LEARNING

MOOCS

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Following the path already well trodden by terms such as “flexible delivery”, “e-learning”, and “student centred education”, MOOCs are the new key term in a line of jargon apparently designed striking fear into the heart of every tech wary educator.

I have a bit of a sensitivity to corporate guff in the education sector, as elsewhere. I tentatively feel/hope that we have seen that awful term “gamification” reach its high water mark in the education banter to now recede into laughable obscurity. But I’m wondering if MOOCs are more of this nonsense or if they genuinely offer something useful and different. The ABC’s Future Tense has taken up the subject.

More MOOCage here

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DANISH EDUCATION MODEL

This is taken from the VIA University College Website
Theory and practice go hand in hand

The alternation between theory and practice is characteristic of the Scandinavian education culture. We combine theory and practice, both deeply rooted in the trades and professions for which we train our graduates.

All our study programmes include practical training periods, during which students not only observe but also work with the prob­lems of real life. As a student, you will experience dilemmas where the ability to combine theory with practice gives you the basis for gaining new knowledge and insight. This type of education is the foundation of our schools and faculties.

Dialogue versus one-way communication

At our schools and faculties, as in Denmark in general, our teach­ing style focuses on the students being responsible for their own education. This is different from many other countries where the lecturer is expected to be responsible for the development of the students. We emphasise the contact between lecturers and students, and this manifests itself in the way we communicate in the classroom. We expect the students to participate actively in the lectures by asking quali­fied questions and by challenging themselves and the lecturer. Overall, we encourage the exchange of ideas and knowledge which everyone benefits from.

Problem-based learning

Students play an active role in the learn­ing process and take responsibility for planning and carrying out projects, either independently or in groups. The students also learn how to work in multicultural teams with teach­ers assigned as supervisors to guide them through the learn­ing process.

Future employers, whether private companies or public insti­tutions, put a high premium on these qualifications, because new graduates have knowledge of the latest theories and methods as well as hands-on experience with how things are done in “real life”.