RIST Blended Learning Model
RIST utilises 'blended learning' as the principle means of addressing the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enhance its current learning and teaching activities.
At RIST our philosophy is to 'develop skills which produce adaptable, resilient, resourceful students who are technologically competent, can think for themselves and show initiative in the workplace'.
To achieve these goals we are utilising blended learning to integrate ICT into course design to enhance the teaching and learning experiences for students and trainers by enabling them to engage in ways that would not normally be available or effective in their usual environment which is primarily face-to-face. In many cases 'blending' achieves better student experiences and outcomes, and more efficient teaching and course management practices. It can involve a mix of delivery modes, training approaches and learning styles.
Advances in technology provide new opportunities for trainers to design and deliver their courses in ways that support and enhance the 'trainers and assessors' role, the students' individual learning experiences, as well as the social environment; three key elements in successful learning and teaching.
Blended learning technologies can:
- Broaden the spaces and opportunities available for learning;
- Support course management activities (e.g., communication, assessment submission, marking and feedback);
- Support the provision of information and resources to students;
- Engage and motivate students through interactivity and collaboration.
So it is not just about using technology because it is available; blended learning is about finding better ways of supporting students in achieving the learning objectives and providing them with the best possible learning and teaching experiences, as well as supporting trainers in their role (including the management and administration of courses). Of course, the integration of blended learning in courses will naturally vary according to such factors as: discipline, course level, student characteristics and needs, course or program learning objectives, as well as the academic's approach to teaching, and confidence and experience in using technology.
RIST has embraced the use of technology such as online learning system, virtual library facilities, laptop computers, iPads and Smartboard technology, with is proven model of training delivery utilising a diverse range of industry experts to conduct training and assessment. These trainers are working daily in industry and bring a wide range of practical skills and current industry practices to their teaching.