To be an e-learning student

To be an e-learning student

What does it mean to be student in VIRCLASS and what equipment is needed?
Students joining the online courses will communicate with each others and with their teachers by internet.
Students joining the classroom will be invited to join a fixed learning platform called “It’s Learning“ and will 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 and practitioners in other countries the issues in the courses.

For the course Social Work in Europe module 1 and 2

A VIRTUAL BOOK - A Guide to Social Work in Europe is an important part of the learning material in the course, consisting short screen lectures (video),  audiovisual triggers made for reflectin and discussions among students and teachers and a video case in 12 scenes. Expected workload is estimated to 25 hours/1 ECTS credit. The study is a part time study.

Most of the literature will be made available on the platform. However some main books students have to buy or borrow from the library.

The course will start with an introduction to the e-learning platform, class and the virtual classroom to acquaint students with the international group of students and teachers they are going to work together with.

New learning material with instructions to what has to be done will be given weekly or every second or third week including tasks to work on both individually and in the group.

The pedagogy of this course is task centred and problem based learning. The tasks given will be related to the objectives of the course. Students who deliver their tasks on time during the program will receive a 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 at least once a week. To be able to address the tasks and to co operate with others; students have to follow the progress in the course.

Compulsory online conferences among students and teachers will be set up regularly during the study period.

Internet access
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.

Language skills
Students attending the course have to be able to write papers in an understandable English language.