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REVIEW: Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking online course from Themis Knowledge

Summary

Cost: Free. 

Assessment-based Certificate: It is supposed to be, but you can download it before you even take the course, without doing anything at all. You can watch me discover this in the video. 

Interactivity: No interactive learning / practice with the material. There are a lot of places where you can select what you want to learn. It allows some user agency, however, you never get the opportunity to see if you understand the material before the final assessment. A student gets to decide what video, material, etc., to use at any given time. Far better than nothing, but it’s still not experiential learning.

Duration: Like any good class with lots of materials, there is no way to ascertain the expected duration. You can see the extreme length of the video review. I could have completed the course in 25-50% of that time, but I was very serious about reading things out loud and I also went through every bit of the material and the assessment test. Maybe this would be about an hour? You can’t really tell because it’s completely self-guided.

And if you skip straight to the test, as many students do (we’ve run the studies on our users – they always try!), you can take it immediately and try over and over until you pass. They even give you the specific answers when you get a question wrong, so you could earn a certificate in 5 minutes. Unless you discover that you can get the Certificate without even taking the course at all (which I did), which would make it a 0 minute course. 

They could and should fix this, given the seriousness of the topic.

Course Description: This course has been developed in partnership with the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the UK Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group, a UK government initiative.

The course is aimed at individuals who work in the entire financial services sector and is accredited by the London Institute of Banking and Finance. The learner may explore as many of the sections as they wish.

In addition to general information about modern slavery, the course caters to specific industry sub-sectors and roles.

An accredited certificate can be obtained upon completion of the final assessment.

Review: The course includes many good videos from high profile personalities in relevant positions and a few selectable resources you can dig into. There are no interactive learning (practice) or activities. Although I went through everything available, I have my doubts anyone else would watch or go through everything (nor are they / should they be required to). In fact, there’s one section with a LOT of information that makes the point that you’ll only have to go through one subset (there’s a LOT of material there).

I also don’t get the feeling that many of these “suggestions” throughout are being backed by law (i.e. Are they REALLY arresting and charging corporations, banks, or investment firms OR their employees? Are there any REAL risks?); it seems more like “this is something you should do.”

Corporations do not appear to be TRULY changing the way they do business with labor trafficking (that’s where cheap goods come from), much less sex trafficking (extractive industries know about “man camps” and people being exploited for visas, etc.) but maybe I’m missing something. Where are the people being jailed?

Ten reasonable questions at the end. I really do not like that 1) you can skip the entire course and go right to the assessment and 2) the test tells you the right answers, so you can just re-take it immediately and pass. Four questions are True / false, so that’s a simple 40% right there, and you only need 80% to pass. The fact the assessment experience lets students skip everything feels like a crime itself.

After going through the entire course and taking a day to digest it, it occurs to me that the course really doesn’t teach you much about trafficking itself.

What are they expecting people know when they are done?

I went back to the beginning and I don’t see a full definition of trafficking, and in the final exam, there’s nothing that requires you to have a knowledge of the law or be able to identify a case. This seems problematic to me. 

Would I recommend this course? 

This is a HUGE problem with BILLIONS of dollars / Euros at risk, so this should be really quite thorough. I don’t think it’s enough, honestly.

Why? Well, a “regular” person might be able to immediately, personally impact one or two people in their lifetime. But a huge multinational corporation that has suppliers across the planet may be negatively affecting tens of thousands of people. Or more. Possibly entire populations. One of the students of this course COULD be the person that uncovers a thread that unravels it. Does this course give them the skills? Would they be able to shut it down? Would the law back them up? Or would they lose their job because there was too much money behind it? These are big questions I implore YOU to consider after you try the course yourself.

Which of these do you think would be the right course of action? You’ll find out in the final assessment!

“Action” will be taken
Fix it, or we’ll “terminate our business”

What do YOU think? Am I being too harsh? Let us know in the comments!

Language support: Videos are in English. All text is in English. No subtitles on videos.

Additional Resources: Additional resources to help combat modern slavery can be found here.

Link to course: Click here.

The full course and review

You’ll get to see the entire course from login to certificate. 

Course Introduction

Welcome to the Modern Slavery digital learning. This course has been developed in partnership with the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the UK Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group, a UK government initiative. 
 
The course is aimed at individuals who work in the entire financial services sector and is accredited by the London Institute of Banking and Finance. The learner may explore as many of the sections as they wish.
 
In addition to general information about modern slavery, the course caters to specific industry sub-sectors and roles. 
 
An accredited certificate can be obtained upon completion of the final assessment.
 
Additional resources to help combat modern slavery can be found here.
REVIEW: Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking online course from Themis Knowledge: Investment and fund management: Certificate of Completion

Selected screenshots from the course

The Final Assessment Questions

I wouldn’t have put these here if they weren’t so easy to access. You can find them yourself upon beginning the class, so here they are as well.

As I noted in the written review, above, the main problem I have is that once you answer them incorrectly, they tell you the answers, so there’s no need to really go through the entire course. The answers are, essentially, given to you. 

It also doesn’t help that there are no questions that focus on the actual crime itself.

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