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Changing the way we teach and train adults

Changing the way we teach and train adults

'Researchers who have looked specifically at how vocational education can prepare people for digital disruption emphasise the importance of acquiring broad technical skills that can be adapted and applied in novel contexts, complemented by what have become known as twenty-first century capabilities' (Baker of Dorking, 2016; Committee for Economic Development of Australia, 2015; Figel, 2008; Gardner, 2006).

Using training games is one way of providing adult learning with the opportunity to develop and practise these skills.

Training games for soft skills development

Training games for soft skills development
One way of adding 'soft skills' to training is to use games or game-based learning. Mostly the approach is to use online learning via an LMS or video-type games. Not everyone loves or can access online training or video games so where do old-style board games fit into modern-day training? Check out https://vocationaltrainingmaterialsaustralia.com/   for games based on Australian Training Packages units of competency.

Serious games...a brief history and why it works today

Serious games...a brief history and why it works today
What we potentially get, are students with a deeper understanding of what they have learnt, integrated learning that makes more sense to students and can be applied laterally when needed. And solid evidence of competency for trainers and teachers is the other bonus at the end.

Serious games: board games

Serious games: board games
So why use board games for review and assessment of learning? In the age of digital everything and analytics that can capture student engagement with learning objects, why would anyone develop a plain old-style board game for a training assessment activity? 

Serious games?

Serious games?

Can games really be serious? Absolutely!

‘Serious games’ is a thing. The thing is that they are games and they have a serious intent. In the case of the games on Vocational Training Materials Australia, the intent is educational.

Launch day!

Launch day!

LAUNCHED!

I'm so excited that today Vocational Training Materials Australia launches and the training materials are finally available to you.