Instructional approach

The Leading Change for a Sustainable ICT Industry course makes use of an instructional approach known as "blended learning". This approach blends several delivery platforms to create a highly effective and flexible learning environment. In the present case, we propose to combine four main delivery modes:

  • Self-paced learning (e.g.`packaged´ e-learning, structured readings)
  • Traditional classroom-based learning (e.g. face-to-face workshops)
  • Online learning (e.g. webinars, real-time collaboration, online discussions)

Overview and rationale

A blended learning approach allows participants and course designers to make the best use of the delivery modes available, in order to optimize the following key aspects of the learning experience:

  • Flexibility:   Using a variety of distance learning approaches reduces the constraints of time and place. Participantts can complete many parts of their learning whenever and wherever it’s convenient for them. And using a variety of individual and group learning approaches makes the learning accessible to participants with different prior experiences, since the depth of learning can be adapted to individual needs.
  • Access to expertise:   Because distance learning reduces travel demands on lecturers, participants can have easier access to the foremost experts in relevant domains.
  • Readiness for learning:   Integrating self-paced learning approaches into a course allows all participants to reach a basic level of knowledge in key areas, prior to participating in group learning experiences. This enriches the quality of group learning because all participants are truly ready for deeper learning.
  • Learning efficiency and effectiveness:   A well-designed blended learning approach is both more efficient and effective than using any single delivery mode, because it takes into account the strengths and limitations of each delivery approach.
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