New Futures Training transitioning online

14-Aug-2020

Like many other RTOs and TAFEs, New Futures Training has been seriously disrupted due to the pandemic. With an active student base of over 1500 at different stages in their courses, New Futures Training faced one of its biggest operational challenges in transitioning our students to Remote Learning over a very short span of time.

Adding to the list of challenges, many aged care and childcare facilities are no longer taking students for placement, which has meant that several students reaching the end of their class period have been unable to complete their studies. 

Traditionally, we thought of online delivery as inappropriate for our unique student cohort. We are, however, seeing high levels of student engagement with remote learning – 83% of the current students in their class period are participating in Zoom classes, in which students meet with their trainers in a virtual classroom setting.  
This technology benefits from the use of pre-recorded videos and controlled small-group practical sessions at our campuses where necessary. 

With the majority of our students coming from CALD backgrounds though, when we surveyed them to find out their needs and requirements, most said they wanted physical assessment tasks where possible. 

We are continuing to improve our methods. For example, we are

  • currently exploring options for broad Customer and Learning Management Systems to address new challenges in communication and progress tracking.
  • also in the final stage of transitioning our enrollment process completely online, using our new VET-Enrol system.




Image: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care students sharing the resources they made to engage with children during group time. 


Finally, we’re also hard at work putting the finishing touches on a delivery framework for 22510VIC - Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk.  

The training is designed to provide the basic knowledge required to identify a presenting risk of family violence and provide a response appropriate to the role of a universal services professional. The course will also provide a foundational understanding of family violence and risk for further levels of specialisation. It’s ideal for universal services professionals from health and allied health, higher education, childcare, justice, sport and recreation organisations, faith-based institutions, community workers, and CALD community leaders. Right up our alley and looking forward to delivering the unit online. For more information on the course, click here.