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Studying Online & Blended Learning

 

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.

Digital Campus

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.

Sakai – Part of MCI’s digital campus

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.

Glossary

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.

Creative Commons licenses promote the transparent and open collaboration or use of otherwise copyrighted resources on the internet. This also facilitates a more networked and digital work environment. Contributions are published and may be used freely. This enables targeted and high-quality work through the enormous social network.

MOOC is an abbreviation of Massive Open Online Course. It provides individuals and very large groups free and unlimited access to online courses. MOOCs are offered on continuing education platforms or at universities. The flexibility and non-compulsory attendance make this type of further training increasingly attractive.

Microlearning is a form of e-learning. Compact learning content, which can be processed and/or tested quickly throughout, is available via mobile devices. The rapid availability of learning content is the main focus here.

Collaborative (joint) learning aims at cooperation and joint learning in groups. Through this approach, combined knowledge can be used in the best possible way and contribute to problem solving. This methodology is also frequently used in project management. Combined knowledge takes center stage here.

Agile learning means learning through and in the work process, as well as formal and informal learning of the individual. This requires self-organization and clear objectives. Agile learning companies roughly define these objectives. 

The term corporate learning refers to the 'learning organization'. This means that the company adapts to its environment and continuously adapts its processes. This flexibility of the company is also called 'agility'. The best way to counter advancing digitalization is through the agility of the company, i.e. agile processes.