For many in education the forced move to online is a challenge. Without wishing to diminish the very real difficulties people are facing, particularly in the short term, it is interesting to read the perspective of the CEO of a leading awarding body that foresees the current crisis as an opportunity as much has a challenge.
Kirsty Donnelly, the newly appointed CEO of City & Guilds, but a long-term pioneer of online learning, shared her positive outlook in a recent interview with FE Week.
Here are some of the key takeaways:
- The current situation may demand changes that in reality should have been embraced long ago
- Beware of the ‘dominant logic’ of the sector or the organisation, preferred solutions may not be sustainable
- Be bold enough to start with a ‘blank sheet’ centred on requirements to build a sustainable education and assessment model first with aspects such history, heritage and capabilities integrated where they add value second
- Consider the value chain and ecosystem in its entirety, chose where to play and be prepared to collaborate, not just compete
- Make online assessment and proctoring work
- And finally, recognising that greater central government intervention is a reality, a plea that this is as a participant in the ecosystem rather than just the head
In a nutshell, it’s all there to play for but to survive and thrive we will have to be bold, move at pace and deliver value to its students, employers and society.
How do you foresee the future? What are the key challenges? Where are the opportunities?
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