3D approach supports Learner Pathways
In a project funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy, RMIT University is looking to boost students’ successful transition from vocational education and training (VET) to higher education.
“Articulation programs between VET and higher education have been around for 25 years, but figures show that only 4.3 per cent of students with a VET qualification gain credit when they enter university,” says Higher Qualification Pathways Program Business Manager, Allison Miller.
To improve these figures, RMIT University is developing a framework and associated tools for online learners which build on the 3D Focus on Articulation Pathways program of the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
“The aim of this three-dimensional approach to learner pathways is to create a successful transition program for industry-inspired learning and development programs by providing learners with support at both entry and exit points of their training.
“The Tools for a 3D Transition Approach program will pave the way for learners to be successful in their chosen field of study by having their current skills acknowledged while planning their post-study pathways,” says Miller.
The PebblePad e-portfolio system will offer learners multiple tools within their personal learning space, which they can use both during and after their training.
These include a language, literacy and numeracy upfront assessment tool and a flowchart which shows trainers how to prepare new online learners to ensure they have the skills for success.
Projects under the Higher Qualification Pathways program investigate innovative technology-based delivery and support models which allow individuals to gain higher vocational education and training qualifications, skills sets, entry into higher education and enable workforce development initiatives at diploma level or higher.
For more information contact Allison Miller at Allison.Miller [at] flexiblelearning.net.au (replace ‘at’ with @ to use).