Change of Education and Training Business in the Age of 5G
Authors: Heikki Ruohomaa, Vesa Salminen, Heidi Ahokallio-Leppala
Abstract: Regions are facing a huge competition, to attract companies, businesses, inhabitants, students etc. and this way to improve living and business environment, which is rapidly changing due to the impact of digitalization.On the other hand, for the point of view of the industry, the availability of skillful labor force and innovation environment are crucial factors. In this context, qualified staff has been seen to be able to utilize the opportunities of digitalization and response the needs of future skills. World Manufacturing Forum has stated on year 2019- report, that in next five years 40% of workers have to change their core competences. Through digital transformation, the use of new technologies like cloud, mobile, big data, 5G- infrastructure, platform- technology, data- analysis, and social networks with increasing intelligence and automation, enterprises can capitalize on new opportunities and optimize existing operations to achieve significant business improvement.Digitalization is going to be an important part of everyday life of citizens, and present in the working day of the average citizen and employee in the future. For that reason, also education system and education programs on all levels of education from diaper age to doctorate have been directed to fulfill this ecosystem strategy. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring unprecedented change to societies, education organizations and business environments. The goal of this article is to identify how education, education content, the way education is proceeded and overall whole the education business is changing. Most important is how we should respond to this inevitable co- evolution.The purpose of the study is to verify how the learning process is boosted by new digital content, new learning software and tools and customer- oriented learning environments. The change of education programs and individual education modules can be supported by applied research projects. You can use them in making proof- of- concept of new technology, new way to teach and train and through the experiences gathered change education content, way to educate and finally education business as whole.Applied research projects can be used to make proof of concept- phases on real environment field labs to test technology opportunities and new tools for training purposes. Customer oriented applied research projects are also excellent environments for students to make assignments and use new knowledge and content and teachers to test new tools and create new ways to educate. New content and problem-based learning is used on future education modules.This research has used qualitative and conceptual analytic methodology. The data analyzed has been collected from case study environments and transdisciplinary digital transformation projects. Project settings have also been testing environments for new education tools and contents. In this article are introduced some case study experiences on customer oriented digital transformation projects and how gathered knowledge on new digital content and new way to educate has influenced on education supported. Case study is related on experiences of research projects, customer- oriented field labs/learning environments and education programs of Häme University of Applied Sciences.
Keywords: Education process, Digitalization Content– Digital Tools for Education, Learning Environments, Transdisciplinary Co-operation
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