Open and Distance Education - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus

Module Purpose and Objectives

This module will allow students to create and modify educational material for the distance educational learning process, as well as to use the most modern, open and easily accessible technological applications that will facilitate the distance learning and teaching process.

Module Content

In this particular module we will cover topics related to the knowledge and skills of designing the educational material through the distance educational learning process. Specifically, teaching material, case studies scenarios etc. will be created by the students. In addition, we will present various best practices from well-known Universities which created successfully a distance learning educational material. In this context, students will be familiarize with the most modern and most frequently used technological environments that support the distance learning and teaching process. Specifically, the open technology environments will be introduced through specific activities (case studies, scenarios etc.). Also, students will be familiarized with various technological tools that can be easily used by students. In fact, this is important since the current era requires from teachers to follow all the latest research studies, as well as the use of social networking. At the same time, issues related to Open Internet Sources will be presented.

Module Purpose and Objectives

This course covers the important aspect of the open and distance education. Also, this thematic course aims to deepen our understanding of the education field through the distance learning method. In particular emphasis is placed on exploring the need for distance education in the modern educational reality of the 21st century. Through an in-depth knowledge of the most modern theoretical approaches and various methodological design plans, as well as forms and evaluation models we will cover all the autonomous, collaborative and participatory learning and teaching approaches. Students through the comprehensive study of the most modern theoretical and methodological framework will be able to deepen their understanding in the field of the Open and Distance Education as active and critical participants together with the aspect of the professional development.

Module Content

In this module the focus will be on the basic principles of planning and development the Higher Education Institutions in the past, in the present, as well as in the future. Various institutions, which operate in Cyprus, Greece, but also famous institutions operating remotely in Great Britain, America and Africa will be introduced to students through the comparative study aspect. Also, this module covers an in depth exploration regarding the quality of Teacher- Student relations, as well as issues related to the design and implementation of the Counseling Meetings that take place both face to face or through an online environment.