Preparing for Information Technology Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Curriculum and Instruction for Information TechnologyEducation plays a vital impact on students’ specialized skills development to meet the demands of the technology related-innovations for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). The identified innovations to enhance productivity are artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), virtual and augmented realities, big data, advanced materials and nano-materials, energy capture, storage and transmission, new computing technologies. The research aims to determine the preparedness of the Philippines on the instructional requirements for Information Technology curriculum and instruction in the 4IR. The study employed a qualitative approach using descriptive research design and substantiated literature sources in collecting and analyzing the data. It was found out that the Higher Education Institution participants are somewhat ready for the implementation of the 4IR. However, there is a need to revisit the existing curriculum to meet the demands of the global economy as regard to the rapid development of technology though the implementation of the 4IR. There is also a need to incorporate in the curriculum the competencies for courses such artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality to Information Technology (IT) and Information System programs and deepen the courses for Computer Science program to acquire relevant competencies. Moreover, continuous faculty development program on areas needed for the 4IR. It is therefore recommended to revisit and align the curriculum and instruction requirements for the fourth industrial revolution.