Australia and Vietnam continue strategic engagement in education innovations

Australia and Vietnam continue strategic engagement in education innovations

RMIT University has kicked off a series of deep-dive workshops on online and digitally enhanced learning with the participation of experts from both Vietnam and Australia.

The first Online and Digitally Enhanced Learning (ODEL) policy roundtable last September initiated a bilateral policy exchange between the Australian and Vietnamese governments, together with leading educational institutions, to discuss a proposed online and digital education future for Vietnam.

Building on the success of the roundtable, on 14 April 2021, RMIT University hosted the first workshop in a follow-up sub-series which explores the important aspects of ODEL for Vietnam. 

RMIT University has kicked off a series of deep-dive workshops on online and digitally enhanced learning with the participation of experts from both Vietnam and Australia.

Titled “Setting the scene, planning, scope, terminologies and expectations”, the workshop brought together senior administrators and educators interested in improving online and digitally enhanced learning in Vietnam.

According to the experts at the workshop, Vietnam is well placed to develop and drive an increased application of online and digitally enhanced learning. The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) of Vietnam has been delivering the required policies to encourage online teaching and learning, in combination with in-person training, to help drive digital transformation in education.

Associate Professor Nguyen Thu Thuy, Director General of the Higher Education Department at MOET said: “The people – the teachers, learners, solution providers and policymakers – are the true owners of digital transformation in education. That is why we are engaging all these stakeholders in discussions to build a contemporary approach to learning and teaching which offers the flexibility we will need going forward in the digital era.”

Associate Professor Nguyen Thu Thuy, Director General of the Higher Education Department at the Ministry of Education and Training, spoke at the workshop.

The series of deep-dive workshops initiated by RMIT will focus on exploring the key outcomes from the inaugural policy roundtable last September, and culminate in the first-ever Vietnam Online and Digitally Enhanced Learning Summit later in 2021.

Through these discussions, RMIT aims to promote multilateral cooperation among partner and peer organisations from both Australia and Vietnam to exchange ideas, share experience, and support one another in the journey towards online education and training.

The intended results are clear policy recommendations, as well as guidelines and resources to ensure high quality engagement for both students and educators.

RMIT Executive Dean (Academic & Students) Professor Rick Bennett complimented the Vietnamese government’s commitment and support to implementing digital transformation across the education sector in Vietnam.

“The pandemic brought this plan into action quicker than would previously have occurred, and it highlighted that the readiness for digital transformation is varied within the education sector,” he said

“We’ve been teaching face to face for thousands of years and digitally enhanced learning is only about 20 years old. We need to acknowledge this, and see digital transformation in education as a journey and provide the necessary resources and funding required for it to be successful.” 

Story: Linh Luong and Ngoc Hoang

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