Toral: E-Learning and continuing professional development-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I AM glad that the Professional Regulations Commission in its 2013-774 guidelines recognized e-learning as one of the many sources of self-directed programs that professionals can use for the renewal of their professional licenses.
Although the burden of proof rests on the part of the professional to show that what they learned can be useful in their profession, this opens a lot of opportunities for high-value content providers to develop content and eventually seek recognition.
I just partnered with Maita Siquijor to roll out an e-learning program that will start this Oct. 3. This is the “Digital Marketing for the Real Estate Industry” (http://bit.ly/realbootcamp). It is a beta rollout on our end to see whether this format will work for real estate professionals. I’m glad that as early as it was announced, we already have enrollees from different parts of the country.
Target audiences are those who really want to learn how to use digital marketing in promoting and selling real estate properties online. As a trainer, it is also a challenge for us to push our participants to do the assignments and exercises online in order to demonstrate application of lessons learned in their actual work. I am sure to learn a lot from this 12-week journey.
It is great to see e-learning opportunities growing in many ways. I just hope that more formal educational institutions will embrace it so that professionals and students who can’t attend classes physically due to typhoons, among others, will have other alternatives to participate in the class.
With Asean 2015 integration happening soon, it will also open more opportunities in education. Schools that will be flexible and adaptable by that time and embrace new learning technologies for delivery and student engagement will likely benefit the most.
For educators and professionals who have a passion for teaching, this is the best time to start creating content, testing it, documenting, improving and doing it all over again. It requires a lot of practice to become an effective trainer using e-learning as a medium.
This also includes getting used to tapping social media and mobile as a means for student engagement and follow-through on the learning experience. This is where the coordinator reaches out to the student more rather than the other way around.
It can also open the floodgates for competition as international offerings can be made more affordable and reachable to the greater masses online.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 02, 2013.