercising and reinforcing the acquired knowledge, provided by Teaching material and Exercises.
Teaching material comprises mainly Power Point presentations which may be viewed on-line or downloaded (see Terms of Use; Copyright).
 Exercises are of different types:
·         On-line exercises;
·         Off-line exercises
On-line exercises should be executed on-line.
Off-line exercises might be undertaken in class, on a historic site or in a school laboratory (if available) – according to guidelines. It is recommended to undertake all exercises, if recommended laboratories and equipment are available.     

The eLAICH Modules should be taken sequentially, according to this order: Module 1, then Module 2, etc., up to Module 6. After Module 6 the “Adopt a site” unit” should be undertaken.
The eLAICH e-learning Platform provides an easy sequential learning process through the whole of eLAICH. The eLAICH e-learning Platform provides easy navigation and immediate access to each of the main titles and activities of the Toolkit, in order to let the user return to any given point in the study, or to have a quick view of any part of the material.

Basic Course is a core obligatory track which will provide you with material on all topics of eLAICH. Working your way through eLAICH means working your way through the Basic Course.
Advanced Topics are optional, and may be taken (or not) upon the choice of the user, from the List of Advanced Topics provided in the end of each Module. They extend the subjects of the Basic Course.

Adopt a site
The “Adopt a site” unit is the last unit in the ELAICH learning process. It is based on knowledge and understanding developed through all 6 Modules. The “Adopt a site” unit provides an opportunity for students to:
·       Apply knowledge from the eLAICH lessons on a historic site
·       Develop a basic ability to understand a historic site, record its characteristics and undertake basic analysis
·       Collect data about a historic site which might help its preservation by conservation experts and conservators.
The “Adopt a site” unit is a package which will enable you to undertake these activities during the final work by the students in each eLAICH course. It is recommended that the school choose the historic site in cooperation with relevant heritage or conservation authorities responsible for historic sites. The final work might be submitted by the school to a relevant conservation/heritage authority at the completion of the eLAICH course.
Our website provides a list of contacts in several countries in the Feedback section.
A school might choose a historic site near the school, if available, for easy logistics. In this case all off-line in-situ educational activities might take place on the same site. This would enrich the scope of documentation, understanding and analysis of the site.
Recommended duration of the “Basic Course” is 30 hours, including study on-site (according to “Adopt a site”). The Basic Course is the core obligatory course. The Advanced Topics may be either taken or not - this is a decision for the school to make.
The main menu is visible on the top of each page of the eLAICH website. You will find the full table of contents under the button “Content” of the main menu. From there you can access each Module (by clicking the “Module” title on the picture) or each Topic in the table of contents. You can also go forward/backward with relevant buttons at the bottom of each page within the Modules. We recommend starting from the beginning, after reading the Introduction and Guidelines, and working your way through, preferably with forward/backward buttons, to ensure the complete study of the material of the Basic Course.
Terms of use
©ELAICH Beneficiaries 2009-2012
This material is an integral part of the “ELAICH – educational toolkit” and developed as part of the project ELAICH – Educational Linkage Approach in Cultural Heritage within the framework of EuroMed Cultural Heritage 4 Programme under grant agreement ENPI 150583. All rights reserved to the ELAICH Beneficiaries.
This material, in its entirety only, may be used in "fair use" only as part of the ELAICH – educational toolkit for the educational purposes by non-profit educational establishments or in self-education, by any means at all times and on any downloads, copies and or, adaptations, clearly indicating “©ELAICH Beneficiaries 2009-2011” and making reference to these terms.
Use of the material amounting to a distortion or mutilation of the material or is otherwise prejudicial to the honor or reputation of ELAICH Beneficiaries 2009-2011 is forbidden.
Use of parts of the material is strictly forbidden. No part of this material may be: (1) used other than intended (2) copied, reproduced or distributed in any physical or electronic form (3) reproduced in any publication of any kind (4) used as part of any other teaching material in any framework; unless prior written permission of the ELAICH Beneficiaries has been obtained.
This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the ELAICH Consortium and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
ELAICH retrospective
How did it start?
ELAICH – Educational Linkage Approach in Cultural Heritage within the framework of Euromed Heritage 4 Programme.
It was initiated by a group of experts from different fields of conservation of cultural heritage, including architecture, chemistry, and material science, combining both research and teaching in the field of conservation and preservation of cultural heritage.
Experts’ and conservators’ efforts on preserving the world’s cultural heritage should be supported by understanding and input of the general public. It will not succeed without you!
Upon the development of the ELAICH Methodology, it was applied during the eLAICH courses taught by the ELAICH partners in Greece, Israel, Malta, Turkey, and Jordan. All this served as “building technology” and “building materials” for the “construction” of the eLAICH e-learning Educational Toolkit.
It is our pleasure to share with you our knowledge and interest in cultural heritage and its conservation. We hope study with the eLAICH Educational Toolkit will help you to “open the door” into conservation of cultural heritage - a much needed and fascinating inter-disciplinary field, combining arts, architecture, sciences, and technology.
Enjoy your study
ELAICH Consortium
Technion– Israel Institute of Technology
Dr. Anna Lobovikov-Katz Project Leader, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
University of Antwerp
Prof. Rene Van Grieken Department of Chemistry
Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Prof. Guido Biscontin Department of Chemistry
The National Technical University of Athens
Prof. Antonia Moropoulou School of Chemical Engineering
The University of Malta
Prof. JoAnn Cassar Faculty for the Built Environment

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