Online wine courses grow

The world’s biggest provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications is now offering all of its courses online to minimise disruption to learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, says Ian Harris, CEO of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in London.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the majority of the 800+ WSET course providers globally have to suspend delivery of classroom courses. In response to this, the organisation has offered all course providers enhanced digital delivery options to enable as many students as possible to continue learning at home.  WSET online classrooms are currently only delivered in English, but the WSET is also enabling providers to deliver courses in local languages through online conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. As a result, around 200 of WSET course providers are now able to teach online courses.

The WSET School London was forced to close in mid March and is now offering a blended learning programme for its students, giving them the option to continue studying online through digital classes, webinars and live question and answer sessions.

“We already had a strong digital first strategy and investment plan in place, so I am incredibly proud that our dedicated team has been able to roll this out in such a short space of time,” says Harris.

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