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Transforming Vocational Education and Training Using AI

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Dr. Eriona Çela
Ph.D. (University of Bari, Italy)

University of New York Tirana
Albania 
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Assoc. Prof. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala
Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture
University of New York Tirana
Albania
Dr. Philip Eappen
Ph.D. (Central Michigan University, USA)
Cape Breton University,  Canada
Prof. Dr. Rajasekhara Mouly Potluri
Kazakh-British Technical University

Almaty, Kazakhstan

About the Editors

Dr. Eriona Çela is a distinguished academic currently serving as a Full-Time Assistant Professor at the University of New York Tirana, where she is a member of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences in the Department of Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching Methodology of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) from the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" in Italy, enhancing her extensive background in language education, which includes earlier degrees in English Language and Law from the University of Tirana and Business Academy College in Albania. Dr. Çela's research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, focusing on Law, Business English, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Teaching Methodology, ESP, Academic Writing, Higher Education, Plagiarism, and European Integration among others. She is well-versed in teaching a range of subjects, including Academic Writing, ESL, Business English, Law, and Legal English. She also has significant expertise in translating legal, business, and educational documents. Her academic experience spans several respected institutions, including previous roles as an Assistant Professor at the University of Luarasi, University of Elbasan "Aleksandër Xhuvani", University of Tirana, and University of Durrës "Aleksandër Moisiu". In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Çela has held significant administrative positions within the Albanian Ministry of Education and Sport, contributing to integration, coordination, and project feasibility. Dr. Çela is active in the academic community as a member and managing editor of various editorial boards, including those for the European Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the International Journal of Risk and Contingency Management. Her contributions to conferences and scholarly journals are numerous, underscoring her commitment to advancing research and practice in her fields of expertise. She also brings practical insights into her teaching and research from her experiences as a trainer and higher education expert involved in quality assurance and educational reforms in Albania. This rich background informs her ongoing contributions to academic discussions and policy-making in education, both in Albania and internationally.

Assoc. Prof. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala is working as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the University of New York Tirana, Albania. He had previously worked as the Chair of Computer Science and Software Engineering programs at the American University of Nigeria. He is a senior member of ACM and IEEE. He is the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the International Journal of Risk and Contingency Management (IJRCM). He is also a member of the Risk Management Society (RIMS), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has over 23 years of experience teaching programming and database-related courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels in Europe and Africa. He has also worked as a consultant in European technology firms and has experience participating in EU-funded projects. He has completed a Doctorate in Information Systems and Technology (United States); holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and Applications (India), and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Information Systems (Switzerland).

Prof. Dr. Rajasekhara Mouly Potluri is an accomplished professor of Management/Marketing with thirty years of industry/teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels in various universities. He has taught marketing and management courses in Ph.D., EMBA, MBA, MS (Management), and BBA programs, where he has utilized his industry and consultancy experience to enrich the classroom dynamics. Dr. Raj earned his Ph.D. in Management/Marketing from Shivaji University in India and held four Master's degrees in Business Administration (Marketing), Commerce (Banking), Philosophy (Human Resources), as well as an MBA in Islamic Marketing from the International Islamic Marketing Association in the U.K. He has published and presented more than ninety research articles, book chapters, case studies, and talks in internationally ranked peer-reviewed journals indexed in Scopus, ABDC, SSCI, and KCI and International Conferences. Dr. Raj has won eleven Best Research Paper Awards and ten Academic Service Excellence Awards in different International Conference presentations in Egypt, South Korea, Malaysia, and UAE. He won the Best Professor and Researcher of the Year Award in 2015 and the Best Visiting Professor Award in 2013 from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Kakinada (JNTUK) in India Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) in Kazakhstan, respectively. He has extensive teaching and research experience in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environments in India, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates. His research interests are Marketing, Islamic Marketing, CSR, HRM, Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Philip Eappen is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management at Cape Breton University. He is also a Director of Clinical Services and Transition to Community at the Breton Ability Center. With over a decade of experience in hospitals and healthcare management operations across different continents, Dr. Eappen is a seasoned professional. Before joining Cape Breton University, he taught at the University of Toronto, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Fanshawe College. He previously worked as a director of health services and chief administrator of healthcare operations at the American University of Nigeria. Additionally, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the American University and several other universities and colleges for many years. Dr. Eappen holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management, and a Bachelor of Nursing. He also has a post-graduate certificate in international health from Central Michigan University and several other certifications from reputed universities worldwide. Dr. Eappen's field of research interest is healthcare innovations, especially healthcare informatics. He has authored numerous publications, including journal articles, book chapters, and books.

About the Book

Transforming Vocational Education and Training Using AI is a comprehensive examination of the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in vocational education and training (VET). This edited volume will bring together leading experts, practitioners, and researchers to explore the multifaceted ways AI can revolutionize the VET landscape, enhancing both the quality and accessibility of vocational training programs worldwide. This book will examine the evolution of VET and the current gaps within traditional training paradigms. By addressing these gaps, the chapters in this book will present AI technologies and their diverse applications, illustrating how machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, and automation can be seamlessly integrated into vocational curricula. The focus extends to AI-driven industry demands, highlighting how VET programs can be aligned with these needs to ensure learners are adequately prepared for the future workforce. AI literacy is a critical theme, emphasizing its importance and offering best practices for designing AI-infused curricula. Through case studies and real-world examples, readers will gain insights into effective strategies for incorporating AI into teaching and learning processes. This book will also explore the pivotal role of partnerships between educational institutions and industries, showcasing how these collaborations can create robust internship opportunities and enhance VET programs. Ethical considerations, data privacy concerns, and the need to address biases and the digital divide are thoroughly examined, ensuring that the integration of AI in VET is both responsible and inclusive. The international best practices featured in this volume provide a global perspective, highlighting successful implementations of AI in vocational training across different regions. As we look toward the future, this book will offer predictions and recommendations for the ongoing evolution of AI in VET. Topics such as continuous innovation, knowledge exchange strategies, and the impact of AI on workforce development and skill adaptation will be explored in depth. Additionally, the book will cover emerging trends like personalized learning pathways, adaptive learning technologies, gamification, and virtual and augmented reality use in vocational training. Transforming Vocational Education and Training Using AI will be an essential resource for educators, policymakers, industry leaders, and researchers. This book will provide a holistic understanding of how AI can be leveraged to enhance vocational education, ensuring that learners have the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly digital and automated world.

Note: There are NO submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication.

Research Questions

The research questions guiding this proposed book project include:

  • How can AI technologies be effectively integrated into vocational education and training programs to enhance learning outcomes and skill acquisition?

  • What are the current gaps in traditional vocational training programs, and how can AI address these gaps to better prepare students for the evolving demands of the workforce?

  • What ethical considerations and data privacy concerns arise with the implementation of AI in vocational education, and how can these issues be mitigated?

  • In what ways can AI-driven personalized learning pathways and adaptive learning technologies be employed to cater to the diverse needs of vocational students?

  • What role do partnerships between educational institutions and industries play in successfully implementing AI-enhanced VET programs, and what are the best practices for fostering these collaborations?

Topics (Suggestive but not limited to)

The proposed tentative content for this book is given below:

  • Evolution of Vocational Education and Training (VET)

  • AI Technologies and Their Applications in VET

  • AI-Driven Industry Demands and VET Preparedness

  • Current Gaps in Vocational Training Programs

  • AI Literacy: What It Means and Why It Matters

  • Designing AI-Infused Curricula: Best Practices and Case Studies

  • The Role of Machine Learning in VET

  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Vocational Training

  • Robotics and Automation in Vocational Education

  • Building Effective Partnerships Between Educational Institutions and Industry

  • Internship Opportunities in AI-Enhanced VET Programs

  • Policy and Regulatory Challenges in AI Integration

  • International Best Practices for AI in VET

  • Ethical Considerations in AI-Driven Vocational Training

  • Data Privacy Concerns in AI-Enhanced VET Programs

  • Addressing Bias and the Digital Divide in Vocational Education

  • Future Trends in AI and VET: Predictions and Recommendations

  • The Role of Continuous Innovation in AI-Enhanced VET

  • Strategies for Effective Knowledge Exchange in AI-VET Partnerships

  • The Impact of AI on Workforce Development and Skill Adaptation

  • Personalized Learning Pathways in AI-Enhanced VET

  • Adaptive Learning Technologies in Vocational Education

  • Gamification and AI: Engaging Students in VET

  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Vocational Training

  • AI-Driven Assessment and Certification in VET

  • Integrating AI in Remote and Online Vocational Training

  • AI for Predictive Maintenance in Vocational Skills Development

  • AI-Enhanced Career Guidance and Counseling in VET

  • Impact of AI on Traditional Trades and Craftsmanship Training

  • Success Stories and Case Studies of AI Integration in VET Globally

  • AI in Vocational Teacher Training and Professional Development

  • AI-Powered Tools for Enhancing Practical Skills Training

  • Leveraging AI for Real-Time Feedback and Skill Assessment

  • AI and the Development of Soft Skills in Vocational Education

  • Challenges and Solutions in Implementing AI in Rural VET Programs
     

Submission Guidelines

  • All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another book, journal, or conference.

  • Submit an initial proposal, including the title of the chapter and the problem/purpose statement explaining the proposed chapter. The deadline for submission of the initial proposal (500 words) is August 4, 2024.

  • Submit your proposal through the following link: 

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  • The full chapter is due by October 27, 2024.

  • The length of the chapter should be 5,000-6,000 words.

  • The paper should be formatted according to the template provided, and the chapter should use the APA 7th edition style of references. The template will be sent to the authors after the initial proposal is accepted.

Chapter Template

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Important Dates

  • Expression of Interest            -  August 4, 2024

  • Draft chapter due date           -  October 27, 2024 

  • Peer review period                 -  November, 2024

  • Finalized chapter due            -  December 15, 2024

  • Book publication date            -  January 2025

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