Making the most of technologies for learning in remote context

Guenther, John and McRae-Williams, Eva (2012) Making the most of technologies for learning in remote context. VOCAL: The Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools, 9 (2011-2012). pp. 88-95. ISSN 1835-338X

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This article, based on a Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) research project - 'Pathways to Employment' - will canvas the proposition that mobile technology can be used as an effective vehicle for vocational learning in remote Australian communities. The proposition in itself is not new and indeed there are a number of examples in the literature that demonstrate the possibilities of mobile and emerging ICT technologies in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia and Indigenous communities elsewhere in the world. However, the application of technologies in vocational learning is often applied to the delivery of mainstream training packages for mainstream employment outcomes. Further, the development of new technologies and 'apps' that go with them is changing at such a pace that past work in this field is fast becoming dated.

The 'Pathways to Employment' research project considers pathways from a different starting point than many other research projects, which take as a given, the traditional notion of pathways to employment - typically linear, mainstream oriented and driven - with all the mainstream assumptions that go along with this notion of 'pathway'. This paper will focus on the opportunities presented by a relatively rapid uptake of mobile phone technology (in particular smartphones)and other information and communication technologies in remote communities for vocational learning that bases itself on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoints.

Item Type: Article
Field of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 05:51
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2013 06:38

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