VBF asks for digitalisation of learning (Education 4.0)

March 20, 2023 | 07:22
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To encourage the continued development of Vietnam's economy, the upskilling and education of its future labour force is essential.
VBF asking the digitalisation of education 4.0
Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, co-head of the VBF Working Group of Education and Training

This goal can be achieved through partnerships between public and private educational institutions and providing teacher training for those working in the public-school system, the Working Group of Education and Training stated at the technical session of the Vietnam Business Forum 2023 (VBF) on March 17.

"Online or blended educational programmes – combining online learning with face-to-face studies – for the training of Vietnamese teachers in the public-school sector would further provide local teachers with the international-standard skills needed to develop students into lifelong learners who equipped with the expanding skills necessary for future careers in emerging industries," said Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, representative of the working group.

"In addition, the digitalisation of education offers potential for the development of skills across the workforce. However, regulations must allow online components of learning and qualifications to be further recognised," she emphasised.

Technology has, and will increasingly play, a major role in defining what the future environment for education will look like. It will need to cater to the needs of Industry 4.0, deploy the potential of digital technologies, and create a blueprint for the future of learning – from school-based learning to learning in the workplace.

"Education must keep pace with the world it is training students for and have a more realistic and practical approach, resulting in greater outcomes. The benefits of effectively digitalising education are many and affect a range of stakeholders," urged Dung.

Students will have better access to, and relationships with, other participants in the system. Students' learning outcomes will improve proportionately to how well digital education is implemented.

The use of technology will also make it easier for teachers and lecturers to provide a personalised learning experience for students. This will result in better learning outcomes, which means better teaching outcomes because what teachers are doing actually achieves practical results.

For management and non-academic staff, there will also be benefits as it allows them to reduce bureaucracy, instead focusing on improving the quality of support to the students and academic staff.

To highlight the advantages of Education 4.0, the VBF Working Group said, "The benefit to industry is that the education system will supply higher quality graduates who are more work ready. This will improve the performance of the workforce and thus that of industry and the economy as a whole."

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