Interactive Distance Learning: Putting the Training Wheels in Motion in Canada's Automotive Repair and Service Shops (2005)

Broadcasting out of a state-of-the-art training facility and studio in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) program established by the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council has proven to be an indispensable learning and skills development initiative for the automotive repair and service industry.

The CARS IDL program is a subscription-based televised broadcasting system that provides high-quality, instructor-led interactive technical automotive training and non-technical business skills training. It provides high-quality, nationally recognized learning modules, available in both English and French.

Between 600 and 700 automotive repair and service shops, representing almost three percent of such shops across Canada, subscribe to the IDL program. In 2004, more than 11,000 IDL exams were written by participants.

The program was developed in part so that shop-floor workers and managers could interact with trainers, and upgrade their technical and non-technical skills, without leaving their places of work.

It provides a cost-effective, reliable, efficient, and readily available means of reaching thousands of automotive repair and service shops across the country, in real time. CARS IDL is able to offer its services, with the same intended outcomes and impacts for all participants, anywhere in Canada.

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Douglas Watt. Interactive Distance Learning: Putting the Training Wheels in Motion in Canada's Automotive Repair and Service Shops 2005. Web. 10 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/automotive_repair/automotive_repair.pdf>
Douglas Watt (2005). Interactive Distance Learning: Putting the Training Wheels in Motion in Canada's Automotive Repair and Service Shops. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/automotive_repair/automotive_repair.pdf
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