ERIC Number: ED454440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Online Learning and the New VET Practitioner: Implications for the Organisation of Their Work. Working Paper.
Schofield, Kaye; Walsh, Anne; Melville, Bernice
The attitudes and experiences of 18 vocational education and training (VET) practitioners considered to be at the leading edge of online education in technical and further education (TAFE) in South Australia were examined to determine how leading-edge VET practitioners engaged in designing, developing, and facilitating online learning understand their changing roles and professional practice. The practitioners' responses reinforced the fact that online learning is a new frontier pedagogically, technologically, and organizationally. The new tasks of designing, developing, and facilitating online learning both required and stimulated new forms of work organization for VET practitioners. The practitioners generally considered this work a positive experience and credited it with increasing their job satisfaction. However, they also cited negative effects of the introduction of online instruction that call into question the long-term sustainability of online work as it is currently organized. It was concluded that the quality and extent of online education will inevitably be constrained unless the human resource management of training organizations addresses the organization of online work more explicitly. Issues that must be addressed include better job design to accommodate the working conditions associated with online work and institution of sophisticated strategies for building and sustaining work and knowledge networks. (Contains 24 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Computer Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Technology, Employment Practices, Foreign Countries, Job Development, Job Satisfaction, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Online Systems, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Role, Teacher Surveys, Teaching (Occupation), Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/0022Schofield.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ.-Sydney, Broadway (Australia). Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia