BodenSchweiz is a pioneer in digitizing vocational trainings and teaching aids
The Association of Swiss Floor and Parquet Layers with Managing Director Daniel Heusser and Head of Continuing Education Andrea Metzger, with its six vocational schools and around 500 apprentices and around 65 participants in continuing education each year, is one of Switzerland's most innovative associations. In addition to its efforts to upgrade the floor maker profession to a more holistic interior designer, the association is consistently working on its modernization.
The entire administration was digitized several years ago with itcnet AG. In March 2019 the digitization of further education programmes was tackled and in August this year all teaching materials for the apprenticeship are available on smartphones with the latest technology from MaxBrain.
The use of mobile devices during courses is a given
"With the intuitive learning technology of MaxBrain with a strong mobile app component, BodenSchweiz made the decision easy to completely dispense with paper," says Daniel Heusser. "Nowadays, technology is indispensable in craft trades. And because all our training participants use with their smartphones everyday, the use of tablets and computers is also absolutely problem-free in class." The decisive factor was the choice of a solution designed for continuing education that offered the essential functions above-average and fast. Participants work best with familiar devices - all the more important that the functions function similarly on all devices in order to focus on the content in the classroom.
Cutting printing cost and creating real added value for students
Printing short runs of teaching materials at fixed prices is a challenge. In addition, participants sometimes accidentally leave their documents on the train or bus. At the same time, the mobile app technology has the clear advantage that all documents are also available offline after they have been synchronized. This means that participants always have their documents with them and can make ideal use of short breaks or commuting times to learn or prepare for upcoming exams.
Digital transformation hits the publishing industry
Publishers deal with the digitization of teaching materials in different ways. Some have prepared for this with foresight and offer ebooks. Others do not yet offer digital solutions or have only just begun digital production. The good news is that, thanks to technological progress, costs will continue to fall and the number of platforms on offer will increase. Accordingly, a significant increase in dynamism is to be expected here.