RIST Blended Learning
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
Advances in technology provide new opportunities for trainers to design and deliver their courses in ways that support and enhance the trainers’ and assessors’ roles, 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.