The goals set for the restructured institution are to:
- "deliver the best possible education and training outcomes for students
- be relevant to employers and responsive to
- be flexible, efficient and competitive
- be a leader in quality and innovation
- be accountable to the taxpayer."
From TAFE NSW (2016, p. 4).
The new NSW TAFE strategy is for a "digitally capable workforce" (TAFE NSW, 2016, p. 5). The question then is, if TAFE NSW is to adopt the same on-line delivery techniques as the commercial RTOs,using a small number of instructors, can it be competitive and why is it needed?
The vision notes that TAFE NSW has 2,000 buildings at 129 campuses, with the "... land and property footprint is estimated to be at least 20 per cent greater than requirements" (TAFE NSW, 2016, p. 8). However, to make the institution competitive a much higher reduction in buildings and campuses may be needed.
TAFE NSW is to "bring together" eleven existing online platforms.The obvious option would be to Moodle/Mahara, as commonly used elsewhere in higher education. But TAFE NSW has had significant difficulties with its on-line systems. It may be preferable to contract out the maintenance and operation of the on-line system to a proven provider.
TAFE NSW. (2016, July). A Vision for TAFE NSW. https://www.tafensw.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/22570/a-vision-for-tafe-nsw.pdf