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Publication date: 2007-12-31
Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2007;57(Special issue 4B):445-447
Web based learning is increasingly used in educational institutions as well as in other organizations, including food industry. Pedagogically meaningful, interactive and flexible digital study materials and e-learning platforms have shown to be valuable tools in hygiene training and education. However, learners can gain significant benefits from web based learning only if training and learning systems are designed based on the learners’ needs and current level of expertise, and tutoring is well organised. Blended learning selecting best features from both e-learning and face-to-face teaching is often a good choice to conform different training needs. Web based learning can enhance learning by several means. It helps to overcome timing and travelling difficulties and makes learning more flexible. Compared to traditional face-to-face learning, it is often easier to individualise the learning processes on the basis of personal needs, also in large groups. There is a continuous need for tailor made hygiene proficiency training. Because the minimum hygiene proficiency requirements are the same to all employees whose work entails special risks related to food hygiene, web lectures and other learning objects can be reused in several training programmes. Videos and simulations provide possibilities for students and employees to study in authentic environments and to practise the use of equipment and understanding processes without causing harm to the actual food manufacturing processes. Real time interaction between learners and the tutor can be arranged using online training centres. The production of high quality, interactive digital study material requires networking of teachers and e-learning experts.
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