Blended Learning in Complex Environments: Reaching Learners in the Field
This paper discusses design and development of virtual and blended approaches, overcoming connectivity problems, collaborative learning and contextualization of learning activities in some of the most challenging and complex environments.
This paper describes a project designed to improve multilingual humanitarian communication in the field through training non-professional field interpreters in a blended learning environment. Following on Moser-Mercer & Bali (2007) who reported on the results of a needs analysis for training humanitarian field interpreters in conflict zones, this paper discusses design and development of both virtual and blended approaches, overcoming connectivity problems, collaborative learning and contextualization of learning activities in some of the most challenging and complex environments (Sudan, Afghanistan, and refugee camps in Kenya). We conclude that a careful blend of sound pedagogy and reliable technology, ownership of the learning enterprise, and responsiveness to local infrastructure limitations are critical elements in enabling skill and knowledge acquisition in the field.
How to partner?
- Basic training modules
- CAS in Humanitarian Interpreting
- Multilingual communication in the field
- Professional ethics in humanitarian interpreting
- Virtual learning in complex contexts