The Artificial Intelligence in Vocational Education and Training MOOC gives a chance for teachers and training providers in the field of VET to understand AI and its applications in learning and teaching. Created by Taccle AI, the MOOC is launched in the context of the project 'Improving the Skills and Competences of VET teachers and trainers in the age of Artificial Intelligence'. The MOOC is launched as a response to an identified skills need: to ensure that VET policy reflects developments around AI, and ensure the future workforce is prepared for a world, increasingly touched by both AI and automation. In this context, VET provision is central to upgrading skills and knowledge and provide retraining for roles and occupations displaced by the AI.
Aims and objectives
The objective of the course is to offer an overview of the changing world of work and shifting demands in terms of skills and knowledge. The MOOC zooms onto the types of jobs considered most at risk by AI - and what skills will be needed in the future. Another focus is to convey an accurate perspective of the possible impact of AI on the world of education and training. To do this, the MOOC looks at different case studies and examples of AI and its application in vocational schools and workplace environments, with the aim of highlighting the transferable elements across occupations and roles.
Themes and topics
The MOOC is structured in 5 modules. While the course is designed to be followed chronologically, learners can choose which module to start with.
Introduction to AI: a brief overview of the AI and its definitions, as well as trends and projections for the changing world of work, especially in the context of AI applications deployed for teaching and learning. The introductory module also briefly discusses the ethical issues surrounding AI.
AI and its impact on jobs - now and in the future: find out the types of jobs prone to automation and the extent to which AI poses a challenge on the future labour market structure. Looking at the ways in which AI is changing skills supply and demand, the course also examines ways in which AI and humans can work together.
AI in VET good practices: this module is dedicated to the growing use of AI in vocational education and training, not just when it comes to learning but also to motivate students, help with assessment and facilitate administrative processes. Several case studies from different countries are included to support various examples of the technology's application.
Integrating AI in VET: in the 4th module, participants have a chance to put what they have learned into practice, examining how existing curricula and qualifications should be reformed to reflect these developments. The module also looks at the skills and knowledge required by vocational teachers and trainers and how the European Commission's DigiCompEdu Framework could include AI and its application.
AI and ethics in VET: the last module focuses on the ethical challenges around AI and their potential impact on education and training.
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Describe the impact of AI and automation and why this is considered central to VET provision.
- Discuss the impact of the technology on the future of work, jobs, sectors, and occupations.
- List elements necessary to facilitate the integration and use of AI for teaching and learning in a VET context.
- Demonstrate an improved ability to develop new curricula and qualifications, incorporating the skills required by the jobs of the future.
- Reflect on the ethical issues that AI's widespread adoption poses.
Those, who complete all modules will be awarded a digital badge. Participants can also interact with one another, discuss ideas and share their reflections through the online forum, part of the MOOC.
The course is free of charge, offered in English and German - and open to all. It can be completed in 5 to 6 weeks (around 1 week per module).