OctoberVET Update!

There has been a good response to the call for OctoberVET convenors. Thanks must go to those generous people who are organising an OctoberVET event, contributing to the flow of ideas and information between research and practice in the VET sector. Events are planned for Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Northen Territory and New South Wales. Two Victorian events have been finalised and it is our pleasure to introduce them now.

OctoberVET 2015 Events Calendar

Unearthing the Digital Landscape: Innovating Pedagogic Practice in VET

  • Date and time: 20 October, 6-8pm (registrations from 5.30pm)
  • Venue: Rydges Melbourne, Level 1, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne
  • Registration: Free, but register online by 13 October
  • Flyer and registration link: VET Development Centre OctoberVET Event

The VET Development Centre in Victoria recently undertook research to explore practitioners’ perspectives on the changes required to engage appropriately in the digital space – both for themselves and for their students. The question “What kind of professional learning specifically supports the sustained use of and the impediments to adopting digital learning technologies?” was explored through focus groups, semi structured interviews, desktop research and an online survey. The aim was to gain deeper understanding of the behaviours of Victorian VET providers when implementing digital pedagogical practices and to inform an integrated professional development model. In this presentation, the Centre is keen to continue this discussion about the needs and requirements of organisations to manage the change dynamics required for successful integration of digital learning technologies. A presentation and discussion, facilitated by Leo Gregorc from the Centre, will explore these issues and a networking opportunity accompanied by refreshments concludes the evening.

Architectures for apprenticeship: Achieving economic and social goals (an OctoberVET event in conjunction with the International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship Conference).

  • Dates: 1-2 September
  • Venue: Federation University, Mt Helen Campus, Ballarat
  • Registration fee applies – please follow link below for details
  • Event link: www.federation.edu.au/inap

The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) conference will address the following topics: Governance, including stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities, VET teaching and learning, What makes a high quality apprenticeship? Economic investment and benefit of apprenticeship, School to work transition and youth employment, Status of apprenticeship as a career path, Apprenticeship’s contribution to social justice. Keynote speakers include Stephen Billett (Griffith University, Australia), Raymond Patel (MERSETA, South Africa) and Paul Comyn (ILO, New Delhi).



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