Title : “The Challenges of Industry 4.0 and How New Technologies will Impact TVET (Virtual TVET: 3D Simulation, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality)”
Dr. Steven McKee
Biography: Dr. McKee is the President of World Didac Association (the largest international education industry association) and is the President and Founder of Labtech International, which addresses the needs of technology education around the world. Founded in 1985, Labtech is perhaps the oldest and certainly one of the largest technical education companies based in Asia. It is renowned for its educational innovation and has thousands of schools as clients in over 80 countries. Labtech’s latest work is in pioneering the intersection of digital learning and 21st century skills with Vocational Technical Education. This area has a great potential to improve the dynamics of teaching and learning for skills as well as reducing the cost of TVET education around the world by virtualizing part of the learning process. He has published many articles on 21st century Learning, teaching and innovation in various academic and educational publications. Labtech is an appointed collaboration partner for ISTE in S.E. Asia and he is also an advisor to several governments on implementation of new ICT programs.
Abstract: The Future of work and jobs are changing fast as industry deploys more sophisticated manufacturing technology. We shall explore the ways that TVET can respond to these challenges. How we can infuse technology to learning process and make it more relevant and to achieve better training results at substantially lower costs. Virtual TVET digital learning technologies are being developed with 3D animated simulations, VR and AR applications which can increase student understanding and build practical skills. This can change the way that skills training laboratories/workshops are set up requiring less physical equipment and less cost. Virtual TVET will deepen student learning and allow us to individualize student learning pathways and tailor learning to each students’ own preferences and needs. This new style goes beyond “Blended Learning” to be what is now being termed “Braided Learning” and opens possibilities to change when, where and how we learn Skills.