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cannot regularly attend the University. Lessons are based on the participant’s personal experience of the relationship with living organisms such as plants, animals, etc. This is the basis for the professional training of primary school teachers who will teach science-related subjects to children. Students who
cannot attend lessons have to work very hard to carry out practical activities in Biology-related contents. During this Distance-Learning course they are helped to follow it and, ﬁnally, to produce materials that will be evaluated
during the examination. Students can discuss their learning with peers, with teacher and with tutor using a forum cafè, and they have ﬁve thematic forums to carry out reﬂections, to ask for explanations, etc. These interactions constitute the real advantage of this type of teaching-learning mode, which encourages collaborative learning and the sharing of experiences and of acquired knowledge. The role of the teacher goes beyond the traditional view: ﬁrst, it consists of planning activities; this is followed by monitoring interactions, in correcting Biology contents, in suggesting further studies, etc., while students are performing their tasks. The site is still in an experimental phase. At present, only a few students can participate, but three or four editions of the online course are provided during a year.
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