THE USE OF EDUCATION 4.0 TOOLS IN TERTIARY EDUCATION SYSTEM IN SLOVAKIA
Keywords:digital learning tools, Education 4.0, higher education institution, technological education, digital competences, augmented reality
This paper examines the use of digital learning tools in a technological higher education institution in Slovakia in the context of Industry 4.0 development. Based on a literature review and empirical findings from interviews with education professionals at higher education institutions, this article discusses the critical issues and challenges in the application of some of the Education 4.0 digital learning tools, namely Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, augmented reality and digital game environment. In this paper, the use of digital learning tools and the collaboration of teachers and researchers are presented as a promising practice of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. This higher education institution reflects current innovative trends in the Education 4.0 concept, e.g. Building Information Modeling technology and augmented reality methods are used as part of a modular learning system, using sensors in manufacturing, preventive maintenance, simulation, design, and 3D printing. Data collection was realized by web pages analysis including webpages of the faculties and by interviews in a sample of educational professionals. The key challenge for the Slovak education system is the improvement of the interconnection between the education system and the industry.The current effort of the scientists and teachers is to identify future trends, techniques, experiences, and skills needed to succeed in the education associated with the requirements of the Industry 4.0 environment. The paper discusses augmented reality with its benefits in time efficiency, ergonomics, and ecological issues. Specific challenges in Education 4.0 learning tools are analysed considering students’ age, attitude towards digital technologies, previous experiences, and situation awareness. The paper stresses the importance of strategical support of Education 4.0 digital learning tools application in the educational process in Slovakia.
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