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VET & TAFE

Merger won’t impact TAFE’s importance

Brisbane’s metropolitan TAFEs face amalgamation, for better or for worse. But Australia needs vocational training more than ever. These are interesting times for VET providers nationally, and Queensland is no exception. There are so many uncertainties around government subsidies (VET ...

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Completion brings tangible benefits

Around seven out of ten students fail to complete their VET courses, but should we be worried? Completion rates have been a key indicator in the VET sector, but more honoured in theory than practice because their calculation is problematic. ...

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Online lectures now streaming 24/7

With India alone forecast to need an extra 2400 universities over the next 25 years, the demand for e-learning must cause a rapid expansion of services. Changes in technology, including 3D lecturers beamed live into student homes via holographic know-how, ...

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Students can’t be left short-changed

With many different pathways into accounting and business studies it is important to focus on the ethical principles and financial integrity at the heart of the education process. The Australian higher education sector is at an interesting turning point. Never ...

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Beware of going back to the future

While agreeing with the thrust of the Ernst & Young report, that change is inevitable, the NTEU urges caution over relying too much on online learning. The latest contribution to the future of higher education debate from corporate consultants Ernst ...

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Reform to the sector is working

The head of a leading private training association, Claire Field, answers the critics of her part of the sector Sometimes when you’re half way through a difficult task it can be hard to remember just why you started it in ...

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This tech fad is not going away

Educational technology and virtual learning are not a passing phase but essential in higher education. For the past two decades in the university sector, those charged with supporting the use of educational technology for face-to-face, online and blended learning have ...

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Young struggle with TAFE cuts

Some students can’t even afford the cost of public transport to college, says an in-depth Victorian report. Does it matter much to students if TAFE programs are dropped, fees for courses are raised, counselling services are scrapped and campuses are ...

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Techs pay for school problems

The redistribution of Level 1 and 2 funding to private providers and Wananga will not solve issues of learning and student transition to tertiary education. The Tertiary Education Commission, which has oversight of all post-school education in New Zealand, has ...

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Chance for reform slips away

Mergers and rebuilding in the Christchurch school area show the system was broken before the quakes hit. The Christchurch earthquakes and all that has gone with them have placed demands on a city that are alongside the devastation that two ...

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