On the plus side: Functioning cycle is the key to high-quality non-stop implementation


Non-stop implementation refers to studying opportunities without break, uninterrupted and which are made possible all year round and 24 hours a day. Non-stop implementations bring much-needed flexibility to studies, because in them the student has the opportunity to enroll, start studying and progress according to his/her own schedule during the implementation’s opening time. Compared to a more traditional period-bound module implementation, the planning of a high-quality non-stop implementation emphasizes the planning of the cycles related to starting and progressing with studies, which repeat themselves several times during the implementation, depending on its duration. Figure 1 shows one such cycle, which includes the following parts:

Acceptance of students to non-stop implementation
Integrating students into learning environments and studying
Supporting the student’s progress in studies
Guiding and giving feedback
• Planning the evaluation

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The cycle of non-stop implementation is facilitated with teacher and student meeting points through versatile interaction and communication. At every step of the cycle, the teacher or the teaching team has the opportunity to influence the commitment of the students, the progress of the studies as planned and the growth of the student’s competencies. Flexible studying is also made possible by clear, versatile studying instructions produced in different ways (text, video, image), competence-based learning tasks and accessible materials. You can read more about the high-quality implementation of these later.

Author: Leena Mäkinen

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