Learning Model

Our educational method is based on two fundamental principles: collaboration and distance learning.

 

Collaborative Learning

The first important educational method is collaborative learning. Barbara Leigh Smith and Jean T. MacGregor (in “What Is Collaborative Learning?") summarized well this concept. “Collaborative learning is an umbrella term for a variety of educational approaches involving joint intellectual effort by students, or students and teachers together. Usually, students are working in groups of two or more, mutually searching for understanding, solutions, or meanings, or creating a product.

Collaborative learning represents a significant shift away from the typical teacher-centered or lecture-centered milieu in college classrooms. In collaborative classrooms, the lecturing/ listening/note-taking process may not disappear entirely, but it lives alongside other processes that are based in students’ discussion and active work with the course material. Teachers who use collaborative learning approaches tend to think of themselves less as expert transmitters of knowledge to students, and more as expert designers of intellectual experiences for students-as coaches or mid-wives of a more emergent learning process."

 

Distance Learning

Our second important method is distance learning. The main reason to adopt this method is that we wanted to offer our program to remote area and clinicians that would not be able to travel for 6 months to attend to our courses but most importantly to create a global network of clinical researchers.