Digital transformation and TVET – Achievements in 2022 and key priorities for 2023 

The Programme “Reform of TVET in Vietnam” (TVET Programme) prioritizes supporting 03 key majors: the consultation of policy and digital transformation (DX) strategies, the improvement of DX literacy for staff and teachers, and the development of digital solutions for TVET partners in Vietnam. 

Since 2021, 11 partner TVET colleges of GIZ have been supported in developing and operating e-learning studios to produce digital learning materials, 05 colleges have been supported with learning management systems (LMS), 04 colleges have been supported digital management systems (DMS), 02 colleges have been supported with 04 cloud server packages. The open vocational education training resources (OVETR) has been developed and piloted to promote shared digital learning materials within the community of 11 partner TVET colleges, 03 enterprises, Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, and TVET Programme. 

In 2022, GIZ supported key activities, including: The evaluation of process and results of DX activities at 11 partner TVET colleges, the research on developing the model of smart TVET colleges, the updating of Informatics subject (MH05) based on the orientation of digital literacy training. Besides, 41 events were organized in 2022 to enhance the competence of leaders, managements, as well as staff and teachers from DVET and 11 partner TVET colleges. In particular, regarding 12 workshops on raising awareness of DX, 18 training courses on improving the competence of exploiting digital platforms and 11 consultation meetings on DX strategies, TVET Programme approached 1.840 participants with 399 hours in intensive trainings, workshops and discussions. 

After more than 02 years of supporting, it was time for review and discussion on key priorities and action strategies for 2023 and further. As a result, the Workshop “Discussion on results of DX activities in 2022 and key priorities for 2023” was organized to create a forum for in-depth discussion, technical exchange, and existing challenges based on key components of DX ecosystem in TVET. 

Regarding the presentation of the smart TVET college model, Dr. Nguyen Nhat Quang emphasized that the awareness of DX of partner colleges had many positive remarkable changes. Colleges approached DX based on the DX ecosystem, which was comprehensive and inclusive in the framework of the smart TVET college model. Moreover, within the community of 11 partner TVET colleges of GIZ, there were groups of core staff/multipliers being responsible for different technical fields. GIZ played a role in connection and development of the network for sharing experiences, lessons learnt, learning from each other to improve. 

Furthermore, according to the presentation on evaluation of results of DX activities at 11 partner TVET colleges, Prof. Dr. Ho Tu Bao concluded 03 main challenges in the promoting process of DX as follows: “Firstly, DX activities are uneven between 11 partner colleges. Secondly, the awareness of DX is raising, but colleges are still confused about how to implement DX in detail. Third, there are not enough investment resources and human resources for DX activities.” 

The presentation and discussion results about the research on updating Informatics subject (MH05) based on the orientation of digital literacy training module received a great attention from participants. After 4 years of implementation, the Informatics subject faced new demands of innovation and updating to meet requirements of DX in TVET. New content related to digital tools, digital platforms, working skills on the digital environment, methods for implementation and evaluation… were significant and meaningful changes that the consultant team brought to this subject. 

Based on discussion results of working groups and recommendations/feedbacks from experts, the Workshop collected various key priorities for DX activities in 2023. Partner colleges considered enhancing e-pedagogic methods and digital literacy, upgrading digital infrastructure, platforms and developing digital learning materials as core issues to prioritize in the DX implementation process. Data and connection, as well as transforming the training content were the next focus points. The discussion results of the Workshop created an important basis for DVET, 11 partner TVET colleges and TVET Programme in planning policies and developing key activity plans for 2023 and in the further future. 

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