Framework outputs – available for use in 2008
This list has been developed to assist you in identifying the key outputs from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework) over the past four years. Information has been broken up into various lists, with web links provided for further information where possible.
This list is a work in progress and will be continuously updated throughout the year as new information, and/or products and resources become available.
Products and resources


1.
Flexible Learning Toolboxes
Toolboxes are high quality, cost effective interactive e-learning and assessment resources featuring scenarios, images and activities that simulate real-life. All Toolboxes support nationally endorsed training packages and are designed for use by registered training organisations, business and industry. A Toolbox Champion Support Service operates in every state and territory to support the implementation of Toolboxes.
Toolboxes are designed to support the delivery of vocational education and training (VET) qualifications from Certificate I to Diploma level. The Toolbox collection includes more than 100 Toolboxes, helping to deliver approximately 170 qualifications and almost 900 units of competency, covering a range of educational and industry areas.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/toolboxes



2.
Guidelines for developing Toolbox resources
These Flexible Learning Toolbox documents provide an insight into the design issues facing leading edge developers of online learning materials.
Website: http://toolboxes.flexiblelearning.net.au/documents/guides.htm




3.
LORN (Learning Object Repository Network)
LORN aims to build the national training system’s capacity to share teaching and learning resources that support the flexible delivery of education and training programs.
LORN allows teachers and trainers to access more than 2,500 quality, copyright cleared, free or affordable online learning resources from repositories across Australia, which support the delivery of VET programs.
Enhancement of LORN in 2008 will provide improved online access to a greater range of e-learning resources from contributing repositories around Australia.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/lorn


4.
Innovate and Integrate (2007)
This research investigates models and practices in the embedding of innovation, examining characteristics of organisations, innovators and innovative practices. It contributes to our understanding of the interrelationship of the many complex factors involved in the process of embedding innovation.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/innovateandintegrate


5. E-standards for Training
The E-standards for Training reference website brings together the recommended standards for VET e-learning content, repositories and associated functions. It identifies the standards used by major national projects such as Toolboxes and LORN and provides practical case studies showing how adherence to standards can enhance e-learning.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/e-standards




6.
AREDv2 (2006)
AREDv2 (Application for Rapid E-learning Development) is an
e-learning development tool designed to allow teachers and trainers, with little more than basic computer skills, easily build their own online resources.

AREDv2, which is currently only available on CD-ROM, can simplify the development of online activities by automating the process, making it quicker and easier to create media-reach web based learning resources.
Users choose from six common and basic e-learning templates into which they can simply insert subject material. The created activities can then be used independently or loaded into a learning management system as part of a learning program.
The advantage of AREDv2 is that it allows teachers and trainers to build resources and interactions which are tailored for the requirements and environment of their learners. Resources and interactions can also be easily modified and updated.
The AREDv2 program is not a free download although it can be ordered for free. Order forms can be found on the website below.
Website: http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/flx/go/home/projects/2006/newpractices2006/pid/369




7.
Designing e-learning (updated 2008)
The Designing e-learning online resource offers teachers, multimedia developers and trainers in the national training system, fast-track access to the latest tips on developing and delivering
e-learning programs.

The resource offers simple guidelines to develop e-learning courses. It includes stories of successful e-learning programs and provides a detailed guide to online assessment.
The online resource is set out in six easy-to-use sections to show how e-learning can be used to engage learners, provide flexibility and improve the quality of learning within the national training system:
1. Gallery of strategies: an A-Z showcase and guide to the full range of e-learning activities.
2. Learning design: 'show and tell' stories of successful
e-learning, plus guidelines.

3. Learning materials: a guide to the options available for getting
e-learning content.

4. Assessing Online: a comprehensive 'step-by-step' guide for VET professionals.
5. Inclusive e-learning: a collection of ideas and resources on
e-learning for various disadvantaged learner groups.

6. Further information: useful links and resources.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/designing




8.
YOLA (2003)
Your Online Learning Assistant (YOLA) helps learners to understand basic numeracy concepts. YOLA provides immediate interactive on-screen support to learners using online or web-based learning resources, like Flexible Learning Toolboxes, which may include mathematical concepts.
YOLA can be used in a number of ways. Firstly, it can be used as a stand-alone learning resource to teach a range of different mathematical concepts including angles, conversions, percentages, ratios and scale.
YOLA also provides immediate interactive on-screen help for mathematical concepts while learners are using online or web-based learning resources.
YOLA is flexible and if you have the right technical expertise, it can be pulled apart and reinvented to provide 'just-in-time' support for other online resources or skill areas such as literacy or computing.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/yola


9.
Copyright Kitchen
The Copyright Kitchen online resource focuses solely on copyright and intellectual property issues. It offers an interactive, user-friendly guide to the legal loopholes and pitfalls of copyright law.
Users can read about a number of common copyright and intellectual property issues including the length of time copyright lasts and the costs involved for using copyright material.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/copyrightkitchen


10.
NurseryLive! 2 (2004)
NurseryLive! 2 is an interactive 2D and 3D computer-based simulation of a horticultural nursery.
This product is especially useful for learning environments which lack physical resources. It allows learners and trainers in different locations to exist in the same virtual horticultural environment. Trainers are also able to deliver problem-based scenarios within the virtual environment.
In addition, NurseryLive! 2 can be used as a useful interactive resource for business students, where they can learn how to run a horticultural nursery.
Website: http://nurserylive.flexiblelearning.net.au/


11.
New Practices in Flexible Learning
The Framework’s 2005-2007 New Practices in Flexible Learning Projects aimed to explore and increase the uptake of innovative, practical and sustainable approaches to e-learning in workplaces, communities and training organisations. They also aimed to reset the benchmarks for VET e-learning practices.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/newpractices


12.
Media on the Move (2006)
Media on the Move provides a 'how to guide' for organisations wishing to embed online casting, such as podcasts, audio and video files, RSS and playback on mobile devices, into the delivery of education and training programs.
It also contains case studies and analysis tools to assist when implementing online casting in an educational environment.
Website: http://mediaonthemove.flexiblelearning.net.au/


13.
Virtual Worlds (2006)
A virtual world is a computer-created environment in which users can see, move, use and modify simulated objects. Users interact via avatars - a graphical representation of a human.
Virtual Worlds outlines how teachers and trainers can use virtual worlds as a way of giving students 'real' work experience and engaging them in learning.
Website: http://virtualworlds.flexiblelearning.net.au/


14.
QTI m-Player (2005)
The Question and Testing Interoperability (QTI) Mobile Player (m-Player) provides acceptance testing and proof of product for a mobile application - QTI m-Player. It allows the VET system to create assessing instruments for teachers and trainers to test students anywhere and anytime using mobile devices.
The QTI m-Player operates on any handheld device with Windows mobile software which has access to the internet, but learners do not have to be online when completing their assessment.
Further developments to the QTI m-Player are underway and will be available later in 2008.
Website: http://qti.flexiblelearning.net.au/


15.
Different voices, Different spaces (2005)
Different Voices, Different Spaces is a collection of resources that features a 'good practice' model applied to voice technologies in teaching and learning within a range of vocational education and training settings.
Currently only available on CD-ROM, it examines the concept of educational mentoring and how it can be reapplied in other educational initiatives and, specifically, in e-learning projects.
It also provides professional development materials which examine the application of the 'good voice practices' model from three focal points: learners, teachers and organisations.
Website: http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/flx/go/home/projects/2005/NewPractices/pid/126


16.
Social Interaction Packs (2005)
This resource is designed to help teachers and trainers overcome some of the barriers different learners have to online learning.
A Social Interaction Pack is a series of practices that can be used to establish a social dimension to online learning programs. Each social interaction pack presents an activity designed to develop and support the social engagement of specific learner groups who face particular barriers to online learning.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/sipresource

Industry


17. The Practical guide to e-learning for industry
The Practical guide to e-learning for industry is an online guide that de-mystifies the process of introducing e-learning to industry-based training.
Similar in design to a travel guide, the Practical guide to
e-learning for industry
helps training designers navigate over unfamiliar e-learning terrain, negotiate arrangements with information technology professionals and establish e-learning-based training programs in their businesses.

The Practical guide to e-learning for industry is tailored for all businesses, large or small. It contains nine sections which can help those involved in training staff within their organisations understand what e-learning is about and then lead them through the process of introducing e-learning training programs.
Website: http://industry.flexiblelearning.net.au/guide




18. E-learning for Industry website
The E-learning for Industry website offers a host of resources for businesses and industry groups interested in integrating technology into workplace learning, set out in three easy-to-use sections:
1. Business e-learning examples: from 2005-2007 40 businesses were selected to develop industry examples of
e-learning. Each demonstration has its own webpage, which summarises the e-learning demonstration, contains a web video and the business case.

2. Where to start: A guide to how your industry can get involved in e-learning, a portal to the Practical guide to e-learning for industry and valuable industry e-learning contacts.
3. What's happening: General news from the Industry Engagement Project, the Ask a Question forum archives looking at the impact of e-learning tools and new developments on workplace learning and e-learning events focused on industry.
Website: http://industry.flexiblelearning.net.au


19.
E-learning for Industry booklets
E-learning has become an important component of learning in the workplace. The main benefits it offers are cost effectiveness and increased flexibility. For these reasons it is not hard to see why businesses are exploring e-learning to improve their bottom line.
Five publications are now available (three include a CD-ROM) that include case studies on how industry e-learning demonstrations have been conducted for different industry areas.
Website: http://industry.flexiblelearning.net.au


20.
Industry E-learning demonstrations
From 2005-2007 the Framework’s Industry Engagement Project funded 40 Australian businesses to develop industry applications of e-learning for workforce development. Each of these demonstrations include websites, case studies and business cases.
Website: http://industry.flexiblelearning.net.au


21.
E-learning in the Trades (2006)
The E-learning in the Trades website outlines research and practical online resources and tools to support the training of traditional trades. It focuses on building and construction but the research findings and e-learning tools can easily be adapted for use in other trade areas.
There are four entry points to the website:
· Case studies: Six examples of teachers from the building trades that are currently using technology to improve the flexibility and the impact of their teaching.
· Research report: E-learning within the building and construction and allied trades.
· E-learning model: A model to guide trades teachers through their e-learning journey.
· E-learning tools: A list of mostly free e-learning tools that teachers are using in the building trades, including a description of what they are and where to find them.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/trades


22.
enAble (2004)
enAble is an interactive four-step model which enables small to medium sized businesses to implement e-learning within their business.
This model includes interactive questionnaires, valuable information and additional resources that can be downloaded and modified to suit different purposes.
Website: http://enable.flexiblelearning.net.au/


Learner groups


23.
Indigenous Engagement (2005-2007)
From 2005-2007 the Indigenous Engagement Project worked to contribute and improve employment futures for Indigenous people by helping to advance their skills through e-learning. The key focus of this project was to strengthen communities' economic growth, identify areas of skills gaps and build on existing skills and knowledge and the development of culturally appropriate products to enhance and support learning outcomes.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/indigenous



24.
Jobs for our Mob CD-ROM (2006)
This CD-ROM has been specially designed for Indigenous learners using diagrams, voice-overs, animation, tick-sheets and culturally appropriate language. The CD-ROM introduces trainees to the Myuma mining and civil construction camp and its facilities; helps them understand what is important to them in terms of their culture and wellbeing; supports them in gaining life skills to reach their goals; and explains what it is like to be in a workplace.
Email: indigenous@flexiblelearning.net.au


25.
Indigenous e-learn = e-skills n work CD-ROM (2005)
This CD-ROM is a free collection of resources to help Indigenous people get ready for the workplace. The multimedia learning materials, web links and suggested text resources support the delivery of the Queensland Certificate I in Work Education.
Email: indigenous@flexiblelearning.net.au


26. Community Engagement (2006-2007)
From 2006-2007 the Community Engagement Project worked to foster and embed e-learning within some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities and strengthen the foundation of workforce skills. The project aimed to support economic and regional development and sustainability by creating close partnerships within training organisations and adult and community education (ACE) providers.
A range of booklets, brochures, case studies and reports are available from the website.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/communitypartnerships


27. E-learning on a Shoestring resource kit
The resource kit provides community organisations with helpful online guidance, ideas and tools for developing and facilitating
e-learning in communities and regions.

The kit includes suggestions and options on the why and how of e-learning. You'll find guidance on low cost tools and technologies, as well as ideas and stories to help you get started.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/creativecommunity




28.
Inclusive E-learning (2006-2007)
From 2006-2007 the Inclusive E-learning Project aimed to increase the uptake of e-learning as an effective and efficient delivery strategy for increasing VET participation by under-represented and priority learner groups including youth at risk, learners with a disability and mature age workers.
A range of booklets, brochures, case studies and reports are available from the website.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/inclusive

Research and measurement


29.
Benchmarking and Research
During 2008, benchmarking will be undertaken to determine the use, impact and uptake of e-learning within different learner groups, states and territories, registered training organisations (RTOs), business and industry. Research is also being conducted to inform the development of policy and new direction.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/research


30. what matters series (2005-2008)
Developed by the Framework’s Benchmarking and Research business activity, what matters publicise key findings from research undertaken by the Framework.
Produced since 2005, what matters have focused on:
· e-learning for mature age workers (2008)
· innovate and integrate (2007)
· e-learning for trades (2007)
· m-learning (2006)
· e-learning benchmarking (2006)
· e-learning for youth (2005)
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/research



31.
E-learning indicators
The uptake and use of e-learning and e-business in the VET system can now be measured by a set of 12 indicators, which have been identified by the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG), which directs the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. The indicators can be used by individual education providers to establish their own goals and benchmarks for
e-learning.

The E-learning indicators website is split into six sections offering comprehensive information and resources:
· E-learning indicators: A list of primary e-learning,
e-business and teaching and training indicators used to measure the impact of e-learning in VET.

· Survey results (from 2005-2007): The full 2005, 2006 and 2007 survey results from the perspective of the teachers and trainers; students; RTOs; employers; and ACE.
· Templates and tools: Easy to use resources for running your own surveys.
· Case studies: Survey transcripts in audio, PDF and video formats from three organisations which have been involved in the benchmarking process.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/e-learningindicators




Case studies


33.
Case studies
The case study section of the resource centre showcases flexible learning and e-learning in action. The case studies are from a range of training organisations with differing levels of e-learning experience. They also detail the involvement and perspectives of various types of vocational education and training professionals.
For ease of use, the case studies can be browsed by categories relevant to position or organisation.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/casestudies


32.
e-Tools n Tips (2007)
In 2007 the Framework’s E-learning Networks Project ran a series of online professional development sessions using Elluminate Live!
The e-Tools n Tips sessions cover topics including moblogs, podcasts, virtual worlds, social bookmarking, personal learning spaces, digital storytelling, videos in e-learning, and wikis and blogs.
Website: http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/flx/go/home/projects/2007/pid/440


Publications


34. Flex e-News
The Framework's national monthly e-newsletter, Flex e-News, includes information on the latest e-learning funding opportunities, news, products, resources and support networks.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/flexenews


35. The Knowledge Tree
The Knowledge Tree is an e-journal of learning innovation, enabling the sharing of research and innovation in global
e-learning practice.

Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/lnowledgetree 35. The Knowledge Tree


Support networks


36.
E-learning Coordinators
State and territory E-learning Coordinators are responsible for facilitating the uptake of 2008 Framework products, resources and support networks; and implementing strategies to accelerate the embedding of e-learning.
To find out who your E-learning Coordinator is visit:
http://flexiblelearning.net.au/contactus

Or to see what your state or territory is doing in the way of
e-learning, please visit your state or territory web page at:

ACT - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/act
NSW - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/nsw
NT - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/nt
QLD - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/qld
SA - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/sa
TAS - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/tas
VIC - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/vic
WA - http://flexiblelearning.net.au/wa


37.
Australian Flexible Learning Framework contact details
For any enquiries regarding the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, or for branding support, please contact:
Phone: (07) 3307 4700
Email: enquiries@flexiblelearning.net.au
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/support




Search options


38.
Resource Centre
The Framework’s Resource Centre is a comprehensive resource area that contains a range of practical and useful training products and resources as well as links to informative and relevant research reports, case studies and guidelines.
The Resource Centre also provides information on website design, access and equity issues, business planning, interoperability and copyright, intellectual property issues and the opportunity to search the website's database.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au/resourcecentre


39.
Framework Google search
The Framework Google search function allows users to search the Framework’s website in order to quickly locate
e-learning products, resources, news and information.

The search restricts results to those originating from the Framework website, including news, products, resources and support networks. The search results are listed in the same, recognisable format used on Google, with the bonus of no ads.
Website: http://flexiblelearning.net.au