Education across borders : Towards e-Didactics of International Module in Socio-cultural Aspects of ICT
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Articles presented in this issue address topics related the initiative Moodle for International Learning. Within this initiative Nesna University College launched international e-learning course ‘ICT in Society and Work Life’ (ITL 103). The course was provided within the structure of ‘ICT and Learning’ studies and was based on the previous Norwegian version ‘IKT i samfunn og arbeidsliv’. The issue contains texts written by the authors from Norway and Poland who contributed to the realization of the idea of joining students of various nationalities within a learning experience supported by Moodle Learning Management System. The opening paper is the contribution from senior lecturer Hallstein Hegerholm who originated the idea of ‘ICT and Learning’ studies and elaborated on the principles on which digital portfolio operates in Nesna University College. These principles lay foundations for the mode of work within all the six e-learning modules realized under the common name ‘ICT and Learning’. The paper presents the establishment of ‘ICT and Learning’ studies and the description of the digital portfolio. The following contribution is made by Per Arne Godejord, the dean of the Faculty of Scientific Subjects within the structure of which ‘ICT and Learning’ studies were provided. The paper addresses the topic of distance education and presents brief history of establishing e-learning in Nesna University College. It also contains references to the process of internationalization initiated by NUC within the courses provided with the support of Moodle Learning Management System. These references are framed by recommendations elaborated on by Norwegian national policy on internationalization within educational sector. Subsequent two papers are contributed by Polish researches from University of Szczecin: prof Maria Czerepaniak-Walczak and dr Elzbieta Perzycka. Prof. Czerepaniak Walczak coveres thoroughly the issues related to the connections between the concept of internationalization and higher education settings. Dr Perzycka explores the question of competencies enabling the provision of ‘useful’ education in online environment. She refers to the issues of both teachers and students competencies through the prism of information culture and information literacy. The final contributions are made by the researchers who actively participated in the realization of the module ‘ICT in Society and Work Life’: dr Beata Godejord (Nesna University, Poland) and dr Wioletta Kwiatkowska (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland). Dr B. Godejord was the lecturer in the course and originator of the idea of utilizing blogs as tools for e-learning. Her paper addresses the issue of educational qualities of blogging. Blogging is showed through the perspective of the concept of New Learning, effective learning environment, connective learning and e-learning practices and skills. Dr Wioletta Kwiatkowska monitored and supported the participation of students from Poland. Her paper presents the analysis of students’ comments on their co-students’ blogs. In her analysis she utilizes the classification of interaction categories „Interaction Process Analysis” by Robert F. Bales, pointing to interesting conclusions. The works on the development of international e-learning module ‘ICT in Society and Work Life’ are continued. In this academic year (2011/2012) one on the Polish private colleges – Academy of Business in Dabrowa Gornicza – decided to include the module in their study plans and make it obligatory for two groups of sociology students. We are looking forward to this experience and hope for developing international online studies on a broader scale.