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e-Teaching, e-Learning and On-line Communities of Practice: the case of the Australian National Customs Brokers Course

This paper describes the use of technology in the development and design of a new on-line VET program: National Customs Brokers Course, as an alternative to traditional classroom teaching. This course of study is offered through the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia, a private Registered Training Organisation. The paper focuses on the development of a student-centred on-line community of practice that brings together industry, government agencies, and educators, in a knowledge sharing environment. The strategies adopted to engage students in various on-line activities are also described and discussed in the context of e-Teaching and e-Learning. The course is evaluated based on student feedback and results attained at the national examinations. The conclusion is that this course is more likely to lead to the formation of a student-centred community of practice and may offer a real alternative to traditional classroom education.
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