All the courses developed by the Die Cast Training Network have been designed for maximum flexibility in the way they can be accessed and the way they can be presented.
There is a well established view among educational professionals that the best learning outcomes occur in a 'social context'; that is, in connection with other people. This is one reason why traditional teaching in a classroom has proved to be very effective over a long period of time.
We learn from a teacher, but we also learn from discussions and interaction among other people, both in the class and outside it. We also learn from our own individual efforts. We learn from reading and we learn from writing things down. We learn from watching how others do things and we learn when they demonstrate 'how it is done'. And, on top of all this, we learn from doing things ourselves, and from practicing it over and over again.
The Die Cast Training Network has based its programs on these concepts and can offer a number of different leaning modes, depending on the location, circumstances and requirements of the participant.
Online Self-Managed Learning
In this mode, the student accesses the course online, without interaction with others. The student progresses through the lessons and the materials at their own pace, in their own time.
Online Class Learning
In this mode, a small class is set up online which enables everyone to interact with a teacher or mentor and others in the class. This enables many of the benefits of a traditional classroom to be replicated on-line, using forums, email, video conferencing or collaborative projects.
Mentor Assisted Learning
In this mode, the student has an individual online mentor who assists them in understanding concepts, course materials and study plans.
Traditional Classroom Learning
In this mode, the subjects and lessons are presented by an instructor in a classroom environment. This can take the form of a single short seminar or as a series of lessons. It is ideal if the participants access the online subject materials prior to the classwork so that discussions on the finer points can take place when people are gathered together.
A few of the courses offered by the Die Cast Training Network can only be presented with access to actual machinery or equipment. In these courses, the participant first completes the pre-requisite courses which explain all the concepts and principles. They then attend hands-on training using the equipment under the supervision of a qualified person. This can be in a factory or a training facility.
There are other courses in the Technician Level Courses where some On-the-Job input is required. The participant may be required to collect some data or information from some actual equipment on the factory floor and use it in a worked example or project.
The selection of the Learning Mode for a course is made when enrolling in the course. The learning mode which is appropriate for any particular subject will depend on:-