Methods Of Training
At Academy of Learning, we've shifted the focus from teaching to learning, designing some of our programs in a way that allows our learners to learn by doing, and not simply by listening.
The unique Integrated LearningTM System is an exercise-based method in which each new step builds upon those already mastered.
Audio instructions and/or facilitators are used to explain concepts, guide learners through some initial skill-based applications, and provide an opportunity to practice additional applications that are featured in the program workbook. CD's are customised to keep pace with some manuals, but rely on standard language and content to ensure consistent training at colleges nation-wide.
Each customised workbook contains both practice exercises and the function process, which is the keyboard sequence necessary to perform a function. Objectives are clearly defined at the beginning of each workbook and some CD's contain instructions on how to complete each exercise. Facilitators also provide instructions on some programs. Learners progress one step at a time until they can complete each exercise unaided. The workbook becomes a continuing source of information, which learners can use long after the program has been completed.
Lessons are presented in two-hour modules, which build level-by-level, so that learners achieve competence and confidence as each one is mastered. Should a learner encounter difficulty, he or she can pause to repeat a lesson or call on the facilitator, who will provide individual guidance until the issue is resolved. When the learner is able to fully comprehend the task, the exercise is continued, ensuring that each person knows exactly what to do at every level of the program. Other programs are delivered either by self-study,assisted learning at Colleges or they are lecture-based.
As learners are not reliant on lecturers (excluding some and/or specifically designed lecture-based programs) or set timetables or classes, they can commence with their programs at any time during the year. This is of benefit to learners who are working part-time or full-time, who have limited time due to other commitments or who were unable to start on a fixed date. This flexible approach to learning also allows learners to miss periods without missing out on lectures-learners merely return to the college, book their workstation and continue with their lessons.
Learners are assessed formatively at the end of each lesson and might be required to submit assignments and projects. A pre-examination formative assessment determines whether a learner is ready to sit for the final summative examination / assessment. After the successful completion of the relevant final examination / assessment, the learner is rewarded with the relevant certification.