Back to teaching

Yes, that’s right folks, I am going back to teaching again. It’s been a while, but I am glad I have jumped ship. For those unaware, no I do not teach primary or secondary school students, I teach adults.

Here in Australia, teaching adults falls under what is called “vocational” education. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector is one of the biggest providers of education in Australia. Vocational Education teachers like me are also called TAFE Teachers or Lecturers. Generally, they are in charge of facilitating training courses that help people find employment.

I feel that VET is a great model for those students that are not fully academically minded and trust me there is a lot of them out there.

Vocational education is a different learning option from the path of college or universities. It offers a path that imparts the skills and knowledge needed to work in a given occupation. It teaches skills and knowledge for the everyday skills and duties you carry out in your particular field. It is skill based learning rather than learning that focuses on ideas and theories.

I feel that all students should have the opportunity to be trained in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead them to. To keep a young person with an affinity for hair design or one of the trades like plumbing or construction from developing the skills to pursue this is destructive to both them and the countries economy.

Not going to get very political but I feel that VET is important to our economy as without people with trade training, we would not have houses, hair dressers, specialised IT people and more, hence society as a whole would be weird.

Anyways, so far, loving my new team, getting my advanced MSTeams skills up (thanks to COVID) and enjoying imparting my knowledge and skills to others to help them succeed too.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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