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Jason Blinman is currently the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of The Maven Effect, but more recently, feedback has founded him to be classified as “A Unicorn; a majestic creature to behold both personally and professionally yet amazing to watch in action due to our limited comprehension of its magical abilities”.
Jason has held Senior, Executive and Board roles in RTO’s, Corporate L&D, Human Resources and Operations arenas.
Before opening The Maven Effect, Jason held the role of Operations Manager of a prominent club in Sydney Australia. Combining exceptional strategy building techniques with “out of this world” people skills, Jason lead the company to boost its profit growth by $15 million in one financial year.
Jason is a highly regarded Leader of industry, who brings a wealth of experience to each interaction, working with and learning from some of the World’s most recognised and loved brands such as The Disney Institute and McDonald’s Australia’s RTO. Jason's Vision - "I want to change the hearts of Leaders everywhere".
Marc Ratcliffe is a multi-award-winning trainer, author and education entrepreneur.
He is the CEO and founder of MRWED Training and Assessment, a private RTO that specialises in Trainer Training. He is a strong advocate for "edu-tainment" and believes that learner involvement and fun are integral to student success.
He continues to be an in-demand conference speaker and workshop facilitator, having presented at more than 50 conferences in a dozen countries in the past decade and was recently named as the winner of the “Best Training and Development Leadership” Award for 2017 at the World Training and Development Congress in Mumbai.
Jason Ash has more than 15 years of training and assessment experience, gained predominantly in corporate environments. He has specialised in delivering training in sales, coaching, business communication and management and has received international acclaim for his work in Learning and Development. Jason was the winner of the Platinum Award for “Best Young Learning Leader” at the 2011 LearnX Asia-Pacific Awards and was named a young trainer to watch by US Training Magazine in 2012.
Jason is a two-time MRWED Trainer of the year and is one of only three trainers in Australia certified to deliver Bob Pike’s Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp, the world’s most well-respected trainer training program. A strong advocate for the participant-centred approach to training, Jason has spoken on the topic of Creative Training Techniques at conferences all over Australia and at multiple events in the United States.
Angela has worked as a consultant since 1999. During this time she also set up and managed RTO for 9 years.
She particularly enjoys setting up new RTOs, assisting with course accreditation, professional development of RTO compliance staff and administrators and the development of assessment writers.
A trainer by heart, Angela is committed to developing the skills of people within the VET sector.
One of her keenest areas of specialisation is RTO Administration.
David Garner is the Principal Consultant at [consult dg] and provides advice, development and research to the VET sector. He has worked in a variety of compliance related roles for over 15 years. He also currently works in staff roles for two RTOs delivering a range of courses to overseas students in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Most recently, as the General Manager Regulatory Operations for the Australian Skills Quality Authority, David was responsible for implementing ASQA’s regulatory strategy nationally.
David was also Director, Training Quality, in the Queensland Department of Education and Training. Prior to joining the Queensland department in 2005, David worked in and managed training providers for many years. David also has been active in sports administration for over 30 years.
What do you get when you mix LLN and VET? A bad rhyme but great outcomes!
In this interview-style session, LLN and VET will merge as literacy specialist Jo Medlin chats with VET practitioner Chemène Sinson. In their conversation, they’ll answer some of the questions they most often hear VET practitioners ask about LLN and other foundation skills, and bust some myths in the process.
If you’ve ever wondered how to tell if a student needs LLN support, looked for ways to help students without adding to your workload, or had a question about dyslexia or other LLN issues, you’ll find the answers here! Jo and Chemène will base most of their conversation on pre-prepared questions, and there will also be some time for live audience questions.
This session has been identified by the presenters as suitable for those who have some experience but still want validation of their knowledge/understanding.
About Jo Medlin:
Jo Medlin is a literacy and numeracy advocate with over 30 years experience. In addition to teaching, writing accredited curriculum, resource development, industry engagement, and delivering professional development, Jo’s focus is on access to education via equitable literacy and numeracy practices.
Jo is the President of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) and sits on a number of other committees, including the Reading Writing Hotline Steering Committee, DESE’s Foundation Skills Advisory Committee, and the Education Industry Reference Council.
A passionate literacy advocate, she recently worked on the SBS documentary ‘Lost for Words’ as the literacy consultant and on-screen presenter, with the goal of broadening community awareness of the unmet literacy needs of many Australian adults.
About Chemène Sinson:
Chemène is a freelance learning and performance specialist who helps individuals and organisations design, develop and deliver learning and assessment experiences that lead to improved performance.
She has worked in the VET sector since 2000 and specialises in TAE qualifications. In recent years she has focussed her own professional development on foundation skills and is the administrator of the LLN and VET Meeting Place website. Chemène is a regular speaker at conferences and special events
Are you ready to transform your necessary delivery content (Units of Competency, Standard Operating Procedures, etc.)? You can do this by creating a learning journey that supports both vocational knowledge and improves literacy.
In this session, using ready-made websites, resources, and templates, trainers will leave with learner-centric activities and ideas combining online and ready-for-print (hard copy) resources contextualised to their own needs, units or training material.
Using your own keywords, John will introduce you to practical delivery strategies to structure scaffolded learning activities and ensure greater engagement and retention rates of learners.
Identified by the presenter as suitable for those fairly new to VET or who are looking for a fundamentals refresher, use this session to boost your facilitating skills, and knowledge development specific to your environment.
With over 20 years in education, John brings a unique industry skill set combining EAL & Foundation Skills, Hospitality, and Training & Education delivery.
John has worked in nineteen countries supporting a multicultural blend of learners in primary schools, high schools, universities, TAFEs, and industry comprising juxtapositions of low-literacy to PhD and pre-school to retiree participants.
John uses creative delivery approaches, contextualising training and assessment for specific industry needs to support transformation in the lives of learners.
This is a session that will deep dive into how to actually develop quality systems, implement self-assurance and adopt continuous improvement to set your RTO up for success.
This is a masterclass designed with hints and tips for taking your existing, traditional processes and implementing strategies around autonomy, accountability and transparency.
This session has been identified by the presenter as being suitable for those who have worked in VET for more than 5 years and who do not require fundamentals.
For over 23 years, Maciek Fibrich has been challenging the status-quo in the VET sector, often pushing the limits to achieve unexpected outcomes for RTOs. Some will also argue that disruption is part of Maciek’s DNA, but the reality is, Maciek is truly passionate about ensuring quality within the VET sector and working out ways to use technology to push quality, yet ensuring it never impacts on the human nature of training and assessment.
Maciek commenced his VET journey in 1999 when he started his first RTO with his mother, and since then, he has seen the industry morph many times. He has enjoyed the many challenges faced due to the never-ending changes, but has never lost sight of the industries main focus, educating our students.
Designing assessments for Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a complex task which involves deep knowledge and experience in competency-based assessment, the subject matter, and compliance requirements. Designing assessments is not a one-size-fits-all exercise, and we need to ensure there is an appropriate amount of complexity applied to assessment tasks.
Whilst there are many methods for collecting sufficient and valid evidence to confirm competency, this advanced session will take a deep dive into the most appropriate methods for collecting evidence and applying an appropriate amount of complexity commensurate with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) requirements.
This session will be interactive, getting participants to do exercises in forming appropriate questions and selecting the most appropriate forms of evidence collection for assessment. It is identified by the presenter as being suitable for those who have worked in VET for more than 5 years and do not require fundamentals
Join Kevin Ekendahl, CEO of Audit Express, as he takes you through an interactive session on designing assessments, collecting evidence and asking the right type of questions for the AQF level.
Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Lead Auditor at Audit Express. He has extensive experience working in senior management positions across the training and education sector and as a board member on health regulation and community organisations.
Having built and managed a registered training organisation, Kevin understands the importance of ensuring there is the right balance between growth and compliance.
As leaders of our respective businesses, we cannot deny the toll these last few years have taken on us all. Whether we are business owners, executives, senior managers, department heads or front-line staff, it has been a taxing endeavour to push forward with so much uncertainty.
If left unchecked over time, our company culture can begin to shift in a direction that no longer aligns with our vision, mission or strategies - in turn leading to long hours of “human heart recovery”. This might be in the form of losing staff, the time and money lost in the hiring and training process, or performance management due to the learnings of “bad habits” in work-from-home environments which according to a study conducted by Plugable in 2021, have impacted 5 in 6 workers (quite the interesting read!).
As we “build our roadmap” for the coming years ahead, our people are going to be a fundamental piece to our success and we all know we need them and our culture back in A1 condition to innovate, execute, and deliver on that journey with passion once more. And that’s where we come in: The Maven Effect’s CEO and Founder, Jason Blinman, is an Executive Coach and Leadership Master who will take you on a journey to help you prepare, recover and re-invigorate your most important assets of your road map to success; your people.
Unleashing Leadership – Creating a culture of brilliance will bring you to the forefront of your organisations culture and equip you with a new sense of vulnerability to assist you in looking at your business - openly with heart. This session will help you to recover the essence of collectiveness and boost your business culture to defy all odds (hell yeah that’s a commitment!).
So if you are an experienced manager, courageous enough to get a little uncomfortable in comfort at Velg Training's National VET Conference 2022, and are prepared to “create a culture of brilliance”, be prepared to re-learn how to:
Unleashing Leadership – Creating a culture of brilliance is designed to be hands on and hands up with lots of opportunity to get comfy with vulnerability and as leaders, be open and honest about our workplace cultures.
Joseph Campbell once said “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”. Only through truly courageous leaders will brilliance thrive; are you ready to shine?
Research shows that people who gesture when they speak are easier to understand than those who don’t. Discover the practice of gestural animation - a skill that anyone can master to improve their communication expertise. All you need is practise and self-awareness.
Gestural animation primarily involves using hand gestures to paint a clear picture of what you are saying. With its power lying in our evolutionary neural architecture, building a wide vocabulary of gestures should be the aim of every presenter, trainer and facilitator.
In this session, Tony will draw on evolutionary psychology to explain the link between gestural animation, communication and comprehension, highlighting why your presentations will benefit when you focus on mastering this skill. We will explore a range of gestures you can use to build your own gestural vocabulary, identify some gestures of your own and have some fun practising them in the session.
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
This session is for trainers, presenters, and facilitators looking for ways to make positive improvements to their presentation style that will deliver a big impact.
Bring your internet-enabled device to fully participate in the session.
The presenter has indicated that this session is suitable for those who have some experience but may wish to have their knowledge/understanding validated. However, an abundance of research shows that most people do not employ this skill when they speak so, even experienced presenters will find this session of value!
Tony Kirton is an instructional designer and learning facilitator with more than a decade of experience in learning and development.Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to workplace learning, Tony facilitates training with several of Australia’s leading training providers, including speaking at various conferences around Australia. Tony’s extensive experience in the application of learning design theory includes the design of hundreds of training programs and more than one thousand assessment resources from nearly 30 different qualifications.
Tony Kirton is an instructional designer and learning facilitator with more than a decade of experience in learning and development.
Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to workplace learning, Tony facilitates training with several of Australia’s leading training providers, including speaking at various conferences around Australia.
Tony’s extensive experience in the application of learning design theory includes the design of hundreds of training programs and more than one thousand assessment resources from nearly 30 different qualifications.
Demonstrating competency is vital during assessment, but building in lifetime retention of knowledge is a true gift. Demonstrating skills in an assessment is fine, but actually having students use these skills confidently and accurately in the workplace is the goal of a dedicated trainer.
Being able to subtly use simple, effective retention and recall exercises with your students, will give you the satisfaction of knowing that your efforts in planning and research will not be wasted; students will recall, and will intuitively use the skills you have been teaching.
There are various ways you can help this recall and retention without your students even realising that is what you are doing, and it absolutely works! It is a lot of fun for you and them! In this workshop, expect to experience these methods for yourself and realise how much it improves your own memory recall.
In this session, using a variety of engaging tools, you will experience how to design effective information recall using regularly spaced recall activities. Be prepared to actively participate and experience the results.
In the process of sharing how to USE these strategies, you will learn ABOUT:
Suitable for those who have some experience but still want validation of their knowledge/understanding
Laurie speaks Nationally and Internationally on how to use current knowledge of ‘how the brain works’ to maximize the Impact of Training and new Learning.
He is one of Australia’s Master trainers, having built a reputation since 1992 on delivering ‘Skills-based’ Professional Training for Adult educators in how to deliver content so Learners learn and the Learning Sticks.
He brings with him an enormous variety of life and corporate experience, working with groups as varied as Major and small RTOs, The Banking Ombudsman’s Office, Jockeys, H.R. Managers, CEO’s, Railway Gangers, Students, and Nursing Educators, Medical Consultants and Registrars from some major Australian Hospitals.
Laurie promises to ‘walk the talk’. No fluff - just practical skills. Expect to experience the principles of Brain-Friendly Training in practice and see how it works for you.
These are the skills of delivery that trainers need, and student so desperately seek.
One simple activity can sometimes have the greatest impact!
In the world of VET there is one that has a profound effect on both the compliance and confidence of RTOs.
Developing a Compliance Program can be extraordinarily beneficial – taking compliance from an annual, mammoth, panic-project to a manageable set of weekly activities that involves everyone.
The best Compliance Program is one that is designed specifically for your RTO.
In this session, together with Paul Pellier, you’ll workshop the foundations of your very own compliance program.
Discuss and share ideas with attendees, use the example provided to work through step-by-step and customise your own program with the supplied template. You will receive other useful tools and templates to take away and adapt.
This session will assume a basic understanding of the Standards for RTOs 2015 and has been pitched by the presenter as suitable for those who have some experience but are looking for ways to gain confidence in their approach to compliance.
Paul is an energetic and engaging public speaker and a highly experienced VET professional having held roles such as Quality Manager for a large national RTO. He is passionate about high quality, modern, flexible education and loves to share ideas and connect with others to build a first-class Australian VET sector.
Paul is the founder and Managing Director of Accellier Education, an RTO with over a decade of service to and success in Australia's VET sector including the delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Accellier education provides a variety of services to a range of industries, government and defence sectors.
Paul is a self-confessed nerd with a software and digital media background. He loves crafting streamlined, highly automated business systems using tech, freeing his RTO team to do what they do best; serve clients with a delightful course experience.
The VET Data Streamlining program will introduce significant changes to the way the VET sector reports student activity data. Led by the new Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, in partnership with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and the state and territory governments; the program will gradually introduce changes to what student and training data is collected and how it is managed.
As the world emerges from a global pandemic, Australia’s economic recovery will be powered by a skilled and educated workforce. The VET sector is the engine room powering this recovery, providing opportunities for individuals and the nation to thrive.
If we are going to deliver on this potential, better data faster will be key. Quality, timely information has the potential to transform the way we work now and shape the way the sector responds to future challenges and emerging trends to support businesses, workers and learners across the nation.
In short, world leading education and training must be supported by quality information and data, enabled by contemporary technology.
The VET Data Streamlining program will support this objective by modernising the way student and training activity data is managed by introducing a new VET information Standard; and clever technology to allow providers to submit data progressively while streamlining the collection and submission processes.
Join Melissa Bennett, Assistant Secretary, VET information Branch from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations who will provide an overview of the program, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Mel Bennett has over 20 years’ experience in public administration working across a range of portfolios including Immigration and Border Protection, Home Affairs and Skills and Employment. She is currently the Assistant Secretary of the VET Information Branch in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
In partnership with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and states and territories, Mel’s Branch drives a significant reform agenda through the VET Data Streamlining Program which will impact the sector at a national level.
In her previous roles, Mel led biometrics policy and capability development in the Department of Home Affairs and oversaw the design and delivery of business transformation at air and seaports, for which she was recognised by the World Customs Organisation for her work in streamlining the traveller operating environment.
Mel was awarded the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Public Sector Innovation Award in 2018 for leading the effort to remove the Outgoing Passenger Card for international travellers. Her academic qualifications include a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies).
ASQA confirmed that Knowledge Evidence can be assessed by practical activities. But how can this work? This session discusses this approach and looks at examples to apply it. Can it be done in a way that is reliable, sufficient and valid?
This session is a discussion about the approach to use practical assessments to assess knowledge. Can it be done? Should it be done? And whether a student demonstrating a skill really means they have the underlying knowledge.
This session has a practical component. Participants will work with provided units of competency or can use a unit they regularly deliver. In small groups they will identify the Knowledge Evidence points that can be assessed in practical activities and draft a suitable checklist.
It has been identified by the presenter as suitable for those who have some experience but are looking for validation of their knowledge/understanding, and also for those more experienced practitioners who have been working in VET for more than 5 years who do not require fundamentals.
Jason is experienced in resource development and managing compliance with 15 years’ experience working in VET, corporate training and professional development and with a range of Training Packages.
Experienced in Coaching, Validation, Compliance, Learning Management, Auditing, Educational Technology, and Instructional Design
Jason’s area of specialisation is in customising training solutions to achieve workplace goals.
Structuring sessions is a high impact teaching strategy!
In this session, Karen will unpack the fundamentals of structuring a session, including how to get your students engaged from the get go, the importance of clarity in establishing what the class will learn in the session (as opposed to do!), and how to scaffold the learning so you gradually release the responsibility to the learner and get them to do the thinking.
This session will be highly interactive and fun - because it's fun when you learn!
It has been identified by the presenter as suitable for those fairly new to VET or who are looking for a fundamentals refresher.
Karen Dymke is an educator with over thirty years’ experience across a range of sectors, as a teacher, trainer, senior leader, coach and consultant.
Her work has included lecturing at Latrobe University in Alternative Education models including VET as well as travelling Australia as a highly sought after presenter sharing the latest educational research.
Her passion is focused on partnering with educators to progress and support student learning, achievement and well-being, with a specialty in applied learning settings such as VET, TAFE and the Community settings .
Karen’s work has been acknowledged through the Outstanding Teacher/Trainer of the Year award from the TAFE Development Centre, various scholarships and a Fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute.
She thinks it should be fun (if hard work) when you learn!
In the session, 'Life-long learning through verifiable credentials', we explore the global megatrends in education - Micro-credentials and Digital Badging.
Explore this thought-provoking topic, that touches on current trends as well as looking into where education is going, incorporating some of the early research, use-cases, and experimentation that is taking place globally in blockchain technology adoption.
The session looks at how the rise in blockchain-enabled applications are now able to enhance learning and career opportunities through verifiable credentials. The term blockchain technology may be a new or unknown concept to many, so one of the aims of the session is to break this down into easy-to-understand language, along with providing scenarios to give this new technology understanding and context.
Toby will introduce the concept of 'the complete learner', and how education institutes can now empower students to receive recognition of skills and achievements, not only for formal education but also meaningful non-accredited and extra-curricular activities, all of which are of great benefit to students, institutes and employers alike. He will share the discoveries gained in this field over the last few years and how this new wave of thinking is creating truly meaningful outcomes.
The intention of this session is to provide practical ideas that could be implemented tomorrow along with introducing concepts that will help educational institutes to think about their role in the future. It has been identified by the presenter as suitable for those who have some experience but still want validation of their knowledge/understanding.
Toby Jones has a love and passion for both teaching and emerging technologies, which led him to spend the last 12 years in the education and tech sectors in the UK and Australia. Despite this, he still speaks in completely plain English (Queen’s English) with no buzz words, abbreviations or jargon.
Toby likes nothing more than sharing ideas, hearing from others and most of all: talking about complicated things in language that everyone can understand. Toby thoroughly believes that anyone can learn anything if they have the right teacher.
James holds two Guinness World Records for his accomplishments and is highly regarded as one of Australia’s premier public speakers.
His bestselling books Crossing the Ditch and Extreme South cover his world-first journeys; kayaking from Australia to New Zealand and travelling unsupported to the South Pole.
As a keynote speaker, James shares the unbelievable stories of his adventures and inspires audiences to set their own goals of greatness.
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Marc Ratcliffe is a multi-award-winning trainer, author and education entrepreneur.
Melanie has held a variety of roles within the Academic and Vocational Education and Training (VET) sectors over the past 25 years including trainer and assessor, Head of Faculty, Program Manager, RTO Manager, and Head of Quality Assurance and has won awards for practice excellence in teaching and learning, and outstanding leadership.
In recent years, Melanie worked as a Senior Lead Auditor, conducting regulatory audits and registrations against the current VET Quality Framework and Standards for RTOs 2015, and has authored and built a number of online professional development programs to support VET practitioners nationally.
Today Melanie works as an Education Services Advisor of Vocational Education, Skills and Training for Queensland schools and provides consulting support services to RTOs as a VET Consultant in her own right.
The one thing we have all discovered about digital learning is that it is always evolving. As soon as we learn one digital tool, it changes or a new and improved version takes its place. A huge part of keeping up to date is our own digital and information literacy as educators.
This session will take you through the latest top trends in digital learning, and how this will affect:
The presenter has identified that this session is suitable for anyone who is working in the digital learning space – regardless of experience.
Kerri Buttery has worked in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for two decades as a Trainer/Assessor, RTO Manager and also as a Senior Lead Auditor for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Kerri has worked as a consultant for a range of organisations in the areas of establishing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), conducting internal audits, consulting on VQF compliance, developing accredited courses, convening conferences and events, developing training and assessment materials, conducting professional development workshops and delivering Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
As the former Director of Content and Strategy for Velg Training, Kerri has extensive experience in providing advice and assistance to Registered Training Organisations in managing compliance,developing assessments and delivering training in line with the VET Quality Framework. She also specialises in eLearning consulting, with a particular focus on the Canvas LMS by Instructure.
Kerri now provides professional development services on everything related to VQF compliance for an RTO through webinars, face-to-face workshops (public and on-demand) as well as presenting at conferences and other events.
In 2021 ASQA commenced working with the sector to co-design a working model for provider self-assurance. The model received strong support from providers, key stakeholders and others involved in the design phase. The model has since been published and ASQA will continue to publish insights, research and training materials to support the sector to continue building capacity to self-assure against the standards.
The presentation will explain the co-design process that was used to develop the model and how providers can start using the model to inform their self-assurance practice. Current and planned activities that ASQA is undertaking to support provider self-assurance of the standards will also be outlined. This conversation is particularly timely and important in the lead up to a transition to revised standards, which will have a focus on quality outcomes and continuous improvement.
As acting Director, Systemic Review and Evaluation (SRE), Kipley overseas a range of functions which enable ASQA to understand it’s regulatory impact.
The SRE team’s responsibilities include maintaining and maturing ASQA’s systemic and systematic evaluation framework. This includes supporting the internal capability and culture in relation to evaluation as well as managing specific evaluation activities which enable ASQA to understand how its regulatory risk activity achieves its strategic deliverables and purpose. This evaluation enables identification of priorities and drives continuous improvement.
The team also has primary responsibility for the development of a model for provider self-assurance and the systemic application of self-assurance in ASQAs regulatory design.
Kipley has been with ASQA since October 2020 and has substantial knowledge and experience in designing and managing strategic research, including ASQA’s Online Learning in the VET sector and factors impacting on Trainer and Assessor capability.
Prior to joining ASQA, Kipley has held a number of senior roles in a range of Commonwealth and state government organisations undergoing reform, including in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Like most people in the VET sector, you have probably been asked to design, develop or update a training course at some point in your career.
Whether it is something as ‘simple’ as preparing a PowerPoint presentation for a course or information session, designing student learning materials, or even putting together an e-learning program, most of us are familiar with this challenge.While designing training courses, or ‘Instructional Design’ is a specific discipline and very narrow field of study, knowing some of the basic principles can make your work stand out.
Tony will show you how to enhance the training courses, presentations, or e-learning programs you are asked to create to be outcome-focused, engaging, and based on sound, evidence- based instructional design principles. He will walk you through a range of instructional design principles that he wishes he knew when he started designing training programs more than 12 years ago.
You will explore:
Get ready for an interactive session full of practical ideas you can apply the next time you are asked to “update this course please”.
Bring your internet-enabled device to fully participate in the session!
This session will break down how to apply and use assessment instruments, as the interchangeable components within our assessment tools, correctly.
During the 45 minutes, the session will focus on explanations and examples that:
Effectively using and applying valid and reliable assessment instruments begins with having a clear understanding of what they are about, their purpose for being there, the audience they are directed towards, and the responses and results returned.
With this essential understanding in mind, this session will unpack the documented assessment instructions that communicate well interpreted expectations to both students and assessors, the benchmarks and decision-making rules used to effectively gather evidence and return judgements, and the mapping practices we apply to represent a full ‘gap free’ alignment between our assessment practices and unit expectations.
The presenter has identified this session as suitable for those who have some experience but are still looking for validation of their knowledge/understanding.
Clause 1.7 requires that an RTO determines the support needs of individual learners and provides access to the education and support services necessary for the individual learner to meet the requirements of the training product.
But what does that actually look like?
Based on feedback from 2021 NVC attendees requesting student support needs are covered in this year’s program, this session is focussed on the obligations of an RTO for identifying and responding to individual support needs.
It is for anyone who plays a role in the administrative processes around learner support and is suitable for those looking for a refresher or validation that they are on the right track.
Master of Administration, Angela McGregor, will unpack the legislated requirements and record-keeping obligations, but will also explore what kind of support needs we are talking about that go beyond language literacy and numeracy.
This session has been identified by the presenter as suitable for those who have some experience but would like validation of their knowledge/understanding.
Good facilitation should aim to maximise learner engagement and involvement. But this doesn’t come without its challenges. Even the most experienced trainers can be thrown off balance in difficult moments. As a facilitator, you can avoid “deer in the headlights” moments by developing the capacity to stay cool and think on your feet. This session explores 10 ways to boost your facilitation skills that will directly influence learner engagement and retention during training.
The presenter has identified that this session is suitable for Trainers looking for some hints and tips - those who might be looking for a refresher or who have some experience and are looking for validation of their practice.
Jason has more than 15 years of training and assessment experience, gained predominantly in corporate environments. He has specialised in delivering training in sales, coaching, business communication and management and has received international acclaim for his work in Learning and Development. Jason was the winner of the Platinum Award for “Best Young Learning Leader” at the 2011 LearnX Asia-Pacific Awards and was named a young trainer to watch by US Training Magazine in 2012.
Organisational change will have financial impacts and a business case should be made for the change; what are the long-term outcomes and benefits?
The RTO is a business with a profit motive and therefore the business case needs to prove a sustainable increase in profits from the change.Change for the sake of change just creates stress for all and affects the motivation of all for the long term. For example, changes in training delivery will change the costs of delivery; less staff and more investment in IT, how will this affect your bottom line?
Changes in the short term will be different to the financial impacts in the long run. Initially, change means costs, time and disruption which are all short-term costs; how will these short-term costs be recouped? Modelling or forecasting in the short, mid, and long term on the financial impacts to the RTO should be considered.
The level of modelling and forecast is dependent on the RTO size, complexity, and changes. No RTO or business should shy away from some level of analysis of the business case for a change.
David will explore this subject matter with some dynamic theory and user-friendly examples of modelling the changes.
This is a session for the RTO owner, director, CEO and CFO who have been in the industry for more than 5 years (not requiring fundamentals)
With over 25 years’ experience as a practicing Chartered Accountant, David is the Founder and Principal of RTO Accountants. David started his career at KPMG, moving onto mid-tier accounting firms and commercial roles with Citigroup, Zurich, CBA and others in Sydney and London before setting up an accounting practice in 2001. Offering commercial and realistic advice, David believes the foundation for business success is built upon strong, trusted, and lasting client partnerships.
David is commercially minded and works collaboratively with clients to develop strategies and solutions for complex business challenges. Having worked in accounting firms as well as public and private businesses, David has a breadth of experience in accounting, taxation, business advisory, financial control and CFO roles, ensuring his clients receive top-level, expert advice.
Specialising in the RTO space since 2015, David has developed expert knowledge of the financial viability risk assessment process, RTO financial success, RTO board reporting and acting as an independent expert in RTO’s legal proceedings.
David played plenty of rugby and still loves it, though now takes part in other sporting pursuits such as kayaking, yoga and running.
It's way more than shifting to Zoom.
Live online learning environments have their own specific strategies and tactics for design and delivery. In this session, we'll learn the principles that you need to know for success and the practical skills and tools to make it happen. You'll learn how we designed a multi-award-winning Accredited Course and an Intensive Online Program with a 92% completion rate!
If you want to maximise student engagement and improve outcomes in virtual learning environments, shift yourself into this session.
This session has been identified by the presenter suitable for those who have some experience but are looking for validation of their knowledge/understanding.
Neil Von Heupt is one of Australia's top learning designers. He's worked on award-winning vocational education projects, is a conference and event speaker, podcast guest, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, and the Institute of Learning Professionals Asia Pacific. He's a blogger and an experienced social media user across multiple platforms since their earliest days. And he has an awesome kombi!
Neil designs learning to deliver performance and business outcomes. Nothing boring, no ‘click next’ snooze-fests – purposeful, engaging, collaborative, practical experiences that deliver results.
Neil is Head of Learning Design at Social Media College, where the world goes to study social media. He led their organisation through the transition from face-to-face to live online, and brings a wealth of facilitation and training experience.
ASQA is taking a data-driven and proportionate approach to addressing its regulatory risk priorities, a key part of this is developing an annual program of work.
Sean Heffernan (Director, Program Implementation, ASQA) will be presenting the approach and what this may look like for different areas of the sector utilising our range our regulatory tools.
As the Director, Program Implementation within the Market Performance and Engagement branch of ASQA, Sean is responsible for leading the:
Sean joined ASQA in February 2021 as Director, Strategic Operations and was responsible for the centralising of a range of functions, as well as implementing new functions from the Rapid Review into ASQA’s Practices and Processes.
Prior to ASQA, Sean held various roles within the South Australian Public Sector including leading the enforcement and compliance area of the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit, supporting the audit and risk management, business planning and performance reporting within the Attorney-General’s Department and leading the corporate and engagement functions at Ombudsman SA. Sean has a Diploma of Leadership and Management.
Academic integrity is fundamental to learning and teaching. At an institutional level it is essential for preserving the reputation of online course offerings and for protecting student interests and the authenticity of results.
As many programs have entered the world of online learning, the threats to academic integrity are increasing due to the ease of accessing contract cheating - including commercial essay services and identity fraud.
To combat this, trainers, assessors, and program managers must promote academic integrity and address contract cheating within their organisations. This session will present a whole-of-institution approach to address issues of academic integrity in learning and assessment.
This will include strategies for best practice in teaching students about the importance of academic integrity from an educative standpoint. It will include strategies to prevent academic misconduct and strategies for the detection of academic misconduct.
This session has been identified by the presenter as being suitable for those who have some experience in VET but who may be looking for validation of their understanding/knowledge.
Natalie Oostergo is the Deputy Academic Director of the 10950NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation at International Education Services.
In this role, she leads a team of academic staff in the implementation of strategies to support the diverse learning needs of domestic and international students.
Natalie is an innovative and strategic thinker with over twenty years of experience in education.
Her career highlights include presenting at various conferences, receiving an Australian Award for University Teaching, becoming an IEAA Associate Fellow, and making lasting connections with students.
This session will provide case studies of how Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are using Vocational Education and Training (VET) applied research to grow and glow. Participants will reflect on the key areas of their RTO which would benefit most from incorporating VET applied research so they too can continue to grow and glow, as well as be provided with steps on how to get started incorporating VET applied research in their selected areas.
RTOs within the VET sector need to be very resilient and agile, however, RTOs only have limited time, resources and funding.
In order to remain resilient and agile with finite resources, an RTO needs to foster a growth and continuous improvement mindset, while staying true to its organisational values and goals. This means making informed decisions which challenge assumptions and eliminate unconscious biases.
VET applied research - a tried and tested mechanism for solving problems and realising opportunities - supports all of this. RTOs using VET applied research are strengthening their self-assurance processes, as well as, growing their industry and community ties, and improving their training and assessment practices. By developing and nurturing VET applied research capability within their organisations, these RTOs are also increasing their staff's data analysis literacies; skills, which are greatly needed, and sought after, in a data-driven world.
This session has been identified by the presenter as suitable for those who have worked in VET for more than 5 years who do not require fundamentals. It is designed to provide managers with strategies to make informed business decisions to effectively manage their RTO (or department within an RTO).
Allison Miller is a professional learning and business development leader of 25+ years. She is the Director and Lead Consultant of Digital Capability, an organisation which specialises in cutting edge online learning and online business solutions.
Allison also helps educational organisations ensure that their training and assessment is effective and compliant, especially online.
Allison has a Master of Learning and Development (Organisational Development), Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Business), Diploma of VET, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and Diploma of Business. She also leads the ePortfolios Australia professional network and the annual Australian Eportfolio Forum.
Clause 1.8 of the Standards for RTOs 2015 continues to be one of the most problematic compliance issues identified by ASQA at audit. The rules of evidence are one of the most fundamental principles of assessment in the VET sector, and while every assessor has covered these in their TAE, far too often these rules are not fully understood or implemented in the real world.
The session will explore each of the rules of evidence, unpacking each rule in plain English. It will review common issues identified within ASQA audits, including both assessment design issues and inadequate implementation practices. It will provide learners with a clearer understanding, beyond simple definitions, so that assessors are better able to ensure they are implementing the rules in their daily practice.
Coleen will also cover some common non-compliances and poor practices seen regularly. The aim is to put a quick spotlight on some of these common issues, and get assessors thinking about the quality of assessment evidence upon which they base their assessment decisions.
This session has been identified by the presenter as suitable for those who are fairly new to VET OR who are looking for a fundamentals refresher. While it is great for new assessors, it also aims to refocus experienced assessors back to the fundamentals which are the basis of compliant assessment practice.
Coleen has had 20 years of experience in the VET sector. She has owned and managed various RTOs and is an experienced instructional designer and VET professional.
Coleen is passionate about quality vocational education and the delivery of best practice competency assessment.
As we emerge from a global pandemic that has seen many people re-consider their priorities in life, it’s time for training providers to stop being scared of audits and get back to focussing on providing the best service to their students. This session will explore the benefits of letting go of the fear of audits and their consequences, in favour of maintaining quality, with compliance in second place.
As providers once again face the spectre of new Standards for RTOs, changes to the ESOS Act and possibly a new National Code, it is timely to re-consider how compliance is viewed and managed.
Would you like to be freed from the shackles of having to update every single procedure and form when regulatory or funding frameworks change? Let’s talk about how you can do that.
Have you built a compliance framework completely tied to the Standards for RTOs? Let’s talk about how you can stop doing that!
This session will provide a practical framework for removing the compliance monkey from your back once and for all. It has been identified by the presenter as suitable for those who have some experience but still want validation of their knowledge/understanding.
In a world where we are increasingly competing for the attention of our audience, learner engagement has never been more important. Using a participant-centred approach, this interactive session examines how trainers can use involvement, interaction and collaboration to maximise learning outcomes and help learners to stay focused and ‘present’ in training. It will also explore specific examples aimed at boosting interactivity and with share innovative techniques for reinforcing key content, through the use of object lessons and props.
The presenter has identified that this session is suitable for trainers looking for a fundamentals refresher, or those who have some experience but are looking for validation of their understanding/knowledge.
This session is a Deep Dive into the crucial processes of administratively planning and managing your RTO’s Self-Assurance Activities.
It has been designed for 'Veterans' of VET who have been in the industry for more than 5 years. Skip the fundamentals and dive right into it!
When RTO uses good self-assurance techniques it will:
As the self-assurance model continues to evolve, it is important that critical examination of performance and student outcomes occurs on an on-going basis (and that there are systems and processes in place to enable such examination).
Using case study discussions and inviting audience participation, Angela McGregor will explore using a risk-based approach to planning to identify areas of focus and frequency of self-assurance activities. She will focus on preparation for success and the creation and implementation of a plan to help you build your roadmap for self-assurance.
Vocational educators have always been a type of people who don’t shy away from continuous-learning. Conscious or not, formal or not, most VET educators do put energy into evolving their practice to meet changing teaching contexts and the changing needs of learners. But let’s face it … the past two years has taken our natural inclinations toward continuous improvement out into a whole new stratosphere. For many, the shift to online education has brought new platforms, new tools, new expectations, and new ways of engaging students with ourselves and our content – so much is new and different!
This means that it’s important we stay up-to-date with current online VET research as it too keeps up with the changing landscape. But who’s got the time? Or the access to all the great research that’s happening? What strategies really have been tested and which ones simply seem like a good idea in a lab-perfect setting?
This interactive and engaging session has been developed just for you.
In this action-packed 90 min session, our favourite online VET researcher - Dr Deniese Cox from TeachingOnline.com.au - will share with you 10 quick-fire findings from research. She is handpicking learnings especially for this session that are relevant, timely, and varied so there’ll be something for everyone.
This is not a session to be missed! It has been identified by the presenter as being suitable for anyone who works in online delivery or development; from those fairly new to it, to those who are experienced.
Deniese is the go-to source for exceptional online strategies that really are effective.
Every research-driven strategy presented by Deniese in her professional development webinars and videos has been extensively trialled, refined, and proven to work in a variety of settings by diverse educators and students.
With extensive hands-on VET experience, a Masters in online learning, and a PhD in online VET teaching, Deniese is well placed to help educators cut through noise around online education.
Feedback about her highly interactive and engaging events is that educators always learn practical, proven strategies that can easily be adapted to meet the needs of their unique contexts.
This plenary session will provide attendees with an update from ASQA.
Ms Bolger previously held leadership roles in the Australian Public Service in policy, regulation and service delivery, with experience in a range of areas including health, rehabilitation, quality and safety.
She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration (ANZSOG, ANU) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.