The use of the distance education (DE) methodology through internet platform, adopted by ENAMAT in 2010, has managed to acquire great results in the achievement of teaching and learning objectives. This modality has shown meaningful numbers, both quantitatively and qualitatively, on the Labour Judges formation.
In the distance modality, the Continuing Formation courses, addressed to all Labour Judges, have already skilled, from 2010 to 2015, a total of 4,206 students.
The Formation of Educators courses, addressed to judges-educators of Regional Labour Judiciary Schools, in order to qualify their instructors, have skilled, in the same period, 277 magistrates.
The courses have a pedagogical approach that emphasizes the distance education didactic procedures. The student accesses the material specifically produced for the course and will act in a collaborative learning system by, mainly, the Forum tool, as well as others such as Wiki and Chat. The tutor or instructor is responsible for providing learning situations where all participants learn from everybody's experiences.
Since the collaborative production of knowledge is the principle to be spread and to make this share in a faster and simpler way, the Bank of Distance Education Courses was established on a national basis. This archive stores all distance educational courses, as well as other digital learning objects produced by ENAMAT and the Judicial Schools.
ENAMAT's Bank of Courses offers several courses, such as: Text Production for Distance Education; General Theory of Conciliatory Judgment; District Labour Court Administration; Effectiveness of Labour Enforcement; Media Training; Hearing Procedural Technique; The child, the Teenager and the Labour Courts; Elements of the Judicial Lawsuit through Electronic Media (self taught); Expert Evidence in Occupational Accidents and Diseases.
ENAMAT's distance education staff consists of the Assessor, José Valmir Filho and six TST civil servants.
Distance education is a very important step in creating an educational infrastructure in line with the possibilities of information technology benefiting inestimably the judges' continuing formation.
The assessment in these courses is formative and occurs during each virtual class. In this moment, the assessment will focus on the skills that the students are developing and the understanding of the contents through the analysis of their participation in activities in the virtual learning environment.