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Certificate in Online Education and Training, University of London
(April 22, 2002)

Ladies and Gentlemen
A member of the SVC, Nadia Spang Bovey (coordinator of the project "Information Theory", Lausanne), is the Swiss contact person for a "Certificate in Online Education and Training" of the University of London (see below). Such hints will be available on the net as soon as possible.
Best regards

Cornelia Rizek-Pfister


Auriez-vous l'amabilité de transmettre à nos collègues du Campus Virtuel Suisse cette offre de cours de l'Université de Londres?

Avec tous mes remerciements et mes meilleures salutations,

Nadia Spang Bovey

Vous souhaitez faire une expérience d'apprentissage online et pratiquer vos aptitudes à rédiger en anglais?

L'Université de Londres (Institute of Education) propose un certificat bilingue français-anglais (ou anglais seulement) en 20 semaines, utile à votre sphère d'activité:

Certificate in Online Education and Training
- Experientez vous-mêmes le pour et le contre de l'apprentissage distribué par ordinateur.
- Discutez avec des collègues des enjeux pédagogiques des classes "virtuelles".
- Réfléchissez aux différences entre les cours traditionnels et les cours en ligne.

Quelques heures de travail hebdomadaire en anglais sur des thématiques générales et en français sur des spécificités régionales, la découverte et l'analyse de plusieurs modèles de cours réellement utilisés dans les universités, une réflexion sur vos propres activités, des lectures de référence, un support en français et en Suisse romande. Détails ci-dessous.

Prochaine session: de novembre 2002 à avril 2003.

Prix: env. 1250.- (materiel compris)

Contact et informations: Nadia Spang Bovey

Part-time Certificate in Online Education and Training

(20 weeks, English only or bilingual French / English)

offered by the Univerity of London, Institute of Education

Would you like to:

· start designing and developing online courses?
· learn about online learning by learning that way yourself?
· exchange ideas with others internationally?

Then the Certificate in Online Education and Training may be the course for you.

· Experience for yourself the pros and cons of computer-mediated delivery
· Discuss with colleagues the educational implications of "virtual" classrooms.
· Investigate the difference between traditional and online courses.
· Gain new insights into the internet.

Next session: November 2002 - April 2003

Entry Requirements

The course is planned for people who have a first degree and/or professional qualification and experience in education or training. Competence in written English and in basic keyboard skills are important.

So long as you have full internet access, you will not need to purchase any special software. We provide FirstClass. In some circumstances you may need to ensure that your server supports PPP and/or that your server's firewall does not prevent communication with our server.


Standard course fee: Pounds Sterling. 590.-
Reduced fee for Individuals from educational institutions: Pounds Sterling. 490.-


For Switzerland: Nadia Spang Bovey
Tel: ++41 (0) 21 692 30 38 Email:

Louise Moore, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7612 6562 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7612 6468 Email:

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Course Background

THE CERTIFICATE is awarded by the Institute of Education, of the University of London, the third oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in England. It is a professional graduate college of the federal University of London, is one of the premier institutions conducting teaching and research in the field of Education. Along with other colleges of the University, such as Imperial College and the London School of Economics, it enjoys an international reputation.

This part-time Certificate has been offered annually to academics and trainers worldwide since 1992, and has been constantly updated. The next course will run for 20 weeks from 8th November 2002 and there will be approximately 300 participants.

The course provides opportunities to investigate in depth the nature of online discussions so as to assess their role in the creation of virtual classrooms. It takes a critical approach to both old and new technologies in education and training for distance and campus students. Crucially, it offers the experience of being an online student and thus a starting point from which to observe the benefits and problems of course design by new media. Its direct benefit consists in the process of taking part, particularly of sustaining participation over a longer period as students need to do. Finally, it offers access to a community of peers who have a wide range of expertise. It is thus suitable either for people involved in education who have never conducted online courses, or for more experienced people who value becoming an online learner for a period and who seek a structured discussion forum.

International Dimension

For one half of the course, all participants work together in English (mainly in groups with some plenary discussion). But in the other half, they split into regional groups who may use different languages. The regional groups consider issues of more local interest in their respective countries, and spend some time inspecting web sites relevant to them.

Course Description

Analyse and develop online teaching approaches

The course is taught by staff with extensive experience in the design and delivery of online courses. Tutors are from the Institute of Education and are joined by experts from other universities.

The focus of the course is on the educational, rather than the technical aspects of online course delivery. It does not aim to train users in the latest technologies.

It is a professional rather than an academic course, and is largely reflective and exploratory in nature. Participants will be guided through a range of different activities which they discuss online with international peers and tutors from many different disciplines.

It treats several broad themes:

The role of computer mediated discourse in education and training.
Teaching and management of learning online.
Issues of innovation within different institutional and cultural contexts.
The World Wide Web.

In addition, participants are offered a choice from a wide range of options such as
-Online Discourse and Moderating
-Technical Issues
-Materials and Resources
-Online Learning for Campus-based Institutions
-Knowledge Management
-The Uses of Video in Higher Education
-Online Tutoring with FirstClass
-Computer-based Assessment
-Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments
-Encounters with Cyberculture

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