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It is still October, so it is still OctoberVET

Don’t forget to register for these upcoming, and very informative events.  What a wonderful world where we can be anywhere in the world and access such knowledge and expertise. 

The relationship between migration to Australia and international education – history and future directions

Date: Wednesday 20 October
Time:
 12:00PM AEDT
Speaker: 
Dr Abul Rizvi
Venue: 
Online via Zoom
Registration: 
Please click here

For more information, please view the event flyer.

 Applied research in TAFE: Current practice and future opporunity

Date: Friday 29 October
Time:
 10.00 – 1.30pm AEDT
Speaker(s): 

Dr Louise Shaw, Warren Guest, Robyn Neeson, Lisa Clements and Connie Castellan, Dr Mary Hughes and Julie Wright.

Professor Debra Kiegaldie, Dr Ross Digby,Dr Henry Pook,Dr Gabby Koutoukides and Dr Joe Pagnoccolo

Venue: Online via WebEX
Registration: 
Please click here

For more information, please view the event flyer.

VET & Resilience @ BHI OctoberVET

Date: Friday 12 November
Time:
 1:00PM AEDT
Speakers: 
Dr Karen O’Reilly-Briggs, Dr Rochelle Fogelgarn,Dr Jacolyn Weller, Annemaree Gibson, Annie Carney, Stephanie Cunningham, Mark Jordan
Venue: Online via Zoom
Registration: Please click here

Thank you for the reminder

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REMINDER

National Skills Commission

Training Product Similarity Research – using innovative advanced techniques

presented by  Angela Hope and Kate Morrison
TODAY Monday 11 October 2021 3:30 pm – 5.00pm

Add to your calendar

Angela Hope and Kate Morrison from the Forecasting, Skills and Analysis Branch in the National Skills Commission (NSC) will be discussing the new training product similarity exploratory work that they have undertaken. This analysis employed natural language processing to calculate similarity scores for each pair of training package qualifications. The machine learning techniques and NLP used by the NSC can be used to better understand the qualifications and skills being taught through the Australian VET system. The NSC will continue to build on this exploratory training similarity analysis. It has the potential to help identify similar training products which can assist in the simplification of the VET system and qualification design.
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A Practitioner’s Event

Interested in Digital Initiatives in Education?

Have you heard of eportfolios?  Here is a great opportunity for the online community to join in a significant forum for those who are currently practising in this space, or are interested in practising here.  

On 20 and 21 October there is an exciting program of speakers and professional sharing in the online environment.  Head over the to the ePortfolio Australia Forum website for more information and consider registering for this event.  You may only want to join one day - and I'm sure you will get lots of learnings from that.  Or you may want to register for the two days and you will be assured of even more learnings and sharing.  

I am joining in as I am impressed with the program and I know there is a lot to learn here.  

ePortfolios Australia is a not-for-profit group providing a professional network which aims to support eportfolio practice in Australia and beyond through professional development, research activities and the sharing of resources, ideas and practice.  I am sure you will find it worthwhile. 

And the best news 🙂  This does not conflict with any of the dates for the important AVETRA OctoberVET Events!!!
 

OCTOBERVET BEGINS

Just before I share these details I would like to plant a seed.  Thanks to Kevin Heys for his suggestion here on the Educator Hub.  Kevin muses whether someone would be interested in investigating the possible critical role of TAFE College sites being reactivated and fitted for purpose to provide vaccine centers and health education and community centers for the better equipping of local and regional communities on the road to recovery and ongoing support given the impacts of COVID.

If you are interested in collaborating, or may be planning this research yourself, drop us  line here the Hub by leaving a comment below.  AND NOW, TO THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

AVETRA is pleased to announce its first OctoberVET 2021 event is open for registrations.  Here are the details:

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Reform of Vocational Education and Training (RoVE) Te Pūkenga (NZ Institute of Skills and Technology) aspirations and promises

Free online AVETRA webinar presented by Dr Selena Chan

Wednesday 13 October 12:10 to 12:50 (AEST) 14:10 to 14:50 (NZ)

The Aotearoa NZ Labour government in 2019 embarked on a sweeping restructure of VET, the Reform of VET (RoVE). Formal divisions between work-based and formalised VET were removed, new strategic and governance bodies were established, and a more responsive/equitable funding system promised. The 11 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) supporting workplace learners and 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are now in the process of transitioning and merging into Te Pūkenga (NZ Institute of Skills and Technology).

Te Pūkenga’s charter and its ambition  is to ensure the ‘learner is at the heart of learning’ is presented and critiqued through an exploration of the final draft its ‘service concepts’. These service concepts, describe Te Pūkenga’s operational functions and intentions to ensure equitable access and outcomes through the provision of ‘flexible and adaptive’ learning approaches.

Dr Selena Chan is an educational developer at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research informs her work which includes facilitating curriculum development, technology-enhanced learning projects, and academic staff development

Selena has published widely in vocational research journals; authored two books (the most recent – Digitally enabling ‘learning by doing in vocational education); and is the co-editor for AVETRA’s International Journal of Training Research and on the editorial board for the Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

To register to hear Selena click this link

For further information on OCTOBERVET Events in 2021 keep in touch with us here, or stay on the lookout at https://avetra.org.au/pages/octobervet-.html .

This year most events will be online. There will be no charge to register but we hope that if you are not a member of AVETRA you will join. Annual membership can be as low as $95 for research students and casual members of staff. For this you get access to publications such as “Research Today and “A News” as well as joining a community of practice of people interested in VET research through meetings, events and conferences.

Chance to Share Your Research

RESEARCH TODAY PUBLICATION IS CALLING FOR YOUR ENTRIES

ARE YOU (OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW) DOING RESEARCH ABOUT VET OR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION WITH AND FOR INDUSTRY & COMMUNITY PARTNERS???

This is a chance to share your work with others in our community of practice! Practitioner-based and applied research is the focus of Research Today. It is the forum where VET practitioners share the innovative skills and knowledge creation projects that they are working on, often in partnership with industry and community. AVETRA hopes that the dissemination of VET practitioner research methods and outcomes will help to build the capacity of the whole sector.

Research Today is released twice a year with publication usually in the months of May and October. The most recent edition is on the AVETRA website: https://www.avetra.org.au/data/Research_today_May_2021.pdf

On behalf of AVETRA’s President Steven Hodge, I am excited to invite contributions for the next Research Today magazine:

  • Articles should be of around 1000-1500 words and on topics of interest to AVETRA members and the wider VET community (including researchers, academics, VET practitioners and other stakeholders).
  • Articles on VET practitioner-led and applied research are especially welcome.
  • Articles should include the aims of the research, how information was collected, and key findings.
  • If you refer to academic literature, your piece should include the references and a reference list.
  • If you refer to information owned by your industry or community partner, it is vital that the partner has granted permission for you to submit your article.

Contributions are due by Thursday 23 September 2021.

If you or your colleagues would like to contribute to the magazine, then please contact Andrew Williamson via email andrew.williamson@holmesglen.edu.au or phone 0400 403 755 for more information. Please promote this call for content to your colleagues and networks!

I hope someone seeing this invitation on this site will have some interesting contribution to make.  GOOD LUCK!!!  And remember to reach out to other researchers by contacting us here at AVETRA Educator Hub if there is someway we might be able to help.

 

Practitioner Research Publication Opportunity

AVETRA is Australasia’s only national, independent association of researchers in vocational education and training (VET). Amongst the range of services AVETRA offers, we produce VET research publications including Research Today – an electronic magazine that shares and celebrates VET practitioner research. This may be research about VET or research and innovation with and for VET’s industry and community partners.
AVETRA recognises that there is an enormous body of research – often not called “research” – being done by VET practitioners. Sometimes this is innovation support for industry and community stakeholders, sometimes this is industry-themed or VET-themed inquiry. Sometimes it is the scholarship of teaching and learning that leads to innovation in delivery and assessment within VET.
This practitioner-based and applied research is the focus of Research Today. This is the forum where VET practitioners share the innovative skills and knowledge creation projects that they are working on, often in partnership with industry and community. AVETRA hopes that the dissemination of VET practitioner research methods and outcomes will help to build the capacity of the whole sector.
Research Today is released twice a year with publication usually in the months of April and October. The most recent edition is on the AVETRA website: https://www.avetra.org.au/data/Research_Today_Oct_2020.pdf
Andrew Williamson, the Editor of Research Today, on behalf of AVETRA’s President Steven Hodge, is excited to invite contributions for the next Research Today magazine:

  • Articles should be of around 1000-1500 words and on topics of interest to AVETRA members and the wider VET community (including researchers, academics, VET practitioners and other stakeholders).
  • Articles on VET practitioner-led and applied research are especially welcome.
  • Articles should include the aims of the research, how information was collected, and key findings.
  • If you refer to academic literature, your piece should include the references and a reference list.
  • If you refer to information owned by your industry or community partner, it is vital that the partner has granted permission for you to submit your article.

Contributions are due by 19 March 2021.
If you or your colleagues would like to contribute to the magazine, then please contact Andrew Williamson via email andrew.williamson@holmesglen.edu.au or phone 0400 403 755 for more information. Please promote this call for content to your colleagues and networks.