Your community

Please tell us a little about the learners in your community that will benefit from your proposed blended learning initiative.
Being in a remote area of North West Victoria, a large section of the population in surrounding areas have little or no access to formal training. The number of people who leave school without attaining higher secondary qualifications is above both the state and national averages, resulting in a high need for training in basic Literacy and Numeracy skills, to facilitate their transition into sustainable employment or further education. We are particularly keen to find alternate ways of meeting these basic needs.

What is your particular challenge or challenges with this learner group(s)
The provision of a quality training options for learners who are disadvantaged by their remote location and transport issues. We see the use of e-learning as being one of the most efficient ways of achieving this goal.



Blended learning as a solution

Which ACFE funded course will you be targeting for this e-learning initiative?
Module from Certificate III in General Education for Adults (CGEA)

How do you think technology may assist in this?
We believe that we can provide the majority of student work and assessment as an on-line component, with a combination of assessment via web based questioning, assignment work submitted to a trainer/assessor for grading and feedback. This would be achieved by placing the course on a commercial learning platform which is capable of tracking progress and grading in a way that meets AQTF and AVETMISS standards. This will be supplemented by trainer support via phone, email and scheduled on-line forums.
Regular workshops would be offered at central locations to reinforce the training materials and allow group activities and support in completing the program.

What will the potential benefits be for your organisation and the learners?
There will be benefits to the organisation through increased training provision to a market not currently engaged in formal learning programs, increased financial viability through decreased facilities and trainer costs, resulting in higher potential sustainability.
The learner will benefit from access to basic training, not previously available in remote areas, which will afford them increased life skills, better employment opportunities and pathways to further education not previously available.



For more information:
David Zacher – Education and Training Manager
Phone: (03) 50 237 233
Email: dzacher@madec.edu.au