Full program

9.00 am Conference opening
9.30 am Morning Keynote:

Digital Technologies to Engage and Connect Learners

Helene Markmann, Lecturer NMTAFE

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11.00 am Concurrent sessions

A1 Learning Without Borders - An 'E'xploration

Jo Hart, Central Regional TAFE

Outline: This hands on interactive session will introduce and explore a range of e-tools, strategies and networking opportunities and how these can be used:

• for professional development (PD) purposes

  • increasing budgetary constraints and focus on PD for audit documentation means fewer industry area PD opportunities
  • rapid changes both in VET and in technology mean we need to access skills on a 'just-in-time' basis

• for increasing student support and student networking opportunities that will

  • facilitate intergenerational networks that provide peer support amongst learners
  • support the development of digital citizenship, digital capability and online safety skills
  • encourage the development of future skills that will enable our students to become lifelong learners who are adaptable, flexible and capable of living and working effectively in roles that don't yet exist!

We will also consider:

• some of the continuing and future challenges to online delivery in an LLN context

Bio: Jo Hart has delivered CGEA across all levels and all streams since 2003. For eleven years this has been at CY O'Connor (now part of Central Regional TAFE) in the Wheatbelt. She uses virtual classroom, LMS and a variety of Web2.0 tools and strategies in delivery blends ranging from entirely face-to-face to entirely online with regional/remote students. Jo continuously refines and amends her online delivery models to better support students and develop their digital skills in her regional context. Jo enjoys exploring 'e-stuff' immensely and sees it as an essential addition to her 'toolbox' for engaging, motivating and supporting learners face-to-face and online. She is a lifelong learner continually refining her skills and updating her knowledge. Often this occurs through her personal (professional) learning network (PLN) and other online strategies. This approach to professional development is increasingly important for Jo in providing immediate access to new ideas, tools and strategies. Jo also delivers CAVSS, has been responsible for a variety of e-learning projects and mentors colleagues digital capability development and e-strategies. Formerly a facilitator for the state ALaN network, she currently facilitates a Facebook group for LLN practitioners. She was a finalist in the Australian Training Awards in 2013.

A2 Speaking our way to literacy

Karen Slikas Barber, North Metro TAFE

Outline: A rich linguistic input and oral language are key to developing the literacy of English as an additional language adult learners who are at the beginning stages of their language learning and are settling into a new life in Australia. In this workshop a variety of speaking and learning activities that lead to a developing literacy will be described and demonstrated. Active, playful and fruitful participation is a must. The six Rs will be highlighted. That is, Repetition, Roleplay, Rehearsal, Relevancy, Review and Retrieval.

Bio:Karen Slikas Barber is a classroom teacher, classroom researcher and writer and publisher of language learner literature. She is also a language learner herself, doing a diploma of modern languages in German. Working as a railroad engineer, teaching in China and being an AMEP teacher have made her professional life very rewarding.

A3 PowerPoint Alive!

Geoff Pearson, Agenda Communication Pty Ltd

Outline: 'Death by PowerPoint' - we've all suffered from it at one time or another, but how do we ensure we don't inflict the same misery on others? First and foremost, we need to see PowerPoint differently - not as a glorified dot-point maker, but as an exceptionally flexible, easy-to-use instructional tool with huge educational potential. This workshop sets out on that mission, with a hands-on exploration of the easy-to-use instructional tools PowerPoint puts at our disposal. Find out how to: set up fun, whole-group language / literacy exercises and other learning activities; add movement / animation for instructional impact; make and use the slow reveal for greater learner engagement; use hyperlinks to move quickly between screens; and in the process, find out how to end 'Death by PowerPoint' for good.

Bio: For nearly 40 years, Geoff has worked in the field of English as a Second Language and workplace communication skills teaching in Australia and overseas. Since 1996, he has been Director of Agenda Communication, his own Perth-based consultancy firm in this area. He has worked with many enterprises across a broad array of industries, and is also the author of several national and state-level research reports, PD materials and training resources. Geoff uses PowerPoint in all his PD and teaching workshops, and regularly gets asked 'How'd you do that?‚' Most of his tips and tricks he's learned from watching talented others, and then applying them to his own teaching.

A4 Digital Technologies to Engage and Connect Learners

Helene Markmann, North Metropolitan TAFE

Outline: This workshop allows participants to try out some apps and ideas from the keynote presentation in a setting where they can work in groups or individually. Suitable for the inexperienced to the experienced digital user. Come in and have crack under Helene's guidance and meet some fellow travellers -  we've all got to start somewhere!

Bio: Helene Markmann has worked in the pre- and post-compulsory education sectors for many years as an educator, manager, trainer and consultant. She has taught in the education faculties at Edith Cowan and Curtin Universities and currently lectures in ESL and General Education at TAFE. Her areas of specialisation are ESL, digital technologies in education and literacy.

A5.1 Less Screen More Green

Yvette Drager, Department of Training and Workforce Development and Chris Winter, Department of Training and Workforce Development

Outline: Are you keen to utilize technology in your classroom, but not for students to simply sit at a computer and complete online quizzes or activities. This face-to-face session will demonstrate how to get your students working on authentic learning activities that are technology enhanced and 'experience' the real world while meeting curriculum outcomes.

As part of this session participants will work through a physical activity that is technology enhanced specific for a face-to-face class which is led by the presenters. This session models action learning and provides participants with activities they could replicate in their own training classrooms.

Bio: Yvette Drager has been involved in adult education for over 19 years with more than 17 years of that experience within the VET sector. She has a passion for e-learning, sparked early in her VET career due to a need to deliver training to Australian students while working offshore. In the past 17 years Yvette has worked as a trainer for a major public Registered Training Organization in WA, as Resource Project Manager for WestOne Services and as a professional learning presenter for both WestOne Services and the Department. Yvette currently works in the professional learning team in the Sector Capability area and has served on both the 2016 Horizon Project Australia Panel of Experts and the 2017 Horizon Project International Panel of Experts. She has just completed studying her Master in Education: Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation through Charles Sturt University and as a result was awarded the ALIA Academic and Research Libraries (WA) Anne Clyde Memorial Prize for her work in both digital game based learning and 21st Century networked educators.

Chris Winter works for the Department of Training and Workforce Development as part of the Sector Capability team. Chris supports the sector specifically in the use of technology for training delivery. Historically Chris has been a keen early adopter of new technology but has mellowed with age, now preferring to adopt things when they become relevant and useful.

A5.2 Implementing curriculum to support the development of digital capabilities

Cheryl Wiltshire, DTWD

Outline: The Course in Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS) and Course in Underpinning Skills for Industry Qualifications (USIQ) are a crucial part of the support system for vocational students so they receive specialist literacy numeracy teaching but they can also be used access other critical skills such as digital capabilities. Western Australia also maintains the Entry to General Education for Adults with useful electives for students from pre-ACSF level 1. A number of other access courses offer other options for digital skill development. This session will allow participants to learn more about the various options and share questions, queries and ideas about how to best meet student needs.

Bio: Cheryl Wiltshire works at the Department of Training and Workforce Development in the professional learning section. She has been part of the team supporting the accreditation and implementation of CAVSS and USIQ for 17 years and prior to that worked in TAFE and jobseeker training.

1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Afternoon Keynote:

The Australian and Global context for technology in education and training

Yvette Drager, Department of Training and Workforce Development

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3.05 pm Concurrent sessions

B1 Puzzling it out: the value of word puzzles in the language classroom

Clare Harris, AMEP South Metropolitan TAFE

Outline: I'm wondering if you are offering 'half sessions'? Something like this (just a short presentation/discussion) Paper-based crossword and other language puzzles may seem strangely 'retro' in the face of online games, but they are still a 'real-life literacy activity' - as seen in homes, coffee shops and workplace lunch rooms. When we offer learners puzzles, we're not only giving them the chance to practice spelling, vocabulary and reading, in a playful and visual way, we're sharing a mainstream tradition. Puzzles, whether designed as information gap activities or not, can also provide real-life communicative practice, the chance to use 'language to talk about language' and an opportunity for those who 'get it' to help those who 'don't quite get it'. In this short session, we'll talk about keys to making sure that learners grasp basic - sometimes baffling - puzzle concepts, and about extending puzzle work to provide co-operative, communicative practice. The session will use examples from Clare's beginner puzzle book, Extra Easy Puzzles, and from her soon-to-be-published intermediate book of Workwise English Puzzles, as well as other materials.

Bio: Clare has been teaching adult migrants for over 30 years, including a few years spent in refugee camps in Thailand. Her time there - and her total and embarrassing failure to learn to read and write Thai - made her particularly interested in beginning literacy. She now writes reading materials and other resources, mostly for beginners, produced through her small publishing venture, The Book Next Door. She has also worked on a number of national AMEP materials projects and written for other publishers. She currently teaches beginners in an AMEP class in Western Australia.

B2 Literacy Matters: Libraries for literacy

Jane Jones, State Library of Western Australia and Irena Sikorska, State Library of Western Australia

Outline: Do you promote public libraries to your students? Do you know about the free online resources you can access? What is the role of public libraries in supporting literacy improvement? The State Library has developed Literacy Matters: State Library of Western Australia Literacy Strategy 2017 - 2027, and is taking a leadership role to champion the role of libraries in partnership with the range of state-wide, cross-sector organisations involved in the provision of literacy programs and services. Literacy Matters aims to address the challenges faced by many in the community with a whole of life approach through awareness, opportunity and access to improve literacy levels and address the needs of the 21st century. Come and share your ideas on how we can achieve these goals, support collaboration to improve literacy and set a long term direction for change

Bio: Jane Jones has been working in libraries for over four decades and brings a wealth of experience to her current role of coordinating the development of adult literacy initiatives to support the literacy, information and learning needs of the wider community. Most recently Jane has led the consultation and development of a literacy strategy that champions the role of libraries in partnership with organisations involved in the provision of literacy programs and services. Irena Sikorska is a former high school English teacher with an eclectic professional history, which includes a posting to Thailand as a diplomat and four years working with refugee students and their families in Perth. She currently helps create and deliver educational workshops to school students on excursion to the State Library of Western Australia as part of the Education Program.

B3 An Ever 'E'volving journey - Taking Literacy Online

Jo Hart, Central Regional TAFE

Outline: This session will describe a continuing - and at times very 'bumpy' - journey of evolving e-learning models for literacy learners. Sharing the story from the initial concept of developing some online content for CGEA to the current position of trying to incorporate as much flexibility as possible into fully online models so that we can better meet the support needs of literacy students as well as the needs of varying ages and cultures. The session will look at:

  • The different models trialled/used
  • The online/e-strategies used to support isolated literacy learners
  • What worked
  • What didn't work
  • Challenges faced and how they were overcome - if they were!
  • Future challenges, opportunities and threats presented by rapid change in the VET sector
  • Where do we go from here? what skills do we need and how can we gain these skills?

The session will also provide opportunities for participant input and questions through mobile devices.

Bio: Jo Hart has delivered CGEA across all levels and all streams since 2003. For eleven years this has been at CY O'Connor (now part of Central Regional TAFE) in the Wheatbelt. She uses virtual classroom, LMS and a variety of Web2.0 tools and strategies in delivery blends ranging from entirely face-to-face to entirely online with regional/remote students. Jo continuously refines and amends her online delivery models to better support students and develop their digital skills in her regional context. Jo enjoys exploring 'e-stuff‚' immensely and sees it as an essential addition to her 'toolbox' for engaging, motivating and supporting learners face-to-face and online. She is a lifelong learner continually refining her skills and updating her knowledge. Often this occurs through her personal (professional) learning network (PLN) and other online strategies. This approach to professional development is increasingly important for Jo in providing immediate access to new ideas, tools and strategies. Jo also delivers CAVSS, has been responsible for a variety of e-learning projects and mentors colleagues digital capability development and e-strategies. Formerly a facilitator for the state ALaN network, she currently facilitates a Facebook group for LLN practitioners. She was a finalist in the Australian Training Awards in 2013.

B4 Reflections from a Distance (the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning)

Annabelle Barretto and Patrice McKeown

Outline: Teaching with Distance Learning is personally and professionally satisfying. It's exciting to know that we're gearing up for the future of online learning, but how do you equip CaLD literacy students and their teachers for the future? This presentation will review some of the experiences of AMEP Distance Learning delivery in WA over the last 5 years. As teachers, we've found ourselves combining English language literacy with digital literacy, and discovered that even students who are digitally savvy are not necessarily equipped with technical trouble-shooting skills - let alone the teacher! While Distance Learning provides a great opportunity for students to develop into independent language learners, a huge amount of technical upskilling is required for both the student and teacher. How can we promote online learning so that technical competence is inbuilt into the curriculum - enabling our learners to achieve problem solving skills with confidence.

Bio: Annabelle Barretto is an experienced AMEP teacher, in the classroom, as a Home Tutor Trainer, and in Distance Learning. She has also worked in both primary and high schools as an Advisory ESL Consultant, and (many years ago) as an Adult Literacy Consultant and teacher on the Cocos Keeling Islands. She is fortunate to have a son who is a digital wizard, but most of her digital learning has been through collegiate support.

Patrice McKeown has taught adults and children in the ESL /EFL field for 20 years in Melbourne, Japan and Perth. She was a Distance Learning teacher for 5 years up until recently.

B5 Using OneNote for Collaborative Learning

Claire Willis, Centacare Employment and Training

Outline: Participants will be introduced to some features and functions of OneNote and how the Class Notebook can be used for collaborative learning and to collect evidence of digital writing. This workshop is for people with little to no experience using OneNote.

Bio: Claire is a primary school teacher by trade who moved into adult education eight years ago. She currently works as a Coordinator at Centacare Employment and Training. She is interested in exploring ways of making learning more accessible through digital technologies.

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