Withing the scope of the DEL4ALL video series, we are continuously interviewing digital education experts within our community. In this new interview, Dr Paul Comyn, Senior Skills & Employability Specialist at International Labour Organization (ILO), analyses the learning management systems during COVID-19 and discusses:

  • The growing interest in the digitalisation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skill systems in learning, training delivery, assessment, certification, learning management systems, quality assurance, accreditation systems, digitalisation of workflows, and other regulatory functions.
  • The issues in recognition and validation of qualification frameworks on blockchain systems, including badges, micro certification, formal and informal learning outcomes.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the labour market and its implication on skills development, assessment of skill needs, and alternate sources of data.
  • The demand and requirement for virtual internships.

Key takeaways

Dr Comyn draws the following conlusions:

  • To bridge that gap between the skills development of the education system and the labour market, technical resources, such as AR, VR, and other technologies, are needed.
  • There is a mismatch in skills provided by education and training systems and the actual skills that are anticipated by the labour market.
  • Basic digital literacy skills are critical and need to be improved.
  • Implications of COVID-19 include budgetary reductions in staff training, work-based learning, internships, and apprenticeships.

Watch the Video

Watch Dr Paul Comyn analyse the learning management systems, the digitalisation of learning, assessments, and other regulatory functions during COVID-19 in this DEL4ALL interview with DEL4ALL partner Dr Alex Grech.