Technology and Digital Resources

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This course explores the essential technologies and digital resources for effectively implementing Vocational Education and Training (VET) in both online and hybrid modes. We cover a variety of software tools, learning platforms, Open Source resources, Creative Commons, and the necessary hardware to create and manage digital learning environments. This module aims to be an essential tool for educators and technicians looking to enhance or implement effective distance learning solutions, offering guidance through the various available options, their benefits, and practical considerations for effective use.

Course Content

Digital Resources
Softwares and Programs where the main tools and software platforms used in VET are described, including Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Moodle, WordPress plugins such as Tutor LMS or LearnPress, and online meeting platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, and Jitsi. We will explore the key features, use cases, and considerations for choosing between free and paid options. Open Source and Open Access where we analyze the differences between open source software/platforms and open access, highlighting how these options support the sharing of knowledge and accessibility in education differently. The reasons why an institution might prefer one over the other, considering flexibility, cost, and customization, will be discussed. We will define the concept of Creative Commons, explaining how its licenses can be used to share educational resources legally and flexibly, promoting open access and the use of teaching materials.

Technical compatibilities
Hardware and equipment necessary to effectively access and manage VET platforms, from both the user's and administrator's perspective. This includes computer configurations, audio/video devices, and other essential equipment. We will look further into Software and Programs that enhance the online learning experience, such as collaboration tools, video editing software, and solutions for tests and assessments online.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Privacy and Data Protection in this section we discuss the safeguarding of sensitive information, focusing on legal requirements, ethical handling, and preventive measures against data breaches, by exploring methods to effectively manage and protect personal and institutional data. Cyber Security highlights the importance protecting educational systems from digital threats. It provides an overview of the strategies and technologies necessary to secure networks and devices used in VET environments. We examine common cyber threats and offer practical solutions for preventing unauthorized access and ensuring the continuity of educational operations.

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