Welcome To e-VOTECH

Welcome to my Edit 611 Training Module “e-Learning in VOTECH Programs.” The purpose of this project is to showcase the potential for integrating e-Learning courses into a Vocational Technical (VOTECH) curriculum.

This e-Learning course is fully integrated with forums, reference materials, and reach-back to an instructor for assistance. Although a typical Learning Management System (LMS) requires student logins to manage record-keeping and full course/forum integration, “Beautiful Wood: A Primer” has been set up so guests may take the course without a login. Click the course image to go to the course start page, then click the “Curriculum” link to go to open lessons. No course registration is necessary, just use the “Preview” icon starting with “Welcome to e-VOTECH” to start the course.

Our e-Learning Vocational Courses

Example e-Learning Courses

This LMS website models six courses but five are mockups, providing only course descriptions and curriculum outlines. These five courses are intended to highlight the potential range of e-learning in support of VOTECH programs. The sixth course, “Beautiful Wood: A Primer” is a nominal thirty-minute learning module covering the basics of woods. In an actual VOTECH program, a module such as this could be used as an introductory course for woodworking programs such as cabinet-making or carpentry. This e-learning course has potential for offering the VOTECH learners the fundamentals of their chosen vocation with minimal impact on live instructors and school facilities.

A Blended Learning Approach to VOTECH

VOTECH programs typically require some amount of hands-on training using part task trainers or other physical training equipment and materials under classroom-controlled conditions. Instructor-led training using equipment and expendable materials is expensive. The facilities’ requirements to support part task trainers and training equipment adds additional costs and places a ceiling on the student throughput. However, an analysis of a VOTECH program should identify learning objectives within the program that does not require hands-on training. These specific learning objectives may be candidates for e-learning modules that integrate into the overall training program.