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eLearning-DTN emanates from N4C (Networking for Communications Challenged Communities: Architecture, Test Beds and Innovative Alliances) which was a FP7 project coordinated by LTU. N4C aimed to develop and test a broadband like network with use of Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) a technology for nomadic and rural use where there is need for an computerized messaging service. Target for N4C was regions that do not have access to the optical fibres, copper cables, radio waves and satellite.

The N4C aimed to extend Internet access to people, businesses and authorities operating in these remote locations. Remote regions are often vast and sparsely populated, with a relatively poor economic base so that deployment of conventional technologies is not viable. The DTN uses an extended 'store and forward' paradigm to move ‘bundles’ of data across a DTN region of the network. A local connection between a pair of nodes can move a bundle, using only local protocol exchanges. This avoids the need for constant connectivity and the multiple end-to-end exchanges on the Internet, which could delay delivery. The technology is developed and now under deployment.

N4C has attracted a lot of interest in Sweden and Slovenia where the test beds was development and internationally. Request to cooperation has come after an invitation by Brazilian government, and by research teams working with climate issues in Alaska.

DTN is distributed as Open Source Software (OSS). There is an urgent need to get training modules so the technology can be used and implemented. The test bed N4C was envolved in has demonstrated this need both in schools and among rural SMEs and NGOs. The developed  eLearning course - How to build and implement DTN based internet access with gender and cultural sensitive approach aims to target people (SMEs, NGOs, etc. and schools, teachers, training colleges) who need communication. The aim with eLearning DTN is to give them training so they can build DTN based internet access. The couse can be used in schools but also among peopel studying on-line.

N4C has used commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware’s that can be bought in any electronic store in the network making it viable for small communities with lack of resourses.

The course contain 6 modules;

1. How to start – what you need in form of ICT software and other equipment

2. How to implement software

3. How to build your network – people, mules and nodes.

4. Working with people in deployment - how to recruit user,

5. Case: A Deployment to NGO in Swedish Lapland,

6. Case: B Environmental deployment,

7. Case C How SME and NGO can deploy/make businesses on DTN.

Work packages:

1. Project management

2. DTN Modules

3. ICT

4. Tests

5. Evaluation and Quality Assurance

6. Valorisation  / Exploitation / Dissemination.

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