PSS Introduces Flipped Teaching Concept Used in Learner-Centered Training

One of the cornerstones of the PSS Worldwide educational model is the “flipped teaching” concept.  In this blended learning instructional model, the students are guided through the learning process by a mentor. This differs from the traditional classroom setting where the instructor is at the center of the learning process. With flipped teaching, the instruction is learner-centered, and the instructor’s role is that of a mentor.

“The dive training industry remains focused on the instructor,” said Stefano Ruia, Director of International Business Development and Training Manager, PSS Worldwide. “The instructor is developed to be the center of attention in the class. In this model, the instructor is simply the disseminator of information. This is static learning and limits creativity and innovation.”

In the PSS model, dive training exists for the students, not the instructor or the agency. Training designed using all available technology, and that forces the students to be engaged and take an active role in their learning, is more effective and rewarding.

“Flipped teaching is an active learning process,” added Ruia. “This means our mentors and students can focus on more higher-order thinking, like problem-solving, research, and collaboration. It results in a more knowledgeable and skilled diver at the conclusion of the training.”

PSS feels its training is more personalized and less didactic. Using videos, digital texts, virtual classrooms, and corrective sessions means the students take an active role in their knowledge acquisition, class participation, and learning evaluation.

“Today’s learning environment requires more interaction and engagement by the student,” said Ruia.  “We feel our flipped teaching concept method is best suited for today’s instructor and learner.”

To learn more about PSS Worldwide and its flipped teaching concept, DEMA attendees are encouraged to attend one of the two informational sessions scheduled on either Wednesday, November 13 at 3:00 PM, in room W304A, or Friday, November 15, at 11:00 AM in room W304D. Additionally, dive leaders and instructors from RSTC recognized agencies may attend one of two special rate crossover sessions conducted at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, at 9000 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, on November 11 or 17. Crossover preregistration and information is available at ww.pssww.org/DEMAxover.  Address any questions concerning the Crossover to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stop by booth #2770 to learn more about the PSS Worldwide training programs and the evolution of dive education and training.

Original author: Professional Scuba Schools-PSS Worldwide

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