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This paper presents a model of a system capable of addressing the training needs identified for small universities, using the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) as a case study. In addition to supporting the typical needs of distance learning/education (e.g., e-learning), it is also intended that the proposed system complements the traditional classroom-based teaching. This model will have two modules: the physical/infrastructural module and the policies/practices module. While the physical module will have all the infrastructure services associated with educational practices, such as the e-learning platform, the policy module will include institutional policies and rules in the creation, development, practice and management of courses, equipment and physical spaces, such as exam rooms.
In line with these, UTAD has come to recognize that e-learning should be part of its strategy for its training offer and, consequently, is being adopting new policies, namely through the signing of protocols with other institutions with more experience using e-learning. As such, a review of other models and systems that have been successfully implemented in other international reference universities will also be briefly presented here. The courses implemented so far, and the results achieved, are also presented and commented.
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