Thursday, September 21, 2017

BTVI Embraces Online Learning

BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, who has years of experiencing teaching online, conducts a workshop with instructors teaching the institution’s online courses. From left to right are Sonia A. Williamson, Kevin McCartney, Germaine Pierra, Kingsley Forbes, Anthony Ramtulla and Pamela McCartney.​ Photo by Shantique Longley

Information Technology students at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) now have the opportunity to enroll in online courses.

The institution now offers several online courses including, but not limited to Project Management, Information Technology Fundamentals and Professional Performance.  Also, the entire Information Technology Entry Level certificate program can be completed online within 40-weeks.
Presently, there are 133 students enrolled in online courses at BTVI.

Chair of BTVI’s Information Technology (IT) program, Anthony Ramtulla, said offering the IT Entry Level certificate online is proof that the institution is changing with technology.

“Every single piece of this program you will be able to do in the cloud.  We’re on the bleeding edge – not even on the cutting edge when it comes to our education,” said Mr. Ramtulla.

“A lot of the things we do at BTVI require that students be in the lab learning by experience.  However, some of our programs, especially at the early stages, are more cognitive, and we have technology where we can simulate the labs in the cloud, so you don’t have to leave home,” he added.

Previously, the IT Entry Level certificate was only completed on campus, and within a semester. It offers the essentials for a student with at least three Bahamas Junior Certificates (BJCs) to jumpstart a career in Information Technology. Further, it is a springboard into the institution’s diploma and associate’s degree programs.

BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, chats with Information Technology instructors Kevin McCartney (l) and Sonia A. Williamson (r), following an online workshop he conducted. 
Photo by Shantique Longley

BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, recently held a workshop about online teaching for instructors.

Having taught online courses since 1993 at several colleges and universities abroad, Dr. Robertson, spoke of conducting online courses, their quality and future.

“Online learning will allow us to push our products to the Family Islands and the United States. The introduction of this virtual classroom, speaks to the fact that we recognize as a technical school that we too must embrace the rapidly expanding trend of online learning,” said Dr. Robertson.

“Furthermore, it is a flexible, convenient way for a working individual, a parent or someone who may be on one of our islands to gain access to higher learning.  We live in a new era of learning. Technological advances are at a rapid pace and we at BTVI are prepared to keep stride,” he stated.

BTVI is a member of Global Universities in Distance Education (GUIDE). It aims to develop and support cooperation for distance learning worldwide.

BTVI currently has 2,050 students with 1,670 students enrolled at its Nassau campus, 270 in Freeport, Grand Bahama and 110 in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.