RNTC's Way of Working
The core of RNTC’s methodology is the emphasis on 'learning by doing'. Active participation is more effective than passively listening to lectures. Receiving and giving feedback reinforces the uptake of new ideas and skills. Knowledge ‘discovered’ is more tangible than knowledge that is handed over on a plate. It is also easier for people to apply in their own working contexts.
In order to be able to mix theory and practice during short courses in Hilversum RNTC does not only have a number of small and larger lecture rooms, but also possesses a fully equipped radio studio, a TV studio, editing suites and a large assortment of recording equipment as well as a laptop for every student, with an elaborate range of software.
Open learning environment
Wherever RNTC is training (in Hilversum or on the spot) the core RNTC principles are learning by doing, learning through feedback and the sharing of ideas and experience, and relevance to the context in which the learning will be applied. RNTC stresses the importance of an open learning environment in which media professionals feel supported and are encouraged to take risks, to explore new ideas and to try new things.
Real life, real issues
During a course participants share their knowledge and experiences with each other. Theory is used to deepen understanding. Then the participants try out new ideas which are relevant to the context in which they work. As a result, what the participants learn has practical relevance and can be applied immediately. This benefits both the organisation they work for and their own career prospects.
Variety in learning methods
No traditional classroom-based teaching at RNTC. We use a combination of methods and techniques designed to fit the specific learning needs of the course participants. These include innovative methods such as coaching, mentoring and computer and network-facilitated learning. In this way, RNTC helps participants to focus on their own needs and to take responsibility for their own learning.