The distance education academic programs offered at UFP are characterised by the use of appropriate educational technologies and by the fact that they have been structured in learning modules, where interactivity, collaborative work and the development of formative activities are essential for the participants ‘ learning.
Learning environment – Virtual University
From an operational point of view, the learner receives by email the data required to access the Virtual University, where academic activities are carried out. After enrolling in a study program, the learner has access to a collaborative teaching/learning environment which includes several tools, namely planning of the courses, communication, management, availability of resources and educational and social interaction (forums, messaging, chat rooms and collaborative environments for group work).
Learners also have online access to specific Departments, university library and information system (where they can access, for example, the academic calendar, summaries and grades).
Tutors support the learning process
Besides the above mentioned, the lecturers/tutors guide and accompany the learners throughout the learning process, supporting them in carrying out the proposed activities required to acquire content and skills. Thus, the distance learning process becomes friendly, attractive and motivating for learners, creating a sense of presence in the virtual environment.
Guidance of students’ pedagogical activities is based on progress, aspects which can be improved and the development of competencies. Another important aspect is the socialization of activities in the areas of communication and interaction with teachers/tutors and with other colleagues.