EFESE International Seminar: poster sessions on blended learning


EFESE stands for "European Format for Exchange of Social Security Education".

Do not underestimate...

  • It takes time to develop a web course, much more time than preparing a traditional class!
  • Blended learning requires from students: discipline (since most of the learning activities are carried out at home), sufficient time to prepare each lesson, being active in class, being open for a new style of learning, …
  • Blended learning requires from teaching staff: sufficient time to prepare each lesson, visualizing and not only explaining the lesson‘s content in the pre-class videos, online availability for certain times before the class, following up the online activities of students (they expect feedback on the assignments!), …

when (re)designing your course

  • Rely on instructional design principles when developing your learning environment.
  • Assemble an interdisciplinary work team to redesign your course.
  • Find a balance between theory and practice (offer theory when needed).
  • Find a balance between online learning and face-to-face teaching (when is face-to-face teaching really needed?).
  • Define learning goals in terms of competencies to be achieved (and not merely as knowledge to be obtained) and both for the online phase and the face-to-face phase.
  • Create authentic challenges. Get inspired by professional peers, … to create real life tasks that are representative and having a relevant level of complexity.
  • Pay attention to individualization and differentiation.

Tips about online self studying

  • Make sure each module follows the same structure (usability)
  • Be clear in the assignments and give a proper introduction of topics.
  • Make assignments attractive with short films, images, background articles, news articles, …
  • Let students also apply the content by using peer feedback, self-assessment.

Tips about face-to-face instruction

  • Discussions on exercises in class is important.
  • Give examples of real-life situations.
  • Let students also apply the content by using peer feedback, self-assessment.
  • Face-to-face sessions must build upon the other trajectories of the program (i.e. e-learning course and professional practice) when they focus on deepening what is learned.
  • Students’ in-class performance should be part of the grading.