BORDER CHECK TRAINING IN FINLAND - COMPARISON OF E-LEARNING TOOLS FOR PRACTICAL AND LEGAL STUDIES

Sari Lindblom-Hakkinen, Saila Heinikoski, Maisa Anttila

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Abstract

The paper discusses the possibilities and challenges in applying e-learning tools in border check training, comparing the training of legal issues and border check practices. The main research question of the paper is how e-learning is utilised in and comport with border guard training. In pedagogical discussion, one of the most popular strands in the e-learning context is the method called "flipped classroom". In a flipped classroom, part of so-called blended learning, students study e-learning material before they start practicing their skills in simulated situations. We examine in which situations related to border checks flipped learning could be appropriate and beneficial and what sort of skills can best be learned through them. Practical skills are of course crucial, and after classroom learning in border guard training, working practice periods are obligatory for students. With the above-mentioned pedagogical concepts in mind, we first utilise content analysis based on the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework, analysing how the online platform supports practical skills. Secondly, we bring the training period into conversation highlighting its importance as a learning method. The empirical material of the paper consists of educational documents, e-learning material used in border check and legal training as well as interviews and observation with trainers and teachers at the Finnish Border and Coast Guard Academy. The paper illustrates that e-learning tools are particularly useful in rehearsing to apply theoretical knowledge in practical situations. Still, the training period cannot be replaced with any methods. However, basing on the tentative analysis of empirical data before training period, flipped learning method seems to be very effective learning method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSOCIETY, INTEGRATION, EDUCATION, 2018, VOL V
EditorsLubkina, S Usca, A Zvaigzne
Number of pages11
PublisherREZEKNE HIGHER EDUC INST-REZEKNES AUGSTSKOLA
Publication date2018
Pages327-337
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Scientific Conference on Society, Integration, Education - Rezekne, Latvia
Duration: 25 May 201826 May 2018

Publication series

NameSabiedriba Integracija Izglitiba-Society Integration Education
PublisherREZEKNE HIGHER EDUC INST-REZEKNES AUGSTSKOLA
ISSN (Print)1691-5887

Fields of Science

  • border guard training
  • Community of Inquiry
  • constructive alignment
  • e-learning
  • flipped learning
  • mixed method
  • training period
  • blended learning

Cite this

Lindblom-Hakkinen, S., Heinikoski, S., & Anttila, M. (2018). BORDER CHECK TRAINING IN FINLAND - COMPARISON OF E-LEARNING TOOLS FOR PRACTICAL AND LEGAL STUDIES. In Lubkina, S. Usca, & A. Zvaigzne (Eds.), SOCIETY, INTEGRATION, EDUCATION, 2018, VOL V (pp. 327-337). (Sabiedriba Integracija Izglitiba-Society Integration Education). REZEKNE HIGHER EDUC INST-REZEKNES AUGSTSKOLA. https://doi.org/10.17770/sie2018vol1.3174