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Beyond Access: ICT-enhanced Innovative Pedagogy in TVET in Asia-Pacific

Despite the potential that ICT offers in innovating teaching and learning in TVET, research shows that most TVET teachers in the Asia-Pacific region lack adequate pedagogical skills to take full advantage of ICT, and thus experience difficulties in meeting the demands of the changing world of work. The predominant teaching approaches in TVET remain teacher-centric, where students tend to be passive recipients of information.

The use of ICT beyond access, that is, to promote the quality of teaching and learning in TVET is largely under-documented and intermittent. A number of questions related to benefits, strengths/weaknesses and opportunities/risks of integrating ICT to increase the quality of learning in TVET remain unanswered.  Likewise, critical factors in planning and implementing ICT for innovative teaching and learning in TVET need further study and exploration.

Therefore, UNESCO Bangkok is conducting a research study entitled “Beyond Access: ICT-enhanced Innovative Pedagogy in TVET in Asia Pacific” with an aim to take stock of and document innovative practices of harnessing the potential of ICT in TVET in the Asia-Pacific region, explore ways to improve the pedagogical relevance of TVET to meet the changing skill needs of a digital society, and to provide policy recommendations for the innovative use of ICT and ways to increase quality of teacher training in TVET. It is expected that the study will facilitate a better understanding of the potential of ICT in promoting innovative pedagogies and highlight promising practices of ICT use in TVET. Moreover, it will help guide a transformation of teaching and learning in TVET as well as contribute to improving teacher training for TVET, and help conceptualize factors that facilitate/withhold innovative teaching and learning using ICT in TVET.

Furthermore, this study will be used as an important research reference for conducting a comparative study in this area between Asia Pacific and another region. The preliminary findings from this study will be shared at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET) to be held from 3-5 August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A concurrent session during the Conference will serve as a venue to solicit feedback and inputs from participants and seek concrete policy suggestions to respond to the findings of the study. The final report of the study will be available by the end of this year.

Contact info: Miron Kumar Bhowmik,