|New Training Technologies (ILO - UNEVOC, 1995, 95 p.)|
In our fast changing world, invaded by technologies, education and training have to plan for an intelligent use of NTTs in order to improve the access to basic as well as advanced lifelong learning which will make it easier to get a job and continue to find employment.
This implies a considerable amount of effort from everyone:
· decision makers have to know how to make decisions related to investments in NTTs. They also need information as to what types of NTTs are available and how to best implement them in education and training; their knowledge has to be permanently updated;
· teachers have to be trained in the effective use of NTTs in their teaching activity. Their tasks and responsibilities will considerably change as supply-driven education is replaced by a demand-driven education, the teacher becoming more of a guide, a motivator, an integrator of learning activities in which learners will play a more and more active role. Teachers and training institutions will have to adapt their programmes accordingly. Teachers' knowledge about NTTs will have to be permanently updated;
· learners increasingly will have to learn to use technologies in order to get the right training at the right place and at the right time. They will have to be more active in the learning process, more specific in requesting the knowledge needed, not just wait for the education and training institutions to offer it;
· educational material producers and publishers will have to develop titles in a flexible way, allowing for easy, fast and cheap adaptations to other languages and cultures;
· software and hardware manufacturers will have to constantly offer cheaper and easy-to-use material and programs, authoring systems, mass storage media, etc.;
· distributors will need to make a greater effort to make their available multimedia packages known, especially to developing countries which are interested but have no access to information and exhibitions.
All this is already on its way. There is no reason to wait for the ultimate version of hardware and software (the process of offering new ones will never end!), but one should start implementing the current technologies having in mind their compatibility with the next generations or versions, in order to invest rationally in human and physical resources.