Warrnambool Bachelor of Early Childhood Education graduate and now doctoral candidate Nicole Kelly (seated left) with niece Miah (standing left), daughter Aaliyah, Deakin University vice-chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and niece Bailee.HIGH-speed broadband, interactive e-learning and videoconferencing will bring Deakin University’s early childcare teaching to Portland.
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The government yesterday announced a $566,680 initiative to help deliver Deakin University’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education to students with TAFE diplomas at Portland, Rosebud and Swan Hill through the new Deakin at Your Doorstep (DAYD) program.

South West TAFE chief executive officer Joe Piper said the DAYD partnership would increase regional participation, allowing TAFE children’s services students to continue with a degree through Deakin at the Portland campus.

“This announcement means a further pathway opportunity for our Portland students, providing a chance for them to further their careers in the children’s services sector, whilst remaining in their community as they work towards a Bachelor degree,” Mr Piper said.

“It’s a degree in children’s services education and that is a direct pathway from the diploma of children’s services.

“For the first time this will allow rurally isolated students to continue to a higher education degree within their chosen fields, but they can do it within their own community.”

Deakin’s vice-chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said the announcement was particularly timely, given changes to the minimum qualification standards for those in the field.

“This is the first full-degree program to be transitioned onto the Deakin At Your Doorstep program and if it is successful, which we are confident it will be, can be used for other degree programs at TAFE sites,” she said.

“Building innovative learning platforms that respond to the needs of students who are poor or who live at a distance from education institutions, and widening access to university for students from diverse backgrounds, are at the heart of the Deakin DNA.

“Deakin thus, unlike other metropolitan universities, does not discriminate between its students based on the campus where they are studying.

“A Deakin degree is a Deakin degree, with the same recognition worldwide, regardless of your pathway, whether you study at one of our regional campuses or at our metropolitan campus.

“What the Deakin at Your Doorstep program does is recognise that students studying for their first degree are more likely to be retained and succeed if they have the support of a peer group and real-time, face-to-face contact with academic and support staff.

“Students tell us that they sometimes struggle to see the relevance of what they are learning at university and the workplace but the elegance of this program is that most of the learning and teaching activities will take place in the real-life context.”

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