Instruction approach

The course is developed with a “blended learning” approach. By this, we simply mean a learning approach that blends several delivery modes or approaches. 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)
  • Synchronous online learning (e.g. webinars, real-time collaboration)
  • Asynchronous group learning (e.g. e-mail, online discussions)

Overview and rationale

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

  • Flexibility:   Using a variety of distance learning approaches reduces the constraints of time and place. Students 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 students of different aptitudes and prior experience, since the depth of learning can be adapted somewhat to individual needs.
  • Access to expertise:   By using distance learning approaches and thereby reducing travel demands, students can have easier access to the foremost experts in relevant domains.
  • Readiness for learning:   Integrating self-paced learning approaches into a course allows all students to reach a basic level of knowledge in key areas, prior to participating in group learning experiences. This reduces the time needing to be dedicated to (more expensive) on-site parts of the course, and enriches the quality of group learning because all participants are truly ready for deeper learning.
  • Learning efficiency and effectiveness:   Assuming it’s well designed, a 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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