25 MARCH 2020
EDITION 5 - 2020
VDC COVID-19 Response – Online Professional Learning to continue
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and restrictions announced by the Australian Government, the VDC is postponing all face to face workshops, external meetings and functions at its premises from 18 March until 30 June 2020. For professional learning, this is effectively the semester 1 programs that would have been held during this time. The VDC Teaching & Learning Conference will also be moved from 14-15 May to 19-20 November this year.
We are pleased to advise that all VDC online webinars will continue and should provide an engaging option for you to continue your professional learning during this period. More information can be found at https://vdc.edu.au/professional-development/ . Appropriate workshops will also be delivered in a live stream / webinar format for participant’s convenience.
VDC will be developing a range of online learning sessions that will replace cancelled face to face workshops. If you are currently enrolled in a workshop, we will be in touch to provide you with assistance in rescheduling your registration to the new online session format.
This decision is made in the interests of protecting your health and wellbeing as well as that of our staff and facilitators, and of course everybody’s family and friends.
I wish you all well during this challenging time.
Chief Executive Officer, VDC
We are in unprecedented time for tertiary education as a result of COVID-19.
Things are moving very quickly, with almost daily changes in circumstance affecting our way of life in Australia and our education and training sectors as well.
Some thoughts on the situation
COVID-19 started as a major issue for international education but now, given moves to socially isolate and minimise exposure, it will deeply affect both VET’s and Community Education’s domestic operations as society and providers bunker down. Who knows for how long? The feast, if we can call it that, is very moveable, and the situation exceptionally fluid. The one thing that is certain is that there is no certainty. For the moment VET’s public providers, at least, are still open.
In a recent press release, Australia’s six dual-sector universities suggested a range of reforms based on their experiences working across the whole tertiary space: VET and higher ed.
As Victoria University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Dawkins noted:
“We need policy reforms that create greater connections between vocational and higher education systems, which in turn will create a more coherent, comprehensive and modern set of opportunities for Australian students.”
UPCOMING VDC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
professional learning functionsWed, 08 Apr 12:30PM–1:30PM$0 (inc GST)This online session has been designed for those in RTOs who may be facing potential change in the way they deliver their courses, apply compliance and implement working from home arrangements with staff.
teaching & learning strategiesThu, 16 Apr 3:30PM–4:30PM$55 (inc GST)In this webinar, participants will learn more about the practices we deploy to ensure online and face-to-face delivery are well integrated, workable and effective. They'll investigate blended teaching practice and how to apply this to their own classes. We emphasise the value of careful planning, point to resources that support blended teaching and learning, and explore the benefits of team teaching in successfully meshing online and face-to-face learning environments.
quality, compliance & auditingFri, 17 Apr 12:30PM–1:30PM$55 (inc GST)This webinar will examine a range of administrative, regulatory and educational requirements that are necessary to ensure a meaningful training experience for your students.