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