Regulating on-line VET

The Australian Skills Quality Authority commissioned a review of on-line learning, following the Covid-caused expansion

It found “many students prefer the flexibility of blended learning,” which presents providers, “with opportunities to expand their offerings and provide students with more choices across the market.

However there is a bit of a regulatory but – quality VET can be delivered on-line and, “there is no single issue or feature that is an indicator of greater or lesser risk to quality ” – which means ASQA  identifies a bunch of issues to address, four risks for students in on-line delivery and five impacting on training and assessment.

Accordingly, the agency announces it will;

* will performance monitor a sample of providers

* develop new guidance for providers to self-assure operations and improve performance

* guide its quality assessors to ensure practises “keep pace with innovation”

* support ELICOS providers as the COVID emergency all-teaching on-line provision ends

* consider risks in on-line learning in assessing a providers overall risk