The changes that have occurred in technology recently are particularly important to vocational education and training organisations (VETs). Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) integration in vocational education and training creates not only greater opportunity, but also introduces the need to make the learning and teaching process more engaging. TEL integration into vocational education and training can give centres the opportunity to simulate the external world of work in a virtual environment, allowing teachers to create a dynamic learning environment that emphasises learning from the real-world context – this is particularly helpful for vocational learners. TEL methods and virtual training software allow the provision of immersive, dynamic learning opportunities in a place the learner chooses.
It is very clear from literature that learners who obtain vocational competences and abilities using technology in the process, will have superior employment opportunities. This requires VET providers to have systematic approaches and strategies, with reference to technology software installation in place with continuous professional development opportunities for all teachers.
TEL is moving fast. As an illustration, Artificial Intelligence is now prepared for integration into vocational education and training. AI can help advance collaborative learning. One of the most innovative aspects of computer-supported collaborative learning is found in situations where learners are not physically in the same location. It provides learners variable choices insofar as when and where they wish to study, thus providing flexible approaches to learning. AI can help personalise learning – it can support an enhanced environment for teachers to work on more tailored methodologies to learners’ needs. At this point in time, teachers spend much time on routine and administrative tasks many which are repetitive, AI possibilities will remove this burden allowing greater interaction between teacher and learner.