Another week, another term. Here's another industry-specific jargon that we can add to our ever-expanding educational technology vocabulary: the Station Rotation Model.
The station rotation model is somehow related to the Flipped Classroom (for a post on the flipped classroom, you can click here). It is similar in a sense that both approaches utilize different modes of instruction.
The Station Rotation Model, on the other hand, takes the Flipped Classroom model a step further. It involves different learning approaches like teacher-led instruction, collaboration activities, and online instruction to be utilized in one classroom. And if resources allow, these approaches are all done simultaneously. Some learners attend instructor-led training, while some do collaborative activities, and others undergo computer-based training in one-side of the room. Once the time for the learners' assigned activities is up, they can then move on to the next "station."
This approach not only saves time and effort, but also allows each learner maximum and optimum exposure to each learning modal; thus making learning much more effective.
I can personally attest to the effectiveness of this approach. During my stint as a technical trainer, we've employed the station rotation model to our new hire training program. We've benefited from the approach, not just by saving time, but also by maximizing class sizes during lectures and getting learners a lot of "air time" with the system. Furthermore, the new hires also got more exposure to actual operations by having them collaborate with (or shadow) veteran employees. The result: an accelerated speed-to-competency - with new hires hitting KPIs within 45 days as compared to the industry standard of 90.
Here's a short video from Viet Nguyen explaining the Station Rotation Model in less than 2 minutes. If you also have experiences (good or bad) from employing the approach, please share them through the comments field below.