BIGGA and ICL launch the Continue to Learn Scholarship 2022

By: August 4, 2021

One of the biggest education trends is eLearning in 2021. Increasing demand for technology-enabled e-learning solutions globally is driving the industry’s growth. Global Market Insights estimates the eLearning market size is set to exceed USD 1 trillion by 2027.

Cloud-based learning + the implementation of gamification & AR/VR are gaining momentum.

eLearning can help golf clubs to retain their best employees at a much lower cost than traditional in-person classes. Of course, this does not mean that we need to move 100% to eLearning.

There will be parts of the future educational programs that will continue to be held in person. Here are some great eLearning platforms outside the golf industry:

  • Udemy,
  • Coursera,
  • MasterClass,
  • Teachable,
  • Lessonly.
ICL Dr Andy Owen and Henry Bechelet presenting at Continue to Learn by BIGGA

I believe BIGGA, the Greenkeeper profession, and want-to-be greenkeepers could benefit a lot if they could reach educational programs in the above-mentioned platforms (especially on Udemy & Coursera). Coursera for instance is already cooperating with many top-notch universities around the world.

In short, make the knowledge more accessible. Since greenkeepers are not sitting next to a table, mobile-first learning could be useful for them.

Mobile-first content provides learners with greater control over when and where they learn. This solution can improve the completion and engagement rates.

BIGGA & ICL: Continue to Learn Scholarship 2022

I thought it important to explain this because BIGGA is planning to return of in-person learning at Continue to Learn in January 2022. This program is held online in 2021. A great kudos for this initiative.

BIGGA and plant nutrition specialists ICL have launched applications for their influential education scholarship.

The ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship invites 5 BIGGA members to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, each January to participate in BIGGA’s world-leading education program, in addition to 3 nights’ accommodation, a visit to the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME), and networking opportunities with fellow greenkeepers and the sponsor.

Applications for this year’s scholarship are being encouraged from CPD Active BIGGA members at any stage of their careers. Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

The selected scholars will then be announced in BIGGA’s monthly journal, Greenkeeper International.

To apply, visit:

Continue to Learn program by BIGGA and ICL

My comments

This seems like a step backward to me. Why not continue and develop BIGGA‘s eLearning initiative further by complimenting it with field visits (for instance).

I would embrace the importance of microlearning. It would make the learning more accessible & quick. This way greenkeepers could provide knowledge at the right moment.

Let’s see what BIGGA & ICL will say about this!