How many of our students are digital natives*? Anyone born after 1980 was born into the digital age and in Australia there are over 15 million smartphones and 11 million tablets#. While it is sometimes hard to keep up with the exponential progress of digital technologies, as educators, we can reap great benefit from the engagement, flexibility and access that these technologies offer. In the 21st century one is not fully literate unless she or he is also digitally literate. A modern educator can harness technology in the classroom to start a two-way conversation between educator and learner, work remotely, get real time input and feedback and make the learning environment more welcoming to many students. In the bring-your-own-device age, the possibilities are even broader. Notwithstanding the benefits, the drawbacks such as the digital divide and cyber safety must also be explored in the construction of our programs. Getting on board this fast moving train is a challenge for many, but there are numerous simple ways to use technology not as only as a tool, but also as a vehicle for different ways of thinking and exploring.
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.
Helene presented at the NMTAFE Symposium Bringing People into the Workforce in 2016.
*Marc Prensky, 2001
# Yuan Wang, 2016 Australian mobile statistics: how digital is increasingly a mobile-first experience retrieved from https://yump.com.au/2016-australian-mobile-statistics-how-digital-is-increasingly-a-mobile-first-experience/
Department of Training and Workforce Development in the Sector Capability Team
This keynote presentation will outline the key trends, challenges and important developments in technology that will be impacting the VET sector over the next few years. According to the NMC 2017 Horizon Report, fluency in the digital realm is more than just understanding how to use technology. Training must go beyond gaining isolated technology skills toward generating a deep understanding of digital environments, enabling intuitive adaptation to new contexts and co-creation of content with others. The Report describes six short, medium and long-term trends in higher and further education, and identifies six challenges two of which are 'wicked' or intractable problems difficult to define let alone solve. In January/February 2016 a panel of Australian e-learning experts came together to work collaboratively on the 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education, later that same year an international panel of educational experts met to compile the NMC Horizon Report; 2017 Higher Ed Edition (14th Edition). These two editions describe annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education.
The final reports have been published and are available for download.
2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education
NMC Horizon Report; 2017 Higher Ed Edition (14th Edition)
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.