The Blending of Three Channels for Delivering a Comprehensive and Innovative Distance Learning Course: T-Learning to Improve Professional Skills for Intercultural Dialogue
The purpose of the project is to support cultural mediators around Europe to improve their skills and competences through the T-learning approach, an integrated methodology which exploits the potential of E-learning, M-learning and TV-learning.
In the framework of the TIPS project, the concept of integration is a leit-motiv which concerns social context, course subjects, methodology and technology.
The TIPS beneficiaries benefit an online course supported by a mixed methodology where e-learning is supported by M-learning and TV-learning. The triple system exploits the benefits of distance learning tools and replaces the weaknesses of each methodology with the potential offered by the other, thus ensuring high interaction, portability, no limit of space and time, multimediality, simulations. These intrinsic qualities of TIPS system are expected to positively impact on the cultural mediators’ learning process by promoting customised training able to fit different learning styles.
The three main components of integration deal with pedagogy, didactics and technology. As far pedagogy is concerned, the use of different instruments (desktop or laptop devices, smartphones and television) allows the promotion of different learning styles (e.g. visual, auditory) able to satisfy different approaches or ways of learning. From a didactic point of view a continuity is ensured among the different learning objects through the inclusion of cross references. For example, while listening to an audio lesson via computer the user is informed about a movie on the same subject available through TV.
The integration also concerns technology: the three platforms are linked through a comprehensive database able to track students’ training paths and allowing tutors to make statistical analysis.
Keywords: E-Learning, M-Learning, TV-Learning, Streaming, Mobile Devices, Social Software
Ing. Mikail Feituri
Technical Project Manager, International Projects Office, Consorzio FOR.COM. Formazione per la Comunicazione
Dr Federica Funghi
Project Manager, International Projects Office, Consorzio FOR.COM. Formazione per la Comunicazione
Project Manager, International Project Office, Consorzio For.Com. Formazione per la comunicazione