ETUI further develops its online learning project
he ETUI Education department has opened a new phase of its project for develop online learning for unions launched in 2015. A first course addressed to union trainers dealing with online training took place in late May and early June. This initiative aimed at sharing knowledge and best practice among training organisations.Ilaria Costantini, the ETUI education officer who coordinates the online learning project, said Online learning is such a lively and constantly-changing environment that we realised there was great value in the ETUI acting also as a catalyst for setting up an informal network of trainers to develop online learning.’ While she cautioned that there is no ‘one size fits all’ programme for developing solutions for on-line and distance learning, ‘if it can be a useful tool for educators then we want to help in developing and promoting it’.Participants in this initial course came from a number of regions and countries, including Scandinavia, southern Europe, the UK, Bulgaria and Romania, and included a mix of experienced trainers and managers with responsibility for training. The workshops covered a number of topics, including the key phases and processes of developing online courses, and consideration of case studies provided by the ETUI. Ms Costantini emphasized that the goal is not to ‘push’ online learning but to raise awareness of its possibilities and limitations and that the aim is not to replace face-to-face training but to explore new ways of delivering quality content to the widest possible audience of trade unionists and educators.As second set of workshops is planned for December 12-14th in Brussels with a similar format and aims. Longer term, the ETUI’s goal is to consider possible partnerships with national training organisers to develop a wide spread of courses, and in languages other than English. The ETUI itself has a number of online learning projects in the pipeline, including: project management; influencing EU decision-makers; a revamped online English training course.