LABTECH’s VIRTUAL TVET© PROGRAM
21st Century TVET
Labtech is creating a system for 21st Century TVET training delivery for employable skills: from theory to practical, from virtual to hands-on, from cloud to reality.
The Labtech-Academy features the latest technical and vocational content available online. Please understand that this is a work in progress and that we have rushed to put this system quickly online to assist teachers and students during the COVID-19 crisis.
Originally the Labtech-Academy was planned to release at the end of 2020 but we have accelerated the development due to demand from our current clients who as asking for online solutions. Each week we shall put up new content as it is completed so that you can continue your learning journey. At the beginning there will be only a few modules but each week we shall add more until each area becomes complete with anywhere between 30 to 50 topics per subject.
Virtual TVET© is the latest generation of digital content for TVET designed by Labtech. It uses advanced game-based technology to assist students to see how things are constructed, how they work and to understand the relationships between systems. At Labtech we are pioneering new ways of visual learning which use advanced 3D gaming technology. Our aim is to provide learning that both complements and goes beyond traditional lab/workshop based training programs. Up until now we have only deployed our content inside client schools as it runs on local devices/servers offline. We are in the process of converting our digital content to run on the Labtech-Academy site which is perhaps the first online system to do this.
Virtual TVET is designed as self-paced digital learning that is complementary to a wide range of existing curriculums around the world. It is mostly used as supplemental material but full subject areas (with 50 or more topics) can be considered to be quite a comprehensive complete course (all is needed is practice). The Labtech-Academy can be used by:
Labtech’s Virtual Digital Content is designed to be concise, complete and stand-alone learning modules that facilitate learning in topics that are typically included most Technical/Vocational curriculums or STEM Programs.
Each Topic module deals with a distinct and single element of the curriculum and provides enhanced learning materials for the student to explore and learn about these topics. They are provided in such a way that they can be used as supplemental learning materials to enhance the learning process or they can be incorporated into the main classroom activities.
The Labtech-Academy is starting to initially release content for Automotive, HVAC, Electrical and sTEm Tech subjects. The Automotive and HVAC will soon have 50 or over topic modules each as our development of these areas is already quite advanced, this will be complete by early to mid-June. Topics for the Electrical and sTEm will be uploaded as they are developed and our team is working hard on them now, this will take a few months for them to be complete. Later-on we shall add Electronics and ICT to the subject areas. We map the topics of each subject area to international standard curriculums from around the world (USA, UK, Australia, Malaysia for example). You can think of each topic like a chapter in a book and it comes complete with learning objectives, theory, interactive learning elements and assessments.
Our STEM program focuses on the Technology and Engineering aspect of STEM, wo we write it as sTEm. You can say it is for applied technology so we relate the technical applications and topics to science and math. This is quite different from other STEM programs that in many cases emphasize mostly Science and Math, they might be spelled like SteM. So if you wish to enhance your existing STEM program with T & E or have a program that is Technology and Engineering oriented then we have just what you need.
Generic Models - We make the content as generic as possible, and each component or system represents what is commonly used in today’s industry. It is not our objective right now to provide training on all the variations of technology used by specific industry or brand. However, some topics are based on specific popular models or brands which have unique technology. In these cases, we try to select technology or market leaders for these choices. For example, our Hybrid Vehicle course is based on the Toyota Prius and the Electrical Vehicle that is under development is based on the Nissan Leaf.
We have designed the program to be self-paced so that the student may journey through the information and activities in their own way. They can practice the exercise and review the information as much as they like in order to gain a deeper understanding or mastery over each area. We design the content so that the major portions are interactive and use visual learning techniques as this improves both comprehension and retention.
Our assessments are both formative and summative. The teachers will like the summative assessments as these will give a score on the learner’s progress. But the formative assessments are for the student’s benefit and they are an important part of the learning program. They test to student to see what they do not know and then allow the learner to revisit prior information or exercises to strengthen those parts in order to achieve a more complete understanding of the topic. Studying TVET is challenging as it is about competency (unlike most academic subjects). It is necessary to have a thorough understanding of the key topics in order to achieve true competency. Our Virtual TVET Students normally do well just by studying the information and the interactive animations and simulations. But the formative assessment is like turbo charging the learning process and leads the student to a fuller understanding and mastery.
We consider the following points when selecting our topics and designing how to present them in the best possible and most useful way for learning:
Students like it ! – Virtual TVET is a modern and engaging way to learn and is a new way of learning created with modern connected digitally oriented people in mind. This type of learning will increase the leaner motivation and therefore make the teacher’s job easier.
Provides a quick upgrade to your Institution’s curriculum – The content is designed with up-to-date references and technologies. Virtual TVET is a quick way to present the latest information to your students. For example, in Automotive we feature newer technologies such as engine management, electronic fuel injection, ABS, hybrid vehicles etc. This will enable your students to increase their understanding about the new technologies in modern vehicles today.
Enables online and off-campus learning to “Flip-the Classroom” – This enables teachers and institutions to extend learning beyond the school. This will increase the amount of learning and provide a way in times of crisis for students to continue learning at home.
Keeps your Curriculum up to date - The Labtech-Academy is always adding new content to each subject area, so the number of topics will grow each year to reflect new changes and updates in technology. This is an easy way to teach the latest and newest technology.
Industry 4.0 Ready and facilitates Life-Long Learning – Today’s students can benefit from online learning as they will incorporate new learning habits which will be useful life skills. Life-Long-Learning is a feature of Industry 4.0. Students need the ability to self-study and master new technologies as they are deployed by Industry. Today’s fast pace of change demands constant learning in many positions in order to keep relevant. So in fact the student will be learning as he will be working in the future.
Enhanced Assessments – Virtual-TVET features traditional and innovative assessments which provide the teacher with a more complete view and understanding on how each student is learning and progressing. This information can be used for grading and for also assisting the student to overcome any difficulties that they maybe facing in understanding the subject matter.
Helping the Teacher - Virtual TVET is designed to assist the teacher by helping the student through the theory and difficult or tedious parts of the learning process. This reduces the amount of the teacher’s time spent on lectures, remedial learning and grading so that they can concentrate on mentoring practical skills in the lab.
Labtech’s Virtual Digital Content for Vocational and Technical Learning provides extensive and engaging course content in core TVET areas. Labtech’s digital content is designed to meet the needs of learner in the 21st Century as well as Industry 4.0 (IR 4.0).
It provides a platform for schools to expand learning beyond the class so that they may learn “Anytime-Anywhere”. Younger people are learning differently today, and we need to update our TVET delivery systems to match with the student’s new learning styles and preferences which is digital based. Industry’s needs are also moving quickly and we need to be able to update, alter and adapt these programs to make the graduates ready to work.
Our objective is to make learning relevant and fun through realistic 3D rendered models, animations and simulations. They feature comprehensive content with lots of references and exercises, differentiated learning via self-paced learning modules, realistic high-quality graphics and combines practical as well as theoretical exercises.
The balance between virtual and practical learning in vocational education is becoming a cutting-edge topic in education today. It is Labtech’s aim to create the best tools and content for true blended learning. This will be part virtual and part physical or hands-on.
Labtech is proud to be leading the way in this field by combining our own expertise built up over 30 years in vocational education together with the insights and research-based best practices for e-learning brought by our network of academic and industry partners. Our efforts have resulted in the most effective, innovative and comprehensive implementation of virtual and blended learning in the field of vocational education today. The power of Virtual learning is growing, and we are able to use it to speed up learning, make learning more in depth and make complex principles easier to understand.
Costs can also be significantly lowered by replaced many physical training systems in the labs or workshops and increasing their student throughput. All of these factors can improve learning and importantly lower the cost of technical and vocational education. So with VIRTUAL TVET, Learning can be made more efficient, Deepen knowledge and skills, take less time and dramatically reduce lab infrastructure development and operational costs.
Labtech is in a unique position of having 30 years’ experience in developing the world’s largest range of technical and vocational training systems. We have developed over 1,000 training systems in seven key technology Areas. Labtech is one of only a very few companies in the world that is ISO certified for Research and Development of educational training systems. This ensures a high standard of consistency and innovation in our approach. We are also ISO certified in 8 other areas ranging from management, production, Quality Control, Customer Service and Training.
During this process, over the years, we have gathered, created and organized massive amounts training manuals, systems operational data, photos, videos, training models and a warehouse and factory full of technical parts and components. In order to do this innovative digital content right, we start with real industrial components and systems and then duplicate them down to the last screw in a Virtual 3D environment and then we make the virtual models operational which are able to be operated, taken apart and reassembled in a Virtual Manner. We then layer on our technical knowledge describing the system and its constituent parts, include videos, still photos or illustrations, glossaries and innovative new assessments. The following are the targeted areas for Virtual TVET development for our current and future content.