Preview Issue 19

Dec 14, 2021 | Preview

Call for Papers

TVET@Asia Issue 18:

Digitalization in TVET – New Forms of Learning for the Future of Work

Yuk-Kwan Ricky Ng (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong, SAR)
Christina Hong (Technological Higher Education Institute (THEi), Hong Kong, SAR)
Carol H. C. Chu (Soochow University, Taiwan)
Dave Towey (University of Nottingham Ningbo China)

Rapid advances in technology and digitalisation have been drawing increasing attention to the concepts of ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘smart factories’ to increase competitiveness to arrive for effective, efficiency manufacturing and more customer-centric focused production. Digitalisation trends in manufacturing sectors indicate that technical and vocational skills will eventually be replaced by robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) production processes. Certain professions may be taken over by digital technologies, possibly in the form of an AI or computational data-analysis software. These changes may improve the quality of work, in terms of individual competence development in experiential and informal manners. The impact of digitalisation in workplace integrated learning (WIL) should not be overlooked, and can be examined from a number of aspects, including: (1) tasks will be less routine, and will become more complex; (2) critical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity and collaboration skills will become essential; (3) professionals will focus more on service orientation and negotiation; (4) cognitive flexibility will be essential; and (5) continuing professional development and technical skills evolution (to cope with the fast-changing sector) will also be necessary. How can government and industry devise policies, regulatory mechanisms, competency frameworks and continuing professional development in response to the changes in work environments and job profiles? What are the key focus areas for TVET institutions to consider regarding curricular reformation? And regarding the development of resources and implementation on the new norm of learning and teaching (e.g. online, blended, workplace integrated learning and interdisciplinary learning) to nurture digital literate, technical competent and work ready professionals for the digitalised work environments?

These challenges can be addressed at different levels, such as:

  1. Tripartite (government, industry and TVET institution) collaboration and policy formulation;
  2. Industry’s regulatory mechanisms, such as national qualification and competency frameworks;
  3. Digitalisation, and artificial intelligence (AI) in TVET;
  4. Institutional strategies and initiatives, and curricula reformations;
  5. New TVET skills for work-ready graduates; and
  6. New norm of learning and teaching in TVET.

Issue 19 of TVET@Asia will examine the challenges resulting from digitalisation in work environments, and the impact on TVET curricula, learning and teaching. New sets of competencies to prepare TVET graduates for the future work will also be discussed.

We invite scholars, scientists, curriculum developers, practitioners and teachers from the TVET community to contribute to the upcoming Issue 19 ofTVET@Asia, to address the issues and challenges outlined below:

  1. Government, industries and TVET institutions’ responses to digitalisation in terms of policies, regulatory mechanisms and implementations of works
  2. The curricula and new competencies required for TVET graduates for the digitalised work environment
  3. The inclusion and application of 21st Century Skills in TVET
  4. Concepts and theoretical approaches for preparing TVET graduates for the new norm and forms of learning
  5. Sharing best practices for TVET teachers and learners’ digital literacy capability building
  6. Staff development for TVET teachers and professionals in order to incorporate digitalisation in teaching and learning and daily work
  7. Enhance and enrich TVET’s learning and teaching resources to in line with the digitalisation in TVET
  8. Concepts and experiences in developing online, blended, workplace integrated learning (WIL) and interdisciplinary learning to facilitate acquisition of up-to-dated TVET knowledge and skills

Of course, your contribution can extend beyond these topics, but it will need to retain a clear focus on the theme of this issue.

Open to any interested author.


  1. Please send an abstract of no more than one page, a short CV/profile (half page) and a list of publications to the editorial board, via, by January 31st, 2022
    Please use the “form-abstract_tvet-online.docx”, which can be downloaded below.
  2. Notification of abstract acceptance: February 15th, 2022
  3. Submission of full paper by April 15th, 2022
  4. Notification of acceptance and peer review feedback by May 15th, 2022
  5. Submission of the final, correctly-formatted paper by June 15th, 2022
  6. Tentative publication date: June 30th, 2022

We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Yuk-Kwan Ricky Ng,Christina Hong,Carol H. C. Chu and Dave Towey.

The following files are to download at

> the template for the article template_TVETAsia.docx

> the form for the abstract form-abstract_tvet-online.docx

> the full Call for Papers for Issue 19: CfP_Issue-19_TVETAsia.pdf


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!