IO3. Pedagogical format for the development of blended courses

IO3.01 Video: EFESE pedagogical format

The following video shows the EFESE pedagogical format. The elements that make up a blended course are illustrated with a real example.


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IO3.02 Posters on blended learning

This is a recompilation of posters presented during the EFESE training event in Leuven (February 2016). The aim was to give participants the opportunity to learn from practical examples of blended learning in diverse fields (within and apart from social security). Twelve national and international poster presenters shared their experiences and inspire others to do the same.


To view the posters click here.

IO3.03 Trainees’ manual: introduction to the training

This short manual provides an overview of the EFESE intensive programme for teaching staff, called “Transforming social security education: from regular to blended courses” (Leuven, February 2016). It was useful to inform and prepare the trainees before the training started. Content: 1. What is EFESE? 2. What is the training about? 3. Who are the trainees? 4. What is expected from the trainees? 4. What does EFESE offer? 5. Training continuation.

Click here for the trainees’ maual.

IO3.04 Training material in the EFESE Trainees’ Corner

The “EFESE Trainees’ Corner” is a closed Blackboard community where the trainers could present information and communicate with the trainees during the EFESE intensive programme for teaching staff. This medium made it possible to post announcements and share material before, during, and after the training.

Click here to see the relevant material.

IO3.05 Open-access manual on the EFESE IT/pedagogical format

The “EFESE Blended Learning Manual” is accessible to anyone via Coursesites.  It explains a set of technical and pedagogical guidelines for blended learning, as defined in the EFESE project. Even though EFESE focuses on social security education, this manual is offered to the public in general; specially, to staff from higher education institutions in any study field. The manual aims to help teaching staff to transform their regular courses into blended courses; that is, to apply the blended learning approach and innovate the teaching methods. In specific, this manual guides the user in the design of the “course guide” and every lesson of the course with all its basic elements.


Click here for the EFESE Blended Learning Manual.

IO3.06 Templates for course development

EFESE has created Word templates for the development of blended courses. Authors of courses can copy-paste these templates and fill in the required information. The use of templates facilitates and secures certain standardization in the structure of the courses.


Click here to view the templates.

IO3.07 Data-collection instrument for the evaluation of instructional videos

The following questionnaire was constructed to collect the opinion and feelings of the students who watch the videos of a given EFESE course. The questionnaire went through several improvements and adaptations. It started with one single question and developed into a list of 14 questions that provide a more complete overview on the student’s experience with the instructional videos. The template attached can be adapted to the context, the course, and the instructions given to the students.


Click here to view the questionnaires on the istructional videos.

IO3.08 Report on the evaluation of instructional videos

In order to improve the EFESE IT/pedagogical format, the instructional materials were continuously being tested and all the possible feedback was collected from the end-users (students). The results of two pilot tests are presented. The first one with 22 students at the University of Tilburg (Netherlands) and the second one with 38 students at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).


Click here to view the evaluation report of the instructional videos.

IO3.09 Data-collection instruments for the evaluation of blended courses

Four instruments were created to evaluate a blended course and the EFESE IT/pedagogical format. These instruments were: a) a questionnaire on the attitudes of the students towards the course; b) a pre-test on the knowledge of the students before taking the course; c) a post-test to measure the impact of the course on the knowledge of the same students; and d) a table to calculate the study-load of the course. With content adaptations, these instruments can be used in the evaluation of other blended courses.


Click here to view the data collection instruments for the evaluation of blended courses.

IO3.10 Report on the evaluation of a blended course

The following report illustrates with graphics the results of a pilot test on blended instruction and the EFESE IT/pedagogical format. A course, developed under the parameters given by the IT/pedagogical format, was tested with a small group of students. The evaluation aimed at answering the following questions and used the following methods: 1) Is the instruction implemented as it was designed? Observation. 2) How do the learners feel about the instruction? Attitudes questionnaire. 3) Do the learners achieve the goals of the instruction? Pre-test & post-test. 4) How much time does it take for learners to complete the instruction? Study load sheet.


Click here for the evaluation report.

IO3.11 Implementation of the EFESE format in the teaching practice

Courses and materials made on the basis of the EFESE format have been implemented in the teaching practice. These course and materials have been made available to teachers and students from different European universities. The following report gives an overview of the EFESE format implementation and dissemination. It also indicates whenever an evaluation of the course/materials took place. At the end, a list of new courses in progress is provided.


To view the report click here

IO3.12 Proposal to apply the EFESE format in the Master of European Social Security

This is a concrete proposal to maintain the project results after the end of the EU funding. It aims at developing the existing Master of European Social Security (MESS) towards a joint programme by strengthening the involvement of the actual EFESE-network in the MESS and applying the EFESE format to transform the existing MESS courses into the blended approach.


Click here to view the proposal.