Faculty Newsletter

November 2016

Policy/Standard of the Month

 

The Tuition Payment and Refund Policy VET Rev 6

This policy sets out the provision of information regarding student fees and refund scenarios including withdrawals, postponements and deferments, for EIT vocational courses.
EIT offers a range of payment options for students who apply for our programs.  The fees for a student are also tailored to suit different regions around the world.  The fees cover the main resources required to complete the unit, module or course.  Some courses do require additional textbook purchases.
Some changes have recently been made to this policy – primarily the removal of the quarterly payment options. The majority of EIT courses now have either an upfront or monthly payment option.
 

please read the full policy here: http://www.eit.edu.au/policies/Tuition_Payment_and_Refund_Policy_VET.pdf


To assist you with keeping up to date with the VET sector we suggest subscribing to the following newsletters:

·         ASQA newsletter: http://asqa.gov.au/news-and-publications/sign-up-to-the-asqa-newsletter.html

·         VELG newsletter: https://www.velgtraining.com/

Contact Caroline Patterson (Accreditation Manager) for clarification or information at  caroline.patterson@eit.edu.au

 

Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Training

 

We are in the final stages of selecting the winner for the Award.  The winning lecturer (as well as runners up) will be contacted personally and also announced in the December faculty newsletter, which will be the final newsletter for the year. 

 

October 2016

Policy/Standard of the Month

 

Conducting Effective Assessment in VET Courses

Assessment is the process used to determine a student’s achievement of expected learning outcomes and may include a range of written, oral and practical methods. It also includes gathering information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of educational experiences; and it culminates when assessment results are used to improve student learning.

Assessment of VET qualifications at EIT also needs to comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, which means that assessment:

- complies with the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course; and

-  is conducted in accordance with the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence.

The Principles of Assessment are Fairness, Flexibility, Validity and Reliability.
The Rules of Evidence are Validity, Sufficiency, Authenticity and Currency.

For an expanded explanation of these requirements please visit: http://www.asqa.gov.au/users-guide-to-the-standards-for-registered-training-organisations-2015/about-the-standards-for-rtos/standard-one/clauses/clauses-1.8--1.12.html

To assist you with keeping up to date with the VET sector we suggest subscribing to the following newsletters:

·         ASQA newsletter: http://asqa.gov.au/news-and-publications/sign-up-to-the-asqa-newsletter.html

·         VELG newsletter: https://www.velgtraining.com/

Contact Caroline Patterson (Accreditation Manager) for clarification or information at  caroline.patterson@eit.edu.au

 

Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Training

 

Purpose: As per KPI 3.3 – To recognise and reward excellence in teaching and professional training by recognising the top three lecturers (combined across VET & HE) every year with a publicised award and cash prize.
Eligibility criteria (aligns with KPI’s in Strategic Plan):

  • At least 80% of student survey responses in the past year report lecturer evaluation levels of 8 out of 10 or above (a ‘very good’ rating) for the units/modules that the lecturer was involved in.
  • At least 80% of student survey responses indicate they value the industry experience of the lecturer for the units/modules that the lecturer was involved in.
  • More than 80% of students report a satisfaction rating of greater than 8 out of 10 in regards to learning support provided to them for the units/modules that the lecturer was involved in.
  • More than 80% of employers responding are satisfied with the training conducted by the lecturer overall.
  • The lecturer responds to communication (emails, phone calls etc) from EIT staff and students within 24 hours (unless over weekend)
  • The lecturer offers personal support to students when requested using phone, email, web and/or video conferencing and demonstrates that they see student pastoral care as a primary responsibility.
  • The lecturer participates in and has documented evidence of scholarly activities and continuing professional development
  • The lecturer meets all deadlines for submission of work to EIT (assessments, materials etc)
  • Attends and delivers all scheduled webinars (unless technical problems outside their control prevent this e.g. Blackboard site unavailable)
  • Has had no substantiated claims of misconduct recorded against them

A list will be compiled of all lecturers who meet the above eligibility criteria. EIT staff will then be invited to vote on who should win the award. The top 3 vote getters will win the award each year.

September 2016

Policy/Standard of the Month

 

Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 – Standard 1,  Responsive to Industry and Learner Needs

EIT is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), registered in the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that has the ability to deliver, assess and award students with formal qualifications.  As such there are official standards that we need to adhere to.  The standards that we need to comply with are called the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and are an Australian Federal Government requirement.

Standard 1 is an important part of the standards, with clause 1.13 – 1.16 specifically relating directly to our trainers (lecturers) and assessors.  To provide training that reflects current industry practice and valid assessment, our  lecturers and assessors must maintain the currency of their skills and knowledge in their industry area and in vocational education and training.

To confirm lecturers and assessors have current industry skills, and all training and assessment is delivered by people who are themselves competent practitioners, EIT must ensure that lecturers and assessors are regularly exposed to industry workplaces and participate in workplace tasks. Training and assessment can only be provided by those who have current industry skills and knowledge and is best provided by those who can undertake all of the tasks defined in the elements of units of competency and modules to industry standards. EIT must also retain evidence that all lecturers and assessors have undertaken relevant professional development (PD) in VET.

This required evidence of industry and VET PD takes the form of the “Staff Matrix” spread sheet that we ask you to complete when signing your lecturer and assessor contract each year.
We are very fortunate at EIT that we have some highly experienced, qualified and capable lecturers and assessors assisting us to meet the learning needs of our diverse students.

Extract from the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015:

 

Employ Skilled Trainers and Assessors

1.13. In addition to the requirements specified in Clause 1.14 and Clause 1.15, the RTO’s training and assessment is delivered only by persons who have:
a)    vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed;
b)    current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided; and
c)    current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.

Industry experts may also be involved in the assessment judgement, working alongside the trainer and/or assessor to conduct the assessment.

1.14. The RTO’s training and assessment is delivered only by persons who have:
a)    prior to 1 January 2016, the training and assessment qualification specified in Item 1 or Item 2 of Schedule 1, or demonstrated equivalence of competencies; and
b)    from 1 January 2016, the training and assessment qualification specified in Item 1 or Item 2 of Schedule 1.

1.15. Where a person conducts assessment only, the RTO ensures that the person has:
a)    prior to 1 January 2016, the training and assessment qualification specified in Item 1 or Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1, or demonstrated equivalence of competencies; and
b)    from 1 January 2016, Item 1 or Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1.

1.16. The RTO ensures that all trainers and assessors undertake professional development in the fields of the knowledge and practice of vocational training, learning and assessment including competency based training and assessment

A useful guide to these particular clauses is available here: http://www.asqa.gov.au/users-guide-to-the-standards-for-registered-training-organisations-2015/about-the-standards-for-rtos/standard-one/clauses/clauses-1.13--1.16.html

The full standard document is available at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2014L01377

 

Action steps for all lecturers/assessors:

  • Ensure your Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) requirements are met.
  • Ensure your Professional Development (industry and VET sector) is continuous, up to date & recorded

 

To assist you with keeping up to date with the VET sector we suggest subscribing to the following newsletters:

  • ASQA newsletter: http://asqa.gov.au/news-and-publications/sign-up-to-the-asqa-newsletter.html
  • VELG newsletter: https://www.velgtraining.com/

 

Contact Caroline Patterson (Accreditation Manager) for clarification or information at  caroline.patterson@eit.edu.au

 

Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Training

Continue reading the Faculty Newsletter in your inbox for information on the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Training. EIT is introducing this award to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and professional training by recognizing the top three lecturers.