Concise explanation of flexible learning plan
- Course for eMentors in aged care sector in Australia
- Offered by RTO: Aged Care Queensland Inc
- Certificate Level Four - I think this would be equivalent of certificate level in New Zealand
- For mentors before and after eMentoring experience
- Motivated students but time poor and geographically challenged
- Most are likely to be managers or similar position, but at the very least will have Certificate Level Three or Four aged care qualifications (requirements to be eMentor)
- Moderate computer skills - will be provided computer training and support to be eMentor
- Prepare people for their roles as eMentors.
- Provide a qualification for those who have already had the experience of being an eMentor - to support carer progression and evidence of their ability for future roles as eMentors.
- Distance - blended delivery - online and paper/CD ROM
- Minimal face-to-face because of geographical and financial constraints but need to look at creative ways of dealing with this for people who prefer face-to-face interaction, maybe with local support.
- Constructionist approach-making sense of their learning in their context of their work
- Aligning assessment with what they are doing in their every day eMentoring practice - needs analysis to match up their learning needs with what they need to 'deliver' in way of assessment.
- Portfolio - mix of personal reflection and evidence of eMentoring activities.
- Certificate level does not require in-depth reflection and critical thinking but role of eMentor does - have to find balance in assessment evaluation.
- My personal experience this week with Heather Day in the Otago Polytechnic EDC department and enrolling in the postgraduate Territory Teaching and Learning Certificate
- ACQI - strongly support flexible approach to learning and education and reaching students in rural and remote locations.
- Flexible modes of delivery to overcome constraints of time, location and learning skills/styles.
- Flexible times for assessment and taking course to suit eMentors time constraints, being mindful that with rolling enrollment, it is more difficult to bring people together.
- How can I facilitate social learning in context of rolled over enrollment - is rolled over enrollment appropriate or workable?
- Make provision for indigenous students and people from backgrounds of cultural diversity.
- How can I manage provide face-to-face support/education if that is their preference?
- These students may not have the need for face-to-face in the way I assume they will - individual assessment
- Material provided in way that meets their needs.
- Open access education resources.
- Encouraging ex-students to 'mentor' current students
Wish me luck!!