Developing Civic Engagement in Distance Higher Education: A Case Study of Virtual Service-Learning (vSL) Programme in Spain

Juan García-Gutierrez, Marta Ruiz-Corbella, Araceli del Pozo Armentia, Open Praxis, Jun 30, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article asks the question, "How can ethical competence and civic engagement be formed through a virtual learning environment?" The answer is offered in the form of a service learning function "based on virtual exchange involving, primarily, Spanish students from UNED’s Faculty of Education enrolled in fourth-year Social Education Degree and African students from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) of Porto Novo (Benin) who were enrolled in second- and third-year teacher-training courses for Spanish-language teachers." 

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