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Sue Taylor, from SIDE’s Learning Support team, recently attended the national conference of the Australian Association of Distance Education Schools (AADES).

Sue shared SIDE’s teaching of ASDAN, an endorsed program which equips students with vocational and life skills, with other distance education educators.

Sue presented a workshop about ASDAN, which SIDE has developed for online platforms, to engage students in Years 10, 11 and 12. Sue described how Webex lessons and Moodle were used to provide students with support, encouragement and engagement in the ASDAN courses. Australian and international attendees were able to ask questions and share ideas on how they could work with students through the ASDAN Short Courses and Vocational Tasters.

The AADES conference was jointly presented with the Common Ground Research Networks focussing on ‘E-learning and Innovative Pedagogies’. Sue commented that it was a fantastic opportunity for distance education teachers to meet with colleagues who are involved in developing online teaching and learning programs to meet the needs of students in a wide variety of situations.

The next AADES conference will be held in Perth in 2021.