The Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) is issued to learners who meet its requirements. The requirements include achieving the 'everyday adult' use of computers and the internet skill set standard.
The standard is explained in Appendix 3 of the TCE course document and is evidenced by the content and criteria standards of the course Essential Skills - Using Computers and the Internet.
In May 2015 the Office of TASC approved a new methodology for learners to demonstrate achievement of this standard.
Through their successful educational engagement with approved providers learners demonstrate that they provider-level evidence that its learners had achieved the 'everyday adult' use of computers and the internet standard.
Through their educational engagement with approved providers learners demonstrate that they have the skills required by the TCE's 'everyday adult' use of computers and the internet standard. This provision is not an exemption from the standard, rather than a new means of demonstrating achievement of the standard.
Criteria for provider-level evidence that learners have reached the TCE's 'everyday adult' use of computers and the internet standard:
- a computer for school use is a requirement of enrolment (not an individual student choice) or provision of such computers and related technology is made by the provider
- learners are required to use computers, without assistance, in a range of provider-based learning for specific, compulsory and designated assessment tasks during years 11 & 12 that involve - as a minimum - the use of word processing, the internet and email. Other technologies deemed appropriate by the provider may also be required, such as spread-sheets, graphic tools, drop-boxes, apps and intranet systems
- the provider must have documented policies and procedures about computer use in their learning environment
- the provider must give information to learners about safe, productive and effective use of computer technology, and have mechanisms for assessing learner understanding of such information
- eligible learners must have achieved 120 credit points, with a minimum of 40 credit points being gained from study undertaken at the approved provider in year 12 (or 13).
Application by Provider:
Providers may apply for approval of provider-level evidence that its learners had achieved the 'everyday adult' use of computers and the internet standard. Applications will need to address each of the criteria noted above. Supporting documentation is encouraged. Whenever practical TASC Officers will undertake on-site visits to check the validity and reliability of proposal claims.
Successful applicants will be invited to enter into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Office of TASC. The MoU will include provision for TASC quality assurance to ensure the on-going validity of the orignal decision to approve a provider.
An example of a successful application is available by clicking HERE.