Scanners, brokers and providers : partners in developing learning programs

Kilpatrick, Sue 2004, Scanners, brokers and providers : partners in developing learning programs, in AVETRA 2004 : the Seventh Australian VET Research Association Conference, Australian VET Research Association, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 1-10.

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Title Scanners, brokers and providers : partners in developing learning programs
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Conference name Australian VET Research Association. Conference (7th : 2004 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
Conference location Canberra, A.C.T.
Conference dates 17-19 March 2004
Title of proceedings AVETRA 2004 : the Seventh Australian VET Research Association Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2004
Conference series Australian VET Research Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 10
Publisher Australian VET Research Association
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary This paper reports some of the findings from a project that aimed to identify effective processes for ensuring that the content of learning activities is relevant to the changing needs of clients, and evolves so as to always incorporate the best available knowledge and science. This paper focuses on findings relating to the drivers for the development of new or substantially revised learning programs. The project, ‘Providing client-focussed education and training’, was funded by the FarmBis section of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The project also produced a self-assessment checklist for training providers to identify ways of improving the development and delivery of training. The key issues include continuous monitoring of client’s needs, and actively seeking opportunities to meet and work with industry organisations, other training providers and funding bodies.

There appear to be two drivers for the development of learning programs. One is problems or opportunities identified by people and organisations that could be termed ‘scanners’ and who tend not to be potential participants, the other is learning needs expressed by individuals or enterprises who want to participate in learning activities.

Scanners are typically industry organisations, government agencies and researchers, but may include providers and participants. Scanners identify learning needs that are not yet being expressed by potential participants, with the occasional exception of leading primary producers. Expressed participant needs drive the development of other programs. Providers become aware of the need for a new or substantially revised program, for example as a result of feedback from an existing program, because of legislative change or from delivering a similar program in other industries or contexts (for example computer training). Brokers (such as industry organisations who work to connect providers and participants) and ‘champions’ of training help participants identify and articulate their learning needs.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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