It is a known fact schools find it costly to upskill staff in STEM. In response, Flinders University has coordinated grant applications to fully-fund teachers enrolling part-time in the Diploma of Digital Technologies at Flinders University. One example is through the Women in STEM Cadetship and Advanced Apprenticeship Program that provides Commonwealth support.
The Diploma of Digital Technologies program is applicable to teachers and lab technicians in preparing the next generation for job-ready STEM-skills. It will upskill teachers to deliver classes in vital areas for the future including 3D printing, robotics, IOT hubs, electronics, design and CAD, innovation, cybersecurity and industry 4.0. This program will specifically create a targeted, upskilling journey through the learning value chain from design, to modelling in 3D CAD through to physical making of the parts and using the latest 3D printing technologies and materials.
It also has a Work Integrated Learning component through the digital transformation professional project, whereby teachers can apply the knowledge and skills developed in the course to create lesson plans and apply this teaching in their classrooms, having a far-reaching impact of the program.
The Diploma can be undertaken part-time over 2 years at 3 hours online per week after hours plus an intensive 2 weeks of face to face labs in a year.