Flexible and mobile learning provides an opportunity for teachers and learners to deviate from the traditional learning environment-that of the classroom-and to approach learning in new environments subsidized with the aid of technology.
The coordinates on which students focus on for acquiring specialized knowledge, are:
• cost minimization
• exploitation of the limited available time for acquiring information and knowledge
• the need for the acquisition of new skills, but also the need for an upgrade of already certified skills, and finally
• the development and shaping of modern educational technology.
The students attending successfully the "Flexible Learning" course promote ensure the following career prospects:
- They obtain the "Educational and Teaching Competence Certificate" in Informatics, with all the privileges associated with it for a career in the field of Education, provided of course they attend some more courses from the Department of Informatics and the School of Philosophy,
-They become in practice what is internationally called "Education Engineers". That is, experts in programming, maintaining and extending to the digital world the computer systems that promote the expanded zones of any form of flexible learning.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course for "flexible learning" examines ways in which the Internet technology and the widespread use of mobile devices can reduce or even eliminate barriers to learning.
The course familiarizes the student with the object gradually, commencing with the presentation of a general conceptual framework for flexible learning, progressing to "classical" topics of distance education and e-learning (and in particular distance learning), and concludes with particular issues on adaptive educational systems, and collaborative and virtual educational environments of the Internet.
These subjects are: e-Learning & m-Learning. Distance learning services. Communication services and Internet collaboration (e-mail, newsgroups, interactive whiteboards, virtual classrooms, audio-and videoconferencing).
Finally, it presents a series of brief but yet targeted learning objects focusing on modern development tools for
(a) educational websites,
(b) digital learning material, and
(c) the use of mobile devices as "ubiquitous" active learning assistants.
Distance Learning, User Interaction, Education Institutes, Mobile Devices
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ευέλικτη μάθηση με χρήση τεχνολογιών πληροφορίας και επικοινωνιών, των Στ. Δημητριάδη, Χ. Καραγιαννίδη, Αν. Πομπόρτση, Θρ. Τσιάτσου
Εκδόσεις Τζιόλα, 2007, 330 σελ. ISBN 978-960-418-142-1