17 August 2022
EDITION 15 - 2022
Introducing Keynote Speaker: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg PHD MAAPI
VDC is pleased to have secured Keynote Speaker Michael Carr-Gregg PHD MAAPI for the VDC Teaching & Learning Conference (online 17 & 18 Nov 2022). Find full program details and registration links here.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists, author, broadcaster and specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and mental health.
This paper, released by the AiG’s Centre for Education and Training in July, presents a “plan to ensure Australia has the skills and capabilities to embrace digital transformation.”
Digital transformation is creating many new jobs and tasks, the paper points out, but these transformations are “also driving increased demand for flexible education and training, able to provide skilling and reskilling opportunities over a lifetime.” Thus, there are ‘opportunities and challenges’ in all of this.
Here’s something to ponder: how many acronyms are there for vocational education and training? The public would say just one: VET. But there’s always more than one way to refer to something, especially in education.
Take for example, Hybrid vs. Blended – how many of us can explain the difference between these two methods of delivery? It seems like it should be easy, but there’s always a catch with these kinds of questions. Often, organisations will use the two words interchangeably, regardless of what they’re defined as.
In an earlier article in VDC News we introduced readers to this new statutory body which will sit within the Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
According to Denham Sadler, the national affairs manager at InnovationAUS.com, Jobs and Skills Australia will replace the National Skills Commission (NSC), with accompanying legislation introduced to scrap this body established by the former Coalition government following the Joyce Review. Sadler says:
“The new body will have a wider remit to work in partnership with key stakeholders compared with the Commission, the government said, and will have a more strategic focus.”
In the last edition of VDC News we reported on the numbers in Government-funded training, which were up on 2020. This time we switch the focus to VET in schools.
NCVER reports that, compared with 2020, the number of VET in Schools students in Australia increased by just over 4%.
The 31st No frills conference was held virtually in July. In this article we give you an overview of the conference. We will highlight a few of the conference presentations in later editions of VDC News.
Pop Education is turning 6 years old!
In September we will be celebrating our 6th Birthday. From what started as Alex on the NEIS program and Sarah working part time, we have now grown to 15 permanent staff with a large group of contractors also part of the Pop family.
UPCOMING VDC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT