The Certificate IV in Building and Construction has previously been offered as a fully face to face course over 2 years at TAFE Illawarra. We decided to restructure this traditionally hands-on trade course to utilise a blended delivery model to increase student numbers, allow greater flexibility and to improve completion rates. The course is now delivered, utilising Moodle and Adobe Connect, over one year. Students attend classes three nights per week for 40 weeks. They can choose to come to the campus or attend the classes via Adobe Connect. The course is delivered one subject at a time, with a clear structure and deadlines for assessment task submissions.
All of the learning and assessment materials are stored within Moodle and classes are all recorded through Adobe Connect. Moodle resources include the recorded classes, learning videos created by the teachers and hosted in YouTube, self-marking practice and assessment quizzes, books and forums.
The results so far have been encouraging. Enrolments were 300% higher this year. Assessment tasks are being submitted on time by 80% of students. The quality of students' work has improved. Students are creating videos for some of their tasks, e.g. Workplace Inspections of a construction site, which they enjoy making and the videos provide authentic evidence for assessment.