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Research Today

Calling all AVETRA members, VET researchers and stakeholders!
Share your research with your colleagues and peers through AVETRA’s Research Today magazine.
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 it 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.
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 May and October. Previous editions of Research Today are on the AVETRA website:
On behalf of AVETRA’s President Kira Clarke, we are 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 Friday 28 April 2023.
If you or your colleagues would like to contribute to the magazine, then please contact Andrew Williamson via email or phone 0400 403 755 for more information. Please promote this call for content to your colleagues and networks.

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Latest Edition of AVETRA’s Research Today Excellent Publication

I found this latest edition of Research Today to be very broad in terms of content and contributor background. I particularly enjoyed the suggestion by President Dr Steven Hodge that “this whole question about referencing has two sides. There is the rationale for referencing – why do it at all? – and then the other side is the ‘craft’ of applying a certain referencing style or convention.

Be honest, which one of us has not experienced the frustration of trying to decide whether to reference whilst writing, or to return to the task to make sure we get the ‘craft’ right? Dr Hodge’s encouraging words give me a new respect for referencing. The words of the other contributors also give me pause to consider findings on some very important practice issues in VET.

I recommend the read! And once again, don’t forget to visit AVETRA’s website if you want to join and receive the other excellent resources of this important research organisation.

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
 12:00PM AEDT
Dr Abul Rizvi
Online via Zoom
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For more information, please view the event flyer.

 Applied research in TAFE: Current practice and future opporunity

Date: Friday 29 October
 10.00 – 1.30pm AEDT

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
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For more information, please view the event flyer.

VET & Resilience @ BHI OctoberVET

Date: Friday 12 November
 1:00PM AEDT
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


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!!!