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Redefining CTE Pathways With The Benefits of Custom E-Learning Solutions

  • Published on: June 18, 2024
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  • Updated on: June 18, 2024
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Authored By:

Sudeep Banerjee

SVP, Workforce Solutions

Year 2024. Career and technical education (CTE) is increasingly becoming popular among career-oriented individuals. While erstwhile, CTE was considered an alternative to standard academic education, it has now become a fundamental part of K12 and higher education institutional plans looking to level with the employer industry. For CTE companies, the question is how they can leverage this increasing interest to support the future workforce in acquiring a dynamic skill set in various fields.

A group of multi-racial people in a CTE company working together on improving student engagement.

For CTE companies looking to succeed in creating high-quality programs at scale, the benefits of custom e-learning solutions can help them take their career readiness measures to the next level.


What is a Custom E-Learning Solution?

Custom e-learning solutions are personalized online learning platforms that help CTE companies meet specific goals. By creating a tailored platform experience and integrating objective features, companies can make the most of their programs and present tangible outcomes.

Unlike generic e-learning platforms, these can be customized to address specific content requirements and target audiences leading to more efficient, effective, and engaging learning experiences for all.


‘Custom’ is the Solution

CTE companies, no doubt, have an advantage – they start alongside professionals with an understanding of industry know-how. But as they would agree, the institutionalization of such programs comes with its own challenges.

As the number of enrollments increases, CTEs face spacing and staffing constraints. The nature of occupational training mandates CTEs to hire expert industry professionals to impart job-oriented skills.

However, the pay gap and qualification norms for becoming a CTE professional, hardly entice any. One solution could be to adopt a hybrid approach to make up for the shortage, but in the context of technical training, it could lead to risking the potential of the conventional.

What about hands-on learning and practical exposure? How can a hybrid environment impart essential interpersonal skills required for career development?

Custom e-learning solutions can play an important role in a learner’s skills development. Starting with K12, CTE companies can integrate XR modalities like VR, AR, and MR for training simulations within their e-learning solutions. This can be leveled up to include e-learning solutions in your corporate training.

Two students are learning through their VR headsets.

Imagine an automotive technician using VR to practice engine repairs in a fully interactive and immersive environment, allowing them to gain hands-on experience without the risks associated with real-world errors. Or a hospitality student, engaging in immersive environments to practice guest check-ins, booking, and managing customer complaints.

These custom eLearning programs can also help on-field CTE providers go beyond their traditional training programs to enable nuanced learning. Certain subjects that could never be performed in real-time, can now be translated into a virtual scenario. For instance, a medical aspirant can simulate surgical procedures in a controlled environment that can develop critical decision-making skills and build confidence.

What proves to be one of the best benefits of custom e-learning solutions, is that they can help CTE companies expand their field of training. After all, career choice should not limit learners from gaining a competitive edge early on. By integrating immersive technology, CTE companies can create simulations of a variety of scenarios thus opening prospects for culinary learners, farm mechanics aspirants, aviation aspirants, and many others.

What’s more? All this could be achieved while learners juggle with their schedules. Custom e-learning platforms allow learners to access training materials and simulations at their convenience, making it easier for educators to balance their schedules and learning commitments. This ensures that learners progress at their own pace and receive the support they need to succeed.


Natural Career Progression

Custom e-learning solutions can create adaptive paths as a part of the upskilling process.

For a learner, it is a natural progression as they seek to upskill themselves within their occupational pathways. But oftentimes, these are overlooked to impart the most obvious skills and get them on the floor in less time. This might build an industry-ready workforce but fails to capture individual potential, something that can prove a key requirement for specific employers thus reaping huge monetary benefits as well as growth opportunities for a professional. It also enhances the reputation of the CTE company as a reliable and effective training provider.

By building custom performance indicators for individual programs that cater to each level of learner, CTE professionals can predict outcomes better. These can be used to create a feedback mechanism, where personalized instructions are rendered and learners are assessed at every stage of development. For instance, in the case of culinary arts, one aspiring chef may be good at pastry arts while another leaning towards molecular gastronomy. A custom e-learning solution would recognize these differences better and offer adaptive paths for exploring each further. CTE professionals can then demonstrate these outcomes to potential recruiters and address the skills gaps strategically creating a win-win scenario for CTE companies and the end organizations.

CTE companies are the vanguard of the next generation of workforce and it is where the benefits of custom e-learning solutions abound. By allowing learners to visualize themselves in an occupation, and giving them the opportunity to enhance their unique skills, they can change the idea of career readiness and simultaneously the quality of the workforce itself.

Written By:

Sudeep Banerjee

SVP, Workforce Solutions

A future-focused and experienced executive offering more than 20+ years of experience serving as a tactical partner to globally recognized corporations—helping businesses reach next-level success by tapping into the power of human capital and technology effciency. Championed multi-faceted Edtech, Learning & Development (L&D) transformations, workforce solutions, AI-driven training, and learning automation. Leading with vision, strategy, design, and execution for corporations with large and complex ecosystems. Spearheaded enterprise growth with adept at leading high-performing teams, driving business growth, and delivering excellence in client service.


Career and Technical Education (CTE) focuses on providing students with practical skills and knowledge tailored to specific industries, preparing them for immediate employment or further education in their chosen career paths.

To ensure effective hands-on learning in a hybrid environment, CTE companies can use a blend of in-person and virtual training sessions. For example, they can provide virtual simulations for initial practice and then follow up with in-person workshops for real-world application. Utilizing XR technologies such as VR and AR can create immersive and interactive experiences that closely mimic real-world scenarios, allowing students to develop practical skills. Regular assessments and feedback can help monitor progress and ensure that students gain the necessary hands-on experience.

Integrating XR technologies into custom e-learning solutions requires careful planning and investment in the right tools and platforms. CTE companies should start by identifying key areas where XR can enhance learning outcomes, such as complex technical skills or high-risk procedures. Collaborating with technology providers to develop customized VR and AR applications tailored to their specific training needs is crucial. Ensuring that both instructors and students are trained to use these technologies effectively is also important. Regular updates and maintenance of the XR content can help keep the learning experiences relevant and engaging.

CTE companies can measure the effectiveness of their custom e-learning solutions by setting clear performance indicators and tracking progress through data analytics. Regular assessments, quizzes, and practical exams can provide insights into student learning outcomes. Feedback from students and employers can also offer valuable information on the program's impact. Additionally, tracking metrics such as job placement rates, career progression, and learner satisfaction can help evaluate the success of the e-learning solutions. Using this data, CTE companies can make informed adjustments to improve their programs continuously.

Creating adaptive learning paths involves using data-driven insights to tailor the educational experience to the learner’s needs. CTE companies should start by collecting detailed information on learners' backgrounds, skills, and learning preferences. Using AI and machine learning algorithms can help analyze this data to create personalized learning paths that adjust in real time based on learner performance. Regular feedback and assessments can guide learners along their paths, ensuring they receive support in areas where they struggle and more advanced content where they excel. Engaging content and interactive elements should be integrated to keep learners motivated and invested in their education.

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