“I enjoy driving change and disrupting contemporary practices”
Technology makes creativity but the motivation must still come from within.
"It was a hit, and the rest is history!"
The ability to connect with those who challenge is a unique experience.
“I was once mistaken for George Clooney while teaching in Thailand. I guess all tall Americans look the same…”
"This may sound strange, but by far the most overrated topic in education right now is learning."
"The novelty of technology might trigger early, but fleeting, interest."
"I am there to be an architect of learning experiences, but students execute the lesson."
"Education provides the opportunity to grow, to change, to understand parts of ourselves and others".
"Our vocational education and training sector has much to offer, and I think this should be our positive focus."
"Consistent evidence points to creativity being one of the surviving areas of employability into the future."
"I have seen some brilliant learning tools—and some pretty poor ones, too".
"I try to teach using hands-on, inquiry approaches with relevant contexts."
"Technology can be transformative, but it needs to be used in the right way."
Martin Powell is the CEO of the VET Development Centre, whose experience working with ACPET and on the National Advisory for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment has established him as a prominent leader in the VET industry. He sits down with Reay Mackay, founder and managing director of aXcelerate, to discuss his experiences in the industry.
Kit McMahon has occupied the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), the national peak body for independent post-compulsory education providers in Australia. Reay Mackay sat down with Kit to discuss the private education landscape in the aftermath of these developments, and find out what RTOs and other education providers should be focusing on to maximise their success in 2017 and beyond.
Lauren Hollows is the founder and CEO of Understand TAE, an emerging company offering innovative advice and a growing range of simple-to-use tools designed to help RTOs develop their internal capacity. Having run RTOs from senior management positions for the better part of a decade, Lauren now uses her extensive knowledge and experience to deliver professional consultation and training to RTOs looking to develop their internal capacity — both from a regulatory and training view.
This month, we spoke to Shane Darwin, from telecommunications and training company JB Hunter, about what it takes to be a first-rate training company in 2017. Shane started working with JB Hunter on a contract basis in September last year, and he has since taken on the permanent role of ‘Training Manager’, where he oversees training delivery, compliance, curriculum and systems.
It was our great pleasure to sit down with Adam Cunningham this month to gain an insight into the online landscape of the VET industry in 2017. Adam possesses years of experience in marketing within the education and training sectors, having founded doMore in 2007, a pioneering online education marketplace that connects prospective students with suitable trainers and training organisations.
This edition starts with five helpful tips on how to maximise engagement in your training organisation. We’ll then analyse the recent changes to the auditing model of the Australian Skills Quality Authority — and discuss how these changes are set to affect RTOs going forward in 2017. We have an interview with the recently appointed Chief Commissioner of ASQA, Mr Mark Paterson AO, who talks about what RTOs can do on the ground to achieve compliance and maximise student engagement. Finally, we talk to the wonderful Natalia Fibrich — General Manager of Library Training Services Australia — about student engagement and RTOs in 2017
Mark Paterson joined the Australian Skills Quality Authority in May 2016 as the Commissioner of Regulatory Operations. He assumed the role of Chief Commissioner on 1 January 2017. Previously, he served as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (Cth), and later, as Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Cth). We spoke to Mark about recent changes to the auditing model used by ASQA to assess compliance of RTOs with the national standards.