Conference hears e-learning being introduced throughout education sector.
The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) is actively implementing information technology solutions in education, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien told the International Forum on ICT in Education 2015, held on October 29 in Hanoi.
“MoET has signed an agreement with Viettel, a major Vietnamese telecommunications supplier, to provide internet connections at all Vietnamese schools and universities,” he said. It also cooperated with South Korea to develop IT in universities, such as the cyber university project at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology and an e-learning project at the Hanoi Open University.
Mr. Hien added he was impressed by the innovative classes he saw during his trip to South Korea in May that use IT to improve studies and teaching. “I hope that Vietnam will have similar classes,” he said.
On October 30 an ICT classroom similar to the South Korean model will be introduced at a high school in Hanoi’s Cau Giay district with South Korean support. Other classrooms are expected to appear in other school and universities around the country.
Vietnam is making an effort to see ICT become more common in the education sector. “Thirty-seven per cent of Vietnamese teachers have been attending ICT training and 19 per cent can design e-learning lessons for students,” Deputy Director of the ICT Department at MoET, Mr. Nguyen Son Hai, told the conference.
E-learning helps to improve education quality, he went on. “Students can study anything, anytime, everywhere, at less cost,” he said. “Vietnam is implementing e-learning, and in the future m-learning (mobile learning) and u-learning (ubiquitous learning) will also be implemented.”
Mr. Hai also, however, pointed out the difficulties in deploying e-learning in Vietnam. “It’s even harder to maintain the systems,” he said. Viettel, for example, spends $20 million every year on maintaining the internet system it provides to schools and universities. ICT and educational cooperation in the public-private partnership model would therefore be a solution, he believes.