Digital Bridges for Vocational and Educational Training. Research Brief.
This project aimed to assess the value of multimedia and Internet based resource creation and collaboration in extending the ability of training centres to train effectively. The focus was on centres responding to the needs of the poor; delivering training which improves employment opportunities and therefore the livelihoods of trainees and their communities.
The research attempted to focus on specifically defined 'content' in the area of vocational training in specific subject areas (agriculture, woodwork and metalwork) which would be relevant and valued by particular groups, allowing them to replicate and extend delivery of training, and where there would be potential benefit to all parties from sharing of this information between groups.
Digital Video was used to enhance cabability of training centres in East Africa. Collaborators moved from a relatively disengaged and hesitant position towards engagement with the medium and acceptance of its application. The use of the Internet to promote networking was found to have severe practical limitations and had low acceptance. The rich media being created were handled through offline delivery and networking. The group of three collaborators in Kenya and Uganda established an apparently sustainable and continuing programme of content creation for vocational training. The two collaborators who had more limited results were based in Ethiopia. The model of regional collaboration is believed to have wider application in local content creation.
Big World, Macclesfield, UK, 2 pp.