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Course Structure

Course structure gives the student an idea of how the learning process is organized, including the schedule, communication modes, types of activities and assessments. A statement of the course structure may be found in the course syllabus, orientation module or course overview. All courses at ENU have been developed in a way that learning activities meet learning objectives. The instructional materials should support the stated learning objectives and have sufficient breadth and depth for the student to learn the subject. The learning activities should promote the achievement of any stated objectives and learning outcomes. Learning activities can include class discussions, case studies, simulation exercises, practice transfer simulations, tests, etc. Students may choose activities that align with and support the learning objectives. Students should be able to reasonably achieve the learning objectives by completing these activities.

If students have gone step-by-step through the development of the course structure, the course syllabus will pretty much show itself. It is important to communicate learning outcome expectations with the students. Organising topics and assignments, identifying required texts, and explaining course policies in the syllabi are required as specifically as possible to minimize student confusion and questions.

Residential Seminars
At ENU we integrate rigorous classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities - anchored by most innovative cooperative education programmes - to prepare students for a lifetime of achievement, and we pursue applied research with an interdisciplinary focus to develop solutions to real-world problems. There is no denying that ENU is a unique setting for serious scholarly research: a renowned but intimate academic community, an international place of scholarship, and a local and regional setting offering outdoor adventure and a wealth of cultural and historical resources.

Blended Learning
Blended learning combines online with face-to-face learning. The goal of blended learning is to provide the most efficient and effective instruction experience by combining delivery modalities. The term blended learning is used to describe a solution that combines several different delivery methods, such as collaboration software, Web-based courses, and knowledge management practices. Blended learning also is used to describe learning that mixes various event-based activities, including face-to-face classrooms, live e-learning, and self-paced instruction.

Work-based Study
Work-based learning is based on the principle that relevant learning at work has the potential to be recognised and accredited as part of an award or qualification. In order to do this the learning has to be brought together into a coherent programme that can be quality assured. Work-based activities, supplemented by wider reading and underpinning knowledge, effectively become a higher education programme, tailored to the needs of individuals or groups of staff. The programme might lead to a higher education qualification such as a Certificate in Higher Education, a Foundation Degree or a Postgraduate Degree, or it may be a shorter programme that leads to credit rather than an entire qualification.

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