The first entry in TWI’s suite of blended learning courses, combining online study
with classroom teaching, has been hailed a success.
Two candidates completed the Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) course at the end
of 2015. They first studied the theory and concepts behind the methodology in their
own time online using TWI’s eLearning package, before attending eight days of classroom-based
practical teaching. This prepared the candidates for their two-day BS EN ISO 9712
CSWIP Level 2 exam, which they both passed.
The candidates’ success shows the effectiveness of studying non-destructive testing
(NDT) methods using blended learning, an approach which is set to be more widely
introduced as an option across TWI’s courses in 2016.
The course was delivered by newly appointed PAUT lecturer Alex Tsougranis.
One of the advantages of the blended learning system is that the eLearning segment
can be studied in different languages; trainee PAUT lecturer Alicia Gonzalez, one
of the two candidates who attended the first running of the course, completed it
Studying alongside Alicia was Paul Chapman, Business Development Engineer at advanced
NDT systems specialist Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd. The flexibility of the eLearning
programme meant he was able to spend less time away from the office, minimising
disruption to his normal working practices.
‘For me, cutting down on time away from the office was key,’ Paul explained. ‘As
I had access to the eLearning several weeks before the start of the course, I was
able to progress through it as and when I had spare time.
‘The modules were easy to navigate, with concise information sections and section
tests to verify your understanding before moving on. Interactive exercises allow
you to get a feel for instrument setup without having to have one in front of you.’
Paul attended the classroom-based part of the course at TWI’s headquarters just
outside Cambridge, UK. He praised the ‘very high standard’ of the facilities, and
said that ‘having access to a range of phased array equipment from several manufacturers
was also beneficial’.
Neil Harrap, Advanced NDT Lecturer at TWI, was pleased the course was such a success.
‘This is the start of a new generation of NDT learning,’ he said, ‘which will enhance
understanding of theory and concepts while also enabling candidates to concentrate
fully on the practical aspects whilst in class.’
Additional blended learning programmes will be added to TWI’s course schedule throughout
2016, beginning with conventional ultrasonic testing later this month, and Level
2 Time of Flight Diffraction (ToFD) in the Summer of 2016.
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