School of Engineering and Management

Individual Project

This course is part of the programme:
Master in Leadership in Open Education (Second Level)

Objectives and competences

The main goal of the course is for student to define, develop and defend their own OE project. Projects may be selected from a variety of different contexts, such as economic development, human rights, teaching and learning, access to education. Project should have an interdisciplinary character and should focus on a topic of concrete relevance for a selected OE organization, NGO, company, government, or educational institution. This may include OE strategy development, assessment or deployment, OE business and organisational aspects, creation of a course. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the existing project of the selected mentors. Research work will be performed under the supervision of the selected mentor (regular meetings) and a specialist from the company, if applicable for a given research project. Project topic will be defined in such a way, that students can later upgrade and broaden it in the frame of their master thesis. This will allow students to solve more complex problems related to their project. Knowledge and skills obtained in this course will help student in the master thesis preparation. Additionally, it can also serve as a relevant reference in their further professional career.

Students will acquire the following competences:

-Select projects based on viability for a given timeframe: short, medium, or long-term;

-Develop specific expertise in OE areas relevant for concrete societal, organisational, governmental or business needs;

-Develop skills specific to selected OE area as a result of project participation, such as publishing, economic development, technology, teaching and learning;

-Know the complete process and procedures to implement and deploy OE and OL at chosen level, i.e. international, national or organisational;

-Ability to explore novel methods and concepts and to be creative in developing strategies, models and/or contents;

-Master management of OE projects,

-Master methodologies of the research work;

-Ability to solve real problems by using research approaches;

-Ability to present their project in a written form and orally, and to discuss about the project and OE topics with international audience.


Students should have knowledge from the following Year 1 courses: Introduction to Open Education, Technologies for Open Education, Effective Didactical Practices in Open Education. They should be ready to implement their own OL course that will follow the needs of a real user. They should be opened to new approaches and creative design of OE solutions.

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Selection of the topic based on appropriate organisational attributes, project viability, and social impact
  • Literature search and search for other sources of information
  • Individual research work under mentor’s supervision
  • Problem definition
  • Research and development work needed to solve the defined problem
  • Implementation of a particular part of OE or OL
  • Delivering a written report about the project
  • Oral presentation of the project

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and skills:

- Students gain knowledge about complete design and implementation of OE and OL by using research work and innovative ideas as well.

- They understand the overall process of the learning system transformation towards flexible and open education. They are able to devise policies and/or rules as well as the internal OL system of an organisation linked to HRM.

- They are capable of running and managing OE and OL as well as developing complete strategies of OE and OL.

- Students gain the ability to solve real problems by a scientific approach. They are also able to critically assess their work, present it in a written form and orally, and discuss about it with international audience.


Readings will be specified by mentors and will depend on the project topic.


  • Interim progress evaluation (20%) • Project report (50%) • Oral presentation and discussion (30%)

Lecturer's references

Saša Dobričič is founding director of the master programme in Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage, which has been jointly established between University of Nova Gorica and University IUAV of Venice. She is also director of the doctoral programe in Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Nova Gorica. The program gained the recognition of ICCROM (International Centre for the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property – established by UNESCO) and benefited its patronage and collaboration from 2012 to 2016. She is vice president (second manadate) of the UNISCAPE (European Network of Universities for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention). She has promoted several international scientific meetings and initiatives thus launching new common research perspectives in the field of heritage preservation, management and planning: in 2004, The Unsustainable development: Global responses from the local perspective, (under the patronage of UNESCO), in 2010, Creative Cities, which historic urban landscape?, (under the patronage off UNESCO), in 2012, Common Goods: Out of property which rights for users?, in 2013, The ‘New Urban World’. Future Challenge and Response’ of Urban Systems in Motion, (JPI Europe). Leading the UNG part of EU projects SUSTCULT (SEE project), ATFORT (Interreg IVC), PRATICONS (CBC Italia-Slovenia), CULTURAL LANDSCAPES CAUGHT BETWEEN PUBLIC GOOD, PRIVATE INTERESTS AND POLITICS (ARRS), HORIZON 2020">CLIC, URBINAT (HORIZON 2020), she has rich experience with project work. Her current research interests and contributions are related to the interpretation of urban phenomena in relation to landscape, heritage and environment. Since 2005, as director of the ETCAEH program, she investigates the relationship and potential synergies among scientific disciplines involved in heritage preservation, management and planning. In particular she focuses on how education should evolve in terms of contents and modalities of delivery to respond appropriately to the global environmental and socio economic challenges. She has been appointed as a chief editor of the forthcoming course textbook: Education and Training in Safeguarding Heritage, selected Papers by Jukka Jokilehto. Current research interests and contributions are related to the interpretation of urban phenomena in relation to landscape, heritage and environment.

University course code: 2LOE10

Year of study: 2

Course principal:




  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Seminar: 15 hours
  • Individual work: 180 hours

Course type: compulsory

Languages: slovenian or english

Learning and teaching methods:
• individual and group meetings with the course coordinator • individual meetings with mentor • independent research work under mentor’s supervision • assessment of their own work and the work of their classmates • presentation with discussion • 33% of contact hours will be face-to-face, and 67% will be online.