Learning for the modern student
Studying a specific subject no longer means that you just read books and learn material by heart. For today’s graduates, not comprehending the deeper meaning and the practical application of the information received can result in entering the job arena unprepared and overwhelmed.
UNICAF focuses on working together with the student, to convey knowledge in a way that transforms it into something the student can immediately apply in real life. The tutors prepare modern, tailor-made study material, which is being made available through UNICAFs state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), using videos, podcasts, research articles, e-books, topic overviews and other interactive tools, which stimulate the interest of students and encourage them to search even deeper in their quest for knowledge.
Dr Leonidas Efthymiou, a UNICAF Tutor and Instructional Designer has recently had this to say about the interactive nature of UNICAFs VLE, “Contemporary education is about thinking, brainstorming, formulating and executing, either on your own or as part of a team. Our students are provided with the means of interacting, networking, co-producing, negotiating, managing and establishing beneficial relationships.”
UNICAF students are also being challenged with weekly formative tasks, which include quizzes, discussions, polls and team projects. This way, students apply the theoretical material in the practical setting of their place of work and can experience first-hand the actual results. Tutors provide continuous and detailed feedback, which helps to further clarify questions and make the material better understood.
Unlike traditional face-to-face delivery, the interactive online platform enables every student to study at their most convenient times, without compromising on other duties or roles they may have in their professional and family lives. All study material and all student and tutor contributions are available in the UNICAF VLE 24/7.
“The philosophy of our delivery strategy aims at simulating the work environment and at helping students improve their skills, understand complex new opportunities and challenges, and instil in them professional and personal readiness,” Dr Efthymiou added.
Preparing students to apply the theory learned in a practical manner requires one step at a time. This is being achieved by UNICAF’s sequential learning modules approach, which allows students to complete a module before moving onto the next one.
If you would like more information about UNICAF and its online and practical delivery approach to learning, please visit unicaf.org/online-experience/.
You can also apply for a UNICAF Scholarship at unicaf.org.