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October 2014

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Essential BYOD guidance for RTOs

Essential guidelines for the effective implementation of BYOD in VET, together with a range of user-friendly guides and tools, have been published on the E-standards for Training website. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), as it relates to Vocational Education and Training (VET), refers to the practice of learners, staff and guests using their own mobile devices and connecting to training organisations’ networks for the purposes of learning and work.

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Hospital harnesses new e-learning technology

An e-learning success story

In 2010 Sydney Adventist Hospital transitioned from paper-based to online training with the aim to make learning more accessible and efficient – and it worked. Gina Veliotis, E-learning Coordinator at Adventist HealthCare, shares their story.

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E-learning technologies for Foundation Skills Practitioners

Supporting teachers of language, literacy and numeracy

The recently published E-learning Technologies for Foundation Skills Practitioners Report identifies ways to support LLN teachers in their use of e-learning technologies, in order to assist disadvantaged learners to acquire the foundation skills necessary to improve their employment prospects.

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BigBlueButton user tips

eWorks staff member shares all

BigBlueButton (BBB) is an open-source online classroom package. Bernadette Parry, eWorks’ Client Support Coordinator, first started using it a couple of years ago, because it provides the latest classroom features and tools that are required by teachers and learners in our TrainingVC learning management system. Now a regular user, Bernadette shares her top tips for navigating this excellent package.

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Now more people can access online video

HTML5 video player nominated for award

Hot on the heels of the E-learning Industry Awards comes another prestigious award nomination for eWorks. Natalie Collins, Deputy Chief Executive of Media Access Australia, has nominated eWorks and the E-standards Accessible HTML5 Video Player for a Deafness Forum Captioning Award.

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Enhance Your Future joins VET Commons

Ready-made content for early childhood education

A new publisher has joined VET Commons! Enhance your Future (EYF) is offering 19 units from the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as SCORM packaged learning objects, with 400 other units coming shortly.

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Effective use of technology in support of worldwide learning

IMS Global Learning Impact Awards

The IMS Global Learning Impact Awards recognise outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing all areas of education and training. In addition to impact on learning, judging criteria include ease of adoption and the capability of technologies to work together in creating a connected learning ecosystem. The Australian Regional Finals of the awards will be held on 25 November 2014.

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Ready-made content in just three clicks!

Faster access to even more resources with the VET Commons plugin

By now you already know that you can access high-quality, easy-to-use, free content from the VET Commons ready-made content channel. But now you can access a wider range of resources even faster, and upload them directly into your Moodle course, with the latest version of the VET Commons plugin.

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Cengage’s resources of the month

Essential clinical 1 skills for enrolled / div. 2 nurses

This fully populated course can be uploaded into your Moodle and your students can get started straight away with no extra work for you. Clearly laid out and beautifully illustrated, it’s not surprising that this is one of Cengage’s top vocational titles.

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Toolbox of the month

Interactive Ochre gets a facelift

A significant rebuild is underway to allow Toolbox 907, Interactive Ochre, to be used on an iPad and finally disaggregated into seven SCORM learning objects to be shared via the National VET Content repository. The rebuild includes updating all content to meet the current technical standards including accessibility standards. The new Toolbox will be available for purchase in January 2015. Interactive Ochre is an entertaining and engaging contemporary resource providing an Aboriginal perspective on cultural awareness training. Aimed to foster and develop inclusive work and learning environments, the Toolbox is multifunctional, empowering both indigenous and non-indigenous learners in urban, rural and remote contexts.

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TED talk of the month

Can technology solve our big problems?

Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.

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App of the month


Pocket allows you to save blogs, articles and anything else you come across to read later offline. Perfect for the commute to work.

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