A small group of Korea’s most highly regarded teachers have hailed a TAFE NSW Assessment Masterclass as a resounding success.
Orange Management Teacher Jillian Pennisi delivered the five-day masterclass to 14 South Korean University of Technology and Education leaders, who all reported they enjoyed learning about Australia’s best teaching practices in the Vocational Education Training (VET) environment.
“It was very beneficial to learn from an Australian lecturer and get a first-hand look at what Australian classes would look like,” Kim Moon Jung said.
“Due to the lecturer’s passionate and upbeat approach, I really enjoyed the whole week. I feel sad that it’s over,” Hwang Byung added.
Ms Pennisi, who became the first TAFE NSW teacher from the central west to deliver a masterclass in Korea, said the classes focused on competency-based approaches, principles of assessment, rules of evidence and the assessor role within VET.
“The trip was a huge success, both in terms of achieving the masterclass program objectives and on a personal level because it was great for my professional development,” she said.
“Participants really liked the fact that Australia and Korea have similar challenges in compliance and assessment practices. They also learnt a lot of things that could easily be implemented into their VET teaching practices.
“The Korean VET sector is undergoing huge changes so this program’s timing was perfect and provided them with some important ideas to consider.”