Training concept

The training concept offers a combination of pedagogical approaches that matches the learner profile: "mature adults working in VET and adult education looking for firstly, evidence of the value of web 2.0 tools in training delivery and, secondly, the practical skills needed for effective implementation".  The training concept allows flexibility in the way the learners can engage with the learning materials. Its most important component is the practice that the learner carries out using the web 2.0 tools, and their personal reflections on the value of use in supporting learners.

Module Design

Each module is designed to take an average of 10 hours to complete, with 5 hours of engagement with the learning materials and 5 hours in learning activities. These times, of course, will vary depending on the individual learner.

There is some variation in the structure of the modules, depending on the subject. However, all modules contain a brief introduction and summary of learning outcomes, the delivery of pedagogic and skills development materials, and activities that will provide the learner with practice in the use of the web 2.0 tools involved.

The learning materials, wherever possible, have been sourced from the web, which demonstrates the wide availability of such resources and encourages the use of discovery learning techniques on the part of the learners. The modules are designed for teachers involved in vocational education and training and an expectation is that they will use them as a starting point in an individual exploration of the potential of web 2.0 tools in the support of vocational learners.

Module Delivery

All of the modules are designed for online delivery and are suitable for (formal) distance learning or blended learning programmes of study, as well as for use as stand-alone learning opportunities (informal).

When used as part of a formal programme of study, there would be pro-active tutor support for the learners following each module. This can be carried out through the discussion forums and the tutor can manage and guide the discussions to optimise the learning experience. The learning activities are designed to lead to specific learning outputs which are used for assessment purposes. The learner can submit the assessment materials online and receives feedback and grading from the tutor, as determined by the formal programme requirements.

When used for informal self-directed study, the learners would engage with the module materials online and carry out the learning activities involved without any tutor support or formal assessment. The learners will, however, be encouraged to share their experience and views on the module discussion forums. In this way they will have an opportunity to contribute to, and receive support from other learners as part of an informal community of practice.

The training modules are made available on the SVEA online platform.


 


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