Bertelsmann Stiftung Sees Need for Action to Digitize Vocational Training

In its study "Monitor Digital Education - Vocational Training in the Digital Age," the Bertelsmann Stiftung analyzes a comprehensive empirical database on the state of digital learning in various education sectors. The first published report focuses on vocational training.

The study concludes that digitization in vocational education and training has so far taken the form of modest modernization rather than broad innovation. As a result, opportunities for disadvantaged groups remain untapped and innovation often fails due to a lack of skills and resources. Changes in the field of digital learning are often initiated by young trainees rather than by the teachers themselves. Overall, there is a great need for action if the opportunities offered by digital vocational education and training are to be fully exploited.

In addition, the study generates some interesting findings on traditional learning platforms or learning management systems (LMS) such as Moodle:

According to the Bertelsmann Stiftung survey, only 12% of teachers at vocational schools frequently use traditional learning platforms.
A further 22% occasionally use traditional LMS systems.
One third of vocational schools (33 percent) and 44 percent of companies use free (open source) learning management systems.
The study also examines the use of tablets in teaching:

If technical equipment such as tablets is used for learning at vocational schools, it is mainly the private equipment of the teachers that is involved.
Although 42% of all vocational school students use a private tablet for their lessons, school equipment is only used in 7% of cases.
Only 16% of all trainers use tablets for training.
Tablets are mainly used in pilot projects, with increasing demand. This makes teaching more interesting and motivating, and it is appreciated that it gives the opportunity to learn more individually and on the move.