Blended learning in the alternating phase model

If the hybrid approaches, such as working simultaneously with one group of participants on-site and one online, are not feasible for you due to didactic or organizational considerations, the alternating phase model can be applied. With the alternating phase model an additional possibility is shown how more presence can be made possible under the pandemic restrictions.

In the alternating phase model, you divide students into two groups of equal size. This allows you to alternate between interacting with one part of the students in the lecture hall, while the other half receives suggestions and instructions for self-study via the ILIAS learning platform. The two groups switch modes in a defined time frame - e.g. weekly. In this way, it is possible to focus entirely on the group in the lecture hall during the lecture period, while the second group works on self-directed learning content in parallel.

Each group (A/B) switches in a weekly rhythm from a lecture in the lecture hall to an online phase. For example, lecturers hold an event in the lecture hall every week or at each appointment, with changing groups. The same event topic is thus presented twice. The number of topics presented live is thus reduced to half. The other half of the topics is prepared in advance in such a way that the students can acquire them in supported self-study during the respective online phases.

Detailed guide to the alternating phase model (in German)