Will the mobile technology change the education paradigm in TVET?

Innovations in mobile learning can lead to a change paradigm in education which mobile technologies are believed to have the potential to be used in teaching and learning in schools [1].
In the article, the authors point out the use of the mobile learning for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Technical and vocational skills can be used immediately in the job market. TVET can be a prime choice in many developed countries. Using mobile phone as one of the tools for learning, make education accessible for more people.
The Lucubrate project (2017) [2] will open a world of accessible skills for young and young adults all over the world. The focus is the TVET. The student can meet the world with the skills the world needs.

Why Mobile Learning?

In a blog by Asha Pandey published on eLearning Industry in 2016 [3], she asks why you should not ignore mLearning or Mobile Learning as part of your training delivery. She answer this question with some figures:
• By 2018, 70% of professionals are likely to work using their personal smartphones.
• A whopping percentage (60%) of the workers consider mobile to be their “most critical work device”.
• Almost 100% of the learners are likely to complete the training in the mobile format.
• 47% of organizations are already using mobile devices for their training initiatives.
As Asha Pandey sees it, to maximize the impact of the training, giving learners the flexibility to learn “on the go” as well as on the device of their choice (tablets and smartphones) is necessary. Consider the statistics. These numbers make a clear case for adoption of mobile learning.

Mobile Learning in TVET

While innovation related to the educational use of mobile technology is flourishing, sustainable strategies to promote it at a larger scale remain in short supply. Solutions are only just beginning to come into focus. In this context there is renewed interest how mobile learning can be applied in TVET to ensure all have equal access and opportunities [4].
Mobile learning is a good way to expand the possibility for people to learn. Mark West, the UNESCO coordinator of the Mobile Learning Week in Paris says: “We have to reach people where they are. Mobile technologies offer unique advantages for making education accessible to displaced people and others on-the-move” [4]

Create or buy the mobile learning materiel

In incorporating mobile learning into daily teaching and learning, technologist educators must initially consider a workable framework to gauge the teaching and learning process. Therefore, performance-based mobile learning is rather crucial to be implemented to ensure the quality of teaching and learning will benefit the students and at the same time diversifying alternative methods to improve student performance in TVET. For many teachers it will become a challenge to create learning materiel for mobile platform. One alternative is use materiel created by other. You can buy the learning materiel as you buy a textbook.

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