Flipping the Classroom: Event Leadership Institute Announces New Hybrid Courses to Launch An Event Planning Career

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New Model Blends Online Video + Hands-On In Person Learning for Fast Growing Event Planner Jobs

Online + In Person = Hybrid Learning

A hybrid model leverages the best elements of online and in person learning. The students watch videos online at their own pace, allowing more time in class for interactive exercises.

The Event Leadership Institute (ELI) is launching a new hybrid course model today, marrying the most successful elements of their online and in person courses into a single, blended experience. After participants learn concepts online prior to class, instructors in 8 cities will lead them in applying those concepts to real-world event scenarios through group discussion, team exercises, analysis of case studies, guest speakers and field trips.

Event planning is one of the fastest growing jobs in the US economy, projected to grow at triple the rate of average jobs over the next 10 years. ELI works with heads of corporate event departments and event company owners to tailor course content to the rigors of today's meeting planning and event planning jobs.

The flipped classroom is one of several innovations driving change in the education field, as it leverages the respective strengths of online and in person learning. ELI’s first hybrid course will be Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals, with in person sessions taking place concurrently in New York, Washington DC, Detroit, Austin, San Diego, Denver, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

“Students taking our in person Professional Development Courses loved the immersive, hands-on elements and wanted more time for them,” ELI founder and ceo Howard Givner said. “A hybrid class enables us to leverage the in person time for things that really take advantage of the live experience.”

Traditional learning involves an instructor teaching concepts in class, and students applying those concepts in exercises at home. The flipped or hybrid classroom model has students learning concepts via online videos from top subject matter experts prior to class, then using in class time for more interactive elements like group discussion.

Hybrid class models also foster greater learning customization. Watching videos at home enables students to learn at their own pace, pause to take notes, and replay difficult sections. Instructors in class don’t have that flexibility. They need to go at the pace of the average student, which is too fast for some and too slow for others.

=== About the Event Leadership Institute ===
Established in 2011, the Event Leadership Institute is the leader in providing training, education and career development to event and meeting industry professionals, through both structured and unstructured learning. ELI offers a Netflix-style on demand subscription video service, featuring over 150 proprietary instructional videos across topical tracks such as Business, Creativity & Design, Strategic Planning, Event Logistics, Technical Production, Venues & Destinations, all of which utilize a micro-learning platform. A growing number of university instructors use ELI’s videos as replacements to their traditional textbooks.

ELI also offers eight professional development courses online and in person, which follow an instructor-led syllabus and range from 5-12 weeks in duration. Upon completion, students are eligible to earn a Digital Certification in their subject after passing a proctored exam. Over 1,300 students have taken these courses since first being offered in late 2013.

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