The part-time distance-learning character of the program allows a global participation. The course is particularly designed to cater to the needs of professionals employed or occupied otherwise. The e-learning study platform comprises of a variety of didactic elements using modern multi-media tools for a reliable communication. This allows an exchange among students and teachers, providing sufficient opportunity to meet with and talk to participants personally and to interact directly throughout the entire course.
The e-learning study platform Moodle, comprises of a variety of didactic elements using modern multi-media tools for a reliable communication (i.e. discussion forum, announcements, chats, and other options). This allows an exchange among students and teachers, providing sufficient opportunities to meet with and talk to participants personally and to interact directly throughout the entire course. As it is a distance-learning platform, the course is particularly designed to cater to the needs of professionals who are already employed or otherwise occupied.
Quality also plays a very important role in the context of eLearning: The criteria which stand behind the award of the label additionally serve the ongoing development and support of classes, which shall be enriched with e-learning elements. The information which is being given in the questionnaire can also be used as an impulse for a critical reflection of the own course concept. Consequently the criteria can initiate an improvement of already existing e-learning classes.
The criteria catalogue forms the basis of the evaluation. Within this catalogue four main criteria with several sub criteria have been defined:
- transparency and orientation
- ways of communication and interaction as well as mentoring
- didactical realization, design and integration of multimedia elements
- feedback und evaluation
Echo360 Active Learning - press release (04.12.2013):
Example of an online seminar: Part of the study curriculum is an e-learning project, developed by Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Cape Town, outlined in the following extract of the article by Thomas Feltes (Bochum) and Clifford Shearing (Cape Town): “Teaching Tip: E-Learning Crossing Borders: Policing (all around) the World", published in The Criminologist (34, No.4, pp. 15-16). The project provides a series of interdisciplinary, transnational presentations in English, given by national and international experts on policing and police science from across the world. The presentations are videotaped and converted together with a PowerPoint-Presentation into an Adobe Presenter file. This file is available without any further software by anybody worldwide who has internet access. Some open-to-public examples of such presentations on policing may be found at the Second Annual Conference-website of the Scottish Institute or Policing Research (SIPR).
Examples of video lectures on Moodle(module 1): „Police Reform in Africa“ by Elrena van der Spuy, Centre of Criminology, Cape Town University (l.) and "Peacekeeping and Police Reform in the Balkans: Experiences from Kosovo" by Thomas Feltes (r.).
The project has three learning objectives:
- Students will learn about a variety ways in which societies are policed, how state and private police forces operate as well as how they are structured and trained. They will be able to compare different legal systems and different policing philosophies.
- Students will realize that there are different meanings and understandings of “police science”. They will appreciate how these different understandings of police and policing have emerged and are developing. They will be able to analyze theoretical, empirical and practical developments in this field.
- Students will appreciate different teaching and learning cultures and be able exchange their views with other students from different countries and working within different fields (law, social sciences, philosophy, etc.
Scope: The project consists of two teaching modules, each ready for distance learning. Module A includes presentations on over 12 countries, from Australia to Switzerland. Module B includes presentations on special topics such as Policing Mass Events, Police Use of Force, Police and Diversity, Peacekeeping and Police, Police in Transition, Police Accountability, Police Democratization, Private and Plural Policing and Inter-Continental Policing.
Format: Presentations are made available through Adobe Presenter. It is not possible to download the lectures, but the lectures are available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. No special software on user´s side is necessary to view the presentations. But access to the presentations requires an account and a password (provided by us for the students of the Master's). The presentations consist of: a) PowerPoint-slides, b) a presenter (commenting on the slides) and c) a presentation outline, which enables the viewer to stop the lecture, move forwards and backwards, and re-start. Besides the video-lectures, mp3-audio-files of the lectures are available for those who want to print out the slides and listen to the lecture as a podcast-audio whilst travelling. For an example of such a Connect lecture, please click on the following link: Police in Transition, Police Accountability, Police Democratization.
Moodle and Teaching Material: Articles for personal study and discussion. Each presentation consist of a Presenter-file and between three and five articles (in PDF-format) as “Course Documents”, accessible via the e-learning software “Moodle“ at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. This software allows for a discussion forum, announcements, chats, and other options (see screenshot). The “Moodle” seminar is monitored and moderated by a teaching assistant in Bochum, but local or regional assistants may be included.
Interaction and Communication: Besides the discussion forum, it is possible to establish national working groups in Moodle, which enables students from different countries to discuss questions and exchange documents in their own language. It is also possible to have an exchange and discussion with the author of the lecture on pre-arranged days and times.