ARPHA Proceedings 1: 795-802, doi: 10.3897/ap.1.e0754
Integration of Alternative Education Models in University E-Learning
expand article infoLina K. Yordanova, Dimitrina I. Branekova, Gabriela G. Kiryakova
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Abstract
A major part of the professional training of the students - future teachers of information technologies takes the wide-profile training in the field of informatics and its applications in an innovative educational environment. Modern digital reality and student interests promote the combination of elements of electronic and traditional learning as a preferred approach in university education. Electronic forms based on advanced content management information systems and Internet services change the roles of participants in the learning process and facilitate the realization of an interactive environment in which basic didactic relation is not a student - a teacher but a student - an environment. Establishment of a national university information-educational environment in Bulgaria is faced with various problems and a matter of the future. Currently, each higher education institution uses a selected educational environment, most often the Moodle platform, to create and develop electronic learning courses in search of qualitative and motivating student training. Simultaneously and in parallel with universities, various alternative educational organizations offer well-advertised, practically oriented, time-limited, and flexible as an organization and proven successful courses in the field of informatics and information technology. There is a connection and mutual influence between the university forms of e-learning and those of the alternative educational institutions. The study of good practices and the enrichment of university education with new forms of organization and communication with students, advertising, provision of training materials, etc. will contribute to the achievement of a higher quality of education. The article describes the results of a one-year study of innovative training models in the field of informatics and information technologies of alternative educational organizations. The research was carried out within the framework of a university project entitled "Study of innovative models for the work of alternative educational organizations", with the active participation of first-year students of "Pedagogy of Information Technology Education" from the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Thracian University.
Keywords
innovative models, e-learning, digital technologies