All courses start with a three‐day kick‐off workshop as an introduction to the qualification program. For many reasons this event has proven to be a good way to start:
Participants and EMA representatives get to know each other which makes for a good basis in a successful cooperation
Initiating communication among all involved
Breaking the ice
Trust building via exchange of experience cooperation
Enhancing motivation among Trainees
Presentation of infrastructure and handling
Individual scheduling of virtual classroom sessions
Twice a week participants meet in virtual class rooms (VC) via Adobe Connect, to work or train on individual modules. Via chat they have the opportunity for exchange among each other or with the lecturer. Recordings of all VC sessions help the trainees to repeat sessions any number of times in order to reflect or deepen their knowledge.
About every three months the trainee programmes feature presence workshops aiming at:
Clarifying questions and reflections
Working on new input
Presenting work prepared by the trainees
Exchanging knowledge and its applications in team work
Promoting and intensifying social contacts
Assessing knowledge status via tests (intermediate tests)
The final exam takes place during the last month of training.
Conducting workshops every two or three months while intensively supervising the trainees via e-learning in the meantime proved to be the perfect idea. The idea of alternating presence workshops and virtual classroom sessions became the well tested foundation of the EMA training concept.
The EMA concept of blended learning offers many advantages:
cost efficiency for all involved
job-related extra-occupational basic and continuing training
few absences from work because of few presence workshops
independent of place and time
self directed study and study pace
individual study methods
flexibility and sustainability
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