Welcome Doug! Glad to have you in the course! AS part of my role at BCcampus I have been working with trades instructors a lot - there is indeed a challenge (to say the least). Especially with Heavy Duty. But a challenge is a challenge. Learning how to teach online synchronously might be part of the solution and we are here to support you in that. Looking forward to seeing you in the course. If you have any questions please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Ross. As you know, it is a discussion happening across the country.
Hello Yukon Doug,
I had the pleasure of attending another FLO course with some of your colleagues last fall (Janna)
Going online with trades is a challenge. One fellow who has been doing a lot of work/research is Chad Finn. I found some great ideas in his 30 min webinar about how he transitioned his vocational classes to be more online friendly by having his students create an open resources textbook. I love this idea too!
Chad's report at RRU Virtual Symposium: https://bit.ly/3abrnPA
Hi there Tokyo Doug,
I have had the privilege of attending a few webinars with Chad being a very active participant. I have just started to scratch the edge of online training due to COVID but with such a large geographical area in the Yukon, it is a good step to developing methodologies for getting vocational training out to isolated communities. My Master's thesis was based upon apprentice training for workers that are excluded from block training for socioeconomic reasons. See you in the course!
Great! I'm glad to hear you have made contact with Chad, and indeed, online learning does open up educational opportunities. One of the things I miss most about living outside of Canada is attending training courses but now the technology allows this!
I am really interested to learn from your experiences. I think there is likely connection between the challenges you face in the trades and in the healthcare setting for "practice education," given the hands-on nature of the skills to be learnt. We are currently exploring how this can look in the hospital. It is exciting because I think it is a direction we have needed to explore for a long time, but this experience is giving us the push we needed.