What are E-standards for Training?

E-standards for Training

The E-standards for Training are a national set of technical standards agreed by all jurisdictions and endorsed for implementation by the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG).

The E-standards are intended to remove technical obstacles to using technology for training, by identifying technologies and file formats that will work with the majority of devices that are available to users in the VET sector, and advocating that developers and creators of content use them.

The technical standards are reviewed and ratified annually by the E-standards Expert Group (EEG), which is the technical standards body for the VET sector endorsed by the National Senior Officials Committee (NSOC).

Each year the National VET E-learning Strategy’s New Generation Technologies (NGT) business activity (under the direction of the EEG) undertakes extensive research into new and emerging technologies and new and existing technical standards, and gathers analytics data that enables identification of the devices and operating systems that are being used in the sector.

The results of the research are then analysed in the content of the real world technologies available in the sector, and recommendations are made as to any inclusions or updates to the e-standards. The resulting recommended standards are circulated to each jurisdiction for comment. Once agreement has been reached by all jurisdictions, the standards are ratified and sent to FLAG for endorsement, and published for use by RTOs, teachers and trainers, and developers.

As of 2013 the E-standards for Training website is a sub-section of the FLAG site and is styled accordingly.

Rodney Spark EEG Chairs says "The site is designed to make it simple for all users to identify the information that they want, and the feedback in the recent review of the E-standards endorses that the information is valuable and easy to find."

The site has four first-level menus, which are fairly self-explanatory:

  • Technical Standards: the published E-standards for Training, ordered according to the categories of standards. The purpose of each of the standards categories can also be obtained from the summary page
  • Research: outcomes of the research undertaken to inform the development of the nationally-agreed technical standards, ordered according to the technology and/or standard that was researched
  • Implementation: detailed information and advice to facilitate the effective use of e-learning content and systems in the sector, ordered according to the technology and/or standard that was researched
  • EEG: an explanation of the purpose and membership of the E-standards Expert Group

The site also provides easy access to media releases reporting on the activities of the New Generation Technologies for Learning business activity.

Information about the business activity and its activities, including the Technology Innovations Research projects, standards and technology support can be found at http://ngt.flexiblelearning.net.au/.

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New digital content supporting equity in VET

New digital content is now available to support the delivery of vocational education and training to disadvantaged learners. The content is focused on the needs of groups who have experienced disadvantage in learning and employment and supports their participation in a second chance at vocational qualifications.

National VET E-learning Strategy

The content projects were funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy in 2012-13, and managed by the Broadband Content Services business activity.

Real world technology

This resource focuses on three units from the Certificate II in Information Technology and Digital Media training package. It is aimed at young Indigenous learners who are either disengaged or experiencing access issues related to learning, training and ultimately employment. Gamification techniques have been used to provide clear goals, frequent positive feedback, and narrative.

Getting out there

This resource provides a technology bridge for people transitioning from corrective centres to life outside prison. It is designed to give users, including those with low literacy and/or digital literacy, the skills to confidently access commonly used websites and tools such as Centrelink, Medicare, web-based email, bus and train timetables, and job seeking sites.

Apparel merchandising

This computer game-style resource enables students to practice important skills prior to work placement. These skils include identifying dates for stock rotation, sizing progressions, colour coding, planograms, terms of stock and merchandising, and department layout. The target learners are students with intellectual disabilities who are undertaking a Transition to Work program.

Removing barriers to sustainable work practice

Aimed at students of agriculture and horticulture and those seeking employment in this field, the product will be used by remote learners, learners with additional learning needs, and entry level workers in need of pre-vocational upskilling. Designed to support the delivery of AHCWRK209A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices, this resource is highly engaging and widely transferrable.

Plan for success

Aimed at learners who are new to post-school study (youth) and those coming back to study after a long break, this resource helps students identify personal training and employment goals, and collect information about their education and training needs. Students are guided to use the web, YouTube, social media, and career professionals to get information about careers, job skills and training options.

Coordinate traffic with stop-slow bat

This project has developed an online resource that simulates the workplace and engages second chance learners through active participation in learning. The resource aims to benefit a diverse group of learners including people returning to work, long-term unemployed, people in the criminal justice system, retrenched employees, people with physical disabilities and students with literacy and numeracy challenges.

Getting to know me

This resource supports two units from the highly anticipated Foundation Skills training package and is based upon the principles and theories related to wellbeing, emotional intelligence, multiple intelligence and resilience. This resource assists learners to identify their personal barriers to work, providing them with knowledge and tools to remove such barriers, build confidence by highlighting their strengths, and offer learning and employment suggestions that are matched to their personality type and learning style(s).

These projects have resulted in user-friendly, highly-relevant resources, to help learners succeed in the real world, says Joanne Norbury, former Broadband Content Services business manager.

Visit the newly launched National VET Content site for more information on these resources.

New one-stop-shop for digital content in VET

National VET Strategy

You may be new to e-learning or one of thousands of teachers across the national training sector already using e-learning content developed through the National VET E-learning Strategy. Your access to thousands of freely available learning objects for use in your teaching has now been simplified through the creation of www.nationalvetcontent.edu.au.

National VET Content brings together all of the learning objects from the following national collections: Flexible Learning Toolboxes, Generic Skills, E-learning Innovations, Industry Integration of E-learning, and National Digital Learning Resources Network. You will now find all of this ready-made VET e-learning content at this "one-stop" site which will also provide you with a better experience through:

  • an easy to use interface,
  • straightforward search options,
  • more meaningful search outcomes,
  • social software to like, favourite, comment.

National VET Content website

"There are literally thousands of pieces of content, covering hundreds of topics from building to training and assessment itself, and focused on VET competencies and qualifications", says Joanne Norbury, who manages the new site.

"Whether you are a new or very experienced VET teacher or trainer, you will keep returning to this site to enhance your e-learning delivery", says Joanne.

In addition to direct access to the downloading of the learning objects, you can order Australian Flexible Learning Toolboxes via the site. These CD-ROMs contain all of the learning objects associated with a particular Industry Training Package qualification. There are more than 120 complete Toolboxes covering over 190 qualifications.

To access this exciting new resource, simply register with your name and email address on the National VET Content website and follow us on Twitter.

VET report on e-learning content packaging

A new e-learning content packaging and sharing report will benefit the vocational education and training (VET) sector by identifying the best specifications for packaging and sharing content.

This report is the one of the outcomes of a range of investigations undertaken each year by the E-standards Expert Group (EEG) – the VET sector’s national forum for collaboratively reviewing and recommending technical standards to support e-learning.

The researchers reviewed current content packaging, usage and sharing practices in the Australian VET sector, together with potential applications of a number of technical standards including:

  • IMS Common Cartridge (IMS CC)
  • Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM 2004)
  • Experience/Tin Can API (Tin Can)
  • IMS Content Packaging (IMS CP)
  • IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (IMS LTI)

As a result of the research, the EEG considered a number of recommendations to trial content sharing and content packages built to the specifications in applicable VET information systems, including:

  • Trialling SCORM 2004 for content requiring complex user interaction tracking.
  • Trialling the Tin Can/Experience API using common VET use-cases.
  • Trialling IMS CC for course backup and reuse.

The trials, endorsed by the EEG, will be undertaken as part of the 2013/2014 program of work for E-standards for Training. Their outcomes will be used to:

  • consolidate the recommended technical specifications for packaging and sharing content, and
  • update the recommendations on suitable tools for packaging VET e-learning content and courses and the Vetadata metadata application profile.

“Choosing an incompatible content packaging format can make moving and sharing e-learning content between systems and organisations difficult and time consuming”, says Business Manager Kristena Gladman.

“The advice, guidance and recommendations resulting from this research can be found on the
New Generation Technologies for Learning website. The website also contains a range of valuable resources to support the VET sector in resolving many of the technical barriers to effective and efficient e-learning”, says EEG Chair, Rodney Spark.

The EEG is funded through the National VET E-learning Strategy a joint Australian and State and Territory governments initiative.

For more information please visit the New Generation Technologies for Learning website and follow us on Twitter.