Maanantaina 21/9 jatkamme verkko-opetusteeman parissa. Linkin iLinc-luokkaan ja muita ohjeita löydät täältä
eLearning in our organisation has grown from an exotic excursion for tech-savvy pioneers in education to a mainstream element in teaching at our University of Applied Sciences. From the beginning, the eLearning services have stressed that eLearning was not meant to replace face-to-face teaching but to augment it. Indeed eLearning made higher education accessible for many students who would otherwise not have been able to study. It also significantly reduced the amount of paper our teachers process in the course of an academic year. Furthermore, it has allowed a greater flexibility in time and place for both teachers and students. All these things are gains.
The downsides of eLearning should first and foremost when the opportunities offered by the paradigm are not properly exploited. Too many teachers still apply the traditional: text + assignment course set up, which in face of the opportunities offered by electronic learning, creates unnecessarily much work for the teacher. This effect is compounded by the pressure from school management to accept larger groups in on-line courses than traditional classrooms could hold. The latter makes sense from a financial point of view. However, I would like to stress, it goes against the advice of the experts!
Still, things being as they are and teachers always looking for ways to improve their teaching effort, it is highly recommendable to learn how to exploit the broad functionality of the on-line learning environments on offer to enrich, enliven and invigorate teaching and learning, while at the same time reduce the work strain put on the teacher where possible.
To this end, the eLearning Services in cooperation with the Heads of Education of Lapland UAS have set up a series of training sessions for teachers. Starting Monday 21.09.2015, these will encompass a variety of modern elements in education and match them with functionality in our learning environments. Participation is heartily recommended!
The link above gives access to the dates and topics of the training (in Finnish), as well as the iLinc classroom in which the training will be conducted.