Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb

The Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI) was founded in 1974 and became a member of the University of Zagreb in 1975 which is a research oriented university comprising 29 faculties, 3 art academies and 3 university centres. University enrols approximately 77 000 students at all study levels, and employs more than 5 700 research and teaching staff. FOI was the first faculty of the University of Zagreb to develop and implement an e-Learning and ePortfolio Strategy. Faculty research staff comprises 41 professors and 56 research/teaching assistants. They are active in scientific, R&D and commercial projects at the national and international levels.

In addition to 18 nationally funded research projects in the fields of information science, economics, and quantitative methods led by FOI staff, FOI coordinated 4 Tempus projects, and participated in other Tempus, EUREKA, FP, LLP, European Science Foundation, as well as several bilateral projects. Currently, FOI is implementing 6 IPA and a number of commercial projects funded by the private or public sector. All international projects are managed and administred by the Centre for international projects. Today, the Center has five full time employees and more than 20 associates who are occasionally included in the work of the Centre. Owing to the quality and quantity of its international projects the Faculty received the award of University of Zagreb for the international cooperation in 2006, and in 2010 a single award for the international cooperation.

Application Development Centre is part of Faculty of Organization and Informatics. Main responsibilities of the centre are: to provide e-learning support, application development and ICT support for FOI activities, cooperation with SMEs and involvement in ICT related projects. Until now, Application Development Centre has been involved or lead several EU funded projects and programmes, commercial projects funded by industry/business or public sector institutions, and scientific projects.

EPortfolio related work:

FOI was the first faculty within University of Zagreb that implemented ePortfolios in 2007. We have been using and validating ePortfolios successfully within our own course programmes, by introducing an ePortfolio software system and connecting it to the existing e-learning infrastructure. Starting from next academic year, ePortfolios will become mandatory for post-graduate students as well as for all research staff. For that purpose FOI has developed a personal progress file that will be implemented in ePortfolio for monitoring and benchmarking the faculty as a whole, research staff, and post-graduate students between themselves.

So far, FOI has financed all ePortfolio projects by itself. Those projects covered implementation of ePortfolio at the faculty level, modifying the curriculum in a way that ePortfolios are studied and used as a part of regular classes, research cooperation with several Universities such as Carlow University, Siberian Federal University, Penn State University, University in Ljubljana, and others in order to explore the effects of ePortfolio on higher education, its benefits and critical factors of its successful implementation. All that work resulted in several dozen research papers (some of which are shown in Section C.2), book chapters and networks with other ePortfolio experts and practitioners.

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