Project Induction Day

On the 20th of June the 10 AccessACE projects met at the CAE in Flinders Lane for the project induction.

Participants came from as far away as Horsham, Bairnsdale and Yackandandah.The day was facilitated by Delia Bradshaw and Clint Smith.

Who are we reaching? The Project Research Framework

Delia has been working with the project team and the working party in developing the Research Framework.
She presented the project teams with a very engaging session on the research questions and the research context. Below is a slideshow of Delia's presentation (with permission) as well as copies of the documents she used on the day.

Or, if you would like to hear more from the actual session - check on our podcast:

Below are the documents Delia used on the day - please feel free to use them with your project participants or for any other promotional activities:

In the afternoon Clint Smith from eWorks worked with us in developing a business case for e-learning in our organisations, and gave us some valuable tools and strategies in mapping out our unique e-learning blend.

Clint set the scene by giving us a very clear outline of the different types of e-leanring currently on offer Australia-wide. He challenged us to think about where we throught we fitted in to this bigger picture of:
1. E-training: often seen in larger businesses and often used for compliance trianing.
2. The Distance Ed model as used in higher education.
3. Web in the classroom : often used in TAFE and ACE.
4. Blended facilitated e-elanring - a model typical to VET - characterised by group based learning.
5. Virtual Classrooms - a new and fast developing option in VET.
6. Digital campus- an enrichment service for on- campus students.

We then looked at an opportuntiy analysis document and we had an opportunity to discuss out project ideas and analyse them in relation to this documents. The ensuing discussion was very interesting and valauble, specifically for the proejct managers, as it helped them clarify aspects of the project, and how it fitted in to the bigger organisational picture.

We discussed how we would measure success and some suggestions were:
  • development of emplyability skills
  • teacher benefits
  • completion rates
  • student satisfaction
  • re-enrolments
  • pathways data
  • demand for more courses delivered this way
Participants found the reality check particularly useful and identified the following strengths in their organisations:
  • organisational cuture of support
  • clear leader with the skills
  • building on an exisitng course
  • existing materials available
  • access to digital resources
  • long track record of delivering the course
  • strong committee - committed to excellence
  • aligns with organisational goals and culture

Some aspects that needed more work and were identified as potential gaps were:
  • the sustainability of the venture - in invested teacher time
  • if it met a clear and identified client need - no data available
  • if it would measurably improve quality
  • a good learner fit
  • would it provide a competitive edge
  • does it meet client need
  • could it improve retention and motivation

After lunch we looked at the ACE exemplar on the designing e-elarning site.
After a discussion and analysis of the e-learning model represented there, then proejcts had an opportunity to start mapping their projects against the Tasmanian Communities Online exemplar. Although a challenge, everyone found this a most useful exercise and many participants commented on the fact that they would use their map as an ongoing planning tool.
Some ofhte key insights of the day werew:
"Having a framework to interpret e-learnign is invaluable", "good to hear that this is still and affirmation of the role of the teacher / trainer", " "good supprot for teachers is imperative", and many now had a " greater appreciation of the complexity of the process".

Thanks to both Delia and Clint for their invaluable contribution to the success of the day.

Below are the documents Clint used on the day - please feel free to use them with your project participants or for any other project realted planning activities: