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Nominations open for Queensland Training Awards

Students, teachers and training providers who excel in vocational education and training are being given a chance to be recognised as part of the Queensland Training Awards. Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today said nominations were open in 11 categories recognising outstanding achievements of teachers, trainers and students. “The awards set the bar high and Queenslanders are rising to the challenge,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Categories of eLearning

One of the biggest challenges in discussing elearning arises from different understandings of the field. Most often, we attach our experiences and career to our conversations, presenting an image of elearning that reflects what we have encountered. For an instructional designer, elearning often means courses or learning materials directed at meeting an objective within the larger scope of program development. A corporate trainer may view elearning as a combination of courses and knowledge management. No one perspective is symbolic of the whole industry.

A danger exists in discussing various segments of elearning: paying too much attention to distinctions across categories. The real focus and unifying theme is (or at least should be) learning – whether it is in a classroom, online, blended, or embedded. Each category presented here is most effective when properly matched with the appropriate learning environment and desired outcome.

Can self-study be social?

Clive Shepherd, U.K. e-learning consultant, comments on the possibility of isolated self-study to be viewed as a method of learning with a social element.

"I believe self-study could feel very much like one-to-one learning if the content was prepared with a degree of personality. Ideally that would mean you got to know who designed it, a rare occurrence for sure, but something you would take for granted in the classroom, where trainers are anything but anonymous."

Job creation to save SA

Job creation seems to be government’s broad-based, sensible and sustainable solution to the nationalisation issue. Since the beginning of the year the South African government has placed particular emphasis on skills development and job creation. Mining, and its related industries, have been identified as particular growth areas.

During the opening of parliament, president Jacob Zuma said, “We have introduced a New Growth Path that will guide our work in achieving these goals, working within the premise that the creation of decent work is at the centre of our economic policies. We urge every sector and every business entity, regardless of size, to focus on job creation. Every contribution counts in this national effort.”

Government Considers 20 000 Extra Skilled Workers for Resources Sector

A new plan being considered by the Gillard government could help fill the gaps in the skilled workers shortage. As the mining boom continues, the need for labour has increased and the federal government is examining a plan to allow an extra 20 000 skilled migrants into Australia.

Treasurer Wayne Swan is under pressure from Treasury bureaucrats to increase the skilled migrant intake, particularly for Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Marketing Manager Swears by Distance Learning

For the high flyer, it can be hard to find the time for an MBA. 60-hour weeks spent living out of international hotels can be impossible to square with educational commitments. And sixteen month career breaks aren’t always looked on favourably by employers.

Michael Linss, 40, found a way out of this dilemma through distance learning with the Open University. Speaking from his South Carolina home on a rainy morning, he explains how starting the online MBA in 2007 made it possible for him to earn the qualification despite constant business trips and even a change in continent.

TAFE steps in to ‘close the gap’

“Closing the gap” in the “disadvantage” Aboriginal people experience in employment and education in western NSW is the focus of a new Aboriginal Education and Training Unit, a TAFE Institute director said. The new team of 15 Aboriginal staff located in Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, Broken Hill and in the north west of the state, has been formed in response to feedback from Aboriginal communities that TAFE could be doing more to meet the needs of Aboriginal people and communities.

Mining 101 Workshop in Perth, Australia

Resourceful Events reports that prior to the Mining Investment & Finance Fundamentals conference (May 31 - June 2), they will be hosting a Mining 101 workshop at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, WA, Australia:

"Join the Mining 101 workshop to gain a comprehensive but straight forward (no jargon) explanation of what the mining industry is, and how it works. Mining 101 is aimed at people working in associated sectors (the financial community, lawyers, PR companies, equipment manufacturers, service providers, etc) who would benefit from an overview of mining, and be in a better position as a result to develop more business opportunities. Understand the industry in just one day."

New Study Reveals Hands-On Training Triggers 'Dread Factor'; Increases Safety Performance

According to a recent study, more labor accidents could be prevented if workers received additional interactive, engaging training. The researchers found that when it comes to acquiring safety knowledge and demonstrating safe work behaviors in hazardous work environments, interactive training techniques like hands-on simulations play a critical role.

TAFE to establish skills centre

TAFE Western has announced that it will establish a Mudgee Skills Centre to give apprentices more local training opportunities. Based on a model that has been running in Lithgow for 12 years, the centre will be a partnership between TAFE and local employers, providing training for first-year apprentices in electro-technology, metal fabrication and fitting and machining.

The effects of Twitter in an online learning environment

This article, by Danish e-learning specialist Helge Scherlund, aims to explore the use of Twitter in an online learning environment. With almost 200 million user accounts, the microblogging service is being used by consumer brand companies, news media, and more importantly educators. can Twitter be leveraged in a learning environment? Can it replace email, message boards, and chat rooms as the preferred method of communicating with classmates?

Springsure and Humanis to develop training mine in NSW

PERTH - Recruitment and labour hire specialists Humanis Group will acquire a 49% interest in Springsure Mining, which will build a training mine near Newcastle in New South Wales to provide practical and theoretical training. Humanis said on Tuesday that the agreement would provide the group with a compelling selling proposition to supply mine site trained personnel to the industry.

The training mine would seek to tackle the recent and expected future shortage of skilled labour by means of a practical real-life mining operation, MD George Gelavis said.

GEC set to start mining engineering course from July 2011

PANAJI: The state's lone government-run engineering institute, Goa College of Engineering (GEC) at Farmagudi, is planning to set up a new department of mining from the academic year 2011-12.

Sources said that the GEC has forwarded a proposal to begin a graduate course in mining engineering from the new academic year to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) through the state directorate of technical education. The institute plans to set up an independent department to run the course.

Clive Shepherd reviews Social Media for Trainers

Clive Shepherd, technology-assisted learning consultant and author of the Clive on Learning blog, reviews Jane Bozarth's book Social Media for Trainers, which covers the way in which social media can be deployed to support informal learning.

Social media for trainers isn’t really aimed at people like me, even though I’m seriously engaged with social media and, at least some of the time, I qualify as being a trainer. It’s primary focus is on the classroom (or virtual classroom) instructor who wants to enrich their offering with social learning techniques but doesn’t know where to begin. This is not a book that spends a lot of time developing a theory of social learning; this is highly practical stuff, and the better for it.

Workshops on Beach Slopes and Rheology Precede Paste 2011

The ACG's 2011 International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings in Perth, Western Australia will be preceded by two workshops: Prediction of Beach Slopes on April 3rd, and a Rheology workshop on April 4th.

New common mine safety training standards in NWT

New common standards for mine safety training are being developed by the government of the Northwest Territories (NWT), the Northern Safety Association (NSA) and the three diamond mines in the NWT (BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto […]

Gov't of Australia announces new employment and training scheme in the South-West

The Government of Western Australia announces that a new employment and training scheme in the South-West will make it easier for employers in the region to hire apprentices and trainees. Employment and Training Minister Cheryl […]

DOLE’s safety and health training covers ‘7 industry big winners’

Philippines: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through its Occupational Safety and health Center (OSHC), yesterday announced a year-round schedule of training aimed at improving safety and health of the workforces in the country's […]

Alberta Heavy Equipment College to Deliver Train-The-Trainer Instructor Certification for Yukon Mine Training Association

Yukon Mine Training Association (YMTA) launches a second year of training partnership with their delivery agent, Northern Safety Network Yukon training heavy equipment operators to work in the Yukon mining industry. Located in Whitehorse, YMTA's […]

eLN presents practical tips for learning design and development

eLearning Network presents Ron Hubbard's presentation on practical tips for learning design and development. Watch the presentation he gave at Learning Technologies 2011.

College for miners successful

A college program, that was six years in the planning, has delivered the goods: 12 locally trained underground hard rock miners will be graduating this coming Friday with a solid foundation on which to build […]

Towards a Knowledge Building Community: From Guided to Self-Organized Inquiry

Drawn from the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie - Abstract: Over four academic years a design experiment was conducted involving four online university courses […]

Clive on Learning: Relevance drives out resistance

Clive Shepherd of Brighton, U.K. comments on the inroads being made by e-learning in his country, and the sacrifice of quality for cost and time savings.

Skills shortage warning

The Australian mining industry has been warned that growth is at risk if its leaders fail to address long-term workforce development and training. The call came from the recently appointed chief executive officer of SkillsDMC, […]

Plenty to celebrate at SIC during 'Career and Technical Education Month'

February is recognized nationwide as "Career and Technical Education Month," and Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg will celebrate the occasion accordingly - as a productive pathway for residents of the area to the good-paying, sustainable […]