MECCA educational methodologies aim to build on already well developed in-class instructor
practices and adapt them for distance learning educational environments.
The MECCA educational methodologies provide best practices information on the integration of
audio and visual communications into distance teaching practices aiming at the vivid presentation
of concepts and ideas, at the facilitation of the effective communication between instructors and
learners, and at the maximization of face-time, i.e. face-to-face instruction. The latter is
considered imperative for effective knowledge transfer between teacher and learners given the
inherent social dimension in education, which is not fully exploited in traditional on-line
(asynchronous) distance settings.
To overcome shortcomings of traditional eLearning MECCA proposes
Blended Learning methodologies that go beyond online learning
environments to integrate in-class teaching, hands-on practice,
and asynchronous eLearning for maximizing both the flexibility
in terms of time and location of an educational environment
as well as take advantage of social dimension of education,
which provides an opportunity for students to learn from each
other as well as from the instructor presentations. These
methodologies are further explored in this area.