08 June 2012
RMIT adopts 3D articulation program
Pauline Porcaro from the Academic Development Group in the College of Business.
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RMIT University is looking to increase the number of students who successfully transition from vocational education and training (VET) to higher education.
This is being done through a project funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy.
Allison Miller, Business Manager, National VET E-learning Strategy, said: “Articulation programs between VET and higher education have been around for 25 years but only 4.3 per cent of students with a VET qualification gain credit when they enter university.”
To improve on these figures RMIT is developing a framework and associated tools for online learners which build on the 3D Focus on Articulation Pathways program developed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
“The aim of this three-dimensional approach to learner pathways is to create a successful transition program which provides learners with support during entry and exit points of their training,” Ms Miller said.
The PebblePad eportfolio system will offer learners multiple tools within their personal learning space, which they can use during and after their training.
Pauline Porcaro, Academic Development Group, College of Business, said: “When designing the tools our aim was to pave the way for students to succeed in their chosen program; to create an opportunity to have current skills acknowledged; and, ultimately, to help students plan a post-study pathway.
“The learner-centred framework provides students with information and links to tutorials on entering VET.
“It includes an upfront training needs analysis, a learning plan, a mentor guide, and a pathways webfolio with links to job search information and specific industry access points for careers.”
The National VET E-learning Strategy is aimed at strengthening the Australian training sector’s use of new learning technologies, stimulating innovative approaches to increasing participation in training and employment, and improving the skill levels of the Australian workforce.