Understanding of current knowledge management in regard to educational delivery

Knowledge management in Education is often spoken about in terms of, for example, the application of knowledge management systems and tools to the academic environment (Francisco, 2006). These tools are most commonly items such as Learning Management Systems (SWSI Moodle), Document repositories, (SWSI SharePoint and P.O.D) and collaborative software (SWSI Wiki).

There Is currently talk of a future state-wide DET/TAFE knowledge management policy being developed that, at this stage, seems to be focusing mainly on capturing the teaching and learning resources that exist in TAFE.
Knowledge management in SWSI needs to go further than just the resources that people create. It needs to also capture the exceptional approaches, learning design, and creative ways the teachers create courses to cater for and engage their diverse student cohorts, whether they are in a face-to-face, workplace or an online environment.

SWSI does not yet have any policies or procedures that help it capture knowledge of what is occurring in our teaching sections, regarding the way teachers are delivering their training. For example, why is ‘John Doe’ a great teacher and what is it about ‘Jane Doe’s’ teaching practice that makes her exceptional with higher student outcomes than other teachers? We seem to readily know what makes a poor teacher but we do not yet have a knowledge management system where teachers can access information that can help them in their professional development and challenge their thinking and current teaching methods, so that they too can better engage and increase their students’ outcomes.

Symons, H. notes that “The challenge to TVET institutes lies in being able to effectively use the sharing and creation of knowledge for the development of individuals and teams within the organisation and to manage the use of that knowledge in the achievement of corporate goals". This is particularly important in a climate of reduced budgets and increasing workloads, where working smarter has become a critical issue.

Knowledge management needs to be everyone's business. It can’t be the responsibility of one or two people for 5000 staff members.

Works Cited
Francisco, J. R. (2006). Knowledge Management Tools to Support Education. Social Science Research Network .
Symons, H. (n.d.). Knowledge management in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Retrieved December Monday, 2010, from Camberra Institute of Technology: cit.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/…/Knowledge_Management.pdf

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License