13 MARCH 2019
EDITION 4 - 2019
CEO MESSAGE: New Skills First Program on Assessment
In response to feedback from contracted training providers, the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has funded VDC to provide 10 Assessment workshops during April and May to support Skills First contracted training providers.
The new program being held at the VET Development Centre, Level 8, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne focuses on maintaining quality assessment practices that are consistent with the obligations of TAFE and Registered Training Organisations.
The workshop provides an opportunity to discuss and explore assessment practices, assessment tool design and validation, and share best practice ideas from contracted training providers. The topics covered include
- Assessment Essentials
- The importance of maintaining an effective assessment system
- Exploring poor assessment practices and assessment myths
- Analysing assessment design –
- Developing assessor’s skills in selecting effective assessment methods.
- Assessment tool components
- Validations- empowering you to contribute to improving assessment practices in your organisation
I encourage you to take up this exciting and important professional learning opportunity. For further information and registration details please click here
Chief Executive Officer, VDC
The first national survey of Australia’s VET workforce will be launched in March this year.
The survey will provide “a better picture of how many people are working in registered training organisations.” It will also – hopefully – tell us a bit more about them.
Recently Professor Leesa Wheelahan returned to Australia for a brief visit.
She looked at a new social settlement for TAFE. Timely, given current and possible future reviews of the VET sector.
Grist for the mill of current and possible VET reviews?
In mid-February this year, both Leesa Wheelahan and Shelley Mallett spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy at the University of Melbourne. In it they presented their ideas for radical changes in governance, institutional arrangements, funding and challenged the core philosophy underpinning the VET sector.
In 2008, the Melbourne Declaration set out a range of educational goals for young Australians.
Many believe it now needs an update. The Council of Australian Governments Education Council has agreed to undertake a review.
UPCOMING VDC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
quality, compliance & auditingThu, 21 Mar 9:00AM–12:00PM$220 (inc GST)This introductory workshop offers a guided tour of Australia's VET system - where it came from, how it's funded, how it's regulated. We navigate the system's major structures, like the VET Quality Framework and training packages. After the workshop you'll have a firmer grip on how the parts of the system work, and work together.
quality, compliance & auditingThu, 28 Mar 3:30PM–4:30PM$55 (inc GST)This practical webinar steps through the construction of effective, efficient observation checklists. You will build capability in extracting assessment criteria from units of competency and develop understanding about what constitutes observable performance.
teaching & learning strategiesTue, 02 Apr 9:00AM–4:00PM$380 (inc GST)This workshop builds confidence in raising conversations around mental illness, introduces strategies for engaging in supportive conversations that assist learners to manage their mental well-being and provides tips and strategies for supporting learners with their mental well-being.