In the aviation industry, virtual training of flight crews and maintenance personnel became popular worldwide during the 2000s, as a way for airlines and MRO’s to improve the training of their aviation human resources while meeting the regulatory obligations imposed by their civil aviation authorities. Over time, E-learning methodologies gathered critics and triggered a controversy in the industry. Those who advocate the positive impact claim that efficiency increased substantially in terms of scalability, the centralisation of the information, reduction of delivery times, training costs, maximisation of resources, and the usage of interactive and innovative techniques that increase the learning curve.
On the other side, it is argued that E-learning cannot replace the traditional education, bringing about numerous challenges including, the limitation to track progress, and the lack of non-linguistic transmission of information via nonverbal cues such as body language, visual, auditory, tactile and kinaesthetic channels.
B-Learning; one of the Top 5 Education Trends in 2020
To mitigate the challenges above while maximising on the benefits of a market worth $325 billion by 2025 according to Forbes, Blended-learning (B-learning) as methodology has been strengthening and widely used across all sectors with efficient results worldwide, even though its origins can be traced back to 1960’s with the mainframes and mini-computers.
B-Learning combines the best of face to face education and E-learning methodologies to make a hybrid powerful education style. According to Forbes, B-Learning is one of the top 5 education trends in 2020 with the world demanding more personalised and immersive education powered by technological tools.
Strategic Cooperation & World-Class B-Learning Libraries
In Aviation, B-learning has the power to potentialise airlines and MROs by tailoring and integrating their SOPs and manuals required for training of pilots, engineers and all aviation personnel via online educational training libraries that involve a variety of technical and innovative multimedia resources that will complement the traditional training activities, all in compliance with Civil Aviation Authorities’ regulations.
The world as we know it will change because of Covid-19’s consequences and lessons. The aviation industry is shattered, and it is likely to be the last sector to recover. Hence, immediate and proactive actions are required from all stakeholders to protect and adapt to the new industry reality during and post Covid-19. Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide like UKCAA are now turning to B-Learning to fight back Covid-19.