Employability skills across the SE region using TELC - a first for Learn Local!


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Employability Skills and the Pre-accredited Quality Framework

180 degrees of Reflection: Networking Moderation and Gippsland Learn and Connect collaborated to bring a workshop to the South Eastern region using Technology Enabled Learning Centres at Chisholm Institute, Dandenong, Federation Training, Morwell and Federation training, Bairnsdale campuses. We were assisted in this by TELC champions Tony Peck and Malcolm Jolly from Federation Training and Daniel Hodges from Chisholm Institute.
The Gippsland Learn and Connect Project has been working with Federation Training, Morwell for the past 9 months to trial this technology with Learn Local organisations in Gippsland; delivering short courses, accredited and pre-accredited training.
This was the first time Learn Locals have had the opportunity to access personal development facilitated by fast, real time video technology across the SE region whilst interacting with colleagues at the venue and across the region.
This workshop was led by Marie Baird from the CAE. Marie was assisted by facilitators at Dandenong, Morwell and Bairnsdale.
A trial run of the workshop was conducted on May 26 to familiarise ourselves with the technology, fine tune the facilitation and to identify any potential hick-ups.
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TELC PD day with Bairnsdale group getting into the hands on activities.


The Workshop

There were no technological problems throughout the day which meant there were no interruptions to the delivery.

Four people participated in the workshop at the Bairnsdale campus, 5 in Morwell and a further 10 in Dandenong. These participants had experienced technology enabled learning previously and were comfortable with this method.
Initially, people found it confronting to see themselves in the monitors. Chatter was kept to a minimum because the microphones are very sensitive and pick up the slightest sound which is transferred to all campuses.
A protocol was established whereby people announced the campus they were attending prior to speaking. This worked well and people were happy to use this protocol and to respond to Marie’s questioning.

Marie had planned many activities through the day and this allowed time for discussion and a break from the monitors. Marie had planned an engaging session which took in to account facilitation over three campuses.
Marie provided resources which will assist with the planning and development of employability skills and which people felt they could use in their training.

Learning activities culminated in the “Marshmallow Activity” which involved creating the tallest standing structure using 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 metre of string, 1 metre of tape and a marshmallow to crown the structure; quite the challenge. A debrief followed which enabled people to reflect on the employability skills they had used to achieve the challenge.

A big thank you to our colleagues at Chisholm Institute and Federation Training. A true collaboration!
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Morwell TELC

Feedback and Evaluation

Comments from Bairnsdale:

  • It was felt that a facilitator wasn’t necessary
  • Participants indicated they felt disconnected from the other campuses
Tony commented on the standard of Marie’s facilitation; acknowledging the time and thought spent preparing for the event and the skill in the delivery. This reflects well on Learn Local and is, most definitely, a standard to aspire to.
This was a very successful day which provided technology enhanced learning over a large geographical area and provided quality personal development to a diverse learner group.

Comments from Morwell:

  • Informatvie and engaging learning
  • Need to be more familiar with how it works before starting the training and onsite intros before the session will be good.
  • Great information exchange
  • The blended approach and the interactivity worked well.
  • Very good session - a credit to the team!

Comments from Dandenong:

Friday went exceptionally well at Dandenong, hopefully the experience was the same at Morwell and Bairnsdale. Marie was fantastic and a real natural in the environment. The feedback at Dandenong was really positive with most open to using
technology in this way in the future. Some comments were:
  • Excellent, interesting and innovative with potential to engage a lot of sessonal teachers in PD.
  • The technology is very advanced - No downtime. Chance to participate in training sessions near home.
  • I think this technology is excellent especially for me. I live in Hampton Park and have to go to Deer Park for executive meetings for Mori Wardens.
  • I need more info to take back for DNH so that we can see if we can get one for our centre - like costs etc
  • Everything worked well - Task / Activity orientation good.
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Outcomes:

Tuesday 24th June 2014.

Since the PD day across South East Region, Heyfield and Buchan Neighbourhood Houses (who both attended the Bairnsdale Session) have had a link up at their centres with Federation Training Bairnsdale TELC and Tony Peck. Both of these centres had the Lync Program due to the ACFE Lync Project 2013 and now Box Hill TAFE offering their server for Learn Local use whilst working together on projects. On Wednesday 11th June both centres connected with Federation Training Bairnsdale. As Heyfield has ADSL2 in their community there were no problems with Internet connection. At Buchan the connection was good but lagged as they only have mobile wifi tower. However the use of the large screens and wide angle cameras made for a good teaching environment at both centres. Both Heyfield and Buchan have similar equipment and IT skills to contribute to sucessful e learning.

Heyfield has requested some taster courses that could operate through this system and we have received the following options.

Recreational Boat Operator Licence training
Timber Harvesting Operators Licence (this does have a prac copmponent)

Will need to get more details on what we think are ‘goers’ and how to proceed… and more on details of delivery model etc.

Richard Owen
Manager | Catchment Land and Sea Management

Skills for further study course or return to study program.
Certificate 1 in vocational preparation which is primarily online but we could modify.
A dual qualification - Certificate III in Business/Certificate III in Accounts Administration - online starting Semester 2. We would love to do a ‘taster’ session of this for the Neighbourhood houses if you are interested.

Pam Waters
Manager Youth, Koori ,General Education and Corrections

At short lunchtime meeting was also held on the 19th June with Lyn Treloar, Pam Gates and Marj Sjostrom to conduct another Employability Skills PD day in the Southern Metro area of our region.