Implications of the ICT revolution for TVET - 14 to 28 May 2013
Virtual conference on ICT and TVET
UNEVOC e-Forum, 14 to 28 May 2013
What are the implications of the ICT revolution for TVET?
New technologies allow for better and easier access to education, nationally and across borders. The availability of broadband internet is increasing in all parts of the world. While access to learning resources used to be very restricted, more and more high-quality resources become available for free, anytime, almost anywhere. At the learner’s end mobile digital devices become cheaper and more easily available and are being introduced increasingly in educational contexts. Around the world, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enable the implementation of education and training, the provision of learning content, and communication between teachers and learners. For that purpose, ICT should be harnessed with the purpose of providing more widespread access to TVET.
In 2008, UNESCO defined its vision for ICT in education: “A world without boundaries where technologies support education to build inclusive knowledge societies”. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are fostered by UNESCO-UNEVOC by using its online services as a tool to communicate with the UNEVOC Network and facilitate knowledge exchange in the global TVET community.
To explore the role ICT plays in access to and quality of TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC is organizing a virtual conference on ICT and TVET from 14 to 28 May 2013 on the UNEVOC e-Forum. The 2-week discussion will aim to explore ICT as a tool for increasing the reach and effectiveness of TVET worldwide, and will look to identify how mobile, online and multimedia learning can best be used to complement or even replace traditional TVET Centre based education. What are the implications of the digital learning revolution for TVET around the world? UNESCO-UNEVOC is calling for e-Forum members and the global TVET community to share their experiences and promising practices in utilizing ICT in TVET.
The input to the discussion will be synthesized and summarized into a report, which will provide directions for future research and programme work in this field. To sign up for the discussion, click here.
The discussion will be moderated by Nik Kafka, CEO & founder of Teach A Man To Fish, an international NGO supporting schools across the developing world to use enterprise initiatives as means of improving their financial sustainability and broadening access for the poorest children to a quality education. From a career in banking an interest in social change led him to Paraguay where he worked on a pioneering model for self-sufficient vocational schools; laying the basis to create Teach A Man To Fish on his return. He is an active member of several boards as well the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader community and has been an active member of the UNEVOC e-Forum since 2006.
Read the background note and watch the introduction video
Participants are invited to read the background note for the virtual conference:
What are the implications of the ICT revolution for TVET? (Nik Kafka, 8 May 2013, pdf, 135 kB)
Structure of the Discussion
The discussion is divided into 4 main topic areas:
- ICTs as a tool: increasing the reach & impact of TVET through ICT
- ICTs in the classroom: how can ICTs be used to improve learning outcomes?
- ICTs as a goal of TVET: what are the ICTs skills needs in the workplace of tomorrow?
- ICT challenges: the barriers, fears & risks to wider use of ICTs in TVET
Introductory background reading list
- UNESCO - Institute for Information Technologies in Education ‘ICTs in TVET publications’ http://iite.unesco.org/publications/themes/tvet/
- UNESCO Policy Brief – ‘ICTs in TVET’ http://iite.unesco.org/pics/publications/en/files/3214697.pdf
- World Bank – ‘ICT and education’ http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTEDUCATION/0,,contentMDK:20264888~menuPK:617610~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:282386,00.html
- Saud et al. (2011) ‘Effective integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) toward knowledge management in the changing world of work’, African Journal of Business Management Vol. 5(16), pp. 6668-6673, 18 http://www.academicjournals.org/ajbm/pdf/pdf2011/18Aug/Saud%20et%20al.pdf
- The Humanitarian Centre (2011) ‘Upgrading development: can technology alleviate poverty?’ http://www.humanitariancentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/2011-International-Development-Report.pdf
- Munyua, H. (2000) ‘Information and Communication Technologies for rural development and food security: Lessons from field experiences in developing countries’ http://www.fao.org/sd/cddirect/CDre0055b.htm
Some example projects and organizations
- UNESCO (2013) ‘Connecting social entrepreneurship in ICT with educational purposes: The Cambodian case of Digital Divide Data’ – http://www.unescobkk.org/education/ict/online-resources/databases/ict-in-education-database/item/article/connecting-social-entrepreneurship-in-ict-with-educational-purposes-the-cambodian-case-of-digital-d/
- Morrow, K. (2002) ‘Information villages; connecting rural communities in India’ http://www.bellanet.org/files/LEISA%20article_1.pdf
- Islam, Md. Anwarul, and Hoq, Kazi Mostak Gausul, (2010) Community Internet Access in Rural Areas: A study on Community Information Centres in Bangladesh. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 15 (2) http://ejum.fsktm.um.edu.my/article/947.pdf
- Chigona, A., Chigona, W., Kayongo, P., & Kausa, M.(2010). An empirical survey on domestication of ICT in schools in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. 6(2) http://tinyurl.com/domestication-of-ICT-in-school
- RADCON – ‘The Application of Information and Communication Technologies in Agricultural and Rural Development in Egypt’ http://www.fao.org/docrep/013/i1930e/i1930e00.pdf
- Connected Schools - http://www.connectedschools.org/ - creating a nationwide education network of vocational training courses via video lessons and video-conferencing in Cambodia
- Literacy Bridge - http://www.literacybridge.org/talking-book/ - ‘Talking Book’ programme uses a low-cost audio computer designed for the learning needs of illiterate populations
Resources and websites suggested by participants
- Commonwealth of Learning course materials
- Scottish Qualifications Authority
- Connected schools
- Connected schools trainings
- Blended approaches to classroom and distance learning (via ICT)
- UNESCO's Learning and Working campaign package
- School Enterprise Challenge
- Tablets in the classroom
- KFIT International School Project
- Facilitating ICT pedagogy (UNESCO Bangkok)
- Mountain Trust
- Ofsted e-portfolio
How does it work
Once you have signed up and the conference has started, you will receive an opening email by the moderator, Nik Kafka. You can then reply to this message and will receive any contributions made by other conference participants.
Note that all messages will be checked by UNEVOC before dissemination, so there may sometimes be delays, especially outside UNEVOC office hours (9am-5pm CET).
How to sign up
Please use the registration form to sign up for the conference. You will then be added to a conference mailing list and will receive all contributions via email.
Note that if you do not wish to receive email notifications, you can also participate using the online interface by logging on with your UNEVOC account.
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