By Geoff Scott
A consultant to dealing with switch around the schooling and coaching area.
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It can use a wide range of approaches including written assignments and tests, practicum observations, portfolio presentations, experiments, research reports, analysis of work-place performance and so on. Learning location and mode(s) Teaching and learning can occur at one or a mix of locations and in a variety of modes, for instance at a learning centre, on the job, in the student’s home, face-to-face, by telephone, via a computer network, in large groups, small groups, oneto-one, week-by-week or in a block.
Involving learners in the design process A particularly important group to involve in the design process is the learners for whom it is intended. In some cases direct consultation may not be feasible. In that instance it may be possible to talk with previous students or, failing this, check with educators who have run programs for similar groups elsewhere. An ideal source of ideas is a sample of students who have already completed a similar program. They can give excellent advice on how they learnt what to do, what the key problem areas were, what was most useful and what was a waste of time.
It is no good having a highly relevant, innovative and interesting learning program if staff don’t have the knowledge or skills to make it work in practice. It may be possible to fill these gaps through staff development, especially by linking up with educators who have already successfully implemented similar innovations elsewhere. If this is not possible it is important to make sure that staff feel capable of developing the new ways of doing things as the program is implemented. If such strategies do not appear possible then the proposal may need further modification until its implementation becomes achievable.
Change Matters: Making a Difference in Education and Training by Geoff Scott