In literature, there are different meanings given to the concept of “distance education”. However, in practice, distance education has a special meaning, not only for students who decide to improve themselves by learning from the distance, but also for those who are in charge of guiding this learning process. This special meaning is related to the way pupils study and learn and the mission pedagogues have.

Nowadays, distance education is becoming a new option for a considerable number of students throughout the world. New ways of getting university education are attracting many followers. For this reason, there is a need to understand these motivations, so that academic centers supply their students’ requirements.

On the one hand, teachers have to improve their skills so that they become guiders of the teaching-learning process. This includes training, pedagogical mediation, and improving self-evaluation in students. On the other hand, universities must change the way they transfer knowledge. Currently, numerous tools can help them in this way. Stablishing learning routes, pedagogically planned resources, and social-interactive activities can help universities to achieve this goal.

Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) is a university whose education is based on distance education. UNED provides degree programmes in management, natural sciences, education, social sciences and humanities. Distance education brings higher education to students who could not other-wise access traditional universities e.g. due to geographical, occupational or family reasons.

Speaker: Magdalena Arroyo Fernández, UNED, Escuela Ciencias Exactas y Naturales