Title Nature Tourism as an Empowerment Tool
Project Number 2010-1-PT1-LEO05-05165
Product NATUR Learning Platform
Title NATUR Learning Platform
Product Type open and distance learning
the NATUR Platform is providing relevant online learning content on Nature Tourim and within a personalised, self-based and paced learning approach. The learning package created was defined by the learners involved into the piloting actions as “a far-reaching instrument within the European Community by virtue of addressing in an innovative way the nature tourism using the B-Learning teaching
The NATUR course aims at developing and improving knowledge and competences related to nature tourism activity sector. This way increasing new opportunities of employability, developing the existing small business
already installed and potentiating new ones to emerge. This combined with preserving
local nature and culture and also promoting the nature conservation.
Primary target groups: Entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs who want to develop
business in NT sector; Local development promoters/agents, municipality technicians
and stakeholders who, by the specific nature of their professionals activities,
have to define policies and strategies connected to Tourism sector; Technicians and
professionals of tourism sector who wants to develop or increase their know-how
and skills in NT area.
Secondary target groups: Training providers, consultants, tutors and trainers in the
field of nature tourism, which use the learning materials and platform for supporting
the nature tourism learning actions.
The NATUR learning tool includes:
- the Pedagogical Guidelines with the pedagogical and methodological issues;
- the Technical Guidance with instructions and assistance for working with the NATUR
platform, specifically for tutors and for learners;
- the Skill Assessment Tool that allows a self-assessment of initial expertise of the learners and advice for an individual and personalized learning pathway.
-the NATUR Manual with the content of the eight courses/modules;
- Monitoring & Evaluating NATUR Course with relevant questionnaires, forms and other
documents for feedback.
The learning model takes into account that learners want to continue living in the rural areas. The model provides a pedagogical framework, derived from a blended
learning (self-paced e-learning and face-to-face training) and based on specific
and identified specific needs of the target groups. The key elements of the NATUR
learning model are: (1) sel assessment tool that provides self-based and –paced
learning, (2) online and face-to-face components (3) distance tutoring support and
online peer-to-peer feedback possibilities and (4) practical result from cases based
on nature tourism in e-portfolio. The self-diagnostic tool assesses the initial know-how (module by module) and gives recommendations about the modules that each learner is advised to undertake.
(The complete training plan is organised into 8 modules). Before learner start
with the modules a self-diagnostic must be done. This test contains a number of
questions for each of the modules, related to self-perception that the learner has about the degree of self-mastering over the content.
As a result of using this Tool, learner and tutor can determine which modules
should be work on.
Area of application Nature tourism field