Constructing new learning opportunities: Using mobile learning for technical vocational education and training (TVET)
Mr Borhène Chakroun | Presentation (PDF)
UNESCO's researches and consultations, for example through UNESCO-UNEVOC Network, in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) have identified TVET teachers and trainers professionalization, pedagogical development and decentralisation as important factors for the improvement of teaching and learning in TVET. While it is possible for top-down reform to create conditions that encourage the development of these factors, international experiences suggest that top-down and bottom-up initiatives must be combined.
UNESCO researches also show that the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), web-based and mobile technology for TVET teachers and trainers training is expanding. Increasingly, there are a variety of initiatives being explored across the regions and recent experience of implementation and its challenges.
Using web-based resources and mobile learning is important in building networks and sharing resources. There is also a case to invest further in networks that encourage communication through mobile technologies. The development of such networks offers a way to empower dynamic TVET teachers that have the ambition to shape their professions. Providing support for such network could represent an efficient policy investment.
It is therefore important to explore options for initiatives that directly support TVET teachers and trainers and their leaders at the level of schools, colleges, training centres and units. There is also considerable potential for the development and sharing of mobile learning resources nationally and across regions. However, there is a need to enable teachers and trainers to make use of this powerful new medium.
The audience can share its own experiences, initiatives and lessons learned while helping to identify promising practices and relevant initiatives in this field.
Borhène Chakroun is an engineer with a PhD in Education Sciences from Bourgogne University in France. His academic work focuses on the certification and validation of prior learning. During the 1990s, Borhène worked as a trainer, chief trainer and VET project manager. He has also worked as short-term consultant to the EU, World Bank and other international organisations before coming to the European Training Foundation (ETF) in 2001. At the ETF, Borhène worked as Senior Human Capital Development specialist and Team leader of the EU funded regional project Education and training for Employment (MEDA-ETE). He has also coordinated the ETF’s community of practice on National Qualifications Frameworks and Recognition of Qualifications. He is now Head of the TVET section at UNESCO and is leading the implementation of the UNESCO TVET strategy adopted in 2009.