Petedouglas’s Weblog

March 30, 2008

My impressions on Flexible Learning

Filed under: Responses to schedule — by petedouglas @ 10:21 pm

From my position in my role as a trainer for the Fire Service I have learnt to gauge the style of learners in my classes from audiual through to active which reminds me of my career in the learning stages through to my current position.

With the style of training that I deliver, it is a high component of practical learning so that they can take this into the role of Fire Fighter so we are limited in the field to offer the choice of styles that the students are usually comfortable with, but with more time allowances we end up with the same result, competent.  Achieving this is compromising the different learning styles as much as is allowable giving flexiblility.



  1. Practical learning is certainly a challenge when developing flexibility. It sounds like you are thinking about some practical ways to meet the learning styles and preferences of your students. Do you find that being flexible with deadlines is a good way to help busy people complete the necessary competencies?

    Dave McQuillan has prepared some resources on WikiEducator: Facilitating the learning process of kinesthetic learners in the online environment ( You might find his suggestions helpful. Dave is a veteran of the DFLP course and a great source of ideas. His blog is at:

    Comment by bronwyn hegarty — April 1, 2008 @ 5:34 am

  2. Unfortunately with Fire Service training, we have 12 weeks to take inexperienced members of the public and turn them into minimally experienced firefighters that can save public lives and their collegues as well as there own if need be, thus deadlines are our only option. Luckily we have the flexibility of ongoing training once they finish their initial training to a level of competency.

    Comment by petedouglas — April 1, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

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