Emerging Tech Trials Commence

Netvibes page to help you keep track of the 2012-13 Emerging Tech Trials.

The projects selected for the 2012-13 Emerging Tech Trials for the National VET E-learning Strategy have now started blogging! This is a great advantage both for the projects in terms of exposure and for us to stay up to date. Using an RSS aggregator like Netvibes it becomes easy to see what projects are working on over time.

Some are more active than others at this stage, but if you’re interested, we’ve set up a Netvibes page for your convenience.

E-portfolio Project Findings

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Mahara Give’n’Get PD workshop

An e-portfolio is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user. Utilised in education, an e-portfolio can support entry into training, progression through learning pathways and transition to higher level courses.

Managed by the E-portfolios for Learner Pathways business activity and funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy, exemplar projects have enabled registered training organisations (RTOs) with existing mature implementations of e-portfolios to draw recommendations on how to effectively implement e-portfolios in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

The E-portfolios for Learner Pathways website presents a list of videos of the current case studies. You can also read a description of each of the projects’ outcomes below.

Australian Financial Management Organisation (AFMA) has reported on its reasons for moving to a Moodle assessment-based e-portfolio for its learners and subsequent experiences with this e-portfolio. The team’s finding that students were more likely to complete a case study than to post workplace evidence (due to the privacy implications of financial management), highlighted the requirement to find a more user-friendly and intuitive platform.

Box Hill Institute considered how learners use and feel about e-portfolios by tracking learning analytics such as reuse, average time of visit, diversity of use and teacher adoption. The researchers found that their students and teachers want to use e-portfolios in different ways, and that paraprofessionals are the greatest users of e-portfolios – generally for the purposes of job applications and resume building. A direct link was found between teacher training and support in using e-portfolios, and success in implementing them.

TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute gathered data and documented good practice models of e-portfolio usage that motivate and support learners to manage their learning evidence. Some students new to e-portfolios were surprised by their user-friendliness. Teachers who participated in an eLearning Facilitator Program (eLF) were very positive about the potential of e-portfolio use in teaching and learning, to encourage learners to formalise their thoughts, to reflect on their learning, and to record and share their achievements.

“We strongly believe in the capacity of e-portfolios to permit individuals to set development goals, upload evidence to demonstrate that the goal has been achieved and to reflect on professional practice,” says Director of Education Programs and Innovation Strategies at AFMA, Karen Barrett.

“E-portfolios can be powerful instruments for career development and professional reflection,” says Karen.

For more information on the findings of these trials, please visit the E-portfolios for Learner Pathways website and follow VET_Eportfolios on Twitter.

Photo: Mahara Give’n’Get PD workshop, by theother66 on flickr.

Victoria seeks input on ICT strategy

The Victorian Coalition Government is seeking feedback on a proposed ICT strategy developed by the Victorian Information and Communications Advisory Committee (VICTAC).

The draft provides advice on the future management and use of ICT by government and how the Victorian Government can design and use information and technology to deliver better services.

Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Technology Gordon Rich Phillips said that the Victorian Government is in a strong position to make the most of a changing ICT landscape. “We want to use information and technology to benefit Victoria,” Mr Rich-Phillips said. “Online services and new technologies continue to transform the way we shop, bank and live. Government must take advantage of these capabilities to remain in touch with the industry, to connect with our communities and to drive down the cost of government services.”

For further information and to view the draft strategy, visit www.vic.gov.au/ictstrategy. There, you can also leave comments or submit a more substantive proposal. Consultation will close on 17 October 2012.

Pigs in Space…

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Sometimes you have to say something different to get a bit of attention! The latest set of E-learning for Participation and Skills projects for the National Vet E-learning Strategy have just been announced. There are some terrific projects with one having the best project title we have seen in years: ‘Pigs in Space‘ from GOTAFE.

The project’s description can be found on the E-learning for Participation and Skills wiki.

Photo: Pigs in Space, by axeldeviaje on flickr.