I think that this topic about flexible and mobile learning needs to be much more highlighted in education environments. More and more courses are now distance-based, to offer a opportunity for the students to study, work and being a social person at the same time, and the most important, to study what time of the day/night you prefer or are able to, that sounds flexible. This is also in the same trend as the society, which is in a constant state of change and we have to follow it. But how do we do? That’s a good question. From my point of view as a teacher in higher education, I´m responsible for two distance-based course for nurses who study to become specialist in the elderly care, these courses are 10 weeks courses, with 2 days at campus and the rest of the studies are in the learning Management System called Ping pong, which provides a variety of different tools to use, but I see, that the teacher don´t use them or probably they don´t know about them. Our library or IKT-educator offers a lot of different small courses or activities to take part of for the teacher, but many don´t take these opportunities, WHY, it´s sad, we want to retain our students, of course, but how can we do that, when we don’t give the right “equipment” for that? As a student, you need to get the studies going, along we the family life, work and recreation, and sometimes economic problems, it´s very important that the students already from the beginning can see the advantages and what is means already at the beginning of the course, so we can reduce the workload the see or feel, and sadly will drop off……………. And also as a teacher, have a look at the course you are responsible for, how can the learning activities become more flexible and mobile, are the study environment mobile and flexible, can we make it more interactive for the students? In e-learning in higher education the student is recognized as a co-producer in her och his learning process, in which individualizing, flexibility and openness, seems indicated as important issues in this context, and there need to transparency, including structure, materials and resources. In other words, a learning based on flexibility, accessibility, interactivity and individuality, have a look at http://eadtu.eu/ and now, all of us can start our new, more mobile and flexible education strategy.
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