Sustaining Work-based Learning During COVID 19 Pandemic

Case study of work-based degree program implemented in India

  • Revati Namjoshi Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd, India
  • Soumya Pani
  • Ujjwala Despande
  • Amit Ranade
Keywords: Work-based Learning, WBL, sustainability, Livelihoods, Nai Talim, Pedagogy, Digital Freelancing

Abstract

Sustaining Work-based Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic became a challenge since access to working-cum-learning places for students of a work-based degree programme was depleted. Socio-economic challenges needed to be addressed as students came from economically weaker sections of society. Also critical were the pedagogic challenges in terms of validating the sustenance and spirit of the work-based learning (WBL) model.

This case study presents a special initiative of digital freelancing offering virtual workplaces as well as livelihoods to work-based learning students during the pandemic. Merits, limitations, potential spinoffs of the WBL model for higher education and learning for development are discussed.

Author Biographies

Soumya Pani

Senior Project Associate, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL), India

Ujjwala Despande

Member, Academics, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL), India

Amit Ranade

General Manager, Learning Innovations Program, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL), India

Published
2021-07-19
How to Cite
Namjoshi, R., Pani, S., Despande, U., & Ranade, A. (2021). Sustaining Work-based Learning During COVID 19 Pandemic: Case study of work-based degree program implemented in India . Journal of Learning for Development , 8(2), 412-430. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/488