Distance education or distant education? The program "Open University of Brazil", the tutor and the virtual teacher

Using technological resources to develop the educational process of professionals in the area of education currently raises a few questions as: How can these resources be used in the process? How does the relation between pedagogical authority and authoritarianism develop in an environment of virtual learning? This paper aims at pondering these questions through an analysis of the program "Open University of Brazil" mainly focused on the role of the tutor and of the so called "virtual teachers" in the educational process of these future distance-trained professionals.

Distance education; Cultural industry; Open University of Brazil; Virtual teacher

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