Applied Learning – the What, Why and How to • Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018 (the day prior to the Annual Conference)

Facilitator: Karen Dymke, Thoughtfulworks

In this hands on and practical workshop we will investigate what applied learning is and how it enacts contemporary learning! We will unpack, discuss and share strategies for each of the principles of applied learning and how they are reinforced by the latest research. You will learn what they are, why they are so important and the guiding principles for teaching the VCAL, and how to utilise them for the greatest effect to progress student learning and achievement.

Principle 1: Start where learners are at.

Principle 2: Negotiate the curriculum.

Principle 3: Share Knowledge.

Principle 4: Connect with communities and real-life experiences.

Principle 5: Build resilience, confidence and self-worth.

Principle 6: Integrate learning.

Principle 7: Value learning styles and promote different learning strategies.

Principle 8: Assess appropriately.

Karen Dymke is a passionate and inspired educator with over thirty years’ experience across a range of sectors, as a teacher, trainer, senior leader, coach and consultant. Her work includes lecturing at Latrobe University in Alternative Educational Models, including VET and the VCAL, as well as travelling Australia as a highly sought-after presenter. Her passion is focused on the development of pedagogy for the 21st century, particularly in applied learning settings such as VET, TAFE and the VCAL. For several years, Karen has also been delivering accredited professional development unpacking the research of Professor John Hattie into what actually works best in education to progress student learning and achievement. Karen’s work has been acknowledged through the Outstanding Teacher/Trainer of the Year award from the TAFE Development Centre and a Scholarship to investigate Innovative Learning.  She has recently returned from Europe on Fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute investigating the Professionalization of Adult Educators. Karen believes strongly in partnering with educators in learning as she also keeps learning all of the time.

What attendees have said in the past about Karen’s presentations:

  • Clear and fun, what ‘applied’ should be
  • Inspirational about the why of VCAL.
  • Penny dropped session’.
  • Very engaging and useful.


Cancellations and substitutions: Cancellations notified in writing prior to the event incur a fee of 50%; otherwise no refund is given. Substitutes are welcome at any time.

Venue: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Time: Registration opens 9.00 am, session commences sharp 9.30am – 3.00pm

Max numbers: 40

Fees: Members $220, Non-members $280

Morning tea and lunch provided