Blended learning- a mix of models of learning- is essential in prevocational foundation skills classrooms. Skilling our students in foundation skills while linking these skills to vocational contexts for further learning and development means we must provide learning experiences which will enable our students to interact effectively with team based, digital and face to face learning environments.
At Meadowbank campus, Northern Sydney Institute, we have introduced blending vocational and foundation skills teaching methodologies to students at a Certificate II level. These students will go on to Certificate III vocational courses, which will require them to be familiar with a variety of teaching/learning strategies.
Our students require more flexible and individualised learning experiences. These can be gained in small group, work team based learning opportunities as where students develop communication skills in a real setting, solving a workplace problem, for example.
We have run this blended approach with prevocational students interested in both Aged Care and Child Studies careers, with great effect this semester.