Archive for April, 2009

What are we?

April 22, 2009

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One of the reasons that ITOs came into existence was due to the impression that polytechnics were out of touch with industry. And here we are, a decade or so later, and we still hear that polytechnics are out of touch. 

So let us examine this.  I know from my experience that ITO based training is not necessarily better than polytechnic education – note the deliberate use of the words training and education.  Polytechnics have significant overheads – academic boards, compliance, administration, and buildings, which sometimes simply make us a more expensive option. 

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What Does the Future Hold?

April 2, 2009

balloonOne particular summer in the very early 1980s, my friend and I went everywhere together wearing matching hats. Mine was green and hers was pink. They had imitation flowers on the front of them and they were very hideous (yes, I do have photos). We loved them. That is, until “Princess” Diana started wearing hats and it become fashionable. That was it; our hats were discarded in (more…)