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Can m- and e-learning support pathways for meaningful vocation in remote communities?

This paper, based on an upcoming [Cooperative Research Centres] CRC for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) research project - 'Pathways to Employment' - will canvas the proposition that mobile technology can be used as an effective vehicle for vocational learning in remote communities. This proposition in itself is not new and indeed there are a number of examples in the literature that demonstrate the possibilities of mobile and emerging digital technologies in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia and Indigenous communities elsewhere in the world. However, the application of technologies in vocational learning is often applied to the delivery of mainstream training packages for mainstream employment outcomes. The 'Pathways to Employment' research project will consider pathways from a different starting point than many other research projects, which take as a given, the traditional notion of pathways to employment - typically linear, mainstream oriented and driven - with all the mainstream assumptions that go along with this notion of 'pathway'. This paper foregrounds the research with a consideration of the literature on effective application of digital technologies in vocational learning and the intersection between these technologies, vocational learning and their fit within a pathway. The philosophical underpinnings behind the pathways construct are examined and questioned as to their fit within a remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context. The paper suggests that the reason the apparently successful applications of digital technologies in remote [vocational education and training] VET programs work is because of their fit with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ontologies, epistemologies and axiologies.

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Authors: Guenther, John; McRae-Williams, Eva; Townsend, Philip
Conference name: Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Demographics; Vocational education and training; Indigenous people;

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Information and communication technologies for women entrepreneurs: prospects and potential in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Uzbekistan

In contemporary society, access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) is essential to business development and growth. This study assesses the need for and use of ICTs by women entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Uzbekistan. It exposes the gaps between ICTs and the development of women entrepreneurship within the context of legal and regulatory frameworks, policy and leadership coordination, financial services, business development support, capacity building and use promotion, and women's participation in public dialogues. Finally, this work recommends ways to use ICTs to help women start and grow their own businesses.

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Corporate authors: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Azerbaijan; Kyrgyzstan; Kazakhstan;
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Employment; Industry; Gender;

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Research study on high-level skill needs in NI ICT sector

This research examines the skill needs of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Northern Ireland in the context of the current economy and future needs of the sector. The main focus is on high-level skills for the future of the industry. The current state of the sector is examined as is the provision of education to develop the necessary skills. A review of existing skill-related policy actions for the sector was also undertaken to determine if these actions are fit for purpose in securing the necessary skills for the sector today and in the future.

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Corporate authors: Oxford Economics (Firm)
FGS McClure Watters (Firm)
Date: 2009
Geographic subjects: Northern Ireland; Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Industry; Technology;

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The 7 habits of highly effective workforce programs: a report to Vice President Joe Biden

In this report Third Way present findings from a four month investigation to uncover what makes workforce programs go from good to great. Third Way examined hundreds of programs and searched for unique training innovations with external validation to support their efforts. Research was not limited to one sector or delivery mechanism, the scope was broader, to find the best programs among community and technical colleges, corporations, community-based service providers, unions, workforce investment boards, job search services, and more. Based on this comprehensive research, Third Way identified seven key traits of successful programs: actively engage local business; use labor market data to drive decisions; treat education like a job; connect people to careers; provide wrap-around student services; tap innovative funding sources; embrace evaluation. The authors outline each of these traits and highlight a series of case studies where innovative providers are demonstrating their effectiveness.

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Authors: Mazzara, Alicia; Horwitz, Gabe
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Report
Series name: Economic program
Subjects: Workforce development; Evaluation; Providers of education and training;

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Virtual learning tools to support the practical learning requirements of brickwork apprenticeships

Brickwork education in Australia relies on the use of traditional learning techniques, particularly around the theoretical aspects of the trade. This challenges many students who have low literacy and numeracy levels. However Australian students, irrespective of their ability levels, are becoming more and more technology savvy. As a result students are less likely to engage as fully as is needed with paper based teaching methods. Tertiary education institutes in the UK have recognised this issue and have been developing ways to re-engage trade based students in the learning process. A number of UK colleges have developed interactive computer programs that simulate bricklaying techniques and reduce the reliance on the need to read, understand and follow written instructions. The author undertook a study tour of a number of UK colleges to understand how 'virtual bricklaying' learning methods are used to encourage students with low literacy levels to engage fully in the learning process. The Fellowship focused on the need to understand: the benefits of and opportunities to replace traditional teaching methods with technical based learning resources; how to successfully implement virtual learning resources into the trade classroom to realise all potential benefits; and the limitations of virtual learning resources (VLRs) and any lessons that have been learned from the UK experience. The author draws out a number of practical recommendations for relevant stakeholders to support the successful use of 'virtual bricklaying' learning methods within apprenticeship programs.

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Authors: Clayton, Craig
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Industry; Skills and knowledge; Apprenticeship;

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Criteria for the evaluation of computer software: the development of an evaluation form

Criteria for the evaluation of computer software for computer assisted learning are discussed, and incorporated into an evaluation form. The focus is on aspects of programme design which increases the level of interactivity between the user and the computer. The evaluation form (included as an appendix) can be printed on both sides of a single A3 page, and allows for the comparison of similar programs by the allocation of a score.

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Authors: Hall, Terry
Date: 1985
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Technology; Evaluation; Research;

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Analysis of the training needs in renewable energy sources for agricultural sector

Global climate changes, greenhouse gas emissions and reduced sources of traditional fossil fuels are one of the most serious environmental problems of the present time. This fact was the starting point for Directive 2009/28/EC, which defined two objectives in the area of renewable energy sources (RES): the mandatory 20 per cent share of RES in gross final energy consumption in the European community; and the mandatory 10 per cent share of RES in transport, which all member states must achieve by 2020. In 2011 the share of renewable energy sources in total energy production in the European Union (EU) was 13 per cent. Promoting the use of renewable sources for electricity, heat, hot water, as well as promoting the use of biomass energy and construction of energy efficient buildings brings, in addition to environmental benefits, the development of innovative technologies, the transition to an energy-efficient economy and an increase in employment opportunities. Development in clean technologies is strategic not only in terms of ecology, but they have a significant impact on economic development and employment. Supported by the European Commission, this paper presents an analysis of training needs in clean technologies, RES and through the Leonardo da Vincis’ projects - AVARES and C-TEST - to show how to increase the attractiveness and accessibility of vocational education and training (VET) for employees in the agricultural sector in the EU.

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Authors: Palkova, Zuzana; Hatzilygeroudis, Ioannis; Ionitescu, Sorin
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Journal title: Scientific papers series: management, economic engineering in agriculture and rural development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Vocational education and training; Industry;

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An exploration of the education and training experiences of ICU nurses in using computerised equipment

The objective of this study was to identify of the main themes underpinning [intensive care unit] ICU nurses' perceptions and experiences of education and training in using computerised equipment with regard to their perceived roles and clinical experience. Participants identified a range of formal and informal education and training sources available to them within their ICU setting and articulated both positive and negative experiences associated with using computerised technologies. Their level of confidence in using computerised technologies was clearly related to their years of experience and differentiated clinical nursing roles and reflected whether they worked in a fully or partially computerised unit. The authors conclude that further research needs to be undertaken to investigate the training needs of ICU nurses to use computerised equipment.

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Authors: O'Connell, Mary; Reid, Beth; O'Loughlin, Kate
Date: 2007
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of advanced nursing
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Employment; Workforce development;

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Next Gen: transforming the UK into the world's leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries

This review is about video games and visual effects, two of the most high-tech and fast-growing creative industries in the UK, and how to meet the accompanying skills challenge. The report details a set of 20 recommendations for government, educators and industry, identifying the various stakeholder roles. Key issues are: the need for more rigorous teaching of computing in schools; government and industry support for university programs that teach industry-essential skills that would otherwise not be viable in an open training market; and changes to the education system to support the fusion of art and technology skills.

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Authors: Livingstone, Ian; Hope, Alex
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Technology; Industry;

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E-portfolios: developing nurse practitioner competence and capability

This paper aims to integrate nurse practitioner [NP] literature on competence and capability with post graduate and nursing literature on e-portfolios in order to demonstrate the potential merits of e-portfolios in NP education for competence and capability development. The authors conclude that in order to meet the competence and capability needs of NPs, portfolios could be used. Further research would be useful to refine and explore the use of e-portfolios to meet the needs of NP candidates and their educators, clinical mentors, authorisation personnel and employers.

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Authors: Anderson, Debra; Gardner, Glenn; Ramsbotham, Jo;
Date: 2008
Geographic subjects: Australia; New Zealand; Oceania
Journal title: Australian journal of advanced nursing
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Skills and knowledge; Evaluation;

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