Engaging construction apprentices in the online environment
This project explores the experiences of Te Pūkenga-BCITO (Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation) apprentices since the 2021 introduction of a Learning Management System (LMS) called MyBCITO.
To help to better understand the learners' experience of on-line learning including:
- the impacts of technology (device, internet access) on access and the learning experience
- barriers and enablers to digital learning
- the relationship between low LLN skills and digital literacy skill and how this might impact on access and engagement
- how a digital environment can be improved to better support workplace learning.
Investigative analysis focused on online learning through an exploratory case study.
Dr Janet McHardyBCITO | Te Pūkenga
A recent Aotearoa New Zealand study suggests 20% of adults have digital skills deemed to be below entry level, and the ability of many adults to take advantage of the online environment, and have equitable opportunities is in question. This report explores the experiences of Te Pūkenga-BCITO (Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation) apprentices since the 2021 introduction of a Learning Management System (LMS) called MyBCITO. Uses of the LMS include communicating with the training advisor, and to participate in online activities e.g., completing online quizzes or reading/referring to written resources. Apprentices were surveyed and interviewed to gain insights into impact of factors which may enhance or disadvantage them as online learners.
An interconnected relationship between enablers and barriers emerged. The absence of something in digital engagement is a barrier for one apprentice but when present will act as an enabler for another. Barriers/enablers included access to the internet and device, and lack of relevant digital and literacy skills, and technical training.
To enhance the online experience of apprentices:
- The structured process continues to be used to identify the general LLN skills of an apprentice and ongoing support initiatives continue to address individual LLN needs.
- A structured, standardised process is developed, and implemented to ensure that digital skills are assessed and developed.
- Further investigation is conducted with apprentices who do not engage online to gain more insight into barriers to their online engagement.
This report explores the online learning journey of Te Pūkenga-BCITO apprentices, which commenced in 2021 through the MyBCITO Learning Management System (LMS). It highlights apprentices' transition to the digital realm for communication with advisors, engaging in quizzes, and accessing written resources.
- 28 November 2023
Dr Janet McHardy's ACAL Conference slides exploring technology in training, including the introduction of MyBCITO LMS (Canvas platform) in 2021.
- 28 November 2023