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Designing E-learning courses in humanities and their use in the interuniversity study programmes

Designing E-learning courses in humanities and their use in the interuniversity study programmes,10.1016/j.procs.2010.12.028,Procedia Computer Science

Designing E-learning courses in humanities and their use in the interuniversity study programmes  
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Since 2005 the Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, has been running interuniversity study programmes within the framework of the selected Czech universities. In co-operation with the University of West Bohemia, Plzen, and Tomas Bata University, Zlin, several subjects are offered to students in the form of e-learning courses. The courses are run by teachers from the abovementioned partner universities. In the project the author personally deals with e-courses. “Ethics”, and “Philosophical seminar”. Both courses are organized every year in winter and summer terms, often at both universities, which is very time demanding. The courses are supported by the virtual learning environment WebCT which enables teacher-supervised self-study, and provides tools for multimedia presentations of the learning content. Contacts with teachers are supported by technical communication means, both asynchronous (mail, discussions) and synchronous (chat, whiteboard). WebCT is an environment which integrates various tools, and it is easily operated and accessible through the internet web browser.While designing courses in WebCT, one has to be aware of the danger of depersonalization and simplifying algorithmization of the educational process. Therefore, in all phases of didactic and technological processing of the appropriate contents, we take into account the necessity to form sets of questions, reflections, or even self-reflections.This dimension of the hermeneutic approach strengthens communicative competences and develops the ability to distribute and share information and knowledge. The contribution in detail deals with constitutive elements of designing e-learning courses in humanities in relation to the requirements of the interuniversity study programme.
Journal: Procedia Computer Science , vol. 3, pp. 162-166, 2011
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