Research into whether industry-based training facilities including simulators can be used to support online delivery of vocational education and training (VET) will be carried out by the Klevar Group.
Funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy (Strategy), Making Industry Grade Technologies Available for Training research will use the mining industry as a starting point to focus on simulation facilities and technologies applicable to the VET sector. The project will:
- survey Simulations Australia members and their networks
- identify facilities with simulation technology
- provide a case study on a minimum of ten training facilities or technologies that may be transferred into the VET sector.
While there are many examples of the use of simulations (with technology) across the mining, health, civil aviation, rail and defence industries, the uptake across the VET sector is patchy. Klevar suggests that the complexity of the industries, the relationship between the industries and VET sector, the sophistication of the technology and the role of education in the simulation context are some of the reasons for this uneven uptake.
This project is one of five technology innovations applied research projects to be funded through the Flexible Learning Advisory Group’s (FLAG) Strategy.
Each of the projects will address a specific topic on behalf of the Australian national VET sector, and deliver nationally applicable outcomes. The remaining four topics are:
- supporting the effective delivery of foundation skills to Indigenous, remote and disadvantaged learners
- verification of e-assessment and authentication of user identity
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) guidelines for registered training organisations (RTOs)
- capturing information to improve learner retention and completion of courses
The projects will be managed through the New Generation Technologies business activity and overseen by the E-standards Expert Group (EEG), the VET sector’s national forum for collaboratively reviewing and recommending technical standards to support e-learning.
“The selection panel was impressed by the quality of the proposal, and looks forward to working with Klevar to produce a valuable piece of research with clear recommendations regarding uptake and implementation within the VET sector”, says EEG Chair, Rodney Spark.