UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems has adopted a blended learning approach in many programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary goal is to combine the best aspects of face-to-face and online teaching and learning for our students’ benefit. We recognise that students require greater flexibility, due to work and personal commitments, and increased accessibility particularly for those living and working at a distance from the University.
A blended learning approach provides 24/7 access to online learning materials and activities, whilst also facilitating online communication and collaboration between students and lecturers. Internet access enables students to review learning materials; complete learning activities at their own pace, and communicate online at any time of day or night. Key programme components such as laboratory skills sessions, tutorials and workshops may still require regular on-campus attendance. This blend of online activity and class attendance ensures that students continue to maintain regular contact with each other and their lecturers as is the case in more traditional programmes.