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Combined classroom based and distance study

The Master's degree in Digital Libraries, Archives and Digital Continuity will be taught in blended classroom based/distance learning mode. Classroom based/distance learning (also known as mixed or b-learning) is expressly recognised in the new educational models adapted to the European Higher Education Area and implies by definition the blending of classroom and online learning.

The mixed model reduces the traditional classroom based teaching providing more opportunities for developing skills and abilities and encouraging the student's attitude to learning. Thus, this Master's degree includes both classroom activities (which can also be followed through distance learning) and online activities educationally structured to facilitate their learning process.

According to the class timetable, a face to face session will be held on alternate Fridays, from 14:00 to 21:00 hours in the first semester, and from 12:00 (or 13:00) to 21:00 in the second. Each session includes a class of each subject assigned to the semester. Classes are 50 minutes with 10-minute breaks between each other, and a 20-minute half-session. In addition, at the beginning of each semester there will be an additional face-to-face session including a 15-minute presentation of each subject assigned to the semester.

Attendance at these classes while desirable, is not compulsory. The classes are broadcast live so that students may participate through distance learning (chat, twitter, etc.) and are also recorded so that students can view the classes when it suits them and as often as needed.

The bulk of the teaching in this Master's degree is concerned with preparation of digital teaching material suitable for virtual learning, as well as the activities programmed by teachers, which students will perform either individually or in a group. A Moodle learning management platform (Aula Global) will be used. Teachers will continuously monitor the activities, interacting with students through various communications mechanisms (forums, chat, e-mail etc.) and replying to all the queries raised, within a reasonable time, always within the scope of the class timetable.

The students will be assessed through a number of activities that they will be required to carry out (educational assessment) and through the final examinations. The latter will be carried out on the educational platform, and, as required by law (Comunidad de Madrid), they will be in-class.

The students will be assessed through a number of activities (formative evaluation), whose weight in the final qualification will be fixed from the beginning of the course, and through final exams. That exams will be held on the educational platform, and, as required by law (Comunidad de Madrid), will be on-site, having to carry out, without exception, in the facilities of the university Carlos III of Madrid.