This year I was lucky enough to be a presenter at the VELG conference held in Melbourne. With the theme of Evolve, Adapt and Embrace it was an opportunity for VET practitioners from all over Australia to explore some of the current issues and upcoming changes that will affect our industry and individual professional practice.
Given that teaching and learning is my passion, I was able to attend a number of sessions over the 2 days that focussed on the subject, scattered with a little bit of compliance and RTO management. What was really great to see what that the teaching and assessing sessions were well attended, showing that many people share my passion for the inputs into the learning process, not just the outputs and compliance that governs our industry.
I learned that:
- Your body language has a bigger impact on your confidence than you think and some great tricks to make you seem and feel confident, even when you aren’t
- Your brain can also be trained to alter your physical state with a few simple exercises
- The healthcare industry is going to go through a period of massive growth and will have challenges in the future keeping up with training requirements
- ASQA are still finding their way as a new governing body and have had some challenges in their first couple of years
I also experienced some of the tactics and strategies I use in my practice used by another training professional. And I added a couple of tools to my tool box.
My own session on putting the learner back at the centre of the equation was well attended, with around 90 participants. We looked closely at the importance of creating the right type of learning environment through safety, accountability, inclusion and interaction. A number of people approached me after the session to say how they enjoyed the experience and some of the things I had spoken about would impact on their future practice. The one thing that seemed to be a common thread was keeping their learners accountable!
Also managed to fit in a bit of sneaky shopping !