What does it mean to be an e-learning student in the SW-VirCamp?
Students joining the online courses will communicate with each other and with their teachers on the Internet. Students joining the classroom will be invited to join a fixed learning platform called “its learning“ and get access to this platform and the classroom with a username and a password.
The use of an e-learning platform will allow students the opportunity to discuss directly with students in other countries about the issues in the courses.
We are working in a transparent classroom where students tasks and teachers feedback is available for all participants in the course. This increase the learning possibilities for all.
Written feedback and supervision is given to students tasks. Both synchron and asynchron discussions are arranged. Virtual learning material is available in all courses.
Virtual learning material:
Several Virtual Books have been developed and include learning material for the courses.
The VIRTUAL BOOK – A Guide to Social Work in Europe is an important part of the learning material for Module 1 and module 2, consisting short screen lectures (video), audio-visual triggers made for reflection and discussions among students and teachers and a video case in 12 scenes.
The VIRTUAL BOOK – Community Work from an international perspective include lectures, triggers and a community case for the course with the same name.
The VIRTUAL BOOK – E-Pedagogy for teacher in higher education is made as an open source and gives an overview of the course content, weekly plans and screen lectures.
Expected workload is estimated to 25 hours/1 ECTS credit.
Most of the literature will be available on the platform. However some main books students have to buy or borrow from the library.
The courses start with an introduction to the e-learning platform, class and the virtual classroom for student to become acquainted with the international group of students and teachers they are going to work together with.
New learning material with instructions about what has to be done will be given weekly including tasks both individually and in the group.
The pedagogy of the courses is task centered and problem based learning. The tasks are related to the objectives of the course. Students who deliver their tasks on time during the program will receive response and guidance from the teacher.
Participating as a student requires cooperation with fellow students in the course. Students are asked to provide feedback to each other, both in terms of their own individual perspective, and how issues might be seen from their country’s perspective. Students who join the courses have to enter the classroom several times a week. To be able to address the tasks and to cooperate with others; students have to follow the progress in the course.
Online conferences among students and teachers will be set up regularly during the study period.
The students need a consistent access to Internet to attend this course. The speed of the Internet connection has influence on the access to the study material. Some of the course material is produced as media files and broadband is recommended.
If the students connect to the Internet over a dial-up connection, the download rate for accessing documents and media files will be significantly slower than a broadband connection.
Basic knowledge in the use of PC or Macintosh is necessary to follow the course.
Students attending the course have to be able to write papers in an understandable English language.