On July 28th, Taufiq and Nicolien had taken a part in the second event of the 2nd International Summer course Sekolah Vokasi IPB, the online practical class. Nicolien took a lead as Taufiq served as her support in the discussion session. As Bles Dairies representatives, both of them took a blended learning approach for the class. Backwards after the first session, the webinar, as Nicolien’s experience which she got in Triple Dairy, they gave the students who will participate in the class a pre-assignment. This task needed to be done before the class started. They asked the participants to put a glass of milk, any type of milk, in the open air, wait until the milk got spoiled, and took pictures every single day from the day the milk was poured. This assignment was a modification from one of the Dairy Delta Academy’s milk reception demo modules.
Afterwards, Nicolien started the session with a small introduction of Blended Learning of Triple Dairy and its Dairy Delta Academy. During the introduction, the students were asked to make a short presentation, poster, or any other media to summarize “the small experiments” that they had in a group. They were given 40 minutes to work together with their team. Surprisingly, in less than 40 minutes, all of the 20 groups were finished making their media. The session started with the presentation of group 10 and randomly go to the next group. Astonishing, in a short time, they made eye-catching, visually appealing presentations (see the example picture). Although as the facilitator, both Nicolien and Taufiq did not give them much explanation regarding the topic, surprisingly they present it very well. The knowledge level was top-tier for students. Every single group presentation was continued with a discussion. Some of the questions in the chatbox or directly asked by the other students, was answered by the presenter some others were answered by the facilitator.
Compliments to the participants for doing the assignment and preparation so well that it was hardly noticeable that only a few of the students had a connection with the dairy sector.
The advantage of a blended learning approach is that there is more time to apply the theory in practice. Not only did the students apply the theory in an experiment, but they were also able to answer the question “how to apply what they learned in their daily lives” without difficulty. We believe that this approach has more impact.
Even after the session, some students were still asking several questions related to the topic or dairy in general. They were grateful for the session, they enjoy the session very much.