Online Training in TVET
Is your institution catching on the online training market? If it is not, then you are losing out. This internationally growing field is gaining more attention and credibility. It is becoming the program of choice of many who enroll for retraining or upgrading their skills.
Many post-secondary institutions today see online training as critical to their future. There is also a changing attitude towards online training among the students and faculty and institutional managers. They no longer regard this kind of training as inferior to the traditional classroom in-school education but as a challenge to create new challenging and more exciting courses.
In institutions that are continually improving their programs, everyone seems to be on-board. In Canada, for example, there were 1.36 million online credit course registrations in 2016/17. Isn't this far away now? It is. Especially when COVID hit us, more institutions scrambled to put their courses online so students can continue learning despite the lockdown. The learning curve to manage online programs shortened as the need arose.
To push it further, the Internet has become the training and certification institution for many students. Many credible institutions now offer high-quality certification on the Net. These offerings respond to the demand for skills of those who are already in the workforce. New requirements are imposed on the workforce as the economy changes. Many need to upgrade their skills or even study new skills to ensure their employment
When before, many of these adults seeking new skills enroll in post-secondary institutions at night or the weekend, today, they can access learning at any time and wherever they are. This flexibility and accessibility make online courses very appealing to many adult learners who prefer to continue their work hours while learning new skills.
Another reason for the popularity of online courses is it is much cheaper than the regular in-school programs. The tuition, in general, is more affordable. There are fewer costs associated with online classes as there are no transport costs, no paper assignments, and books are available through e-readers.
There is also a greater variety in the courses available, and you can choose only those courses which upgrade the skills you need for your next promotion.
Students also learn self-discipline and self-direction because they are responsible for making sure they finish the requirements.
This increasing popularity of online courses holds only in the developed economies. Many TVET institutions in the developing world struggle through the challenges of offering online programs. Here are just a few:
There is still much work to be done to bring TVET institutions on-board the online learning system. This observation is primarily accurate in developing countries. In developed countries, many pockets of innovation are explored and tried out to capture the students. Hopefully, this experience will trickle down to the less developed countries.