Post-secondary instruction – diversity in didactics
Instructors today must take on various roles in education: Depending on the situation, they act as experts, "navigators of knowledge" or learning coaches.
This (also) depends on the material: Is it aimed at giving students facts and detailed knowledge, knowledge of how a topic fits into a broader context or the competence to make decisions and act?
Accordingly, there are various didactic methods for structuring courses:
- Conventional 90-minute lectures
- Blended learning (a mix of on-campus and distance study elements)
- Seminar-based block courses in small groups
- Training sessions aimed at teaching key qualifications
- Projects, case studies, management games
- Practice exercises and lab time
- Group sessions moderated by the students themselves
- Problem-based learning (PBL)
- Self-organized learning
- Hands-on training with industry-relevant computer systems
Instructors learn basic didactic knowledge and new teaching and research methods in many workshops.