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The Virtual Classroom for Social Work in Europe


Project information

Status in the Project

Educational programme

How to become a student

To be an e-learning student

ECTS credits

Partners in VirClass





Associated Partners

The Summer School



To be an e-learning student

What does it mean to be student in a Virtual Classroom and what equipment is needed?
Students joining the online courses will communicate with each others and with their teachers by internet.
Students joining the classroom will be invited to join a fixed learning platform called “It’s Learning“ and will get access to this platform and the classroom with a username and a password.

Most of the literature will be made available on the platform. However some main books students have to buy or borrow from the library.
The course will start with an introduction to the e-learning platform, class and the virtual classroom to acquaint students with the international group of students and teachers they are going to work together with.
Every second or third week students will receive new learning material and new tasks to work on both individually and in the group.

The tasks given will be related to the objectives of the course. Students who deliver their tasks on time during the program will receive a response and guidance from the teacher.
Participating as a student requires students to provide feedback to each other, both in terms of their own individual perspective, and how issues might be seen from their country’s perspective. Students who join the courses have to enter the classroom at least once a week.
Compulsory online conferences among students and teachers will be set up two - three times during the study period. Co operation by task solving assignments demands commitment to the time schedule in the courses.

All elements in the course will be organized and administrated through a common virtual learning management system.
The use of an e-learning platform will allow students the opportunity to discuss directly with students and practitioners in other countries the issues in the courses.
Video, pictures and texts will be presented as triggers for discussions among students and teachers, and as introductions to tasks. To be able to address the tasks and to co operate with others; students have to follow the progress in the course.
Expected workload is estimated to 25 hours/1 ECTS credit. The study is a part time study.

Internet access
The students need a consistent access to Internet to attend this course. The speed of the Internet connection has influence on the access to the study material. Some of the course material is produced as media files and broadband is recommended.
If the students connect to the Internet over a dial-up connection, the download rate for accessing documents and media files will be significantly slower than a broadband connection.
Basic knowledge in the use of PC or Macintosh is necessary for entrance to the Virtual Classroom.
To join the Virtual Classroom students need access to a computer with an internet connection. The net reader can be either Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape or Opera.

Password needed

password needed

Curriculum plan 2006/07

Application form

E-learning Europe

European Commission


Norway opening universities


Last updated: October 16, 2006

Bergen University College, Haugeveien 28, 5005 Bergen, Norway
Assistant professor Anne Karin Larsen + 47 55 58 78 21, Fax + 47 55 90 00 11