"From the role of the educator as transmitter, unique assessor, and decision-maker of what and how to teach; which makes students dependants and individualists. Towards educators as facilitators, mangers, planners, designers, facilitators and guide student's learning; thus students are receptive, autonomous, participating, collaborative and engaged (Cervera and Gonzalez 1997). This form of teaching and learning process, supported by information technology, or e-learning, are described and exemplified by Rosemberg (2000) and Salmon (2000). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Department has 2500 students, its strategic development plan states that, due to globalisation and increasing use of technology, it will soon have a few hundreds students as local attendants and thousands as virtual or distant students, from within and outside the country. The paper reports on a case study of a concurrent venture. The participants are the staff of the Department, its students and a technological supplier. Following the authors' experiences and Kolb's work, models of students learning were built, contents of courses were modelled and a synchronous/asynchronous webportal was developed as integral support. Collaborative activities and teamwork were introduced. The main clients –students– have had an enthusiastic and most positive response. The paper begins with some of the characteristic of the case study, which includes authors' thoughts and a briefing to existing theories related to the project. The research approach is summarised and products developed are described. Finally, conclusions are presented.
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