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BILT Learning Labs are an opportunity for TVET stakeholders to explore specific 'Innovation and Learning Practices' from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. This Learning Lab focused on the MilleaLab virtual reality platform that is designed and operated by Shinta VR in Indonesia.
Educators play a crucial role as drivers towards modern digital education. Keeping up with new qualifications and competencies for both educators and students is challenging in and of itself, let alone digitizing curriculum that is engaging for students.
Against this background and the belief that immersive technology has greater benefits if it can be fully applied within society, MilleaLab was established in 2019. The cloud-based platform provides users with hundreds of templates and 3D models to create customized virtual learning content without requiring coding skills. MilleaLab goes one step further through its training programmes for educators, such as the 100 VR Pioneer Schools Programme, 1000 VR Pioneer Teachers Programme, and VR Ambassador Programme, whereby VR competence training is provided to educators.
MilleaLab aims to connect the entire Indonesian educational system through the use of VR technology, as well as strengthen the bonds between schools, educators and learners. The platform currently boasts more than 16,000 active users in Indonesia and has enabled access to virtual learning content for 1,500 schools. In cooperation with the Indonesian government, teacher associations and various other partners, MilleaLab has trained and certified 5,200 teachers and supports educators in becoming ambassadors for VR-based learning, helping them to drive learning innovation through the development and implementation of VR learning media.
Times are indicated in CEST. Bahasa-English interpretation was available.
10 May 2022
09:30 - 09:40: Opening and welcome to the BILT Learning Lab Series
Introducing the MilleaLab Platform and the Teacher Training Programmes.
How does the MilleaLab Platform create opportunities for educators to create engaging VR content and what challenges have arisen around the establishment of the VR training programmes in Indonesia?
Moderator: Ms Eva Hanau, BIBB
Mr Andes Rizky, Managing Director MilleaLab and Shinta VR
Mr Andes founded Shinta VR in 2015. The company has gone on to become one of the most innovative VR companies headquartered in Indonesia, with more than 90 completed projects in more than 12 countries. Mr Andes' idea to make VR available as a massive education tool in Indonesia was turned into a reality through the MilleaLab project in 2019. Mr Andes holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Indonesia and has a background in Immersive Experience Design (VR/AR/MR) and VR for education. Additionally, he is the chairman of the Indonesia VR/AR Association (INVRA).
Mr Irfana Steviano, Senior Instructional Technology Advisor of Centre of Data, Technology and Information, Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), Indonesia
Mr Irfana is an instructional technology expert, who is very enthusiastic about digital transformation, data and information technology.
As part of his work at the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), he has been contributing to the promotion of information and communications technology (ICT) in education since 2005. Mr Irfana holds a Master of Education from Ohio University.
Mr Richardus Eko Indrajit, MilleaLab Advisor and Director of PGRI Smart Learning and Character Centre (SLCC)
Mr Eko Indrajit is an education practitioner and informatics technology expert who is a driving figure of informatics research and use of digital technology in education in Indonesia.
Mr Eko Indrajit currently serves as the Rector of Pradita University in Tangerang, Banten province. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Teachers of the Republic of Indonesia (PGRI) and serves as a Director of the PGRI Smart Learning and Character Centre (PSLCC), which plays a role in developing the teaching profession and character education based on technology and information. At MilleaLab, he serves as pedagogical advisor.
He frequently speaks in seminars and workshops, and has authored several Indonesian and international books and journal articles. Mr Eko Indrajit also hosts a YouTube channel, where he provides information on key trends and principles of information technology use, including in education.
Mr Tri Goesema Putra, Chemistry teacher and VR Ambassador
Mr Tri Goesema Putra is principal of SMKN 1 XIII Koto Kampar, a secondary vocational school in Riau province. He is a trained educator and holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Mr Tri Goesema Putra is an enthusiastic proponent of information communications technology (ICT)-based education. As a member of IGI, the Indonesian Teacher’s Association, he has been actively promoting various initiatives for the capacity development of teachers in ICT. In his training activities, he puts a special focus on the use of augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) technology for the design of learning content.
In 2021, Mr Tri Goesema Putra also took first place in the 100 VR Pioneer Schools programme that was launched by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) in cooperation with MilleaLab and partnering organizations.
Mr Amin, Office Management Automation teacher and VR Ambassador
Mr Amin is a teacher of Office Management Automation at SMKN 1 Haurwangi, a secondary vocational school in West Java.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Economics and is currently working to complete his Master’s in Technology and Vocational Education at the Indonesia University of Education (UPI). Mr Amin participated in MilleaLab’s 100 VR Pioneer Schools and 1000 VR Pioneer Teachers teacher training programmes in 2021. Since then, he has been a strong advocate for the use of virtual reality (VR) for instructional purposes in collaboration with other colleagues at his school.
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