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AEF’s 2022 pilot program VET Connect - is a teacher professional learning program that connects Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers from Australia and India.

The aim of VETConnect is to build teacher capacity, integrate industry perspectives, positively impact student outcomes in VET and increase the quality in VET offerings across both countries. VETConnect aims to refresh this integral school engagement between Australia and India in line with the New Education Policy (NEP) and strategic industry and skilling priorities within the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Australia and India. 

Building on the success of the Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnerships Program, the program will focus on teachers as key conduits to increasing the quality of in-school VET offerings. The program will: 

  • Incorporate a collaborative, teacher professional learning program that consolidates global connections
  • Incorporate industry perspectives and allows VET teachers from all career stages to explore and share VET pedagogies and practice
  • Support teachers to implement and adapt best practice in VET pedagogies to their classroom through a cycle of collaborative action research
  • Establish a Community of Practice (CoP) of VET educators and schools across Australia and India.

During the program, participating teachers will build and apply their skills across four key themes: 

      Professional Learning Program 

      Educators participating in the program will undertake 20 hours of professional learning delivered online through asynchronous and synchronous platforms. The program will be broken into four key phases of learning. The four Phases include: 

      1.Key Themes in VET

      Over four workshops, teachers will be introduced to four key themes in VET education, including global competencies in VET, Girls in VET, Assessment in VET and Digital pedagogies for VET. Teachers will hear from experts as well as share practice and explore school-based VET in Indian and Australian contexts

      2.Best Practice in VET Pedagogies

      Over four workshops, teachers will connect with Industry bodies, share examples of best practice and analyse new trends in VET education such as micro-credentials and competency-based frameworks. Over the course of the second phase teachers will also be supported to apply their learnings and collaboratively design an action research project based around the four key themes explored in phase 1 and 2.

      3.Collaborative Action Research Project

      Phase 3 will start with an intensive design summit, led by Education and Industry experts, to develop a plan to implement their action research project into their own classroom context. They will then move into a six-week action research phase, with two industry coaching sessions, in which they are supported to implement their action research project andapply their learnings to the classroom environment.

      4.Sharing of Practice

      Teachers will come together as a cross-cultural community of practice to share the impact of their Action Research project with the wider group. Action Research projects will be collated into case studies for publication and distribution as a professional learning resource for other teachers.

      Presenters

      2016 AEF Autumn School

      Sydney/Melbourne

      • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
      • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
      • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
      • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
      • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

      Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

      Keynote


      Dr Brian Adams

      Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University



      Panel


      Dr Kathleen Turner

      Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute


      Mr Mohamad Abdalla

      Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University and the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (QLD Node)


      Mr Aaron Seeto

      Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and previously Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art NSW


      Mr Keith Shangare

      Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland


      Presentation


      Dr Indigo Willing OAM

      Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research


      Workshop


      The Asia Education Foundation

      This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding


      The Asia Education Foundation

      This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding


      The Asia Education Foundation

      This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding




      Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

      To read more about the launch of VETConnect on the 1st of August, 2022




      For more information, please email aef-support@asialink.unimelb.edu.au.




      Contact

      Karen Noble

      Professional Learning Coordinator, Asia Education Foundation

      Email: karen.noble@unimelb.edu.au


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