DNR and the Use of Blended Learning Methodology in German Police Education
2017-08-19, Brand, Melanie, Mahlke, Kirsten
The article purposes to examine the opportunities and challenges of introducing blended learning modules for the facilitation of reflexive learning within the police. It will discuss the conceptualization of ‘DNR’ (Death Notification with Responsibility), a blended learning course for police students in Germany which focuses on the administering of death notifications according to both professional and legal requirements, reacting flexibly and compassionately to the needs of the bereaved. DNR has two main aims: (1) the imparting of crucial factual knowledge, and (2) the creation of opportunities for intensified reflexive and participatory learning. The concept combines classroom-based learning with e-learning modules. E-learning components allow students to engage with the sensitive issue of death notification at their own pace; when and where they feel comfortable. The overall course objectives are complicated by the police’s hierarchical organizational structure, as well as the preference of experience-based, on-the-job learning, and a general mistrust towards ‘academization’ of police education in Germany.