Teaching European Studies A Blended Learning Approach Alexandra Mihai Institute for European Studies (IES) Vrije Universti...
The European Union…
… a labyrinth? <ul><li>Complex </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary   </li></ul><ul><li>A rapidly moving target </li></ul>
Target groups
Need for… <ul><li>…  a  flexible  pedagogical approach </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul>
How flexible?
A maze of information out there
But… <ul><li>…  is all this  education </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>just  information ? </li></ul>
Our approach <ul><li>Three combined/complementary methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-learning: the E-modules </li></ul></ul><...
E-modules <ul><li>an  online learning tool  offering a structured and interactive way of learning about the history of the...
 
 
 
 
Face-to-face training <ul><li>One to three days intensive training sessions in Brussels conducted by academics and practit...
Webinars <ul><li>Synchronous online interaction tool </li></ul><ul><li>Used for various pedagogical purposes: </li></ul><u...
Why mix? <ul><li>Organise content around the learners: be where they are! </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate access to knowledge...
Blended learning… <ul><li>= more than the sum of its parts </li></ul>
Finding the right mix <ul><li>The European Studies blended learning continuum </li></ul>
Challenges? <ul><li>Self-paced vs. interaction/building a ”learning community” </li></ul><ul><li>Managing complexity at va...
<ul><li>Thank you for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.emodules.be </li></ul><ul><l...
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  1. 1. Teaching European Studies A Blended Learning Approach Alexandra Mihai Institute for European Studies (IES) Vrije Universtiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
  2. 2. The European Union…
  3. 3. … a labyrinth? <ul><li>Complex </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>A rapidly moving target </li></ul>
  4. 4. Target groups
  5. 5. Need for… <ul><li>… a flexible pedagogical approach </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul>
  6. 6. How flexible?
  7. 7. A maze of information out there
  8. 8. But… <ul><li>… is all this education </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>just information ? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our approach <ul><li>Three combined/complementary methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-learning: the E-modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Face-to-face training seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars: online seminars via Elluminate vOffice™ </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. E-modules <ul><li>an online learning tool offering a structured and interactive way of learning about the history of the European Union, its structure, policy areas and decision-making processes </li></ul><ul><li>combines a knowledge/theoretical component with a practical component (i.e. case studies, real-life scenarios, EU case law) </li></ul><ul><li>User-friendly interface- learners are in control </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for self-assessment and evaluation </li></ul>
  11. 15. Face-to-face training <ul><li>One to three days intensive training sessions in Brussels conducted by academics and practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>provide an advanced understanding of the EU institutions and the decision-making process </li></ul><ul><li>Balance of theory and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced group size aimed to create a “learning community” and facilitate interaction </li></ul>
  12. 16. Webinars <ul><li>Synchronous online interaction tool </li></ul><ul><li>Used for various pedagogical purposes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ virtual office hours” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ice-breaking & feedback sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short online seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer online conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using Elluminate vOffice™ </li></ul><ul><li>Complements the E-modules and the face-to-face training seminars </li></ul>
  13. 17. Why mix? <ul><li>Organise content around the learners: be where they are! </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate access to knowledge and expertise </li></ul>
  14. 18. Blended learning… <ul><li>= more than the sum of its parts </li></ul>
  15. 19. Finding the right mix <ul><li>The European Studies blended learning continuum </li></ul>
  16. 20. Challenges? <ul><li>Self-paced vs. interaction/building a ”learning community” </li></ul><ul><li>Managing complexity at various levels (content, technical & student management) </li></ul><ul><li>Need for specific skills for the educators to operate in a virtual environment (“train the trainer”) </li></ul>
  17. 21. <ul><li>Thank you for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.emodules.be </li></ul><ul><li>@Anda19 </li></ul>
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