Internet based Elearning : New millennium Union Education
Technicality of Online Education and Its implementation (What are Strength,Weakness, Opportunity and Threat for workers) Prakash Neupane Executive Member | UNICTS Nepal Coordinator | UnionPress www.prakashneupane.com.np
“Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are playing a growing role in US politics by helping users stay informed and energizing activists.” Barak Obama“ICTs have the potential to profoundly transform unions and to permanently do away with their tendencies towards oligarchy, labourism, ideological conformism and narrow protectionism”. Walton Pantland – Cyberunions Internet belongs to Everyone – Eric Lee This means ICT is efficient tools for spreading and strengthening the unionism.
eLearningis term for all kind of (ICT)technology-enhanced learning,where technology is use to support of learning.If someone is learning in a way that uses ICTis border concept than [online learning] encompassing a wide setof ICT application and process which use all available electronicmedia to deliver vocational training more flexibly
ICT?“They are the computing and communications facilities and features that variously support teaching, learning and a range of activities in education.” Hardware: softwareLaptops, CPUs, printers, Text editors, databases, emails, digital cameras, spreadsheets, Internet, browsers, projectors and audio, etc. edu software, etc.
Why ICT in Education? The rapidly growing usage of technology in todays world is pushing workers to consider the integration of ICT into the workspace. ICT can be used as a tool for motivating workers to learn in a different way. ICT can be effective and efficient. ICT gives learners immediate access to richer source materials. It can be dynamic and interactive.
How can we implement? eMail Social Networks Chat/ Instant Messaging Real Time collaborative Writing/Editing Forums Concept Mapping Blogs Project Management MicroBlogs Web Conferencing/Meeting/ Webinars Wikis Polls Integrating ICT into the classroom
What will workers learnl Basic Information and Communication Skills for Collective Bargainingl A Trade Union Guide to Economic Concepts For Collective Bargainingl A Trade Union Guide to Collecting and Using Wage Informationl MAINSTREAMING GENDER RIGHTS INTO COLLECTIVE BARGAININGl Building Womenfriendly trade unionsl Building Democratic Trade Unionsl Climate Change and Transport Workers
SurveyThe participants were employees in seven organizations in the United States and abroad.These organizations represent manufacturing, oil exploration & manufacturing, IT consulting, wholesale distribution, public school district, and a military division.
Who are the Elearners? [survey]l Middleaged audience (80% below 45)l Predominantly male (62%)l Married (69%)l European descent (49%)l Support staff (44%)l Hold a bachelor’s degree (37%)l Study in the office (56%)l Own a computer with Internet connectivity (88%)l Have been enrolled in less than ten online courses (80%)l Have participated in elearning for the last three years (76%)l Prior elearning experiences in another organization (34%)l Intermediate and advanced computer users (96%)l Have received computer software training (58%)l Overall positive elearning experiences (87%)
Nature of Elearning Barriers [survey]l Personal barriersl Learning style barriers l Instructional barriers l Organizational barriersl Situational barriersl Content suitability barriersl Technological barriers
The 4 Significant Predictors of Elearning Barriers [survey] l Organization type l Selfefficacy l Computer training l Computer competency
Other Influential Variables [survey]l Agel Genderl Ethnicityl Marital Statusl Level of Educationl Job Positionl Computer Ownershipl Location of Studyl Prior experiences with elearning
Organizational Implications [survey]l Barrier reduction strategies have to be planned, continuous, and systemicl Computer training is fundamentall Time for study and training
SWOT Analysis: implementation in Nepal What are Strengths ?l Infrastructurel Willingness l Good network of unions and IT professionals What are Weakness ? l We are new l Not advance technology l Limitation of broadband connectivity/Electricity l Not availability of desirable content resource l Readiness of union
SWOT Analysis: implementation in Nepal What are Opportunities?l Open Source Softwarel International Relation : We might not need to build from scratch l As we have good connection with different union,s we can produce resources here l Attention of managementl Union will be cyberunion or techunion. What are Threats ? l Union Leaders may not agree to adopt l Financial problem l Find out the interested people.
Three Pillars of Successful ElearningElearners’ cognitive skills: Elearners must have the prerequisite knowledge andskills necessary to participate in elearning. Computer competency through training,and practice, and time management skills are essential.Environment: Organizations must support elearning by offering a supportive culture,incentives, models, resources, and fostering elearning selfefficacy.Belief and behavior: Elearners’ must have high elearning selfefficacy and theappropriate behavioral skills such as taking responsibility for learning.
Referencesl The Seven Elearning Barriers Facing Employees[ Penina Mungania, Research Report l Funded by the Masie Center]l Changing Education with Tools Web 2.0 [Cindy Wright,Instructionall Technology Specialist,Columbus City Schools]
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