The Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) has awarded the 2015 Education Program of the Year Award to OREA Real Estate College for its blended learning curriculum of Real Estate as a Professional Career, the first course in the registration education program. This award recognizes the educational program deemed the most successful effort of the year.
The successful effort and generally positive feedback from students enrolled in this model is due to the College’s unique approach. The blended learning model comes in many forms. The College’s model combines customized case studies and reflection questions written by curriculum staff, instructor-facilitated discussions using the Socratic Method, and computer-mediated communication.
The case studies are based on key concepts in the textbook and focus on real-world scenarios. The Socratic Method is a student-centred questioning technique that encourages disciplined, thoughtful dialogue and promotes independent thinking. The instructor’s role is to engage in shared dialogue with students, and push the dialogue forward using open-ended questions.
Computer-mediated communication means that students can access online resources, including relevant videos, in the classroom and on their own time.
REEA is a society of real estate educators. REEA’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities for professional development to individuals and organizations involved in real estate education.
The REEA award is the second award the College has received for its blended learning curriculum, a first in real estate education. The Learning Resources Network (LERN), the world’s largest association devoted to continuing education and lifelong learning, presented the College with the 2015 LERN International Award for Excellence in Programming. For both awards, the College was selected from hundreds of applicants from across North America.