E-Learning: A virtual environment for distance learning
Information technologies have transformed our society and the way we communicate. The breakthrough in computer technology in recent decades opened new channels of communication in education, providing innovative teaching methods such as e-Learning.
The European Union defines e-Learning as the use of new technologies and the Internet to improve the quality of learning and to facilitate access to education and training.
This new form of teaching allows students to set their own rhythm and does not require regular attendance. This flexibility will provide students with a greater degree of autonomy. Under the guidance of the tutor, they will manage themselves their learning. Cost savings, interactivity, accessibility and transport issues solutions, are some of the advantages of the virtual education.
Thanks to this teaching model, the contents will be available to people who used to be at a disadvantage because of their location. On the other hand, participants avoid journeys, which makes easier to combine family and working life.
Furthermore, some resources and tools have been designed to encourage collaborative contact between teacher-student and between students as a group. This is the case of the discussions and resolution of doubts made in forums and moderated chats. Interactivity is complemented with direct access to various sources of information.
It must be noted, though, that e-Learning will require some technological skills for students and teacher. Moreover, ability for collaborative work and autonomy are necessary, to avoid isolation. Finally, a considerable investment of time and effort, especially in the case of the teacher, is needed. This will help to ensure the involvement and commitment of all students.
Compared to traditional teaching, students acquire a greater role. More participation and responsibility is expected from them. This requirement of discipline from the student will teach him to develop habits and skills such as managing your time, motivation and organizational skills, all of them vital to the workplace.
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Ayuntamiento de Burgos