CLET students study online and build high level skills for the future!
From the desk of CLET's Managing Director Allen Williams.
After teaching in a classroom at TAFE for many years, using mostly a white board and overhead projector and then learning to use PowerPoint, I wanted to offer a more flexible and empowering learning environment other than students attending a classroom and sitting on chairs all day, where they would rote learn and complete closed book tests.
In a classroom, I also concluded that the group-work model was flawed, where I would consistently observe a few in each group completing most, if not all of the work and the unmotivated would expect to get the same level of credit, confirming the 80/20 rule was alive and well, meaning 20% of the group do 80% of the work.
Since 2006, my mission has been to invest a large amount of my own time and finances into learning about and then building online technologies and software to offer not only the same learning from the classroom, but at a higher level of flexibility and interactivity with the 21st century in mind.
CLET now uses more than 70 different type of software to manage our student experience, including the administration of their enrolment to their support and a large variety to build, deliver and evaluate our online courses resources 24/7. Each come with a subscription and ongoing upgrades.
Our website and online Learning Management Systems we call Study Cloud are at version 10 and version 20+ compared to the first ones we started with, not to mention the video and audio software developments since then have been huge.
Building, maintaining, delivering and assessing courses online is an investment and commitment that far exceeds anything I experienced in the classroom and really does support that CLET and our students are modern in our thinking and that we all are willing to go that extra mile to work hard together and modernise our knowledge and skills to achieve a Nationally Recognised Qualification so we prepare well for the rest of the 21st century.
The classroom was invented, because there was no Internet, we now have great Internet!
Why is online learning powerful with CLET?
CLET's online learning environment is flexible and self-paced, with no assessment due dates. This presents some unique study challenges for our students and to be successful they must have:
- commitment to the outcome
These are positive characteristics that all CLET students posses, is they work inside our online STUDY CLOUD technology that delivers all course resources 24/7, where assessments are completed and submitted in their own time. However, online students face additional challenges due to the degree of independence of the online system. Studying from home and work, these challenges may include:
- House chores
- Distractions such as TV, friends etc
- Family responsibilities
CLET student's learn that they must honestly and effectively assess their individual strengths and challenges when it relates to their own study skills and habits. They develop a process that allows them to be most effective and continually develop strategies for improvements.
Employers, if you are looking for new people who are highly motivated, computer literate and can analyse and solve problems independently, I would recommend taking a closer look at applicants who have completed a CLET online course.
Skills displayed by students completing a CLET online course include:
- ability to be work under limited supervision
- self motivation with a desire to learn new things
- commitment to see a task through to completion
- willingness to sacrifice personal and leisure time to achieve an outcome
- very good time management
- ability to read, analyse and follow instructions
- proven ability to finish something they started
- willingness to invest in their own learning
- willingness to modernise their thinking
- efficiency in the use of a personal computer and/or mobile devices
- ability to use modern software
- ability to research and find relevant information
- good level of oral and written communication
- ability to ask questions and seek support when needed
- analytical thinking and can solve problems
TIP for employers during an job interview:
If you want to know if an applicant is innovative, self motivated and prepared to learn new things, ask them if they have studied or are prepared to study an online course. Then watch their body language and listen carefully for tone in their voice. If their response is positive and they either have already studied and completed an online course or are open to the idea, than you know you are on a winner. If they have never looked at this option, grunt and are dismissive or indifferent to the idea, you know you have someone who is set in their ways, more than likely out of touch with advances in technology and not prepared to do anymore than the minimum for you.
Employees of the future will have all studied online and have the modern job ready skills needed for the rest of the 21st century and beyond.Posted by CLET on 05/02/2020