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.


• 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

Tanja Urbančič is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Management at the University of Nova Gorica where she is a researcher and full professor in the field of computer science. She is also a part-time research fellow at the Department of Knowledge Technologies at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. Her main research and teaching activities are in the field of knowledge management and knowledge technologies with applications in biomedicine and education. She contributed to the development of new methods for modelling of human skill and for knowledge discovery with literature mining. She co-authored several book chapters and journal papers in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Engineering Review, and others. She has over twenty years of experience with the design and implementation of study programmes and with the introduction of new teaching approaches into practice. She chairs the stirring committee for e-learning at the University of Nova Gorica and is one of the founding members of the Opening up Slovenia initiative. With Mitja Jermol, she developed and launched an international on-line mentoring program Open Education for a Better World in which expert guidance is provided to developers of open educational resources from the whole world. She has also experience from other international and national projects related to knowledge technologies and knowledge management, such as Sol-Eu-Net, ConCreTe and ExplorEdu. At the Master's study program Engineering and Management she coordinates interdisciplinary student team projects for more than 10 years.

Selected bibliography:

GUBIANI, Donatella, MOZETIČ, Matjaž, KOROUŠIĆ-SELJAK, Barbara, URBANČIČ, Tanja. E-learning experiment : web conference activities in teaching at a traditional university. International journal of innovation and learning. 2020, vol. 27, no. 1, str. 37-57.

PURVER, Matthew, XIAO, Ping, MILJKOVIĆ, Dragana, PODPEČAN, Vid, POLLAK, Senja, KRALJ, Jan, ŽNIDARŠIČ, Martin, BOHANEC, Marko, LAVRAČ, Nada, URBANČIČ, Tanja, et al. Conceptual representations for computational concept creation. ACM computing surveys. [Print ed.]. 2019, vol. 52, no. 1, str. 9-1-9-33.

URBANČIČ, Tanja, POLAJNAR, Anja, JERMOL, Mitja. Open education for a better world : a mentoring programme fostering design and reuse of open educational resources for sustainable development goals. Open praxis. 2019, vol. 11, no. 4, str. 1-18.

GUBIANI, Donatella, CRISTEA, Irina Elena, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Introducing e-learning to a traditional university : a case-study. V: SARASOLA SÁNCHEZ-SERRANO, José Luis (ur.). Qualitative and quantitative models in socio-economic systems and social work. Cham: Springer, 2020. Str. 225-241, ilustr. Studies in systems, decision and control, vol. 208.

LAVRAČ, Nada, JURŠIČ, Matjaž, SLUBAN, Borut, PEROVŠEK, Matic, POLLAK, Senja, URBANČIČ, Tanja, CESTNIK, Bojan. Bisociative knowledge discovery for cross-domain literature mining. V: VEALE, Tony (ur.), CARDOSO, F. Amílcar (ur.). Computational creativity : the philosophy and engineering of autonomously creative systems. Cham: Springer, 2019. Str. 121-139.

URBANČIČ, Tanja, ORLIČ, Davor. Opening up education : towards affordable and sustainable solutions. V: EBY, Gulsun (ur.), YUZER, T. Volkan (ur.), ATAY, Simber (ur.). Developing successful strategies for global policies and cyber transparency in E-learning. Hershey: Information Science Reference. 2016, str. 133-144.

CESTNIK, Bojan, BOHANEC, Marko, URBANČIČ, Tanja. QTvity : advancing students' engagement during lectures by using mobile devices. V: RACHEV, Boris (ur.). CompSysTech'15 : proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies, June 25 - 26, 2015, Dublin, Ireland. New York: ACM. 2015, str. 334-341.

ORLIČ, Davor, CESTNIK, Bojan, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Supporting teachers in chosing and reusing open educational resources. V: BOROW, Wladimir (ur.). Proceedings, International Conference on e-Learning, e-Learning'15, 11-12 September 2015, Berlin, Germany. [S. l.: s. n.]. 2015, str. 28-33.

ORLIČ, Davor, CESTNIK, Bojan, URBANČIČ, Tanja. What can VideoLectures.Net and transLectures do for opening higher education to the multicultural world. V: RACHEV, Boris (ur.). CompSysTech'14 : proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies, Ruse, Bulgaria, June 27 - 28, 2014. New York: ACM. 2014, 8 str., ilustr.

PETRIČ, Ingrid, URBANČIČ, Tanja, CESTNIK, Bojan. Ontological representation of virtual business communities : how to find right business partners. V: CRUZ-CUNHA, Maria Manuela (ur.), VARAJAO, Joao (ur.). Innovations in smes and conducting e-business : technologies, trends and solutions, (Premier reference source). Hershey; New York; London: Information Science Reference: Igi Global. 2011, str. 263-277.

URBANČIČ, Tanja, BOHANEC, Marko, KONTIĆ, Branko. Collaborative decision making : an environmental case study. V: MLADENIĆ, Dunja (ur.), et al. Data mining and decision support : integration and collaboration, (The Kluwer international series in engineering and computer science, SECS 745).

LAVRAČ, Nada, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Mind the gap : academia-business partnership models and e-collaboration lessons learned. V: MLADENIĆ, Dunja (ur.), et al. Data mining and decision support : integration and collaboration, (The Kluwer international series in engineering and computer science, SECS 745). Boston; Dordrecht; London: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2003, str. 261-269.

GIDER, Franc, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Developing soft skills for engineering: experience with student Team projects. Organizacija : revija za management, informatiko in kadre, ISSN 1318-5454. [Tiskana izd.], jan./feb. 2010, letn. 43, št. 1, str. 35-39.

LAVRAČ, Nada, LJUBIČ, Peter, URBANČIČ, Tanja, PAPA, Gregor, JERMOL, Mitja, BOLLHALTER, Stefan. Trust modeling for networked organizations using reputation and collaboration estimates. IEEE transactions on systems, man and cybernetics. Pt. C, Applications and reviews, ISSN 1094-6977. [Print ed.], maj 2007, vol. 37, no. 3, str. 429-439, ilustr.

URBANČIČ, Tanja. From fragments of knowledge towords a bigger picture : how can the process be supported. Organizacija : revija za management, informatiko in kadre, ISSN 1318-5454. [Tiskana izd.], 2007, letn. 40, št. 6, str. 263-266.
SOMEREN, Maarten W. van, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Applications of machine learning : matching problems to tasks and methods. Knowledge engineering review, ISSN 0269-8889, 2006, vol. 20, no. 4, str. 363-402.

GUBIANI, Donatella, FABBRETTI, Elsa, CESTNIK, Bojan, LAVRAČ, Nada, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Outlier based literature exploration for cross-domain linking of Alzheimer's disease and gut microbiota. Expert systems with applications, ISSN 0957-4174. [Print ed.], 2017, vol. 85, str. 386-396.

PETRIČ, Ingrid, CESTNIK, Bojan, LAVRAČ, Nada, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Outlier detection in cross-context link discovery for creative literature mining. The Computer journal, ISSN 0010-4620, 2012, vol. 55, no. 1, str. 47-61.

JERMOL, Mitja, LAVRAČ, Nada, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Managing business intelligence in a virtual enterprise : a case study and knowledge management lessons learned. Journal of intelligent & fuzzy systems, ISSN 1064-1246. [Print ed.], 2004, vol. 14, str. 121-136.

URBANČIČ, Tanja. Learning and understanding human skill. Informatica : an international journal of computing and informatics, ISSN 0350-5596, 2001, vol. 25, no. 3, str. 403-408.

CESTNIK, Bojan, MANAKOVA, Natalia, KARALIČ, Aram, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Engaging the net generation students in enhanced teaching and leaning with QTvity : the next steps. V: Proceedings : European thematic network, future education and training in computing: how to support learning at anytime anywhere, International Conference on e-Learning, 8-9 September, Bratislava, Slovakia, (International conference on e-learning, ISSN 2367-6698). [S. l.: s. n.]. 2016, str. 86-93.

CESTNIK, Bojan, URBANČIČ, Tanja. Teaching supply chain management with the beer distribution game on mobile devices. V: CABALLERO-GIL, Pino (ur.). Proceedings. [S. l.: s. n.]. 2014, str. 111-117.

CESTNIK, Bojan, URBANČIČ, Tanja, PETRIČ, Ingrid. Ontological representations for supporting learning in business communities. V: SMRIKAROV, Angel (ur.). e-Learning'11 : proceedigs of the International Conference on e-Learning and the Knowledge Society, 25-26 August 2011, Bucharest, Romania. Bucharest: ASE Publishing House. 2011