Pilot course: Identities in European
Identities in European history course (5
ECTS) ended 20.1.2006 after three months of hard work. There were ca.
60 students from the Universities of Alcalá, Bologna, Cork, Hannover,
Pisa, Siegen, Turku, Uppsala, and Finnish Virtual University of History
participating in the course.
The course was held in Internet-based learning platform WebCT and in
local study groups. Each student had two tutors, local and international
tutor and that structure worked very well.
Students thanked in their comments the international atmosphere, rich
material and the unique opportunity to take part in to such a pilot
course. A little bit criticism was also addressed; for example access
to electronic libraries caused some comments:
I am very happy with the structure of this course; I have
done a course in the same platform some months ago and it was a disaster
compared to this, the tutors didn't get involved and the material
wasn't so well structured. I think both tutors and students did a
good job, so I have nothing to add to the organization of this course.
Though it has not been my first course of this kind, I have
enjoyed it a lot! I think it is because we have been dealing with
very interesting materials. Personally, I have learnt a lot, not only
from the texts we had to read, but also from other peoples experiences.
I think it has been a very well- structured course, it has been really
well organized, and I have to add that I am going to miss it!
I have to agree with the others. The course was very well
structured and it was a good experience to work with people from other
countries, reading their opinions and finding intercultural differences
and similarities. Well done.
I just have one small suggestion for next time. I was not
able to open most links since neither my University nor my home PC
have access to JSTOR. I regret that I could not read most of the group
outcomes the way I intended to. Maybe you could use a different program
or post the texts also in pdf. Despite of that everything was interesting.
Thanks for the nice course, it was very interesting for me
to join this international course. It was already my 5th internet
course, and not the worst one. Thank for all for the interesting material
and active discussions.
I would like to thank the tutors for making this such an interesting
course. This is the first time that I have taken an online course.
It was interesting to study with students from other countries. I
would also like to thank the other students in my group who helped
to make the discussions so interesting.
The course will be evaluated internally and
experts at the Pädagogische Hochschule Karslruhe are doing the
external evaluation. A report will be published at the beginning of
April 2006. This will be used as a basis for further developing the
elearning history development scheme of the project group.