EASTI organises its courses via three different modes of delivery :
1) Classroom courses
The classroom courses are based on the Aviation Security Standardised Training Packages, developed by ICAO with the support of its ASTC’s. Currently European versions of some of these courses (cargo security and basic course) are being developed via blended learning packages which will become available as from late 2018
The workshops organised by EASTI have been developed in a joint venture with ICAO.
3) Elearning / blended learning
a) Student-led e-learning aims to deliver highly effective learning experiences to independent students. It is sometimes called stand alone or self-directed e-learning. The content consists of web pages, multimedia presentations, and other interactive learning experiences housed and maintained on the EASTI webserver. The content is accessed through a webbrowser. These courses will be continuously available on this site.
b) Coached e-learning which combines the reliance on web content found in student-led e-learning with the collaborative facilities found in instructor-led e-learning. It works well for students who cannot conform to the rigid schedule of longterm classroom training but who want to augment learning through discussion with other students as well as with a facilitator (coach). Assignments are typically made by posting them to a class discussion forum, where students can also hand-in their completed homework. Unlike an instructor, the coach does not actually teach. He does not directly conduct learning events or try to wrest control from the students. He supports students throughout the course, answers their questions (within specific timeframes) and helps solve problems. He may also grade and evaluate individual and group assignments. In major elearning courses (such as the 5 month European Avsec Management course), the students, whom may be divided in subgroups, will be supported by a team of coaches.
c) Instructor-led e-learning using webtechnology to conduct virtual classes with distant students. These classes use a variety of real-time technologies, such as video and audio conferencing, chat, screen-sharing, polling, whiteboards and skype.
Some of these courses are combined with on-site workshops (= blended learning), organised on a regional or subregional basis. These workshops which are held throughout the programme, enable students to work with their coaches and fellow students. The combination of e-learning and workshops offers the advantage that students will be very well prepared the moment the workshop will start, which will largely benefit the efficiency of on-site workshops, limit their duration (and costs) and promote networking between participants, also after the workshops.
The Blended learning project is a joint venture between ICAO, ECAC, EC, ECA, EEA, ACI-Europe, PostEurop, ERA, IACA, CLECAT and IFALPA . This project was initiated by EASTI as a result of an ECAC DGCA decision taken in 2006. The first outcome was the European Aviation Security Management Training and Certification Programme, organised since 2007. Since then these same partners, in the mean time joined by some ASTC’s, are jointly developing specialised blended learning packages based on the further development of the different modules of the Management Programme as well as on the libary and training aids made available for this project by the articipating partners.