This Handbook is composed by five chapters, exploring in detail the following key areas: how to start distance learning courses and how to design an e-course; specific analysis is devoted to E-learning training methods and tools and a last chapter illustrates how to shift from face to face to online trainings. Conclusions per each chapter and final recommendations allow respectively to focus on the essential aspects to be considered while organizing a quality distance training course. Moreover, in consideration of the technical specificities linked to this subject, a glossary has been included to support the reader to this aim as well.
This handbook as well recalls and completes the variety of JTM tools conceived for supporting training purposes, namely the “Handbook on judicial training methodology in Europe” and the “Guidelines for Evaluation of judicial training practices”.
The approach which has been used while drafting this Handbook has been very concrete and handy: it includes overviews and practical examples of distance learning training techniques, technological resources, information on the use of personal devices and - very importantly – indications on how to motivate participants in these forms of learning. A perfect recipe requires all the necessary ingredients and the wide variety available makes it very important to have a clear picture before investing in distance learning.
The 2020 pandemic has highlighted the need for a massive shift from face-to-face to online training; happily, the Judicial Training Methods Working Group, working constantly to improve judicial training growth in Europe, had planned this tool in advance, in 2019, and it seems now like a great success and anticipation, as well as showing the Working Group’s JTM commitment.