Hospitality teachers cook up a new way of learning in the kitchen – TAFE NSW
TAFE NSW hospitality teachers, Michael Apps and Lindl Taylor, are getting creative in the kitchen by introducing a fun and innovative new method of delivery to keep students engaged at home.
Inspired by popular at home cooking products, Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon the teachers send out fresh ingredients in the form of ‘Hello TAFE boxes’ to the students, who then join an online live-streamed demonstration and follow along cooking in their own kitchen.
Mr Apps said, “TAFE NSW has a wide range of online resources that make it easy to connect and continue their learning program while practising social distancing.
“Students receive their boxes each week and are able to utilise Microsoft Teams for a guided cooking lesson streamed from the kitchen at TAFE NSW in Orange.
“Not only are the students able to learn practical skills, they are also able to provide their family or housemates with a home cooked meal afterwards.”
Ms Taylor said she had contacted each student to make sure they have sufficient internet access and are comfortable with the new delivery method to make sure the classes will run smoothly.
“The first week was a trial run using eggs to make a simple omelette. We made sure the students had all the sufficient equipment in their kitchens and if not, we sent an item in their boxes the following week.
“We will also have been doing theory lessons each week and students can use the chat function in Microsoft Teams to ask any questions or interact with their classmates. We’re also just a phone call or email away if they need anything.
“It’s such an exciting opportunity for the students to engage in connected learning, as it also provides them with the opportunity to build skills highly valued by employers such as digital literacy, remote working, problem solving and resilience.”
To find out more about the range of hospitality courses available at TAFE NSW. Visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601 for more information.