What is the keystone in your learning programs?

A keystone is the middle stone in an arched structure. It can be thought of as the central principle in a system, the foundation on which other parts of the system rely. What is the keystone in your learning programs, is it your pedagogy? The desire to see your students become successful learners equipped with appropriate skills and knowledge for the workplace should be the central goal of your RTO. …
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The Student Experience Approach to Auditing: What Does It Mean for Your RTO?

What is the “Student Experience Approach” to Auditing? The regulator is moving towards using an audit model that is structured around the key phases of the student’s engagement with your RTO. The phases are: Marketing and recruitment Enrolment Support and progression Training and assessment, and Completion. Each of these key phases is mapped to the Standards for RTOs 2015 and of course the auditors will be reviewing your policies and …
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The key to good quality training!

        What’s the key to good quality training I hear you ask? We will share some of our ideas to this question below. When you think about it, you probably have all the answers yourselves already but sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded. We often find ourselves in environments where we feel restrained by the expectations and practices of the RTO or perhaps you have not reflected …
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A Systematic Model for Professional Development

Developing a systematic approach to professional development in RTOs A few weeks ago I was watching an ASQA webinar about one of their strategic reviews.  ASQA presenters mentioned a broad reaching  recommendation regarding professional development that grabbed my attention. Here it is. RTOs enhance their ongoing professional development by: providing advice on relevant professional development for trainers and assessors, and investigating more systematic models that will assist trainers and assessors …
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Learning Organisations: How they keep up with Regulatory Change.

Can you learn faster than other RTOs to ensure that you remain compliant and competitive? Is your RTO a learning organisation? Are you ready to respond to changing needs and external challenges and remain competitive? Karash (2002) stated that a ‘learning organisation’ is one in which people at all levels, individually and collectively, are continually increasing their capacity to produce results they really care about’. Earlier this year we wrote …
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8 tips to help you navigate the course accreditation process

So you want to get a new course accredited for VET delivery? The process of new course accreditation can be very long and complicated –it’s like putting the pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle together. So we thought it might be helpful to share some of our learnings on the topic. We hope you find them helpful! 1. Consult with industry Once you have identified the need for the course …
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5 reasons to review your RTO’s compliance management

  Are you being proactive? Is compliance management an integral part of your RTO business? Are you being proactive or reactive in your approach? A good governance system enables management to achieve the vision and goals of the organisation and at the same time ensure that the needs of the many stakeholders are met…….The system should incorporate clear policies and processes, information about your organisational structure, and systems to manage …
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4 strategies to help achieve educational excellence

Four strategies to help achieve educational excellence Educational reform is firmly on the agenda in Australia with the link between quality teaching and student achievement at the focus of the debate.  Good teachers make all the difference to both the student experience and student outcomes! In fact: ‘Ensuring that qualified, professionally trained, motivated, and well-supported teachers are available for all learners is essential for addressing today’s key education challenges…………. The quality …
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What’s your RTO’s strategy for success?

Are you focusing on strategy or survival? ‘Strategy-making is one of the most important activities undertaken by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), in their pursuit of high- performance. Active, continuous strategy-making is essential for the survival and prosperity of RTOs.’ (Strategy–Making in Turbulent Times, ANTA report, 2003) Most RTO managers tell us that they are just trying to keep their heads above water with compliance requirements and changes to the sector …
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How can history help us to improve the quality training and assessment in VET?

  A reflection on my VET journey Have you read the Quality of assessment in vocational education and training – Discussion Paper? Are you considering answering the questions that sit under each focus area? You can read the paper here. The three areas of focus covered in the paper are: Foundation reforms – competence of trainers and assessors, Reforms to the assessment of VET students – engagement of industry to …
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