(May 6th, 14:30/16:00 CET)
Background and focus:
Introducing digital teaching and learning (DTL) methodologies in education has been a trend for many years. The pandemic has generated a boost in these reforms in all countries. Priority has been given to the school-based component of education, with the ministries investing in new equipment for schools and training for teachers. Little has been done to support the introduction of DTL methodologies in companies in the context of the different work-based learning models.
The physical nature of the work carried out in companies has, in some cases, generated the false impression in policymakers that DTL would have brought limited added value to this part of the training. But this is only partially true. There are two main reasons which should push policymakers and companies to invest in the development/ strengthening of the use of DTL methodologies. The first refers to the nature of the work, which is changing in almost all economic sectors. For most qualifications, the digital component is becoming a fundamental element of the tasks that the employee will need to perform. The second refers to the organizational aspect of the learning process happening in companies. DTL methodologies are indeed essential to increase the effectiveness of learning at work; among others, digital tools can support learning in companies in different ways
- They can support the development and monitoring of an individual learning plan,
- They can keep apprenticeships always connected
- They can help the apprenticeships in collecting evidence of their achievements
- They can support students in tracking their feedback and progress online.
In this webinar, we presented the benefits of introducing DTL methodologies in companies, highlighted the challenges for companies and in-company trainers as well as debated the split of costs and accountabilities between schools and companies.
Questions for speakers:
- The increasing role of digitalization in the world of work and the need to strengthen the digital competencies of the students in order to provide them with the real competencies that they will need once employed
- The need to introduce digital tools to complement the learning achievements obtained by the work done in the companies
- Existence of online libraries or repositories with teaching and learning materials
- Existence of simulations tools and settings to simulate the real working environment for learning purposes
- Proficiency of in-company trainers in DTL methodologies. Need for standards, training needs analysis, costs of the training
- IT tools for students required by the work in companies. Who covers the costs; do special policies for supporting students who do not have the minimum IT tools.
Cooperation with schools and centers of vocational excellence
- On what and how schools support companies for the introduction and use of DTL methodologies
- How are the costs for the introduction of DTL methodologies shared between companies, schools, government, and students