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					  2012 TAFE NSW INNOVATION and EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE
                              Keynote Speaker: Michael McQueen
From his first step onto the stage, Michael McQueen was already launching into what
proved to be a very entertaining and interesting speech on The shape of Things to come in
TAFE.

Michael spoke about three paradigm shifts taking place in TAFE:

     1) Technological shifts
     2) Demographic shifts
     3) Legislative shifts

His main focus was on the Demographic shifts and the challenges it brings to TAFE with
Generation Y students. His book, The New Rules of Engagement, speaks in more depth on
this subject.

He commenced by showing pictures of the differences between the chalk and talk, minimal
resourced classrooms of the sixties to today’s almost paperless education. Many schools
today require students to have their own ipads and the classrooms have Smartboards and
computers. The rapidly changing technology, social networking and the language of texting
are all challenges faced by a generation of teachers who did not grow up with this
technology.

He then spoke of the other challenges in dealing with Gen Y students. He spoke of their lack
of forward planning and that they had to be prepared for a variety of pathways. This
generation could have possibly five to seven different careers. He also expressed the view
that these students were lacking in resilience and were high maintenance. They believed
that life should be easy, fair, convenient and exciting as they had constantly been told they
were special. They need a lot of praise and validation.

His answer to dealing with Gen Y was to make education relevant for them by:

     1. Re-engineering
     2. Re-framing
     3. Re-Imagining

Hi advice was to incorporate technology into teaching, try and see things from a different
point of view and imagine a different future due to funding, and the changing demands of
government and industry. He saw the role of teachers as being more one of facilitators and
that it was important to ask students the right questions.

2012 TAFE NSW INNOVATION and EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE
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Whilst people will never fit neatly into categories, I thought it brought some common
themes about a generation under the spotlight. It allowed us to consider some issues in the
light of our students and future changes.

                                            Booth 58 Signing Art

                                         Social Inclusion Category
The Signing Art Program was a Certificate II course in Skills for Work and Training. It was
delivered by a team of people working together to teach deaf Aboriginal students and so
was entered in the Social Inclusion category at the TAFE NSW Innovations and Excellence
Showcase.

The Aboriginal unit applied for funding to deliver this program, allowing deaf students,
Australia- wide to learn about their art, culture and importantly to develop employability
skills. The unit undertook the planning to bring these students to Redfern to stay at the
National Centre for Indigenous Excellence for four discrete periods of teaching, interspersed
by time at home base during which time, tasks set by the staff, were undertaken.

The Consultant for the Hearing Impaired, located at Miller College and an AUSLAN trainer,
organised the Moodle where students could see their assignments in both print and signed
for them. Interpreters and mentors were also essential to delivery.

The Course itself was run through Miller Adult Basic Education at Certificate II level.

The Art component was taught by the Art Unit at Campbelltown and allowed students to
express themselves and their identity through Art.

 The booth at the Innovation and Excellence Showcase attracted a lot of interest. Visitors
were taught to sign six words. The Signing Art Moodle was playing continuously to show
people how we managed to communicate with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
students while they were at their home base.

Interestingly there were many people visiting the booth wearing camouflage shirts and hats
and asking to speak to “Starlight”. These visitors had passwords and were on a secret
mission from another Aboriginal/ Armed Forces booth located elsewhere in the hall. I
thought I saw many important people in TAFE land on this mission but as they were in
camouflage I could not name names, nor if they passed the signing test. However it added
an element of fun and entertainment to the day. It was a valuable professional development
opportunity.

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