The E-Course (The Visionar) helps higher education teachers easily understand and utilize the Smart Authoring Tool and Chatbot Tutor to develop professionally and facilitate quality online learning that meets their pedagogical needs. Participants can use the E-Course to learn how to use the tools with the help of video tutorials as well as detailed written descriptions including screenshots of every single step. Accompanying these technical demonstrations is information on the potential didactical value of the tools. The E-Course is hands-on so that the tools can directly be applied, which guarantees the transfer of theoretical knowledge to practical application in various disciplines.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education teachers (HETs) indicated that they were not prepared to switch their teaching from the face-to-face classroom to the virtual one. Due to fundamental methodological and didactical differences in the two formats, their online teaching could not reach the same quality as their face-to-face sessions.
The lesson learned from the Covid-19 pandemic should therefore be to maximally support university teachers in the development of capacities enabling them to set up online distance learning which encourages learning processes and guarantees continuous qualitative teaching.
VISION’s E-Course is therefore meant as support as well as addition to the Smart Authoring Tool and Chatbot Tutor, explaining the technical dimension of the tools, on the one hand, and the didactic dimension they offer, on the other. Only this way, the encouragement of learning processes and a continuation of qualitative teaching can be guaranteed.