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e-Learning at Lapland UAS

 

Lapland UAS is a pioneer in on-line education. eLearning is conducted via a variety of Internet environments. You can choose your place of study yourself as long as the computer and network connections are good. In essence, e-learning has the same elements as traditional education forms, as online courses too comprise reading, writing, listening and speaking. Likewise, online studies usually feature scheduled classes and tasks, only the learning environment is virtual. Like other types of learning, eLearning requires initiative and self-discipline, as well as time management and information retrieval skills. The amount of eLearning varies per degree programme, from complete online degrees (eDegree) to incidental online tasks in otherwise traditional studies. In adult education, eLearning plays a key role, as it allows students to combine study and work regardless of where they are located or how they are occupied. However, even regular daytime education can benefit from the opportunities offered by eLearning approaches.

At Lapland UAS eLearning is conducted mainly via a virtual learning platform (Moodle) and via a virtual classroom (iLinc). The Moodle learning environment offers a wide variety of tools for displaying electronic learning materials, conducting text-based online discussions, as well as working on quizzes and assignments individually, or in small groups. Moodle also provides access to the e-portfolio environment Mahara. In the iLinc virtual classroom teachers and students communicate and work together in real-time in front of their computers using a headset with microphone. The virtual classroom can display computer applications and files from the user's computers, allows text chat and team work in break out groups. In addition to these two online environments, at Lapland UAS, students can utilise a variety of social media applications, among others wikis and blogs.

When participating in eLearning, the users are themselves responsible for the working order of their computer and internet connection. Other than that on-line studies do not require special skills; basic computer and Internet skills are sufficient. At the beginning of their studies students are trained in the use of the online learning environments, as well as in basic information technology skills. Training and eLearning support are provided by the eLearning Services and are available Monday through Friday from 8-21 and on Saturday by appointment.

eLearning portal: www.oppimispalvelut.fi
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