Knowledge, Communication and E-learning in Higher Education Perception and Differences of Traditional and Modern Academic Status

Author:Silvia Tomescu
Position:Central University Library Bucharest
Interdisciplinary Dimensions of Communication Science
Knowledge, Communication and E-learning in Higher Education
Perception and Differences of Traditional and Modern Academic Status
Silvia-Adriana Tomescu
Central University Library Bucharest,
Abstract: The aim of the present analyze is to underli ne the importance of a systemic approach of knowledge
communication in eLearning academic sphere, in or der to improve the efficiency and quality of research. At
the same ti me, we intend to notice and shape the evolution of both teacher and learner status in higher
education. The rhetoric about knowledge is often ass ociated with organization and transfer of information. To
provide students with a modern understanding of the „shared values” in higher education has become an
important objective. The teachers have to adapt new forms of e-deliver y of discipline content, for m and
inform ab out e-resources for learning. We have to develop nationa l strategies and add value to the role of
university as a key factor in e-learning. The knowledge transfer at a cademic level, can be fully realized only
when information encounters in the student the optimal set of tools designed to facilitate learning, and an
individual style of thinking, so as to analyze fundamental questions and to be able to validate or invalidate the
information. The teacher status evolves from content expert to met acognition expert, from guide in valuable
information search to knowledge communicator. The present analyze reflects some as pects of the
consequences that new forms of communication evolved during transition from traditional to e-academic
Keywords: knowledge; e-learning; communication; academic status
The last decade of the XX
century and the beginning of the XXI
was marked by the evolution of
university as “the highest institution which produces knowledge (Marga, 1996, p. 65) “towards the
university as corporate institution, has the mission to form and train specialists and provide
The humboldian model of University had the mission to form and educate the individual in order to be
useful to the society h e lived in. This perception has been little by little replaced the type of corporate
university as structure that produce knowledge, but also as economic institution. Corporate perspective
includes all public and private universities, but is more applicable to structures that provide distance
learning and e-learning.
Electronic learning analysis outlines a new image of university as business centered organization that
transfers knowledge. Such systems require from students and academics multiple skills and most
importantly, claims from academic training system to set up new departments and specialties for
teachers who use multimedia resources.
Ideal model for learning and training, eLearning requires systemic approach of management planning,
systemic approach of teaching and specializations component. The evolution of such system starts
from the electronic learning platforms set up, to online course design and evaluation. The investments
in eLearning platforms are expensive, and that policy makers have to balance the activities required by
the labor market. These correlations are, or at least should be the result of intense sociological analysis
whose conclusions lead to the need to establish new departments.

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