E-learning: what, why and how?
E-learning comprises of all learning activities in which learners use a computer or a mobile device connected to the internet. Such learning activities can entail, for example, online lectures, online collaboration, electronic assessment, self- and peer feedback or video conferences. E-learning is focused on interaction and supports the strong points of the University of Groningen: providing academic education on a high level.
E-learning is an important tool which can be used to improve and innovate educational practices. By using online communication and information technology, teaching will be a more dynamic and instructive process. No longer passively participating in lectures; students have to participate, discuss and search for answers in an active way. Teachers will have more space for intensive guidance and to participate in debate and discussion. There are countless ways to use e-learning to support courses. Up to now, the University of Groningen has focused on four areas:
- Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC)
- Flipped classroom
- Course support
- Small Private Online Courses (SPOC)