Could Blended Teaching Be the Successful Way of Educating in a Multi-tasking, Multi-media and Multi-faceted Society? A Positive Experience at the Italian National Institute of Health -- Federica Napolitani, Vincenzo Rafti, Alberto Quagliata, Rita Pacchierini
Abstract : The paper will present an innovative successful teaching experience recently carried out at the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ISS), together with the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Rome.
A course on Models and Instruments of Communication was organized using, for the first time, a blended methodology based on combining or blending of multiple teaching styles (i.e. classroom and e-learning).
The course was aimed at internal managerial staff, and was highly structured.
The mixing of e-learning and traditional forms of teaching can, as in this case, be successful both for teachers and learners alike, provided that they are highly motivated and that the course is properly organized.
Blended teaching could be, according to the authors, the ideal way of educating and training of any workforce and in particular of the health library and information workforce, in a multi-tasking and multi-media society.
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