Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Distance Package Example

In the last week we have put together a distance learning package for one of our students living out of Dunedin.
He will be completing Certificate in Professional Cookery (level 4) this year.
We have structured the package around the full time level 4 timetable as well as meeting the students time requirements.
We have interviewed the student early on to establish his time frames then agreed to a schedule that fits the needs of both parties.
The final result is a mix of "theory by distance" in which the student will complete work books. Practical demonstrations via pre-recorded Windows Media Video. The student will practice these dishes and will be assessed either in his work place by us or will able join the full time students for assessment. These demonstrations are available from a number of different platforms.
Scheduled face to face theory units that require the use of taste, touch and smell are agreed to in advance.
We will load our demonstration videos on the students I-POD for use when he has no access to his computer.
Also the use of our blackboard site to communicate and update his course as needed.
I have included a link here with one of our other students who has been using the I-POD as a refresher tool before assessment.

4 - very good - several examples of this type of learning mentioned with reference to several readings and discussion of ideas from the readings and relevance to their practice;


sam staffen said...
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Carolyn said...

What a great example of flexibility. If this doesn't meet the bill i don't know what would. Is this a program you will be able to adapt and use with future students if need be? Do you plan to recruit more students into this type of program? How much time and effort was required by staff to develop this for one student and is that a cost effective option?
Sorry about all the questions. Congratulations this sounds great.

Bronwyn hegarty said...

as carolyn says, this is a great example of flexibility Chef. It will be very interesting to find out how the distance package works for this student and the teachers. I really like the ipod initiative.

Bronwyn hegarty said...

I am a bit worried Chef about the times at which you are posting. I can only hope it is because you have not reset the time clock on your blog to Auckland time. It defaults to pacific time. :)

Anonymous said...

I really liked this clear example of practical technology at the coal face or in this case at the stove face. Well done Chef with this initiative. One thought thought, can everybody afford an i-pod. Mind you the students all seem to have flash cell phone etc can this technology be played on a cell phone too?

Bronwyn hegarty said...

athena you make a good point about cellphone technology. It is possible I guess - definitely for a palm pilot and probably for a pix phone.