To an education without distances. Strategies and tips for effective teaching

Santiago del Estero is a province in the Argentina Republic. It is the oldest province in the country and it has a population of 912 000 inhabitants. There are two universities in Santiago del Estero, one is private and the other one is public, run by the National State. In this piece of work I will refer to the experience of carrying out a Plan to improve the long-distance education.

The School of Innovation of The National University of Santiago del Estero, registered in a semi-attendance modality, has the Educational offer in the following majors: Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor in Pre-school Education, Bachelor in Educational Management and Educational Management Analyst.

Although this proposal is not the most innovative one, it has to be pointed out that within the University framework, it emerges as a proposal with great innovation. It intends to become a valid option to be taken into account since it fulfills with one of the aims of long distance educational courses which is to be an accessible system to a larger population. In its history, it can be observed that this proposal emerges as something innovative. However, in the last years it did not get significant advances neither in the technological nor in the pedagogical fields.

The modality of the courses with university degrees and the intermediate title has the semi-attendance mode for the theoretical-practical lessons as well as for the workshops undertaken in the different cycles. This modality fulfills the legislation of the courses registered as the modality of blending learning.

In the Resolution of the Approval it is stated that the long distance modality is a proposal committed to the democratization of the teaching. It coincides with Edith Litwin who considers the long distance Education as a solidarity response against the diversity of problems that hinders the regular class attendance, and it is an innovative option that tends to different styles and possibilities.

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