Virtual World of Awareness and Learning on Information Security
The V-ALERT project is working on developing an information security culture in different ICT target groups. It is mainly intended for primary and secondary school students, their teachers and parents.
Source of Funding: Lifelong Learning Programme, LLP European Commission
Project Duration: 11/2013 – 01/2016
Project Website: v-alert.eu
Hellenic Open University, Greece
Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Faculty of Science, University of Split, Croatia
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgaria
Centre for the Promotion of Science, Serbia
The V-ALERT project is developing the concept of Internet security culture among different ICT user target groups such as primary and secondary school students and their teachers, ICT students, and higher education professors, as well as ICT company employees. The project aims to raise awareness about the importance of this subject and organise training courses by using innovative and immersive e-learning tools which provide a complete experience of being in a virtual world.
During the implementation of the project, an online 3D virtual world learning environment platform was developed. This platform simulates real-life Information Security threats, thus allowing users to gain first-hand experience regarding possible risks and threats. The V-ALERT approach is based on the “learning by doing” pedagogical method which increases learner’s motivation and leads to a deeper understanding and adoption of the recommended model.