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Flexible Learning Plan


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A introduction to Flexible Learning Plan developed for flexible learning course at otago polytechnic
The plan relates to The National Certificate in Mental

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Flexible Learning Plan

  1. 1. Flexible Learning Plan Hi everyone. My name is Jenny Rudd. I’m participating in the Flexible Learning Course at Otago Polytechnic. I’m a Lecturer in the School of Social Services and I’m here today to talk about the flexible learning plan I intend to implement in the National Certificate in Mental Health Support Work.
  2. 2. The National Certificate in Mental Health Support Work is;  A Full year Programme  Unit standard based, 22 credits  Currently 1 day contact per week over 34 weeks  4 courses - Values, Knowledge, Skills and Integration
  3. 3. Why Change!  Professional development (PD) option  Reduction in numbers accessing for PD  Fairly high drop out rate for non PD students  Current delivery does not meet needs of non PD students  Consequently there are some significant sustainability issues for the certificate
  4. 4. Options  Stop running the programme altogether  Merge it with the Certificate in Human Services and make mental health a specialty  Shift to a blended online and block delivery format Shifting to a blended online and block delivery format is the most useful strategy and my flexible learning plan is based on this ideal solution.
  5. 5. The Plan Restructure the delivery of this programme so that it is more accessible to;  Distance students  People working night shifts  Parents and care givers  Students with literacy issues and other learning support needs  Students who want to self pace
  6. 6. Specifics 1) Retain 4 courses each as a prerequisite for following course 2) Deliver one guided course per term within NZ academic year 3) Offer flexible start and finish dates for each course – no set times 4) Increase flexibility re study times – no set times 5) Record sessions using Elluminate to increase flexible access 6) Standardise the number of weeks in each course and adjust content to match (8 or 9 weeks for each course) 7)) Reduce contact from the current 36 days to 16 days. 5 day block in first and third terms. 3 day blocks in second and fourth terms 8) Move current course material from blackboard to Moodle 9) Modify lesson plans, resources and assessments for online environment in line with flexible learning ideas
  7. 7. Assessment Ideas  Self Awareness Journal - Google DOCS  Course Workbooks - Quizzes and Blog  Collage/posters - Retain face to face blocks or and Presentations convert to online presentation formats  Pamphlets - Use publisher  Essay and Report - Retain as they are  Group Work - Google groups or a moodle equivalent, collaborative google docs or similiar
  8. 8. Resources and Support required to carry out this Plan  Advice regarding organisational requirements that need to be met in order to make a programme change this significant. See Sally Pairman  Information regarding the student experience of block contact sessions and how these work best in terms of financing and accommodation needs, length and timing. See Colleagues including;Mid Wives, OT, Massage, Cert in Health Studies  Upskilling me. See EDC staff and community learning centre  Time. See Dianne Begg
  9. 9. Amber’s Questions Revisited 1) Could she start the course immediately? Yes she can! 2) Could she do it on line in her own time and from her own home? Yes she can! 3) Could she access resources online? Yes she can! 4) Could she leave at 2.30 in order to be home by three for her children? Yes she can but not an issue! 5) Did I provide any additional support? Yes I do! 6) How would I cater to her learning needs and to her learning style? I explained that there are a range of learning activities, assessments and supports built into the programme that cater to different learning styles and needs. For more detail see my blog at