Sunday, June 13, 2004

Flexible Learning Leaders - Induction - Canberra - June 2004 & Workplace Visits

As a late inclusion into the FLL program, I travelled to Canberra for an Induction to the program with the project team.

Many thanks to Marie, Jenny, Jyothi, Thea and Cathy for making me feel welcome and for a thorough induction to the program.

I had the opportunity to have dinner with previous FLL - Wanda Jackson and lunches with current leaders - Kerry Trabinger, Emma Deutrom and Ellie Thompson. This was a perfect environment to "swap notes", network and to get a general understanding of what other leaders had planned for their year.


Utilising my time efectively whilst in Canberra, I took the opportunity to arrange orientations of workplaces applicable to my program focus of Remote & Indigenous.
The following faculties, organsiations and services were visiting to exchange knowledge and to gain an overview of their current methods of delivery:

*** Canberra Institute of Technology - Faculty of Business & IT - James Hamilton

James gave me an orientation of the Electronic Business Simulator prototype.
No! It's NOT a Toolbox!
Earlier this year, I was involved in an NT trial of this flexible method of delivery which supports the certificate/s - CertII Business, and CertII Information Technology.

Quite a high level of tecnical experience is required to "tailor" the simulator to your own participants needs. Still in the "tweaking stage" the simulator is very text based........Not a prefered method of my client base.

*** Canberra Institute of Technology - Australian Network of Practice Firms - Kath Billing

A practice firm is a simulated business that is set up and run by students as part of their study program with support from an educator and staff from a real business. Practice firms conduct business with other practice firms in a simulated market economy on a local, national or international basis.

Participation in a practice firm gives students real business insights and an awareness of business sensitivities. They develop skills in decision making, problem solving and in working with clients towards a positive outcome. Students learn to work effectively in a team and prioritise their work; they learn about accountability and daily work routines.

A practice firm often resembles the business on which it models itself, for example in its form, organisation and functions. As employees of the practice firm, students undertake market research, advertise, buy and sell goods; they work out their pay rates and receive a virtual salary to spend in ANPF.

Although there is no actual transfer of goods or money, all the usual business transactions take place: orders are sent, invoices issued, financial records maintained, and a business plan and marketing strategy developed and monitored. Students learn about business, but they also learn how business really works and how decisions are made. They test their skills in IT, customer relations, interpersonal relationships, negotiation, and time management.

Apparently students become highly motivated and engaged. This is "their" business! Hence the energy and enthusiasm is totally different to the standard classroom operation.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Education
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I was made aware that Tauondi College operates a Practice Firm in Adelaide - "Virtual First Aid" who I plan to visit in when in Adelaide in July.
I would be very interested to see this simulated/virtual training methodology in practice within an Indigenous context.

*** Winnunga Nummityjah
An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service that provides a culturally safe holistic health service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the ACT and surrounding areas. I had an opportunity to meet with Sharon Ingram who orientated me to her organisation. We discused flexible modes of delivery and the underlying health issues that are affecting the Indigenous people of the ACT.

Canberra Aboriginal Health Service Winnunga Nimmityjah
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