Authors: Betty Collis, Huib Bruijstens, Jan Kees van der Veen
Addresses: Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Twente, Postbus 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands. Centre for Technical Training, Philips Research, Prof. Holstlaan 4, Building WB-p(02), 5656 AA Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Centre for Technical Training, Philips Research, Prof. Holstlaan 4, Building WB-p(02), 5656 AA Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Abstract: Philips Centre for Technical Training (CTT) is responsible for the on-going professional education of scientific staff in Philips Research Laboratories worldwide. This article addresses the ||why|| and ||how|| of an evolution toward more flexible learning at the CTT in which various models for blended learning supported by a web-based course-management system are being piloted and evaluated, and describes one of the courses in more detail. The ||why|| relates to CTT|s challenge to give more participants at distant locations access to its courses. The ||how|| has to be appropriate to the very specific situation in which CTT functions the transfer of Philips| highly technical knowledge and experience to relatively small numbers of scientific staff within Philips. This knowledge and experience is being refreshed continuously so the contents of the learning also are in steady change. The blended learning models evolving at the CTT are grounded in these characteristics.
Keywords: technical professionals; e-learning; blended learning; course management system; course redesign; modern optics; video/audio/screen capture; re-use.
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2003 Vol.13 No.1/2, pp.22-38
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