Education through E-Learning
The challenge to generate and express
meaning: Can sexual education and e-learning be compatible?
Dra. Olga Marega
Nowadays many people meet other people in cyberspace and
they soon fall in love. How is this possible if they have
never seen each other? Though they don’t know what
the other looks like, they can share their thoughts, their
outlook on life. Probably they reach their souls and hearts
first, getting to know their innermost feelings.
It is a fact that to teach about sexuality it is not only necessary to
pass on knowledge with a sound grounding in science, but also to open
one’s mind and get rid of all sexual prejudices (especially against sexual
diversity, gender, etc) and adopt a positive attitude towards sexuality.
Learning must go beyond the intellectual boundaries and reach emotions
and personal experiences. Is it possible to do this with e-learning education?
There are four ways to give sex education: presence education, open education,
distance learning, and virtual education (or e-learning). Presence education
is matchless, but for several reasons not everybody can have access to this
alternative, especially teachers that live far away from educational establishments.
E-learning can offer more advantages than traditional distance education.
The general vision of e-learning courses is conservative and incomplete;
people consider this educational system like a tool for information transmission,
not as a tool for generating and expressing meaning.
My goal in this paper is:
* To mention advantages of e-learning sex education compared with
distance sex education.
* To complete the e-learning concept for teaching sexuality, especially
like a valuable way to help understanding, when the right strategies
When online courses are properly designed and facilitated by knowledgeable
educators, it is possible to use multiple instructional (or pedagogical) strategies
to obtain the sought-after emotional learning.
Effective online instruction to learn sexuality depends on:
* The quality of the contents. They should be didactic, esthetic,
* The right choice of learning styles or a combination of styles,
in order to provide significant experiences for each class participant.
* A lot of practical, attractive, enjoyable and interactive tools
like: “guided design”, “games”, “role-plays”, “workshops”, “collaborative
learning”, “case study”, “discussion in synchronous communication by Chat,
or otherwise, by Forum”.
* The use of multimedia technology like a: “flash” to animated processes,
“clip arts” o “photos” to reinforce significance, “emerging windows”, “glossaries”,
“audio and video” alone or combined, “Web-links”, etc.
The online learning environment allows educators and learners to keep permanent
communication and to exchange information, ideas, and even feelings
while working together from anywhere in the world. There are many ways
to successfully “reach the emotions”. It is only necessary to use intellectual
creativity to choose the right strategies adapted to the demands of
each group. We should trust that as human beings, we can use technological
advances to increase knowledge and improve our way of life, and not just to
kill people at war.