Short description

The overall goal of HUMANITIES is to contribute to give a European dimension to learning processes by utilising means already available thanks to previous European Programmes. This project's objective is to develop and consolidate a structure for virtual mobility through European universities. Since, at present, actual student mobility is not in position to increase greatly, the promotion of virtual mobility seems to provide a very good alternative.

In this context, the HUMANITIES project promotes a hybrid model of teaching that includes both face-to-face and distance teaching procedures focused on specific themes of study. Based on a gradual and context-based integration of information and communication technologies in University training/teaching, it applies and assesses distance learning practice in traditional knowledge resource centres settings whilst analysing methodology, economic significance, educational impact, organisational efficiency and cross-cultural outreach.

The specific objectives of the project are the following ones :


Through the "COIMBRA Group", a core of Historic European Universities is involved in the project. The actors are Humanities and Social Sciences faculties, that is the section of these institutions that has been most reluctant to use distance education. These universities have accepted to experiment telematics-based open learning and to collaborate in curriculum innovation, in order to build a meaningful and long-standing teaching, research and organisation effort.

The project will make use of available technology (ISDN, Satellite, Computer Conferencing Systems, Internet and the WEB) and, when possible, will operate with already operational European Networks and products developed in the framework of other European programmes, such as COMETT, ERASMUS; ECTS and DELTA.

The project is in its second year of implementation. The University of Geneva, through TECFA, is taking part in one of the three domains included in the project: Communication Sciences. During the first phase of the project (95-96), the Communication Sciences Thematic Study Group has taken up the analysis communication procedures in European TV News broadcast. More information in this pilot experiment can be found in the Report mentionned in this page.

The subject area this year (96-97) is persuasive communication illustrated through Campaigns of AIDS Prevention in Europe (TV, printed material, posters, etc.).

Filmed courses - for pilot Demo Seminars - have been produced by two Universities: Vienna (on New Media) and Geneva (on Persuasive Communication as illustrated through the Swiss AIDS prevention Campaigns).

A common bibliography is as well as additional study matrerial on the AIDS prevention campaigns in Switzerland.


Daniel Peraya, Pierre Dunand, Daniel D'Ancona

EC/OFES (Berne for the Swiss participation)

1995, 1996

HUMANITIES I Report on the supervision of the demo seminars of the communication sciences thematic study group (July 1995)

For more information...
Write, email or call Dr Daniel Peraya , Pierre Dunand or Daniel D'Ancona.

updated 27.11.96; pdf