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Remote and distance learning in the COVID-19 crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in recent history, and it’s forcing training providers to innovate around distance/remote learning. Aptem, an intuitive, all-in-one EdTech platform – can help.

The spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 has quickly turned into a global crisis with immense human consequences. Our thoughts are with nations and people desperately trying to navigate their way through it keeping as many lives intact as possible.

The strategies that governments around the world have deployed include self-isolation for the most vulnerable and social distancing for the majority. That means closing schools, colleges, universities and workplaces.

As we write, the government is moving towards social isolation and distancing to help with virus mitigation. In the meantime, many institutions and businesses are taking matters into their own hands. Universities and training providers have announced they are moving to online learning and working. Schools and colleges may shortly follow.

Challenges for Education

UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay said: “While temporary school closures as a result of health and other crises are not new unfortunately, the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education.”

In response, UNESCO is supporting the widespread implementation of distance learning through EdTech platforms.  

Training providers need to find imaginative ways to onboard new learners to replace those completing a programme, communicate with learners and employers and deliver enough training in a month to claim funding. 

Because it is becoming apparent that the Covid-19 crisis will last at least into 2021 and will get much worse.

Like most businesses in the apprenticeship and training sector, we are rapidly moving to remote working in line with official guidance surrounding the spread of Covid-19. We want to support you and your business through this challenging time and would like to share with you the ways Aptem is helping its clients with a seamless transition to remote apprenticeship delivery.

Remote onboarding and paperless compliance

With face-to-face applicant visits becoming impossible, capturing applicant details, completing initial assessments, skills scans and signing documents have become increasingly challenging. Providers need to continue enrolling learners to keep the business running.

With Aptem you can:

  • Configure remote enrolment processes and capture applicant details remotely;
  • Complete Initial Skills Scans and identify RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) online;
  • Digitally sign funding documentation including Apprenticeship Agreement, Commitment Statement and Funding Agreement.

Distance Learning

Online may have been attractive due to cost-savings and efficiency. The pandemic has made it a necessity so you can continue drawing down funding and stay in business.

With Aptem you can:

  • Deliver learning from Day 1 with integrated Zoom webinars for 121 or group sessions;
  • Create a flexible blended learning experience with fully integrated SCORM LMS and eAssessment;
  • Host remote review meetings using Zoom to keep learners on track and employers engaged.

Stay in control of your admin

Your staff must work from home, making administration harder and mistakes more likely. They need to know what needs to be done and have the tools to do it remotely.

With Aptem you can:

  • Check all information and documentation and track any required amendments remotely with Aptem’s Compliance Dashboard;
  • Effectively manage required changes across your teams with Aptem Tracker;
  • Create and share digital reports for any scenario and filter your data with ease.

Richard Alberg, CEO of MWS Technology, said:

“Like many in our community, we are looking to find ways to help training providers, their staff and their learners keep safe and sustain their programmes and businesses in the long-term.

“We would like to offer a remote consultation to help you make a judgement about whether Aptem is the right platform for you to make the transition to remote operation as easy as possible.”

Please email and we will arrange your Aptem consultation.

Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash.

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