Professional Training: Challenges in the Digital Economy Context
The paper covers the problem of changes in professional training that are demandable for the digital economy. The high level of country digitalization, detected by several indicators, is interpreted as a change of intellectual tools with transition from the use of signs to the use of sign systems. Challenges of digital economy are discussed in close relation with the psychological changes in all components of professional activity. New goals, needs, and motives in professional activities are considered as necessary requirements for innovative achievements. It is emphasized that the changes in professional activity should be dynamically reflected in professional training. The results of a study to assess educational conditions that academic teachers provide for students in the e-environment are presented. Three categories of educational conditions in the e-environment are explored: acquisition of learning content, network communication with learning goals, and self-management and self-realization in learning activity. It is concluded that training should occur within the e-environment that simulates trends of the real digital professional environment.
KeywordsDigital economy Psychological theory of activity Professional activity Professional training Electronic educational environment Pedagogical support
The research leading to these results has received, within the framework of the IRNet project, funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement No: PIRSES-GA-2013-612536.
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