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VET Fast 5 - Wendy Cato on Approaches to Learning

June 19, 2018

Wendy Cato is an assessment specialist and director at CatoHR and RPL Assist. She has over 20 years’ experience in the training industry and has managed four RTOs. Wendy uses her unique knowledge to provide professional development workshops to trainers and assessors across Australia. To find out more, visit her website.

1. What’s the most overrated topic in education right now?

That spending a fixed amount of time spent in a class equates to good training.

People learn in different ways, and many learn better outside of a classroom than in it. Learning should be as long or as short as it takes a particular person to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for competence to be deemed.

2. Does technology motivate creativity?

In some cases, yes, and in some cases, no, depending on a person’s learning style and technical ability. I have seen some brilliant learning tools—and some pretty poor ones, too.

3. What app can’t you live without?

Google Maps—I have no sense of direction!

4. What events from your own experience as a learner have informed your approach to your work in education?

Learning should be fun and relevant to what the person needs. Being a very kinaesthetic learner, I hated school and just sitting in a classroom listening!

5. Which actor would play you in the movie about your life?

Bette Midler: I just love her sass and talent (and she’s a redhead, too!)

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