About the Series
In the last decade, educational reforms in Europe and Australia begin to bring academic and vocational education and training (VET) into a “unified curriculum”. There is a view that these higher levels of vocational qualifications, new kinds of knowledge and skills will transcend the dichotomy between academic and VET. However, some say that the new moves affect both academic and vocational tracks, and gradually vocational education loses its distinctive identity (Raffe, 2002). Given the above, it is interesting to look into the global trends of VET for a better understanding of VET’s current positioning and issues on teaching practices for insights. It is hoping that seminars/workshops of the Distinguished Lecture Series would be able to shed light on strengthening VTC’s position in the overall education and training landscape.
Aims and Objectives
The series aims at providing participants the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest practices in the vocational education and training (VET). Participants will be able to actively engage in discussions that will deepen their understanding of the learning and teaching related issues in VET. In this series, our distinguished speakers representing an exciting diversity of regions and cultures will express their valuable ideas and views on the current practices and way forward in VET, as well as sharing their extensive experiences by adopting different approaches in learning and teaching in different regions.
Upon completion of the series, participants would be able to:
- address new paradigms in vocational education and training including linkages with the world of work and contemporary issues
- discuss practical tips for making referrals to appropriate strategies and resources across the world
- exchange ideas and views in a seminar that encouraging respectful dialogue
Resources of the Events
Technology advancement and new industry ecosystems appear to blur the boundaries between industries, and offer the future workforces in any economy new unprecedented challenges, which demand an organic combination or integration of knowledge and skill set to solve.
Higher education institutions are continuously searching for new teaching strategies and ways to help student learn. It is important to understand students’ backgrounds and their attitudes toward both academic and social life in order to engage a group of students.
This seminar introduces the Design Thinking (DT) journey of Singapore Polytechnic (SP). Mr Hee will talk about Singapore Polytechnic’s rationale for embarking on DT in 2010 and how SP have made great stride in DT. Mr Hee will also explain how DT has transformed their students and teaching and learning approach in SP and how we used DT to redefine Engineering Education.
Learning fields are a symbol for the dogmatic change from a subject- and scientific-oriented education to an orientation on vocational activities. Trainees learn in so-called learning situations and combine different competences in a complex network. The educational objective is to develop occupational competence. Well trained vocational teachers support this objective with their diagnostic competence.
One of the fundamental pleasures that make us human is our sense of play. We play for fun, we play to learn, and often we play together. However in a highly digitised world of digitised play or gaming, there are growing concerns about how this may affect young adults. This workshop will consider how non-digital games can be usefully developed to enable ‘learning through play’ for students. With an emphasis on collaboration, we will consider the process of how educational games or ‘interactives’ are designed in the museum environment and how many of these processes translate to games elsewhere. The workshop brief will also consider how games can be exploited in the classroom to create fun and provide collaborative learning experiences for students. The workshop will offer the opportunity to apply the principles discussed to the design of a non-digital game.
Set against a historical backdrop, this lecture will illustrate how expositions and world fairs reflect the political, social, creative and technological changes of their time. They present an unique mirror image, captured in time, of national and international identities, ambitions and development. Often described as the cultural and economic equivalent of the Olympic Games, expositions have historically enabled countries from all over the world to gather together for a set period of time to share ideas and developments. In essence, they are about ‘showing off’. In an ever-connected world, expositions appear to still have relevance and play their part in internationalisation and education. An ambition of most participants is to positively influence the beliefs, understanding and behaviour of visitors towards the nations themselves and in more recent years, the themes of the event. This lecture will explore the notion of internationalisation and the nurturing of global citizens for the 21st century in the context of Expo.
Workshop of “What Do Educators and Their Institutions Need to Make Mobile Learning a Reality? An Introduction to the iPAC Toolkit and Mobile Learning Resources Network”
As mobile devices continue to shrink in size and cost, their functionality and potential for learning is expanding, mediated through their various affordances which include more powerful multimedia, social networking, communication and geo-location capabilities. Hence Dr Burden thought that educators are increasingly seeking ways to exploit the appeal and growing ubiquity of mobile devices and the learning which is associated with it (m-learning), although their use and appropriateness in formal contexts, such as schools is relatively unknown and under-theorised.
Lecture of “Situated Knowledge Building and Mobile Technologies in the Third Space: Moving Beyond 21st Century Learning”
This lecture will explore the changing landscape of learning where mobile and other emerging technologies (e.g. Augmented Reality (AR) and immersive visualisation) are blurring the boundaries between what was once regarded as formal and informal learning. The speaker will argue that digital technologies (particularly mobile ones) and ubiquitous connectivity to the Internet are challenging many of the binaries we take for granted in education (e.g. formal and informal learning; virtual and face-to-face learning, etc.), leaving us to reconsider what we mean by learning in a digital world.
Lecture of “Internationalization in Post-Secondary Education: Implications for In and Out of the Classroom”
Global forces have brought significant change to post-secondary education over the past twenty years. The movement of students and faculty amongst countries has never been greater, and at the same time, the challenges associated with those movements have never been greater. This training will illustrate the origins of the internationalization of higher education, its current state, and implications for both faculty members in the classroom and students as they pursue their dreams in institutions around the world.
In order to create the most appropriate mobile learning experiences for our students, we as educators must see ourselves as learning designers working at the intersection of content, pedagogy and technology.