Blended learning courses combine live online participation in webinars and asynchronous assignments and collaborative projects to be worked on in groups. All members of the faculty of an MCI online study program complete a customized training program with MCI Learning Solutions before starting to teach online courses.
Online teaching does not take place on campus but online: a novel context, which may be approached by various didactical strategies. In view of teaching quality we do not aim at easy compromises. Good teaching is always good teaching.
Good teaching does not always require face-to-face instruction. In order to allow for more flexibility in time and place, a number of our study programs are also available as online programs. MCI’s digital campus enables the students enrolled in an online program to communicate with each other at all times, and to individually schedule their work on teaching and learning materials. Weekly webinars provide an opportunity to contact teachers and co-students live online, and mandatory face-to-face instruction phases help students to consolidate the acquired knowledge.
Online courses and e-learning also help to enhance the students’ digital competencies. These skills contribute to giving the students a head start into professional life, by improving employability and making them fit for self-regulated and modern workplace learning.
MCI has a safe (hosted in-house) learning management system, Sakai. As a learning management system and virtual learning environment, Sakai facilitates flexible, collaborative and multimedia-based teaching and learning.
A variety of different toolsets enable you to make available materials in different formats (images, texts, films) and use these materials systematically and efficiently. Discussion forums and chat functions provide opportunities for students to discuss contents with each other and learn from one another.
You as a lecturer are thereby enabled to respond to documented learning behavior, and furnished with a tool for the central online management of exams, term papers, project assignments, etc. As an additional learning environment for your on-campus courses Sakai provides a central and flexible interface for communicating with students, and for documenting teaching and learning.
For orientation when choosing the study format and for a better understanding of the listed information, here is a glossary of essential terms of online teaching.
Blended learning combines face-to-face instruction phases on the MCI campus and online teaching and learning phases on MCI’s digital campus. The blended learning formats supplied by us ensure that the students receive exactly the support they need for learning efficiently.
Webinars are seminars held online using a specific software. The MCI online study programs include regular webinars held in real time (synchronous webinars). Recordings of webinars may also be retrieved by the students in their own time (asynchronous webinars).
A forum is a discussion feature of the Sakai learning management system, facilitating asynchronous discussions and collaborative learning among students.
MCI uses e-assessments for organizing, holding and correcting exams and partial exams. The digitalization increases the transparency and efficiency of examinations.
A learning pathway defines a didactically excellent route towards the achievement of learning and teaching goals. In developing learning pathways MCI takes into account the needs of the students, the curriculum of the study program and its contents, as well as the relevant types of examinations and assessments.