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Interactive Learning Online in Maritime Education

Funda Yercan.

Integrating technology into the curriculum transforms the traditional learning process, which is centered around the teacher as the core source of knowledge and understanding, into a student centered learning environment, where the teacher and technology are the one of the sources of information. Examples of this learning environment are working in an asynchronous, a synchronous, or an online world. Approximately, 90% of teaching and learning is made by traditional classroom teaching and information is transferred this way, whilst 10% is made by integrative learning. However, the Internet is a helping tool to transform the learning style from a traditional teaching and learning to new formats of teaching and learning, which are online learning and a different in-person style of learning and teaching. The Internet is changing the way we teach and learn. It has been the biggest technological change in education since the invention of printed material. Some research have resulted in that 100% of teaching and learning can be delivered via Internet by cognitive knowledge and integrative learning, which are considered much more better than information transfer in traditional teaching and learning styles. In addition, some research have concluded that learning is easier and more integrative when distance education methods are combined with a more interactive and facilitative in-person learning, such as digital media and Internet communications.

Some research completed by the International Maritime Organization, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Coast Guard have supported that over 85% of all maritime accidents worldwide was the result of human error, where the majority were based on the lack of communication. Therefore, some steps have started to be taken by the Member Schools of the International Association of Maritime Universities in order to raise the quality of teaching Maritime English – the language of the seas, to the students who are the prospective maritime officers in the near future. After some analysis is completed, a list of guidelines has been recommended for the pilot maritime schools, which are using English as a foreign language. This supports the idea of English native speaking instructors being utilized via audio/video streaming on the Internet by using special software to teach Maritime English technical training vocabulary and phrases to reduce the difficulties and problems in learning Maritime English by the students.

Consequently, this paper reviews the new tools for learning, such as online learning, multimedia and digital learning, by providing a background for positive learning environment without face-to-face contacts with special emphasis in maritime education. Some discussions are made referring to some research, which are being conducted recently.


Funda Yercan  (Turkey)
Associate Professor
Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology
Dokuz Eylul University

I have started concentrating on online learning and distance education since last year when I was teaching at Maine Maritime Academy in the USA. I have
already completed some online courses on the Internet, where I was taught how to teach online. Nowadays, I'm preparing my courses to teach my students on
the distance education program.

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(30 min Conference Paper, English)