- Australian Flexible Learning Framework (AFLF) (9)
- Downie, Andrew (8)
- Open University (7)
- Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) (6)
- TAFE NSW (6)
- Adams, Samantha (5)
- Beven, Fred (5)
- Cummins, Michele (5)
- Education.au Limited (S. Aust.) (5)
- Johnson, Laurence F. (5)
- Joint Information Systems Committee (Great Britain) (JISC) (5)
- Kinshuk (5)
- Oppermann, Reinhard (5)
- Patel, Ashok (5)
- European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) (4)
- Interactive research on innovations in vocational education and training (VET): lessons from Dutch and German cases
This article focuses on two examples of interactive research (IR) in vocational education and training. IR is a process which brings together practitioners and researchers with the aim to implement an innovation. This innovation in the first project meant to create a hybrid learning environment; in the second it supported introducing digital media in a training centre. The process of innovating thereby turned into a learning process for all concerned persons: original ideas of the concerned concepts matured; boundaries between research and practice were crossed; and new, sometimes surprising ideas for further development emanated. These experiences point attention towards the processes of research and innovation instead of only documenting results in the sense of summative evaluation. They also show that IR requires a certain framework in order to enable important learning cycles.
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Authors: Burchert, Joanna; Hoeve, Aimee; Kamarainen, Pekka
Geographic subjects: Netherlands; Germany; Europe
Journal title: International journal for research in vocational education and training
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Innovation; Teaching and learning;
- Learning technology in adult English, maths and ESOL/ELT provision: an evidence review
This review is to develop a sound understanding of: the existing evidence on the value of technology to the adult basic skills provision; and the potential target populations within the adult learner community, including an understanding of their current access to and use of technology. To meet these aims, two strands of research and analysis were undertaken, these were: a systematic review of research; and a data review on the key populations of interest.
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- What did we flip?: exploiting technology for students to develop real-world perspectives in the classroom
Many higher education institutions have implemented flipped classroom models for improving student engagement in the learning process. In this paper [the authors] present the experiment 'Village Pharmacy', which uses technology assisted case-based approaches for students to learn pharmaceutics and associated professional skills in context. Using an auto-ethnographic approach [the authors] collected and analysed [their] experiences of designing and teaching this course, reflected on peer feedback, student learning experiences and responses. [The authors] present [their] design, reflection and analysis of how learning unfolded in a flipped classroom and the lessons [the authors] have learnt to make improvements for the future. [The authors] believe that [the] reflections will be useful for academics wishing to use technology to flip the classroom for students to develop key professional skills inherent to their discipline.
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Authors: Krishnan, Siva; Schneider, Jennifer; Munro, Irene
Conference name: HERDSA Annual International Conference
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Conference
Series name: Research and development in higher education
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Higher education; Students;
- The potential of authentic learning and emerging technologies for developing graduate attributes
Graduate attributes, such as critical thinking and problem-solving in real-world contexts, are increasingly being recognised as crucial for students to develop in higher education for employability and critical citizenship. The question of how best to create conducive spaces in the curriculum for students to acquire these abilities is, however, less well documented. The authors propose that one way to enable students to achieve these attributes would be for higher educators to engage in authentic learning, using Herrington, Reeves and Oliver's (2010) model as a guide. In this article, one case study is selected from a sample of 10 interviews conducted with University of the Western Cape (UWC) lecturers as it rated highly on all nine elements of authentic learning. The curriculum design and teaching and learning practices are analysed using each of Herrington et al's elements for authentic learning and the potential of these elements for developing graduate attributes is considered.
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Authors: Bozalek, Vivienne; Watters, Kathy
Conference name: Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa Conference
Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa
Journal title: South African journal of higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Technology; Students;
- Opportunities and challenges of MOOCS: perspectives from Asia
The recent growth of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has led to discussions of technology-based instruction revolutionizing traditional higher education teaching. Here [the author analyzes] the origin of MOOCs, as well as trends in education initiated by these courses, and compares them with OpenCourseWare (OCW), YouTube EDU, and iTunes U. Specifically, this paper will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by MOOCs, from the perspective of Asian countries, with reference to economics, culture, language, and instruction.
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- Harnessing the potential of ICTs for literacy teaching and learning: effective literacy and numeracy programmes using radio, tv, mobile phones, tablets, and computers
The examples of literacy and numeracy programmes included in this compilation confirm that the use of [information and communications technologies] ICTs to support the acquisition and further development of reading, writing and numeracy skills is usually part of broader blended learning strategies. Traditional classroom teaching and learning approaches are complemented by self-directed learning, where learners can practice and progress at their individual pace, at their own time, and in different places. These strategies contain also possibilities for learners to interact with each other and share the learning experience from different places. A number of programmes featured in this selection are enabling learners to connect with each other and exchange information about health, nutrition, religion and other important day-to-day topics or to coordinate their community development activities. These inspiring programmes arose from different cultural backgrounds and are transferable to a variety of contexts.
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Authors: Hanemann, Ulrike
Geographic subjects: Africa; Cabo Verde; Kenya;Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Somalia; Arab countries; Iraq; Lebanon; Middle East; Afghanistan; Cambodia; India; Mongolia; Pakistan; Oceania; Solomon Islands; South America; Brazil; Colombia; Central America and the Caribbean; Costa Rica; Jamaica; Panama; North America; Europe; Germany; Great Britain; Ireland; Turkey show more
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Technology; Research; Literacy;Numeracy; Skills and knowledge; Adult and community education; Teaching and learning; Gender; Disadvantaged show more
- Communications technology and TAFE in South Australia: bringing people together!
This discussion paper presents a range of communications technology applications for both educational and administrative use by TAFE in South Australia. The paper outlines the diverse operations of TAFE, and identifies a system of communications 'pathways' that would enable TAFE to provide greater access to its courses. Current and projected activities are presented, together with the likely implications (both methodological and organisational) of a comprehensive communications network. Both terrestrial and satellite technologies are outlined with their relative advantages and disadvantages for carrying a TAFE communications network. Essentially a 'people-based' view of communications technology and TAFE, this paper aims to provide a basis for policy formulation.
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- The impact of technological change as perceived by teaching staff in a technical and further education college
The study involved a 'case study' approach at a large TAFE college in South Australia. Key concepts relating to the new technology and its effect on the TAFE teaching staff were defined and addressed in this study. These concepts related to the introduction of new technology at college level. A questionnaire was circulated and various staff members were interviewed. The study comments upon the influence of new technology in TAFE, focussing upon the effect of the lecturer's level of expertise, as well as its effect on existing curriculum documents. Other key areas include specialist teaching facilities, industrial liaison and student expectations. The data from the study was factor analysed and tabulated and conclusions and recommendations are made.
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- Users' perspectives on tour-guide training courses using 3D tourist sites
Taiwan is currently attempting to develop itself into a 21st century tourist hub to take advantage of today's thriving global tourism economy. In the coming years, Taiwan anticipates an urgent demand for tour guides, and there is a clear need for training solutions that can serve a rapidly growing population. Computer-mediated virtual [three dimensional] 3D situated tourist sites (3D-STS) may provide an efficient solution. This study investigates users' perspectives on a specially developed tour-guide training course employing 3D-STS technology. After participants completed the course, their responses to a survey questionnaire and follow-up interviews were compiled for statistical analysis. The results indicated that the overall experience of 3D-STS was satisfactory for trainees and showed a significant difference in the perspectives on 3D-STS of male and female trainees. However, one essential limitation of the study, that is, insufficient familiarity with the multiple advanced technologies, must be acknowledged. This could be a major obstacle for some users, interfering with their ability to access and process e-learning content. For more effective training outcomes for tour guides, the dynamic nature of 3D-STS as well as the characteristics of course content for tour guides should be considered carefully.
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- Implementation of an electronic Objective Structured Clinical Exam for assessing practical skills in pre-professional physiotherapy and occupational therapy programs: examiner and course coordinator perspectives
Assessment of practical clinical skills is essential in the health fields. Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs), where examiners assess students performing clinical procedures on simulated patients (actors), are central to the evaluation of practical skills. However, traditional OSCEs require considerable time-investment to administer, and providing timely, individualised student feedback is difficult. To address these issues, an electronic OSCE (eOSCE) was developed utilising the iPad and specialised software. The eOSCE was trialled in four courses within two entry-level rehabilitative pre-professional programs at two universities, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Evaluation consisted of student surveys (n = 206), eight student focus groups (n = 25), examiner surveys (n = 25) and interviews with course coordinators (n = 3). This paper describes the administration of the eOSCE and reports on its evaluation from the academic's perspective. A majority of examiners (68 per cent) preferred the eOSCE over traditional paper-based OSCEs, primarily because of the consistency and promptness of student feedback. The advantages academics cited were equitable student feedback and post-examination administrative time-savings. Disadvantages of the eOSCE were the pre-examination preparation required and challenges for examiners not comfortable using technology. Overall, the key benefits of the eOSCE were the automated, immediate individualised student feedback and a time saving in OSCE administration.
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