Conference: AQFs 5 & 6: Debating the future of mid-level qualifications in Australia
25-26 October 2012 - Design Hub, RMIT University, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
The future of diplomas and advanced diplomas is uncertain, while associate degrees are gaining in prominence. This two-day conference will debate and discuss the future of these mid-level qualifications in Australia. It will consider the role they play in preparation for work, as a transition to higher qualifications and in widening access to higher-level qualifications.
Conference presentations and papers are now available. If you would like to make your presentation or paper available, please email to Amalie Rozsa.
Conference keynote speakers
- Mr Robin Shreeve (CEO, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency) (download pdf)
- Dr Tom Karmel (Managing Director, NCVER)
- Professor Gareth Parry (Professor of Education, University of Sheffield, UK) (download pdf)
- Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan (LH Martin Institute) (download pdf)
- Conference Chair: Dr Gavin Moodie (Principal Policy Advisor, RMIT) (download closing remarks)
Concurrent sessions speakers
- Brendan Donelly (CQU) (download pdf)
- Damien Pearce (Indiana University, USA) (download pfd) (download abstract)
- David McLean (RMIT University)
- David Potter (Avondale College) (download pdf) (download paper)
- John Grech and Con Nikakis (NMIT) (download pdf)
- Diane Booker (AQF Council)
- Estelle Irving (Holmesglen Institute) (download pdf)
- Jennifer Miles and Jane Court (Chisolm Institute) (download Prezi - zipped file)
- Catherine Burheim and Stuart Levy (Monash University) (download pdf)
- Kathy Rankin (TAFE NSW) (download now)
- Mark Doran and Alicia Toohey (Southbank Insitute of Technology)
- Patricia McLaughlin (RMIT University) (download pfd) (download paper)
- Nick Fredman (University of Melbourne) (download pfd)
- Martha Kinsman (ANU) and Sue Maslen (Central Institute of Technology)
- Margaret Mazzolini and Anne Jones (Victoria University) (download now)
- Mary Leahy (University of Melbourne)
- Claire Kilgariff (Batchelor Institute) and Sue Reaburn (Department of Education NT)
- Peter Noonan (The Allen Consulting Group) (download now)
- Wayne Miller (Avondale College)
- Alan Bradley (Accreditation Consultant, Engineers Australia)
- Michael Hartman (CEO, ForestWorks)
- Megan Lilly (Associate Director, Education and Training, Australian Industry Group)
- Gavin Lind (Executive Director, Minerals Tertiary Education Council)
Educational institutions panel
- Pam Christie (Deputy Director General, TAFE and Community Education, NSW Department of Education and Training) (download now)
- David Dowling (Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland)
- Helen Smith (Senior Research Fellow, School of Global Studies, RMIT University)
Who should attend?
Policy makers, institutional leaders, managers, teachers in VET and higher education, researchers and those involved in skills councils, industry training advisory boards, professional bodies, employer groups and unions are warmly invited to take part in the discussion.
Download full conference program (correct as of 24 October 2012).
Thursday 25 October,12.30 - 6.30pm: Conference day 1
Friday 26 October: 9.00am - 4.00pm: Conference day 2
Conference (only) fee: AU$800 + GST
Workshop 1: Developing associate degrees: Consulting with stakeholders to define needs and graduate capabilities Thursday 25 October
Led by Professor David Dowling, Professor of Engineering Education, University of Southern Queensland.
Workshop fee: AU$100 + GST
This action learning workshop will address the ‘what’ questions of associate degree development. That is: what do we teach? And what does industry want? These questions can be answered by using a tool, such as the Define Your Discipline (DYD) stakeholder consultation process, to connect teachers with practitioners, and other discipline stakeholders, to develop a set of Graduate Capabilities for the program.
Participants will be provided with:
- an overview of a program design cycle;
- an overview of the ten steps in the DYD Stakeholder Consultation Process;
- experience in using the three key steps in the DYD process: gathering, clustering and synthesising the information from discipline stakeholder groups.
Those registering for the workshop will receive pre-workshop kit which will include a background information sheet and suggestions on preparing for the workshop.
Workshop 2: Developing associate degrees: stakeholder needs, curriculum and pedagogy Thursday 25 October
Led by Dr Helen Smith, Senior Research Fellow, Global Studies, Social Science & Planning, RMIT University.
Workshop fee: AU$100 + GST
This action learning workshop will complement the first workshop on the Define Your Discipline (DYD) stakeholder consultation process by addressing the ‘how’ of associate degree development. That is: how to turn a statement of graduate capabilities into a curriculum structure and a set of pedagogical practices which will enable graduates to develop the skills and knowledge required for paraprofessional work and further study.
Participants will be provided with:
- An overview of an associate degree curriculum and pedagogical model designed to achieve these outcomes by promoting independent learning and informed decision making about graduate destinations; and
- The opportunity to test this model against their own industry and disciplinary orientation.
Those registering for the workshop will receive pre-workshop kit which will include a background think piece and suggestions on preparing for the workshop.
AU$800 + GST for the conference only
AU$100 + GST for pre-conference workshop 1
AU$100 + GST for pre-conference workshop 2
Please direct enquiries to Anita Wong or call +61 3 8344 0906.
Please click on 'Register' or download and complete the registration form (pdf).
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Fax: +61 3 9347 8922
Post: LH Martin Institute, Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010.
About the organisers
This conference is being organised by the LH Martin Institute and RMIT University. It is part of a National Centre for Vocational Education Research funded project entitled Vocations: the link between post-compulsory education and the labour market. The project commenced in 2011, is over three years and consists of three inter-related strands:
- Strand 1: entry to vocations, focusing on VET in schools as pathways to work or further study;
- Strand 2: the role of educational institutions in fostering vocations, focusing on VET and higher education institutions;
- Strand 3: understanding the nature of vocations in work today and their potential improvement.
This conference is being organised by Strand 2.
About the NCVER
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is Australia’s leading provider of high-quality, independent research and statistics on vocational education and training (VET) to governments, the education sector, industry and the community. NCVER’s work contributes to improvement in Australia’s education and training system by ensuring that policy and practice are based on sound evidence. For more information on NCVER visit www.ncver.edu.au.