What do we mean by online learning?

Online learning occurs when students utilise a learning environment accessible via the internet, for student and teacher. Such a learning environment can be an LMS such as Moodle, Blackboard, Google classroom, etcetera. It can also be a combination of an e-mail program, a video calling program such as Skype or WhatsApp and a storage and sharing system.

How the teachers and the students can use online learning is explained in various blogs.
The core of the learning is that the student finds the material (learning materials and assignments) in the learning environment and that all communication occurs there. The core of the management is that the teacher carries out all his activities through the learning environment. He offers the material there and communicates with the students. A teacher who directs student learning is continuously working in the online learning environment to encourage students to undertake learning activities and respond to it.

However, in most online learning programs, the universities organise because of Corona or in the study programs of the open universities, there are moments that students can meet with each other and with the teacher. This F2F-time is, however, in most situations limited. For example, there is only one meeting of two hours in one or two weeks.

The Blended learning approach and online education overlap strongly. All the options for using IT given in the E-course can be applied in both types of education. IT gives you many possibilities to enrich traditional education.

You, as a teacher, have certain expectations about the effect of using ICT. It is you who decides which options you like to apply to make your course better.
But in most cases, the IT-options are based on the research in specific educational contexts. In different learning situations, IT will have other effects. You decide how and when to use IT!  Check if you have realised your whished impact. The question is, will the IT-options you select, have the expected effect in your course. The six basic IT-didactical functions for which IT can be used are shown below. In the E-course all kind of options to use IT is presented.

IT offers all kind of reasons to use IT in the teaching-learning process. For example:

  1. Deepen the study on the conceptual level.

2. Exercise problem-solving skills.

3. Exercise standard calculations.

4. Possibility to give feedback to the students.

5. Give necessary support for the students when the teacher is not available.

6. Make available extra explanations for students using texts, media, ….an important element of modern higher education.

7. Increase of a too low entry level of students.

8. Improve the accessibility of available information for students. Use various online and offline options to present content and assignments (multimedia, up to date) and encourage them to work independently.

9.Give the students with ITedu-tools more control (and responsibility) over their study activities.

10. Support the students if the teacher is not available.

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