TAFE RESPONDING TO COVID-19
TAFES ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT IT’S NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL
These continue to be unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting lives and livelihoods. TAFE leaders are playing their part in ensuring their institutions, teachers/staff and students continue to be connected and adapting to new ways of learning.
TAFEs around Australia have been collaborating regarding education delivery, engaging with peak industry bodies to prioritise learning, and working with quality standards bodies in the development of the alternative delivery models.
These web pages bring together how TAFEs are responding to the COVID-19 environment. In the spirit of collaboration and ongoing learning we welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments from TAFEs
Janelle Chapman is the lead for all international business activities for TAFE Queensland, the largest VET provider in Queensland. With more than 30 years of experience in VET, Janelle is a strong advocate for the TAFE sector. She is also the Vice President of the International Education Association of Australia which represents all providers for international students. In this video Janelle highlights some of the great work that is being done in Queensland to support international students.
Rich conversations about pedagogy, keeping staff and students safe, strong advice where needed and collaboration at pace and with good will. Read other reflections from Margie Fixter, of TAFE SA
Jenny Dodd has been the CEO of TasTAFE for over two years and previously worked at TAFE Queensland and the Canberra Institute of Technology. In this video Jenny shares some insights on how TasTAFE staff have been re-thinking how they deliver and work together to meet the challenges of the new COVID-19 environment.
TAFEs at work - adapting and transforming
In response to COVID-19 Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government are working together to make sure people receive useful advice about their career options through vocational education and training pathways.
Creative ‘warm ups’, online tutorials in the culinary and visual arts, and teachers innovating ideas to support online delivery are some of the stories from CIT. Students and staff have found a surprising sense of community in adapting to online learning.
Isolearn – no cost learning on offer to Queenslanders through TAFE Queensland. The interest has been high as many Queenslanders learn on-line in preparation for the future.
Chisholm Institute in south-eastern Melbourne has provided detailed and authentic insights into the preparation, planning and delivery needed to adapt to the new COVID-19 situation. With over 26,000 students, 200 courses and 1,200 staff this has been a big job.
TAFE NSW has responded to the changing needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by re-designing the way lessons are delivered and introducing new course offerings. As well as technology being embraced for educational purposes, staff are collaborating with colleagues like never before.
South Australian students with poor internet can attend the Student Access Hubs across TAFE SA campuses.
Students responding to covid-19
Before studying at TAFE NSW as a mature age student, Jasmina Djezic worked as a Bosnian interpreter for NATO. Going to TAFE helped the Campbelltown resident relaunch her career in the community services sector.
Preparing nursing students to help with the fight against coronavirus – Swinburne University of Technology
Nursing students from Swinburne University of Technology are completing their final assessments on campus with safety measures in place.
Online delivery of VET qualifications: current use and outcomes – National Centre for Vocational Research (NCVER)
What can we learn from the timely research from NCVER about online learning in VET? Little is known about the online delivery of full qualifications because of the competency approach in VET. COVID may force a change in VET.
Looking to the future
Francesca Beddie, former General Manager for Research at NCVER and now tertiary education commentator writes about the impact of COVID-19 on tertiary education in Australia and calls for fairer arrangements between universities and vocational education.