AI and the Future of VET Teaching

This episode of Anypod explores the transformative role of AI in Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the next three years, paints a scenario of a day at an AI-driven VET school, and identifies the top skills VET educators need to hone. With real-world examples and potential classroom changes, we delve into what these advancements mean for students and teachers alike.

Creator: kmec

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Prompt: I want to learn more about how AI will disrupt the VET teaching business within the next 3 years. What would a typical day look like at a VET school? And what are the 3 most important skills and competencies the teachers must develop?

Guidance: Keep it in a light form. Use everyday language.

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[0:10] Jennifer: Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to Anypod, your go-to place for an array of fascinating topics. I'm Jennifer, here to explore the nuances of technology with my co-host, Michael.

[0:21] Michael: Hi folks, Michael here. Really excited to delve into today's topic: the impact of AI on VET teaching in the next 3 years. We're looking at how a typical day in a VET school might transform and the vital skills teachers will need to develop. Let's get started!

[0:37] Jennifer: Indeed, the role of AI in education is no small subject. To begin, let's talk about the personalization of learning. AI doesn't just offer general lessons; it can identify whether a student is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic and then adapt the material to suit their learning style.

[0:55] Michael: Exactly. So, let's say a student in a VET school is struggling with electrical circuit theory. The AI system they’re using could notice that they’re visual learners, and it might start providing more diagrams, interactive 3D models, videos, or infographics to help the concept click.

[1:11] Jennifer: That extends to the pace at which a student learns as well. If that same student is breezing through soldering techniques, the AI can challenge them with more complex tasks, instead of holding them at the same pace as the rest of the class. This sort of individual attention was nearly impossible at scale before AI.

[1:31] Michael: Moving on to assessment, AI can fundamentally change how students receive feedback. Rather than waiting days for a graded exam, students get immediate insights. Take a culinary student practicing knife skills. An AI can analyze the precision of their cuts and even suggest ergonomic improvements in their grip.

[1:49] Jennifer: And picturing a day at a VET school backed by AI technologies, mornings could involve students interacting with these intelligent platforms that provide step-by-step guidance on, say, automotive repair procedures, complete with real-time feedback.

[2:04] Michael: The afternoons might build on that with collaborative projects. Students could apply what the AI taught them in the morning, working together to diagnose and repair an engine under the supervision of their teacher, who acts more as a mentor.

[2:16] Jennifer: Teachers can leverage the data from morning sessions to provide targeted support, identify common issues, foster peer learning, and customize the group work accordingly.

[2:27] Michael: Absolutely. And let's not overlook the role of AI in practical skill development. Like, Jennifer, imagine VET students doing arc welding in a virtual environment created by AI.

[2:38] Jennifer: Virtual reality welding simulators would let them attempt different welding techniques in a no-risk setting. They’d get graded by the AI on their technique, and even the angle and distance of the torch, followed by virtual 'hands-on' practice without the dangers or cost of using actual materials.

[2:56] Michael: There's also the aspect of accessibility and inclusivity, crucial in education. AI-driven tools can translate lectures and materials into multiple languages or convert speech to text for deaf students, ensuring that learning resources are accessible to a wider range of students.

[3:14] Jennifer: Such an important point. And administrative tasks – by automating these, AI lets instructors focus on teaching rather than paperwork. Imagine an AI system keeping track of student attendance through facial recognition as students enter the workshop.

[3:29] Michael: Yeah, and it could extend to enrolling students in the right modules based on their performance. It might even predict which students are at risk of falling behind, allowing teachers to offer preemptive support.

[3:41] Jennifer: Diving into skills that VET teachers need to develop, at the top has to be AI literacy. They'll need to understand, at least at a fundamental level, how these AI systems work so they can effectively integrate them into their teaching.

[3:56] Michael: That transitions nicely into the second skill – adaptability. They need to be comfortable with change, capable of shifting from leading a classroom lecture to facilitating a workshop where AI tools are augmenting the learning.

[4:10] Jennifer: And thirdly, they need heaps of creativity. We're talking about designing project-based learning experiences where AI provides the foundation, but human creativity makes the learning experience significant and memorable.

[4:23] Michael: Couldn't agree more. Continuous professional development becomes a must. Just like tech evolves, teaching strategies will have to evolve in lockstep.

[4:31] Jennifer: Well, listeners, that's a wrap on our deep dive into AI's role in VET teaching. We’ve painted a picture of a day in a futuristic VET school and discussed the top three skills teachers there might need.

[4:45] Michael: It's safe to say the days ahead in education are looking tech-savvy and exciting, teeming with AI-enabled potential. We're eager to see how these predictions pan out.

[4:54] Jennifer: So stay curious, keep learning, and thank you for joining us today on Anypod. Until next time, take care!

[5:01] Michael: Goodbye, everyone! Catch you on the next episode.