An advantage of a seminar presented as an e-learning opportunity using modern ICT and the internet is that it enables communication and interaction between the students and their teacher, and (even more importantly) between the students themselves, to be time- and place-independent.
The EVS might be described as a new method to foster a dialogue between a learning community of geographically distributed students, and consists of the following components:
- a learning community of students (and staff) of different nationalities and from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds
- a learning process that supports collaboration between geographically distributed students
- a learning content that consists of authentic, current scientific or societal problems
- a learning technology based on modern ICT and the internet that facilitates collaboration, communication and interaction between students (and staff).