The project is based on the design of the course, which is structured in a hybrid format, alternating between one day of classroom training and six weeks of distance learning.
The CAS is composed of 3 modules of 12 weeks each, spread over a cycle of 3 semesters for a total of 12 ECTS credits. Each module consists of 3 days of face-to-face teaching and 12 weeks of distance learning including courses, activities, documentary resources, group work and personalized tutoring. A significant amount of personal and collaborative work is required from each participant. Each module is evaluated by assignments to be handed in during the 12-week course and a final written or oral assignment (4 credits per module).
The objectives of the continuing education certificate "Classical Archaeology: An Introduction" are to introduce participants to the so-called classical cultures (Greek and Roman antiquity) and to understand the influence of classical archaeology on daily life and European thought from the 16th century onwardsème . It also provides basic knowledge of the material culture of Greek and Roman civilizations, as well as observation, description and analysis skills that are transferable to professional practice.
The training begins with a one-day meeting in Geneva to create a group cohesion. A coffee break is planned to encourage socialization and exchanges during the first meetings. This welcome allows the participants to get to know each other and to discover the tools that will be used during the training. One of the activities of this day is to connect to Moodle, form pairs and exchange on the Moodle forum provided for this purpose. The learners become familiar with the tools, which will reduce their resistance during the distance learning periods.
This day is followed by 6 weeks of distance learning with various activities. Learners have individual and group assignments. The activity is very varied: written work to be handed in individually, joint writing on a theme, viewing videos of teacher presentations and answering quizzes, group comments on the work of other groups, readings, series of questions and debates on the forum, and also the writing of a chapter on the biography of various characters and their contribution to archaeology in the form of a wiki. This type of varied activities are set up for all the periods at a distance, encouraging the participation and the commitment of the participants while leaving them free to organize the activities according to their agendas.
After the first period of distance learning, a second day of face-to-face classes is organized and is devoted to courses that are given in person by the teachers of the discipline and external experts. Museum visits also take place. Work on the collections is initiated in groups. Participants are asked to form pairs and choose an object to present to the others. For the second distance session, in addition to activities similar to the first phase, the groups will have to prepare presentations on specific themes that they have chosen.
The final day of the classroom session includes presentations in the morning and visits to archaeological collections or exhibitions in the afternoon. Learners choose the theme of their final paper.
The evaluation of the course is based on a continuous evaluation of all the work and a final exam for each module. Throughout the course, learners have exercises, presentations, and assignments with detailed feedback. There are no grades given for these assignments, but a simple validation (validated, not validated). The first two modules are also evaluated by a 20-page written report as a final assignment. The teachers help to construct the plan and provide bibliographic support. The last module is evaluated by an oral exam (as final work) in the form of a discussion of what has been seen throughout the course.
The course combines knowledge and new learning technologies. It provides access to archaeological resources, guided tours and lectures. It encourages individual learning and favors dynamic interactions between participants and speakers.