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ERIC Number: ED449964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 7
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Tele-Learning and Distance Learning Re-Engineering Process.
Cruz, Dulce Marcia; de Moraes, Marialice; Barcia, Ricardo Miranda
The adoption and use of new interactive technologies in Distance Education, especially Tele-learning is a growing tendency in the most advanced countries. Nowadays, this tendency is so strong that being interactive is seen as a necessary pre-condition. Some reasons for this are a the growing perceived value of group-working; the popularization of the constructivist model, where the process and context in which the learning happens has a significative value; the lowering prices of telecommunication equipment and transmission costs, that facilitates its application to a wide variety of purpose and objectives. Tele-learning may be seen as an answer to the demand for open and flexible learning, using different technologies, in different context, among different levels and learning styles. It also attends to the pedagogical and curricular questions of different institutions, educational or not, as well as to different philosophical and strategic goals. The intent of this article is to discuss problems, benefits and other questions that the adoption of Tele-learning poses to Brazilian reality. The article analyses current research in Technology Based Distance Education and compares it to the results of a research conducted with 87 students and 6 teachers of two Engineering Masters' Degrees offered by the PPGEP (The Graduate Program in Production Engineering of The Federal University of Santa Catarina, UFSC) for private organizations. In these Masters Programs, PPGEP has been using state-of-the-art Video Conferencing (two-way video) equipment for lectures and a selection of Internet based tools to provide students and teachers with an interactive environment outside classroom activities. The first results indicate that Tele-learning allows not only an improvement of the teaching-learning process but also a pedagogical re-engineering, through the combination of different pedagogical techniques with the available technological resources, as never seen before. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/YDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil