Traditional higher education engineering versus vocational and professional education and training: what can we learn from each other?

Dave Towey, James Walker, Ricky Yuk-kwan Ng

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Abstract

This paper examines and contrasts learning and teaching practices in some traditional higher education engineering (THEE) and in vocational and professional education and training (VPET). As education evolves and new and alternative technologies and tools appear-especially in the form of more open, flexible, and lightweight technology-enhanced learning (TEL) options such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other open educational resources (OERs)-the need for THEE and VPET institutions to adapt and reinvent has never been more urgent. The paper introduces some recent changes in education, and the Chinese contexts of the authors. The history and parallels between THEE and VPET are presented. Then, current challenges for both THEE and VPET institutions are discussed, with potential strategies and solutions outlined. Insights from Agile development methodologies in software engineering are discussed as themes for how THEE and VPET institutions may be able to address current challenges and maintain a sustainable trajectory into the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Open and Innovative Education (ICOIE 2018)
EditorsKam Cheong Li, Eva Tsang
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages377-388
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-988-8439-59-1
ISBN (Print)9789888439591
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 International Conference on Open and Innovative Education - The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 4 Jul 20186 Jul 2018
http://icoie2018.ouhk.edu.hk/

Conference

Conference2018 International Conference on Open and Innovative Education
Abbreviated titleICOIE 2018
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period4/07/186/07/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Traditional Higher Education Engineering (THEE)
  • Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET)
  • Technology-enhanced Learning (TEL)
  • Open and Flexible Learning
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Reflection

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