[Bf-education] Blender College - accreditation without instructors/teachers

Jamie Le Rossignol jlerossignol at gmail.com
Mon Dec 23 07:03:17 CET 2013

HI All,

I work in the Victorian State School System, in Australia, and have run the
Certificate 3 in Media
<http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUF30107> (Previously
called Interactive Digital Media, & Multimedia.), within my high school
from 2007 until 2010. When I was running the course there was only one unit
about 3D, Create 3D Models. A quick check with training.gov.au, now shows 2
units (the second is Digital Animation). There are related 3D units for
Character Animations & Environment, but they belong to the Diploma. Below
are some of the experiences I have had with running and administering the

Getting an RTO registered within Australia is a time-consuming process, the
coordinator at the school used a huge amount of time to keep the
registration, but found it easier to partner with a TAFE (or University). I
believe that the requirement of a Diploma in Workplace training and
assessment, or similar qualification.

The base requirement to deliver the course is a Certificate IV in Training
& Assessment, and long with relevant training or experience in the area the
course is delivered. I have a university level qualification in Education
and 4 years workplace experience at that time, but was required to complete
this Certificate anyway. Regardless of the RPL (Recognition of Prior
Learning), or RCC (Recognition of Current Competency).

I was audited during the time of running the course and was required to
produce all the documentation to the appropriate standard. It added no
benefit to the course, except the production of paperwork, making it simple
bureaucratic b*()s#!$. However, I know that the first time any course is
run, it is usually audited. Also note, that the requirements of any course
will not have all the technical specialist units you would like as they
tend to be split over the Cert III, Cert IV & Diploma courses.

I'm not saying don't do it, just be aware of what you are trying to achieve
and what it will require to get there. It's not an easy thing, however, I
am willing to help out.

Also some other thoughts.
As Marcelo <mv_email at yahoo.com> wrote, with regard to having a
qualification vs. having a demo reel. The Demo Reel wins because it is
demonstrated skills, as apposed to theoretical knowledge. So it may be
another possibility to provide ideas to making killer demo reels. Any
online qualification would need to be monitored to avoid what James <
james_halliwell at hotmail.com> was talking about, which means there would
have to be a cost involved.
And finally, Andrew talks about robustness of the course, and it would need
to include many of the boarder understandings to provide adaptable
individuals for industry, otherwise the course and the RTO would be
irrelevant. And unit descriptions talk of the need for industry standard
software to be used, so there is a chicken/egg thing happening here.

Jamie Le Rossignol.

 *From:* avi dey <adtwinonline at gmail.com>
> *To:* Blender Educators and Trainers <bf-education at blender.org>
> *Sent:* Sunday, December 22, 2013 8:04:41 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [Bf-education] Blender College - accreditation without
> instructors/teachers
> Australia has a wonderful system via vocational education.  Most "englsih
> speaking" countries such as USA, Canada, UK, India, probably have similar
> systems that can easily use "Austrialia Succeess Model" easily via their
> "state" or "community based"  experimental protocols related Blender &
> Other 3D Animation "technician" training.
> I proposed we try to the "Australia" success model as a case for perhaps
> one community based urban area in several nations who might agree to such
> experiments, that in fact can strengthen Australia also by seeing the
> variations.
> How do we approach Blender.org and a suitable organization in Austrialia
> to try this out in a small scale before role out larger ?
> Since Blender.ORg is a non-profit, 501-c-3 organization I think in USA, we
> can get funding from a foundation perhaps as I would be glad to help find
> in USA "experment"  with a community who volunteers for such "small scale
> pilot" if agreeone agrees that this worth doing.
> Let's find a way to go beyond "conversation" tos some sort of  "pilot"
> action to strengthen the education system on a commuity basis as pilot in
> several nations where this can be done easily.
> Avi Dey
> Fairfax, VA
> On Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM, Andrew Buttery &  <
> mkab at pacific.net.au> wrote:
> Hi James,
> FYI: In Australia, in vocational education (i.e. workplace focused,
> generally lower than a degree), there is a concept of Recognition of Prior
> Learning, whereby there may be no training/instruction delivered and the
> candidate provides a evidence folder based on an agreed criteria.
> However, the candidate is assessed by a qualified individual who is
> employed
> by a registered training organisation (RTO) and the assessment itself may
> be
> subject to review and audit by an external regulator. RTOs must ensure
> their
> standards are high or they can be deregistered (there goes the business!).
> This robust process and regulation ensures that candidates that have
> achieved accreditation really do have the necessary knowledge and skills to
> support their qualification.
>         - andrew
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