METHODOLOGY AND LEARNING STRATEGIES

The course can be taken on-line or by part-time attendance. The maximum number of students that can register each year is 20, and this figure includes both the distance students as well as those who wish to do the course on-line. In any event enrolment preference will be given to students opting for the part-time format.

PART-TIME PROGRAMME ENROLMENT: The distance learning method includes weekly classroom sessions as a supplement to studying via the Virtual Campus of the Universidad International de Andalucía (http://www.campusvirtual.unia.es), which is the teaching and learning environment through which most of the workload in credits and the student work will be carried out. Students who choose the part-time enrolment format must attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled classes. The classroom sessions will be held at the headquarters of the UNIA in Malaga at the Technological Park.

 

ONLINE PROGRAMME ENROLMENT: In this case the sessions will be followed interactively online, meaning that the entire course can be followed via the virtual platform (Moodle) that will be shared by all students, regardless of the programme that they are following. This means that all the tasks for each session must be answered by all students, regardless of their type of enrolment.

 

The educational and methodological techniques on which both methods of study are based are presented as follows:

A. VIRTUAL CREDITS: TEACHING- LEARNING VIA UNIA’S VIRTUAL CAMPUS PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND SCHEDULE

From UNIA’s Virtual Campus students will have a number of general resources and programme assistance guides at their disposal (including this tutorial). In each of the modules they will acquire knowledge through individual and group activities anttd will find subjects that include both core and supplementary materials, the nature of which will vary depending on each case, and they will be able to check their progress and put this knowledge to practice. These materials will also be accompanied by instructions and resources that with help and guide the student.

 

This Virtual Campus also offers a number of tools, such as email, forums, chats, etc, which facilitate communication with tutors and peers, for clarification of doubts, swapping and moving materials and, generally supporting the learning process.

 

Tutors will focus mainly on streamlining and facilitating the student’s learning according to their individual needs rather than acting as sources of knowledge. They will be moderating debates, providing guidelines and recommendations when students carry out their activities and the final project also encouraging them to discover the possibilities offered by the course for themselves.

 

A.1. Educational basis for UNIA’s virtual teaching-learning model.

 

The learning model is therefore based on the following educational principles.

 

   Self-learning.  Course materials as well as the practical activities are designed so that students can advance at their own pace and check their progress at all times. They can learn individually and independently.

 

  Collaborative work.  Not only will students learn individually, but part of their knowledge will be obtained in groups, through interaction with the other members of the course through the Virtual Campus. Hence the importance of participation in this environment and in the collective activities, which will be taken into account during evaluation.

 

  Tutor support. The teaching staff will guide the group in the learning process, tracking individual participation, effort and results throughout the length of the course and solving any possible doubts.
Each of the modules and programs is designed specifically, with careful planning of certain objectives and evaluation criteria as well as a various tasks, individual activities, group work, practical applications, forums and debates based on different methodological strategies and techniques as well as a proposed timing for the study of materials and the conduct of such activities, which are broadly set forth below.

 

Please note that each module includes a specific tutorial, which is accessible via the relevant page on the Virtual Campus site, where you will find more detailed information.  Your enquiry at the beginning of each block may therefore be useful.

A.2. Didactic means accessible through Virtual Campus

 

The student will find, in general, in each module, a series of didactic means and learning resources:

 

   Basic study materials,  prepared by teachers expert in the topic, structured by subjects or didactic units and accessible as files through Campus.

 

  Complementary resources,  such as bibliography and web, papers, court decisions, technical and legal documents, etc that will allow the student a deeper study in particular aspects of the subject.

 

  Individual practical work, focusing on the solution of problems or cases, research and investigation through the Web, etc. that the student will have to carry out and send to the tutor through the Virtual Campus.

 

  Group and collaboration activities, developed through the different communication tools of the Virtual Campus. The most frequent are debate forums on the subject, chats, etc.

 

  Auto-evaluation questionnaires that the student will do at the end of each block, the result of which shall be automatically recorded in the system and will be available for the tutor.

 

Alongside these specific resources, whose nature and form in Virtual Campus can change depending on the case, in all the courses the student will have access, in addition to the above didactic guides, to a series of communication resources, help and guidance that will facilitate learning. Among them:

 

News Forum, accessible from block 0 of the central column of each course, through which the tutors can follow the group along the module or subject, and will inform them of the most important events relevant to them.

Calendar, where, in connection with the News Forum, the main events of the course shall be noted (programmed chats, deadline for the activities, etc.)

– Tutorials Forum and Block of Messages, through which the students can make inquiries to the rest of the students (in the first case) or private inquiries (in the second case).

– Document with FAQs about the use of the Virtual Campus, also accessible from that block, through which the student can find the answer to the main questions related, among others, to the navigation through the Virtual Campus or the contents thereof, communication tools and evaluation of the courses.  Consultation of this document may be useful to learn how to publish messages in the forums, send papers, etc.

 

Alongside these resources, also from the common block of the course, access will be given to community services for users of the Virtual Campus, such as the library of the University, where the student will have access to administrative documents, or the Virtual Cafeteria, a space through which the student can access news and can communicate with the students of the Virtual Campus on non-academic matters.

A.3. Tutorial help online

 

Throughout the program, the tutors of the corresponding modules will use the different communication tools of the Virtual Campus to track the whole group and individual students online as well as to answer different questions related to the subject or about the methodology thereof.

 

In this way, the communications, notices or interesting reminding for the whole group shall be made mainly through the News Forum of the Campus (accessible from the right column of each course) so that each time a new message is published in this Forum, it will arrive through e-mail.

 

For individual communications the student shall use the Block of Messages accessible from the right column of each course or, if defective, the personal e-mail. The same means can be also used if he/she is willing to contact the teacher in private regarding particular matters related to the subject or methodology of each block.

 

The answer to those questions that can be of interest to all of the students will be made available through the Tutorials Forum that can be found in the block corresponding to the subject of the central column of the course. Please remember to use this means to ask questions that you think may be “common doubts”.

B. ATTENDANCE CREDITS: TEACHING-LEARNING FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING

A face-to-face session (only the students under the face-to-face system have to attend the class as the online students can follow the class via the Internet) will be delivered each Tuesday (15:00-18:30 pm), at the Building of the International University of Andalucía (UNIA) in Málaga.

 

Each session will have a primary objective: the explanation of the essential elements of the subject and, after an introduction of the most important applicable rules, a brief description of the juridical problems of the question (including judicial practice and doctrinal perspective). This category of sessions will be developed using the case study method, made with the assumption that students will have an existing basic knowledge of each institution. For this reason, the sessions will be based on the explanation of real cases, controversial questions dealt with in a non-dogmatic way, explanations of different alternatives and the active participation of the students. Power Point may be used as a learning instrument.

 

The face-to-face sessions will develop the materials (dossier) previously submitted to the students via the Internet. For this reason, the students will be responsible for attending this session with the provided material. This dossier will contain the most significant aspects explained in the classroom. The previous self-study of this dossier is not required before the face-to-face session, because the online work will take place after that.

SUMMARY: METHODOLOGICAL SEQUENCE OF THE PROGRAMME

Accordingly, each subject/course will follow this sequence:

Access to the course/ Virtual Campus, welcoming message from the mentor and the learning guide

Beginning On-line Activities: reading basic materials and case study, additional resources and beginning of the practical activities

Beginning of the course (Tuesday or Thursday)

Reviewing materials, finishing activities and on-line tests (Virtual Campus)

Evaluation results of the course (Virtual Campus)

In-depth knowledge and further consultation of materials to prepare a final course project

End of the course (Monday)