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Esther de Groot

from The Netherlands

Esther de Groot enrolled in a Essentials of an Online Course course in 2013

I like distance learning because of the interaction with a diverse, international, group of people in my own time and at my own pace

Introduction

I am an educationalist, 47 years old, and work at Utrecht University.

Distance learning

I like distance learning because of the interaction with a diverse, international, group of people in my own time and at my own pace. I would recommend this type of learning to people who, like myself, have a busy job but enjoy to develop their skills and increase their knowledge in their spare time.

Develop your skills and increase your knowledge in your spare time

“Teaching an Online Course”

I chose the course because I would like to be a moderator in online distance courses. The real hands-on practices in this course were highly valuable, it is not really reading about e-moderation but the actual experience of it. I would recommend the course to people who have been moderator a course once and who enjoy discussing their experiences with others.

The real hands-on practices in this course were highly valuable

Benefits

An unexpected benefit was the design of a course with a strict course development plan. I think this helps to think about the design before building. I will use what I have learned in my work, convincing teachers how a course will look like on paper first, and I feel strengthened in my conviction that a distance course can be managed by two people, a content expert and and e-moderotor, who does not need to be an absolute content expert.

I will use what I have learned in my work
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