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Accredited Online Training (AOT),
Australia's premier online training
organisation, provides a perfect
home-grown solution for Queensland
teachers to meet the requirements
of the Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) Framework.
Queensland's very own AOT
offers several courses tailored to
the needs of teachers looking to
continually upgrade their professional
qualifications from 2010.
'AOT's high school teachers' fast
track to Certificate IV in Training and
Assessment has been very popular
since it was introduced in 2007,' said
Managing Director Paul Lange.
'Ours was the first online course in
Australia to offer a specific fast-track
option to secondary teachers,' he said.
'In fact, you could say our "fast track
record" is second to none,' Mr Lange
Telling the stories of Australia's colonial
history will enter a new age, when a
state-of-the-art education centre opens
on the Cumberland Street Dig Site in
Sydney's historic heart, The Rocks.
The Big Dig Archaeology Education
Centre is part of the Sydney Harbour
YHA complex, offering an inspiring
education program and high quality,
'Groups frequently visit The Rocks
as part of an excursion to Sydney;
however their visit is often too short
and lacking in a depth of experience,'
said Ross Lardner, Manager, The Big
Dig and Sydney Harbour YHA. 'The
Big Dig and Sydney Harbour YHA will
provide the opportunity for groups to
stay overnight in this heritage precinct,
enabling The Rocks to become the
focus of a study trip.'
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The teachers' fast track program was
developed with the assistance of Associate
Professor Neil Anderson, Deputy Head
of the School of Education at James
Cook University after consultation
with more than 500 students who had
completed AOT's standard course.
The teachers' fast track to Certificate
IV in Training and Assessment is a
natural progression for secondary school
teachers to expand their options beyond
the schoolyard while undertaking at
least 30 hours of CPD each year.
'Teachers with a Certificate IV in
Training and Assessment can branch
out to VET and adult education,
which are two pathways many
people choose,' Mr Lange said.
The fast track program not only allows
teachers to gain credit for previous
knowledge and skills. With an estimated
175 hours of study, the Certificate IV in
Training and Assessment will provide
most teachers with sufficient individually
identified CPD credit to cover five years.
Alternatively, teachers wishing to
enhance their skills in specific areas
can select from a range of short
courses or single units from Certificate
I courses to Diplomas in Business,
Human Resources and Management.
'Studying with AOT gives you so many
benefits,' Mr Lange said. 'Studying
online is convenient, because you
can study anywhere, at any time, and
our experienced professional trainers
have a wealth of knowledge. AOT's
online courses are also ideal for those
living in remote locations who cannot
easily access training courses.'
AOT's courses are competitively
priced, with up-front or monthly
payment options available.
If you are interested in learning more
about the course, please contact AOT on
1300 72 66 34 or visit www.aot.edu.au.
Impressive education centre to open in The Rocks, Sydney
An extensive archaeological dig on
the site in 1994 and further recent
excavations have resulted in the
discovery of the only visible remnants
of a house belonging to a member of
the First Fleet in Australia, and more
than a million artefacts from daily life
from 1795 to 1901.
The Big Dig Archaeology Education
Centre will focus on experiential
learning and offer hands-on
activities such as artefact handling
and a simulated dig. Programs will
complement the syllabus of primary
and secondary students and focus on
telling the history of the site through
the archaeology. These programs will
be delivered by specialists, Sydney
Learning Adventures. Plans are
underway to offer programs for TAFE
and university students.
Sydney Harbour YHA is located 400
metres from Circular Quay. It will
comprise 106 rooms including double,
twin and multi-share four to six bed
rooms, all with an en-suite bathroom.
Groups will benefit from a designated
wing with catering, dining and lounge
rooms. It will also feature internet
facilities and a roof terrace with
panoramic Sydney Harbour views.
The Big Dig will partner with nearby
Susannah Place Museum, The Rocks
Discovery Centre and the newly formed
Rocks Education Network to provide
tailor-made packages to suit the needs
of all groups.
For more information please
contact Education Officer, Alison
Frappell, on (02) 9261 1111 or email
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