Learning Method

Learning Method

The didactic Social Change School Model patented TNT, Technologies for No profit Training®, a training model which winds through qualifying contests and processes. It is based on 4 pillars:

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1) Study anytime, anywhere not only on class

The learning method follows a “blended formula”; it is a one-year journey that follows a series of steps

  • In class, full-immersion meetings during weekends (even abroad)
  •  Team work, (online and in class) personal project
  •  Online learning on deepening materials
  •  Virtual lessons via webinars and webcasts
  • Career coaching and Managerial skills development
  •  Collaboration and co-design with Social Change School main partners. By applying this “blended formula”, we can overcome the disadvantages that comes with long distance learning.

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2) Tailored Learning

Our students study on the online platform Moodle (one of the best online platforms today): it can be accessed on mobile devices, user friendly, useful and reliable in assessing results from the learning processes, well known, widely used and recognized. With a personal username and password, each student can access Moodle, which offers:

  • Didactics materials, both written and visual (videos)
  •  Multimedia live lessons (webinars) or recorded lessons (webcasts)
  • Virtual library on-demand
  • Self-assessment: automated test tools, practical excercises
  • Updated and detailed calendar/schedule of the Master Programme
  • Didactic forum and chat
  • Personal e-mail system

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3) A practical training-spendable on the labor market, immediately

Our trainers and lecturers are professionals in the best Third Sector organizations. They deliver best practices to our students, they become part of Social Change School governance and they update programs in collaboration with the Board of Education.

Each trainer/lecturer is a proficient English speaker.

The personal project.

During the Master Programme each student has to work on a personal project which has to focus on relevant social needs that have a great social impact. It must be clear and structured as if it were to be presented to potential donors or organizations for possible collaborations.

The project cycle follows the main steps of the “Lean Startup” methodology in which one starts with a project draft that develops in a business model prototype. The business model is then tested through a series of exercises and simulations integrated with individual online coaching (with the support of the didactic staff and of the trainers/lecturers) in various times of the year.

At the end of the master course, students present their project in accordance to the international standards

– Business Model Canvas in front of a Committee of professionals.

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4) Being Mangers in a Non Profit Sector “of value”

Social Change School staff supports students in designing an individual development plan to acquire managerial skills fundamental in building a career. Among them:

  •  Time management
  •  Public speaking and project pitch presentation
  •  Negotiation
  • Assertiveness and efficacy
  • Conflict management
  • Team work and peer assessment in order to “grow” and improve together.

While working on the personal project, during workshops in class and when learning online, students are never alone! Each student collaborates with his colleagues. Students are divided into groups of 3-5 to develop conflict management techniques, to enhance collaboration within the group and to improve performance levels.

Students take turns in being Team Leaders. The Team Leader has to evaluate and lead his team, at the end of his “term” he is also evaluated by his colleagues.

The assessment is anonymous, it includes credits and obligations decided and attributed by the Team Leader. The peer to peer evaluation together with the evaluation by tutors and lecturers will produce a public ranking that will favor a constant monitoring of the students’ performance.

A system based on merit that aims at promoting and rewarding support and collaboration.

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