ABOUT OUR CAMPUS
The Distance Learning Campus of Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN) was created in january 2011, licensed by Ordinance Nº 1.369 in december 7, 2010and it has statute and structure approved by Resolution 15/2010 CONSUP/IFRN, 29/10/2010 and Resolution 16/2010 CONSUP/IFRN, 01/03/2012, respectively. The campus has its structure located in Campus Natal-Central, in Av. Senador Salgado Filho, 1559, Tirol, Natal, Brazil. The offer of courses in distance education model, firstly provided in CEFET-RN, started with undergraduate programs, authorized by ordinace nº 871/2006 MEC, published by D.O.U. in 11/04/2006.
Nowadays, the distance education campus of IFRN offers many courses by institutional demand, as well as by the technical school in Brazil (Rede e-tec Brasil) and by the opened university of Brazil (UAB).
Our Campus offers 5 specialization courses, 2 undergraduate courses and 3 technical and professional courses and they are available in distance education modality, serving around 5.000 students in virtual classes of supporting centers. We provide a virtual learning environment called Moodle to offer a maximum quality for the distance classes. The student has access to the platform through login and password and receives multimedia materials, tools, devices and continuous activities of the discipline, providing education anywhere in the planet.
The IFRN has a team of 45 public employees who have academic and management roles, besides interns, coordinators, tutors and temporary teachers that execute the activities of our Distance education Campus.
ABOUT THE DISTANCE EDUCATION
One in seven brazilian undergraduate student is a distance education learner, an educational model that rises each year and it is seen by experts in education as one of the solutions to fill the need of a certain type of professionals in job market.
Students, tutors and teachers, interact in virtual learning environments by the computer that include chats, forum, and they allow a great course progress. The face-to-face meetings are done in the supporting centers that can be schools, the university itself or other buildings. These locals are equipped with teaching and computing laboratories, besides libraries and every resources that are necessary to a student development.
In this educational model, teachers have the role of teaching classes – in distance or face-to-face – and, in many cases, creating the pedagogic project, producing or monitoring the educational material that will be used. This professional also have the role of supporting pedagogically and helping the tutors to mentor students.
The tutor is the connection between students and teachers. They have the role of clarifying the course functioning to the class not only in face to face (classes and duty in supporting buildings) but also in virtual space, stimulating ideas and experiences exchanges.