ADPC Academy organized its 2nd Alumni Forum on the potential of online training and capacity building for strengthening disaster and climate resilience, focusing on good practices and lessons from COVID-19.
Speakers at the Forum emphasized that the new normal has complicated access to knowledge and training—classes go online and offline depending on how many vaccines are distributed and how many variants are discovered.
More than 50 experts attended the Forum as they shared the COVID-19 pandemic’s future situation that remains unclear demanding academics find innovative ways and a best mix of teaching methods to ensure that lockdowns don’t limit learning.
The Forum focused on understanding the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on the online-training and learning, exploring good practices and lessons on the recent advancement and enhancement of virtual learning methods.
Mr. Hans Guttman, ADPC’s Executive Director, sharing his welcoming remark at the 2nd Alumni Forum.
Mr. Hans Guttman, ADPC’s Executive Director, mentioned that for online training and capacity building, success for individuals or organizations depends on their ability to adapt to deliver the online training more effectively from in-person training.
“Online mode of training delivery is definitely a good complimentary in a mixed mode of training delivery and it can also serve as an alternative to in-person training for certain situations,” he said.
Mr. Aslam Perwaiz, ADPC’s Deputy Executive Director, sharing his thoughts on the importance of the 2nd Alumni Forum.
Mr. Aslam Perwaiz, ADPC’s Deputy Executive Director, highlighted examples of Myanmar and Tajikistan where ADPC successfully delivered online training during COVID-19.
“ADPC Academy is aiming to increase the number of participants of different training courses conducted recently and explained,” Mr. Perwaiz said and invited ADPC ‘s Alumni to share their journey and experiences on training and capacity building.
Ms. Mutarika Pruksapong from UNDRR Office for Northeast Asia (ONEA) and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) presented at the 2nd Alumni Forum.
Mutarika Pruksapong from the UNDRR Office for Northeast Asia (ONEA) and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) said the shift in the online mode of training, GETI was able to get new and expanded audience, such as, healthcare providers, jail management officers, postal service officers, small business persons, and local NGOs, etc.
“The online training brought the importance of addressing systemic risk and introduced disaster risk reduction to a new group of participants," she said.
Mr. Bill Ho, Director of the ADPC Academy, opens the 2nd Alumni Forum webinar.
Mr. Bill Ho, Director of the ADPC Academy, added ADPC will actively reach out to partners to seek opportunities to develop new online course content and broaden the offering of our courses to cover different subjects like health-related issues, technology, and science focus issues, etc.
The Forum also discussed key issues of online training and learning such as low level of internet connection and accessibility, challenges of working with technologies, lack of digital literacy, and access to learning materials and resources, etc.
Sophie Baranes from Cardi Partnership presented on the objective, challenges, and opportunities of eLearning, online training and capability building during the covid-19 pandemic.