New Emerging Technology trials announced

Projects that will trial emerging technologies for vocational education and training have been announced by the National VET E-learning Strategy.

The Strategy’s New Generation Technologies for Learning (incorporating E-standards for Training) business activity is providing a total of almost $100,000 to share among five projects in 2012-13.

The project descriptions are available online.

VELG 2012

The eWorks conference stand

eWorks’ booth at VELG 2011

Joanne Norbury and I are looking forward to the upcoming National VET E-learning Conference (VELG), 21-22 September. The conference has attracted nearly 600 attendees last year which must have been a vocational conference record.

We will be hosting a booth to have conversations about the TrainingVC and our other products. We are also giving away an hour of free training on ‘Getting started in e-learning’ and ‘Adding Web 2.0 to your e-learning’.

I will be presenting ‘From Trainer Development to Client Engagement: Twitter for Educators and Case Studies from RTOs using Facebook.‘ on the Thursday afternoon. This session looks at what you need to get started and running with Twitter, understanding its contexts and grammar, how to leverage this to enhance your Personal Learning Network and what the social network’s role is in terms of training and education. The presentation will also address some of the issues with introducing Facebook into your organisation.

The hashtag for the conference is #2012nvc.

Take the time to come and say hi to us! We’ll be in booth no39.

Technology Voucher Program

The Victorian State Government has announced funding for technology hardware. The program is described as follows:

“The Technology Voucher Program has been developed by the Victorian Government to drive the use of cutting edge technologies and to support Victorian companies to compete locally and globally. […] It provides responsive and nimble funding for businesses wanting to explore the use of¬† technology to create more competitive products and processes.”

“The Technology Voucher Program helps companies to adopt and develop new technologies by providing a voucher that can be exchanged for access to facilities, goods, services, advice or expertise provided by other companies or publicly funded organisations.”

“The program specifically targets the development, adoption and integration of information and communication technology, industrial biotechnology and small technologies (nano and micro scale technologies) by businesses.”

“The Technology Voucher Program replaces and expands on the highly successful Small Technologies Industry Uptake Program (STIUP).”

Source: Technology Voucher Program, Business Victoria.

Photo: Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers, by HowardLake on flickr.

Moodleman at conVerge12

Julian Ridden, alias Moodleman

Juilan Ridden, alias Moodleman, will be a keynote speaker at our upcoming conVerge12 conference!

His keynote presentation, ‘Migrating Offline Pedagogy into the Online Environment‘ will discuss what we have learnt from generations of face-to-face teaching and training and how to move these pedagogies and methodologies online.

In addition, Julian will be presenting a workshop on what’s coming with Moodle. See the conVerge12 draft program for more information.

Julian has more than 12 year’s experience in education and training, specifically in online learning, with a wide range of corporate clients and educational¬†institutions as well as experience in project management, systems implementation, networking, support and training.