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FREE 2019 VDC Thought Leadership Series 4: Developing 21st Century Skills

31st Oct 2019
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
VET Development Centre, Level 8 379 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria Australia 3000

2019 VDC Thought Leadership Series presents an opportunity for VET professionals - including executives, managers, coordinators and practitioners - to engage with industry consultants, education experts and academic researchers about VET sector's cutting-edge topics and beyond.
The Series showcases the latest in academic research paired with industry and practical advice from the VET Sector and beyond.


Developing Twenty First Century Skills with Associate Professor Melanie Williams

The 2019 VDC Thought Leadership Seminar is a free event that will be hosted at the VDC Training Facilities in Melbourne on Thursday 31 October 2019 followed by an opportunity to network at morning tea.

Twenty first century skills are associated with the higher order skills and behaviours that represent the ability to cope with the complex problems and unpredictable situations that will increasingly feature in contemporary and future workplaces.

This two-part presentation reports on the findings from a VET Practitioner Fellowship researching international approaches to developing these skills in both students and teachers. The first model from the Spanish Basque Country involves a holistic, challenge-based approach to learning that is specifically designed to foster students’ twenty first century skills. The second model from Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand represents a possible method for building the capability of VET teachers to appropriately develop and assess these higher order skills.


Audience: These sessions are for educational staff.

Cost: All VDC Thought Leadership Seminars are FREE.


Professor Melanie Williams

Melanie is currently Associate Dean (Scholarship) at William Angliss Institute. Her role is to work with teaching and academic staff to support a scholarly approach to learning and teaching across both vocational and higher education. Melanie has worked in teacher and assessor training and mentoring, academic development, educational research and the scholarship of learning and teaching for over 25 years in the vocational, higher and community education sectors.

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