1. 2018 ACAL Conference hosted by VALBEC
2. Workshop your ideas for the ACAL Conference
3. 2018 Annual General Meeting and Forum
4. Professionalising our Practice through Research
40 Stories of Adult Literacy Learners
Adult Literacy Stories from Tasmania - 7 Stories
Rock, paper scissors - making better decisions
6. Next edition of Fine Print
7. VALBEC membership renewal now due
8. VALBEC Facebook page
ACAL Conference hosted by VALBEC
September 12, 13 and 14, 2018 • Melbourne
The ACAL conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet and workshop with peers.
Perhaps you have a presentation idea, however not sure how to begin? Talk with experienced conference presenters for some guidance.
If you are thinking about presenting but just not sure, come along for a chat about your ideas.
If you have a burning question and need it answered to move forward with your presentation then join us and ask away.
Perhaps you are a first time presenter and would like to talk about your idea and have some input from others before you respond to the call for papers.
We would love to see you and are happy to answer any questions on Monday, March 5 at 12.30pm AEDT
Members and friends of VALBEC are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Council and a presentation by Karen Dymke: Professionalising our Practice through Research.
The Adult Learning sector is a highly specialised sector with significant demands. It has long been regarded as the pointy end of educational need. Yet, as a field it has not always enjoyed the acknowledgement, funding or research meted out to other educational sectors. Karen Dymke and Cate Thompson have recently returned from a study tour to Europe through the International Specialised Skills Institute and the Department of Education and Training, Higher Education and Skills Group, International Vocational Training Fellowship.
Karen Dymke will share her findings from the trip on her particular focus, the Professionalisation of Adult Educators. She will also share her insights from John Hattie's ground-breaking research on Visible Learning, which has identified what has the greatest effect to progress student learning and achievement.
Of particular interest, will be the newly available text, 'Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom' that Karen will provide a preview and commentary on how it may apply in adult learning contexts.
Karen has worked across a range of sectors with a unique breadth of knowledge, balance and expertise that she brings to her current roles at Thoughtfulworks as consultant, facilitator and coach.
Stories provide us a valuable insight into the minds and experiences of others so that we can learn, empathise and stretch our knowledge and imagination. When adult literacy learners share their stories it is not only a very empowering activity for them as individuals but also provides insightful understandings for the adult literacy practitioner.
As part of VALBEC's 40 year celebrations, we will collate 40 stories of adults literacy learners from around the country and world. So take time out this year to read and watch some adult literacy stories to remind you and inspire you in your practice. If you have a story you would like to share as part of this series please email the details and a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year Island magazine made freely available one of their magazine editions from last year that showcased seven essays from people who have struggled with their reading and writing. Rosalie Martin from Chatters Matters, 2017 Tasmanian of the Year, who also gives some insight at the end of each story, curated this collection.
The stories themselves are from Tasmanians from various backgrounds with different experiences who have grappled with reading and writing. Each of their stories shows the battles they have gone through and the difference that learning to read and write has made in their lives.
Rosalie and Matthew Lamb from Island magazine came together after making the connection of the significance of citizenship and reading.
Provided by Meg Cotter, Co-President
Catalyst – Episode 1, The Secret to Making Better Decisions, January 20th 2018 ABC
For its first 2018-episode, Catalyst provided a succinct, entertaining introduction to mathematical logic and the power of algorithms for everyday activities. The Secret to Making Better Decisions takes a light-hearted approach to its presentation but doesn't skimp on providing good detail, examples and demonstrations of the logic problems.
As a card-carrying maths phobic, I enjoyed it a great deal only tiring as the number of examples kept coming. At 58 minutes, it is a bit long but does offer clearly separated segments that could be relatively easily repeated in the classroom.
A few examples that might appeal:
Optimal stopping - demonstrated while looking at the best surf beach introduces the mathematical constant 'e' or 0.368 in an equation to help making a decision when you have multiple options. The idea is that you reject the first 37% of the choices. It seems pretty obvious that you would look at a number of options, discovering your criteria for what makes a good beach (or share house, or restaurant … ) before you made a decision on one. With optimal stopping, you will know how many you need to look at before you start sampling.
Rock, paper, scissors is a common way of deciding who will do something. If you watch this, you will very likely win each time you play the game. It's a good way to have fun with a relatively simple maths process. I won't spoil the discovery by providing the simple rule revealed in the show.
And this is where the meaning of algorithm came in – '… simply a set of logical instructions that lead to a desired outcome. Directions are an algorithm that lead to a particular place.' This then leads into the use of algorithms for orienteering.
Other examples include the use of maths to decide which queue you should join at the supermarket, how warehouse workers use algorithms to get their work done and how a program called Watson is helping a Melbourne fashion designer do some rather lovely work.
Rhonda Pelletier, VALBEC Committee
The first edition of Fine Print for 2018 will be delivered to VALBEC members in April when you can look forward to a range of thought-provoking articles on policy, practice and theory.
The editorial group is now looking towards edition two and would love to hear from you if you have an idea for an article or want to tell us about someone whose excellent practice deserves to be shared in a 'Beside the Whiteboard' or 'Provider Profile' interview.
You can get in touch by email to email@example.com
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