control room at the Novotel

Here I am at the Novotel in Sydney Olympic Park attending the AUSTAFE 2005 conference put together by ICVET. I’m here to present, but I’m listening in too.

I must admit, I came to AusTAFE2005 with a touch of prejudice towards the participants of this conference. A gathering of managers and directors of the Technical And Further Education TAFE) schools around Australia. OK, maybe that prejudice was more fear, as I can’t say I’ve ever really had a good experience with a TAFE manager, or managers more generally!

Any way, take a look at the program. In a room litterally full of suites, the first 3 speakers talked to the themes of international markets and best practice for Vocational Education and Training (VET). I gotta say I’m not impressed with what they had to say. Basically, a furthering of the economic rationalisation of education. As Stewart Brougham said, the New Zealand Goverenment is looking to fund VET based on quality and relevance. Them’s scary terms, especially when interpreted by rational suites. They start refering to industry standards and commercialising their IP.

What are the industry standards in a post industrial world? How can puiblic IP be commercialised, and what is it worth anyway?

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