This E-discussion seeks to glean insights into innovative practices in education and training, particularly those that are embracing technology to promote skills development. The E-discussion will also allow us to consider the new challenges emerging in the current context as we move to online forms of learning and skills development, including how we ensure that no one is excluded from new forms of learning and training.
To begin the discussion, we invite you to provide your inputs on the following:
Week one questions:
1. How has the current situation linked to COVID-19 disrupted the provision of training where you are (including apprenticeships, full time programs and short courses)?
2. What resources are being used or referred to maintain training services remotely and via e-learning platforms? Could you share some examples?
3. What technical hurdles have you observed in delivering online training and skills development?
4. What challenges do learners face in accessing / using e-learning?
5. How can individuals and learning providers ensure that the effects of the disruption are minimized and that wherever possible, apprentices and learners are not negatively impacted in the long-term?
6. How have government policies affected the operation of education and training providers?
Week two questions:
7. What new and innovative approaches to learning and skills development have you observed in your surroundings since the start of the pandemic?
8. How adaptable are learners to these new and evolving forms of training and learning?
9. What measures are being taken in order to assure that potential learners are aware of existing learning solutions and can access and use them autonomously?
10. Do you foresee the current situation having an impact on the concept of lifelong learning?
11. What new forms of partnerships, for example, public-private partnerships and collaboration are emerging during this crisis period?