Further Education & Training COVID-19 Response
Education and Training Boards Ireland
COVID-19 , Further Education and Training
Full-time Further Education & Training provision have reported a high incidence of online learner engagement, however, providing vocational content poses some challenges. The use of such resources support learners to work independently, at their own pace and at a time that is convenient. The use of video conferencing, direct contact via telephone and email, as well as the use of social media, provides a sense of belonging and support, and allows for direct communication with learners. ETB Further Education & Training staff have demonstrated agility and responsiveness in the identification and use of new methods to support teaching and learning. Many challenges have been experienced, including the assessment of learners, maintaining learner motivation, overcoming social isolation, recognition of inadequate I.T. skills, and access to appropriate I.T. equipment and Internet connectivity.
This brief report is a compilation of responses garnered from over 400 Further Education & Training staff working directly with a broad and inclusive learner cohort
ETBI (2020) Further Education & Training COVID-19 Response. Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland: Education and Training Boards Ireland, pp. 1–11.