Teaching and Learning in VET’s laboratories


Short Description and Goals of Advanced teaching and learning approaches for Vocational Education and Training laboratories: new challenges and opportunities

This proposal is for a special session on the “use” of advanced educational methods as Teaching and Learning Tools in Vocational Education and Training (VET). The educational paths within a VET Specialty laboratory can hardly be defined at a single epistemological level and in a single format. Behavioural, cognitive, and socio-emotional elements and the mandatory team-collaborative nature of a technical education specialty laboratory, but also combinations of all the above can be used to design a teaching scenario, a laboratory activity (from learning games to simulation applications with combinations of augmented reality to conceptual approaches) form a distinct special learning model based on advanced applications of technical knowledge approach. Regardless of the direction of each specialty that operates, the teachers of the laboratory centre’s of VET support advanced teaching and learning activities with methods, structures, and teaching forms based on information and communications technology (or technologies – ICT). In any scientific field, teaching and learning with advanced methods in a technical education laboratory should be used to provide and facilitate opportunities for students to discover and construct knowledge about specific and specialized learning objects of laboratory exercises.

In this special session, we are looking for papers addressing, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • Educational game in VET
  • Advanced teaching and learning approaches in VET’s laboratories
  • Playful form of teaching and learning in VET’s apprenticeship
  • Gender stereotypes at play
  • The advanced teaching and learning approaches as a means of inclusive education
  • Digital educational scenarios for VET laboratories: teaching and learning approaches
  • Advanced t teaching and learning approach in non-formal learning.
  • Art and Play in VET laboratories.

Special Session Organizers

Dr. Kotsifakos Dimitrios , Postdoctoral Researcher,Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece (kotsifakos@unipi.gr)
Dr. Kotsifakos Dimitrios is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Informatics at the University of Piraeus, Greece. He is an award-winning graduate with Distinction (2010) from the University of Piraeus and holds a four-year degree in Electronic Engineering from the Technological Educational Institute (A-TEI) of Athens. He is the principal director of the 1st Laboratory Center of Agios Dimitrios (Vocational Education and Training, VET – Laboratory Centers). Dr. Kotsifakos also teaches Web Technologies (“World Wide Web and Digital Collections Management”) in the master’s Program “Digital Culture, Smart Cities, IoT and Advanced Digital”, at the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus.

Christos Douligeris, Professor, University of Piraeus
Christos Douligeris, Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of Piraeus, held positions in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Miami. He was a member of the Hellenic Information and Communications Security and Privacy Authority and President and CEO of the Hellenic Electronic Government for Social Security SA. Dr. Douligeris beyond others, teaches Web Technologies and Security master’s Programs at the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus.

Dimitrios Magetos , PhD Candidate, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece (dmagetos@unipi.gr )
Dimitrios Magetos holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Athens University of Economics and Business and an MSc in Advanced Information Systems and is a PhD candidate at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Piraeus. Since 1993 he has been working as an IT teacher in public primary and secondary education. He is a certified adult educator and has taught in higher technological education, courses such as software technology, operating systems, information technologies in education. Since 2020 he has been working at the Institute of Computer Technology and Publishing, Diophantus.

Ioannis Sarlis , PhD Candidate, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece (sarlisj@unipi.gr)
Ioannis Sarlis studied computer science at the Athens University of West Attica and is a PhD candidate specializing in digital tools for the management of education. He holds two postgraduate degrees in social information systems and in educational design and management. With twenty-five years of experience in both public and private education, including the last eight years as a high school principal, his goal is to develop and implement innovative digital tools for education management, focusing on improving the educational processes and the educational management of public schools.