Conversation of Jonathon and Michael

Posted on November 27th, 2008 in not yet categorised by Kirsty

Conversation with Jonathon Finkelstein and Michael Coghlan

Jonathon and Michael did this an Elluminate session with distant participants and a conference room audience, using a conversational Q & A session.

In the online events there are so many layers of feedback possible.
Time limit – both as participant and faciltator, michael suggests about an hour max. Sensory overload? 6-8 mins max before activity required from participants.

And if the session is not engaging, the people can be emailing etc and it doesn’t get it the way.

They had a window showing the names of the whiteboard screens – must check that out.

Synchronous Compact – has to be worthwhile otherwise there’s a better way of doing/ communicating it. Keep the trust in value.

Multiple facilitators – yes, valuable for tech troubleshooting, with new groups, large groups etc
You could look at participant group members for this role – eg monitoring/ filtering /gathering text chat

Advantages in reducing travel costs (car, time, petrol, lost work)

WIIFM? How do you get people online in the first place. Having a ‘practice session’ beforehand, have someone physically close if possible.

Malcolm: Meta “a well run online session will often go faster than f2- because it is easier to keep people focussed”

Layering of learning styles thanks to the layering of tools in elluminate

Question from the floor about use of other web based resources such as wikibooks etc (as advocated by Leigh at the skills tas conference earlier in the year) – use a mixture of tools

I must go back to the cstp materials and workshop them with the rda cop and professional learning team.
Video- use strategically, you do make more work for yourself, and people expect that they should watch so it might pull them back from other channels.

End of Day

Posted on November 27th, 2008 in not yet categorised by Kirsty

Rose’s presentation about the Framework in 2009

2nd year of 4 year plan
Reiteration of the purpose of the Innovations program and two key themes.

Technologies are there to deliver services and supporting learning.
Can count sharing of project outcomes as part of in-kind support. Sounds like more focus on piloting/ implementation next year.

Wrap up from Jonathon
Anyone can take part in the echo chamber – brings elearning to grassroots.

Closest thing e stands for is embedded learning here in Tasmania. Can’t call is training That has implication of frontloading, learning is about what you are doing now – work, living

Elearning benchmarking

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Elearning Benchmarking Survey 2008 results

I’ve heard a whisper that the Tassie stats are impressive so…

Run since 2005, this year surveyed 4500 VET students, staff and associates across the nation. Ian Phillips presented the results:

36% of all RTO enrolments involve elarning in some form
Broad definition of elearning is used
Jumped from 29% last year.

In 2008
Tas – 71%
Vic – 54%
Sa – 38%

Tafe 37

90% students and teachers experience elearning somewhere in their course / teaching

86% of units involve elearning

Improved computer skills and job prospects from elearning

More students want more elearning, more so than teachers expect their students to have.

Growing influence of elearning in making choices about training.

62% of teachers say elearning has improved their teaching practice – caused development and reflection.

Still not a common part of RTO business strategies at only 45%

42% of RTOS use no elearning, and have no ebusiness functions.

http://flexiblelearning.net.au/e-learningindicators For all the results!

Tasmanian Skills Strategy

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Launch of the Tasmanian Skills Strategy

David Hind, Chair of the Skills Tasmania Board welcomed the Premier and Minister for Education, David Bartlett.

Sam’s wandering about with a camera so I think I’ll stop using jasjam photos and use his, there’s not enough light in these rooms :)

Bartlett’s speech touched on the economic downturn and the future of the Tasmanian economy being sound relies on investing, building the foundation through skills, infrastructure and something else that I missed. Tas Tomorrow reforms got a mention, highlighting the need for post year 10 qualifications in the job market now and into the future.
An Innovation startegy will be developed. Also an infrastructure plan: roads to sustainable energy to optic fibre. Today is the third key strategy – the Tas Skills Strategy to bring together government initiatives in skills. 3 Ps are Participation, Productivity and Population. Ten key areas with ambitious (according to him, I can’t read the slides from here) targets. http://www.skills.tas.gov.au/skillstas/tasskillsstrategy

Plans include more projects like the TICT one, and more elearning (well commonwealth funds, David mentioned a figure but I promptly forgot) projects. Targets are online with baseline data available.

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania

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Daniel Hanna

Having been shepherded back into the Plenary Hall after an hour-long interlude which included hands on showcasing of the project outputs by project teams, and some seriously good pastries, Daniel started with an overview of the tourism industry in Tassie and the particular problem of how the industry gets the training it needs to operate in the online environment. TICT approached Skills Tas with the project concept and was supported to run the Productivity through Partnerships Project. Aimed at small business, tourism operators were given vouchers for training, coaching and other assistance. This placed the power in the hands of the consumer. RTOs were asked to express an interest in providing training in this new model.
Now that the training is taking place, the voucher system is working really well. It has given them the power to purchase their training and pick and choose different learning opportunities from different trainng suppliers.

Criticals success factors
Demonstrated need
Being able to bring people together – strong industry association to represent and coordinate
Suffiecient RtOs being avaialable and able to respond
Vouchers
Applicability to elsewhere? Yes, especially where there is a new training need and the RTO” haven’t yet caught up; where industries have not yet caught up; need a broker to manage the process;

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