Excellence in Virtual Education: The Tutor Online Approach

Excellence in Virtual Education: The Tutor Online Approach

Ángeles Bosom (University of Salamanca, Spain), Elisa Fernández (University of Salamanca, Spain), María José Hernández (University of Salamanca, Spain), Francisco José García (University of Salamanca, Spain) and Antonio Seoane (University of Salamanca, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1655-4.ch024
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It is a fact that the notion of education has been changing over the last years, mainly because of information and communication technologies (ICTs). In this globalized world, people are swamped by information, and the key issue is to surf it and choose the appropriate bit. This wealth of information and the need of constantly updating knowledge in order to carry out work society demands: turn learning into lifelong self-training. This chapter aims to present the experience of collaborative work in a virtual learning scenario held by the University of Salamanca, Clay Formación Internacional, and Asociación Logo in the continuing education and specialist course Technologies and networked training methodologies: Tutor online. As former students, now the authors belong to the tutor and scientific team. The Tutor online project (TOL) is an instance of how to make quality continuing education more common and give freer access to it. Its asynchronous nature allows each individual to adapt it to their own particular time and space needs.
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The main objective of the TOL course is to provide participants with a high-level professional course regarding networked training, whether for academia, business, or the working world.

Quality training for a new kind of professional is offered: the tutor online, key to the development of all high-level eLearning, whose function and profile had not been clearly defined up to now. Specifically, this objective can be summed up with the following specific targets:

  • To develop the abilities, techniques, strategies, and potentialities required for the training of a professional tutor online.

  • To dominate the main psychological, communicative, and methodological abilities used in eLearning.

  • To know the quality indicators in online training experiences.

  • To learn about and efficiently use the specifications, standards, and technological elements, which come into play in the eLearning processes, especially platforms, as well as collaborative and authoring tools.

  • To design and monitor high-level eLearning projects.

  • To evaluate the teaching and learning processes in eLearning initiatives.

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