Over the last decade, e-learning has tremendously grown, as the internet and education combine to offer people with the opportunity to gain new skills. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, with the closure of workplaces and learning institutions, e-learning has become more centric in people’s lives as the educational platform. Online learning is more advantageous because of its accessibility as it gives learners the ability to learn anywhere, any time, and across any device, whether it be through their desktops, tablets or smartphones.
Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) through its e-learning Programme has continued to champion for digital transformation in the Salesian TVET Centres in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, DBTA developed a Learning Management System (LMS) that is more reliable, compliant and easy to use. The platform will enable teachers from the Don Bosco TVET Centres to create online courses, add assignments, and monitor students’ progress. The programme is funded by Don Bosco Jugendhilfe Weltweit, based in Switzerland.
The office also planned a two-week training for Solar Trainers on how to use the newly designed LMS Platform. The training started on 8th February 2021, and is expected to end on 19th February 2021. Two (2) TVET Centre trainers from Don Bosco Boys Town – Karen in Kenya and another two from Don Bosco Technical Institute – Ashaiman in Ghana are participating in this training.
The areas to be covered during these training sessions include:
- The basics of e-learning (the potential of an e-learning DBTA LMS platform, methodology essentials, organization of distance learning courses);
- Advanced features of the DBTA LMS platform;
- Tutorials (e.g. designing and modifying e-courses, multimedia application); and
- How to handle an e-course – a training for DBTA employees other than academic teachers.
Currently, the Solar Course is under development. Upon completion, courses from other trades will also be developed.