An On-Line Course for On-Line Tutors - Professors and Staff Members as Students

B. Ask and H. Haugen (Norway)


e-learning, on-line tutoring, pedagogy, collaboration 1 Background Quality of content for net based learning is best taken care of by involving subject specialists and other experts, like professors at traditional universities. These persons, however, are not always qualified or motivated for going on-line with their knowledge and expertise. Age, traditions and fear of loosing authority may be reasons for holding back. We think, however, that it is possible to do something about their i


Demands for flexible learning require the usage of new information technology (ICT), particularly the Internet, for distribution of learning material and as a forum for collaboration. For this to take place the professionals in charge of courses and study programmes, need know ledge and skills within ICT, as well as an up-dated basis on relevant learning theories. Many traditional universities around the world are still at an early stage here. A branch of the United Nations University, The Global Virtual University (GVU) is trying to get around these difficulties, and had an urgent need for qualified on-line tutors around the world. Jointly with Agder and Stord/Haugesund University Colleges in Norway they developed and ran an on-line, global e-learning course for university staff at different locations. They wanted professors to exploit the potential of e-learning to facilitate knowledge and skills acquisition for both students and society in remote areas. Strategies as well as methods and experiences from this recent global e learning course are presented in this paper.

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