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The Coronavirus pandemic forced the universities of the country to close their doors, but teaching resumed on the 23rd of March. With the buildings closed students will continue their studies online. The related methodology was devised during the early spring break. What is distance education like at Corvinus? What can the students expect? This series of articles makes an attempt to answer these questions.
How does distance learning work? At Corvinus three solution paths were devised from which the instructors and the institute heads can pick the most suitable one for their courses. The simplest one is individual learning facilitation, described in the first part. Video streaming, when the instructor stream video recordings using their own digital devices, is a bit more tedious. The second part of our article lists some solutions. The third option is the online e-learning course, which is the subject of this article.
Online courses (e-learning)
Instructors can create completely new educational content, and upload it preferably on Moodle. This technique requires the most intensive preparation and active involvement of the teacher. This is recommended by the University only if the teacher has the relevant skills and experience, or previously prepared material for the course. The User’s Manual of Moodle should help the teachers in creating new material if they decide to do so.
How can you create online teaching materials?
The Moodle lesson: online teaching material
Moodle is an E-learning platform which has always been used by the Corvinus University for traditional courses as well. It has gained special importance in distance education and has become the central channel of teaching besides Microsoft Office 365.
The latter is free to use by students during their studies, they can log in using their university e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cusman password.
Using Moodle’s built-in material design tool you can create simple learning materials, mostly text or picture-based, in which checking questions and other sub-tasks can be incorporated. The advantage is that the whole content is accessible and can be completed from home. It can be retrieved later as well and the technique is a major step towards personalized training.
On the other hand, creating e-learning materials takes a while and requires some technical knowledge. For the instructors, the Teacher Training and Digital Learning Centre (TDTK) provides, besides background information and user manuals, personal assistance in learning material creation.
MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) is an international learning material sharing website where you can find online courses by various Hungarian and international universities, free of charge.
Teachers are able to incorporate into their online materials the working practices of other universities. Mooc.org is a site for that, where you can access high quality materials. However, it may not fit perfectly in the course in terms of content, and there may be time constraints. Materials are mostly uploaded in English.
Uploading videos in the Moodle course
You can upload previously prepared video content accessible through an external link in the learning material created in Moodle. This way, the instructor can complement the text-based material with a visual element, and, uploading a previously prepared video requires only minimal effort. The videos should not be too long, and it is best to supplement them with some kind of student activity (even in the form of an online test) to maintain a steady level of student motivation.
The professional material was compiled by the Teacher Training and Digital Learning Centre , namely Éva Bodnár, Olga Csillik, Magdolna Daruka, Judit Sass, Lídia Fekete Vinczéné, Krisztián Pálvölgyi, Zsolt Orbán and Péter Balkányi.
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