Classic Model for Net Based Collaboration Provides Wider Choice of Specialisation for Students in Teacher Education
Abstract: Smaller academic institutions have restrictions concerning broad and varied menus of courses and study programmes. With few students at every level the number of options for specialisation is limited. Still there are needs for diverse specialists in all regions. Collaboration and exchange of courses between institutions may be a solution, and ICT can be the tool for it. An initiative in 2011, follows ideas and principles of a project proposed in 1993 by colleagues from 4 institutions, Norway-net with IT for Open Learning. The goal of NITOL was to provide higher education to people who have no possibility to attend regular universities. Interest in NITOL surpassed all expectations, attracted a lot of online students, and became a model and inspiration that initiated several other projects. Now - nearly 20 years later - NITOL seems to show the way to extend menus of specialisation within teacher training at collaborating institutions.
Presider: Felipe Tirado, National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM