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Vocational Dreams to Career Reality: Technology Enhanced Learning for Everyday Connectivity and Practice
Dr. Niki Lambropoulos
London South Bank University & Global Operations Division, London, UK
A great number of jobs are becoming obsolete these days; our era is shifting from the Industrial to the Information, Collaboration and Creativity one. Knowledge, skills, competencies and associated tools within Communities of Practice (CoPs) are constantly altering. In the rise of such new world, new dreams and visions are needed to be manifested creating new CoPs and careers that sometimes can be entirely unpredictable. This rapid information expansion, worldwide collaboration and promptly emerging new technologies, are raising demands in the everyday working ecosystems. Consequently, they impact and alter the Vocational Education and Training (VET) pedagogical approaches and learning possibilities. Based upon the inevitable uncertainty, best practices are presented that have been intelligently employed for vocational technology enhanced learning within in situ connected working environments. Furthermore, new methods, tools and techniques are proposed to embrace and enhance collaborative creativity implemented in diverse and intersected informal and formal learning and working locations. Such frameworks and easy-to-use tools have the potential to adjust and bridge previous knowledge and experiences with the new working demands. In this way, knowledge, skills and competencies can be transformed and transmitted within unified learning and working ecosystems for everyday ubiquitous connectivity and practice.