The interaction between students and instructors will always be central to the learning process. However there has been a trend towards digitally-enabled learning experiences in schools and this has had a significant impact on learners’ expectations when they choose further vocational studies.
Multimedia learning is already being embedded into training across a diverse range of sectors, such as medicine (students at Imperial College London use e-Learning to master clinical skills), or engineering (learners at Mid Kent College use computer simulation to learn welding techniques).
The benefits of using technology
Some professionals may hold fears about technology replacing tutors. But we believe that learning is fundamentally a social process. Tutors may need to acquire new skills to blend technology-enhanced learning into their curriculum, but ultimately this will help them to engage students, track progress, monitor impact, create data trails and produce positive digital citizens, comfortable with workplace technology.
What we believe
Some might challenge that we are becoming obsessed with technology, at the expense of the learning and assessment process’ integrity. So let us be very clear about this: There are two things that YMCA Awards is obsessed with:
- widening participation in learning, so that more people can live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives; and
- ensuring public confidence in our qualifications and learning resources.
It remains to be tested, just how much of a role technology can play in fitness industry education. Certainly, we are not proposing a wholesale shift to digital learning, and we will never impose digital delivery on the education providers we work with.