Higher-tech cuts it
THE humble pen and paper is making way for the high-demand of revolutionary technology as budding apprentices seek t o be t aught i n new and exciting ways.
An increasing trend for businesses using innovative training methods to suit their operational needs and minimise the amount of down-time staff are away from work has led to teaching changes at academic level.
These changes are reflected by tertiary education college TAFE SA, which is working with industry to find different ways of using online technology to turn classrooms into workplaces.
More than 75 per cent of TAFE SA lecturers now use electronic learning (e-learning) tools during teaching.
They include e-portfolios, which are a collection of learner-driven digital objects that can demonstrate experiences.
TAFE SA Tea Tree Gully campus’ hair and beauty course has developed a range of e-learning technology to complement classroom and workplace training.
It gives students a real-world salon experience and the opportunity to make connections within the industry.
TAFE SA hairdressing lecturer Marina Borrello says e-portfolios encourage on and off-the-job training and help to build strong and effective relationships between the employer and the training organisation.
Ms Borrello, who works with apprentices in classrooms for one day a week, says the e-portfolios help to customise training to suit salon requirements.
‘‘Hairdressing is a highly-visual trade, so the ability to photograph hairstyles done at work in the salon, upload to personal e-portfolios and then share with their lecturer when next in class is powerful, student-centred training,’’ she says.
‘‘E-portfolios allow students to easily gather evidence of their skills that can then be used for discussion, teacher input and assessment. ‘‘It works extremely well. ‘‘If a salon does creative upstyling hair styles, this is what we can focus on qualification.’’
Ms Borrello says the e-portfolios make training more time-efficient and relevant to what an employer needs from their apprentice.
‘‘E-portfolios are empowering and give students the ability to take control of their own learning and yet they are flexible enough to give students, employers and trainers the ability to blend where learning takes place,’’ she says.
Last year, e-readers such as iPad and Kindle were trialled by the hair and beauty course to determine which mobile device would best suit the needs for a hairdressing resource guide.
The digital reference book,
first in the known as the ‘‘hairy e-book’’, is expected to be launched next month and will give students the basic knowledge necessary for their highly visual training.
‘‘Students like to learn in different places, in different ways, and mobile devices like these will allow them to do that,’’ Ms Borrello says.
Gauci Hair Care Beauty Salon development manager Elyce Cave says e-learning tools let students learn while on the job in the salon.
‘‘It is good for students to selfassess what they have done, what they like and how they could do better next time,’’ she says.
‘‘It is refreshing to see the students wanting to learn and actually enjoying it.’’
Jessica Cluse, a first-year apprentice with Gauci Hair Care Beauty Salon at Tea Tree Gully TAFE, with Gauci development manager Elyce Cave.