Even in the midst of a global pandemic, students have continued to learn new skills and work towards their qualifications at Chisholm Institute of TAFE.
The Institute’s teaching and support staff moved quickly to adapt to online learning, which has allowed most of their 27,000 students to study at home. Some teaching areas, such as early childhood education and allied health, have been able to use interactive online content for course delivery in Term 2. Others, like building and construction, have used a mix of online and workplace training.
Some students have since been able to return to campuses to complete practical work and assessments, with social distancing in place.
Learning Design and Technology manager Shane Knights said teachers had adapted to remote delivery very quickly. “We’ve provided a Cloud Classroom (Zoom) for cohorts who needed to transition to remote learning, and a high percentage of teachers have reached out to learn how to use it,” Mr Knights said.
Dental teacher Jill Ford said her students had responded well to online classes. “I have a box of instruments and materials at home too so I can still demonstrate,” Ms Ford said. “Several of my students discussed how participating in the evening session eased the pressure.”
Disability and NDIS specialist teacher Trudy Firth, who has been running labs online, said some of her students were initially nervous about using technology, but after she helped them via one-on-one video calls, they were now “flying”.
With the support of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, Chisholm has been able to lend laptops and internet dongles to students who were struggling financially.
While students will gradually move back to campus delivery where possible, online and blended delivery will be here to stay for some courses.
Mid-year enrolments are now open. Find out more at chisholm.edu.au
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