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NOV / DEC 2014

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We won!

E-standards media player wins accessibility award

eWorks and the E-standards Accessible HTML5 Video Player have won a Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Award under the category of Online Captioning and Digital Innovation. Development and provision of the video player means that web-based video can be made accessible to hearing impaired, low vision and compromised mobility audiences at no extra cost.

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We almost won!

eWorks finalist at the eLearning Excellence Awards

eWorks, together with the Australian Childhood Foundation, was a finalist for an eLearning Excellence Award for developing an online training system to support personnel working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma. We didn't quite win, but send our heartfelt congratulations to The Australian Children's Television Foundation for winning the award in the community category for a brilliant little micro-documentary app.

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Industry grade technologies for training

Undertaken by Acuto Pty Ltd, the project has successfully identified specialised industry technologies and resources in use for training, and considered how these technologies may be more widely shared with VET learners.

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70:20:10 and sunny days

By Kylie McKeon, eWorks Accredited Consultant

Meet Accredited Consultant Kylie McKeon – a lover of the outdoors, the 70:20:10 framework, and everything e-learning.

eWorks’ Accredited Consultants are training, learning and development specialists that eWorks has selected to champion its learning solutions. These authorised agents have been chosen for their field and industry expertise, and work closely with eWorks to deliver high-quality e-learning solutions across Australia.

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To e-assess or not to e-assess?

VET enquiry published

An Australian enquiry into the veracity and authenticity of e-assessment has been published on the E-standards for Training website. Polytechnic West successfully tendered to respond to the perception among some VET stakeholders that e-assessment does not adequately address the security of the assessment conditions, the reliability of assessment processes, and the identity of the person being assessed.

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Understanding learner engagement through learner analytics

Technology innovations research published

An investigation into the approaches and tools used to access and analyse learner analytics data has been published on the E-standards for Training website. Canberra Institute of Technology looked at learner analytics data to determine whether online engagement strategies can be understood through learner interaction and progress through online activities.

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Practical videos for online training delivery

Training Snippets joins VET Commons

The first VET Commons release of content from Training Snippets offers a series of demonstration mini-videos of manual handling techniques, basic first aid and forklift operation.

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Win wine!

End of year competition for eLink readers

With the New Year approaching it’s a good time to reflect on 2014. With this in mind, eWorks is running a competition to find the best e-learning success story of 2014. Simply send us your story (500-1000 words) no later than Friday 16 January 2015 for the chance to win. The best entries will be posted in the eWorks blog and included in future editions of eLink. The winner, who will receive a couple of lovely bottles of wine, will be announced via twitter in the New Year.

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Wishing you a happy holiday season

Highlights and successes in 2014

2014 has been a busy year for eWorks and it’s not surprising when you consider just some of what we’ve been up to...

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Toolbox of the month

Fresh or freezing

As the weather heats up around Australia, the Fresh or Freezing Toolbox comes to mind. The units selected for this Toolbox combine refrigeration and air-conditioning technical units with the conceptual thinking of renewable energy.

Preview or buy the Toolbox »

Cengage’s resource of the month

Automotive air conditioning course

This excellent resource has been updated to align with the latest requirements and units of competency from the Automotive Industry Retail Service and Repair training package. It’s perfect for apprentices and trainees in automotive mechanical programs run at TAFE, RTOs and private colleges in Australia and New Zealand.

View sample »
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Moodle tip

Clean up Moodle courses with page tool

Did you know you can use the page tool (Fig. 1) to clean up your Moodle courses and make them easier to navigate? Organise your lessons, weekly tutorials, lectures and more, by creating a HTML layout and adding an introduction, resource and activity list, a conclusion and any follow up information you require.

Figure 1: where to find the page tool (JPEG, 47 KB)

TED talk of the month

A science award that makes you laugh, then think

Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Awards, explores the world’s most improbable research and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science.

Watch the talk »

App of the month

helloworld

Plan your holiday effortlessly this year with helloworld, an Australia app that allows you to book flights, accommodation and car hire worldwide in less than 30 seconds on a smartphone or tablet.

Visit the website on your mobile »

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