TAFE Western’s international partnership with Jiangsu Agri-Animal Husbandry Vocational College continues to flourish, with a five-day VET delivery masterclass in China another hugely successful joint venture.
TAFE Western Educational Leader New Learning Technologies Fiona Watts received high praise for delivering a VET Teaching Practice masterclass to nearly 50 teachers in China, which gave participants skills and knowledge to stimulate learners in a vocational education setting based on best Australian practices.
The program covered:
Practical delivery experience.
“Participants really enjoyed the chance to focus on reinvigorating their teaching methodologies and rethinking the role of the teacher in the changing educational space,” Ms Watts said.
“The focus on practical applications in the classroom and moving teaching practice from a ‘passive learning mode’ into an ‘active learning mode’ was very much enjoyed and embraced.
“After the masterclass participants were encouraged to evaluate the program. Nearly 90% of respondents said the program was good or excellent, 92% of respondents rated the content or resource materials as good or excellent and no respondent provided a rating of poor for any measure.
“One teacher said to me that up until now she had always focussed on the teaching; now she will take time to focus on the learning. This paradigm shift in her thinking was one of the biggest compliments I have been paid to date.”
Ms Watts said the masterclass provided a solid introduction into the thinking and practice for successful Vocational Education and Training.
“The design of this course provided participants with both the theory and practical ways that sessions can be adapted to increase learner engagement and information retention,” she said.
“This program was part of TAFE Western’s ongoing partnership with Jiangsu Agri-Animal Husbandry College and will only build on our successful working relationship.”
This year alone, TAFE Western has worked with Jiangsu Agri-Animal Husbandry Vocational College on a number of exciting projects. This included Jiangsu sending a small group of six students and two teachers to TAFE Western for a 12-week study tour of the central west, which was also followed by a shorter four week study tour of Orange by 12 Jiangsu teachers.
This was also the second masterclass Ms Watts has delivered internationally this year, following an Online and Blended Delivery masterclass at Hunan University in Loudi, China, in April.
“TAFE Western is proving to be a strong contender in the VET space. There is strong interest in our teaching methods, particularly our action based learning approach,” Ms Watts said.
“With the colleges I have worked with there has also been strong interest in how we link to industry and focus on partnerships.”
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