Supporting the storage requirements of learner e-portfolio content

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  • The Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework) is the e-learning strategy for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. It provides the VET system with the essential e-learning infrastructure and expertise needed to respond to the challenges of a modern economy and the training needs of Australian businesses and workers The Framework was launched as a strategy in 2000, responding to information and communication technology (ICT) developments in workplaces and society. The Australian Government and all states and territories agreed to work together nationally to advance the use of e-learning in VET.   The 2008-2011 Framework Strategy maximises and builds on the national investment to date in essential e-learning infrastructure. It will focus on embedding e-learning in registered training organisations (RTOs), business and industry. The first 2000-2004 Framework Strategy focused on raising awareness of the potential of e-learning, and starting to build capability. The second 2005-2007 Framework Strategy continued this work, and focused on engaging with key target groups. Together these strategies have created a considerable infrastructure and a sound foundation on which to establish e-learning as an integral part of the national training system. The 2009 Framework Business Plan provides the blueprint for the Framework in the second year of the 2008-2011 Framework Strategy, detailing the Leadership and Innovation programs, and their related business activities. Further information can be found on the 2009 business activities or by downloading the 2009 Framework policy brochure [1MB, PDF] The 2009 Framework corporate brochure, E-learning in Action [2MB, PDF] demonstrates the depth of e-learning in VET by focusing on innovative e-learning case studies and profiling specific e-learning products, resources and support networks. Previous Framework projects are described in the past activities section. Earlier Framework business plans and strategies are available in the key documents section.
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    1. 1. Supporting the storage requirements of learner e-portfolio content Allison Miller – Australian Flexible Learning Framework Jerry Leeson – Education Services Australia /e-portfolios
    2. 2. Australian Flexible Learning Framework 2008 – 2011 Strategy http:// www.flag.edu.au/system/files/2008_2011_Framework_Strategy.pdf
    3. 3. Background research and related literature <ul><li>‘ Guidelines on Storage, Access and Related Issues for ePortfolios ’ ( JISC, 2006) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>long term access/portability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>storage benchmarks & quotas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>file types and upload limits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>back-up/recovery procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>third party access </li></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    4. 4. Background research and related literature <ul><li>‘ E-portfolios Implementation Trials (EITs) ’ ( Australian Flexible Learning Framework, 2009a) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>learner-created content – storage, bandwidth & common formats esp video and mobile devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>digital literacy skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>appropriate evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>software familiarisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>induction </li></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    5. 5. Background research and related literature <ul><li>‘ VET E-portfolio Roadmap ’ ( Australian Flexible Learning Framework, 2009b) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>storage goal – establish storage issues & requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ thin e-portfolios” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>develop National Guidelines & technical standards </li></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    6. 6. Commissioned Research - methods <ul><li>“ Ways that e-portfolio service providers were managing the storage requirements of learner e-portfolio content and also into their plans for future storage requirements ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Australian Flexible Learning Framework reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews (n=22)/Online Survey (n=36) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-portfolios Reference Group (ERG) </li></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    7. 7. Findings and discussion <ul><ul><li>Portability very important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>individual artefact & whole e-portfolio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>compatible formats (PDF, HTML, Leap2A or IMS e-portfolio) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>portability guidelines & best practice </li></ul></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    8. 8. Findings and discussion <ul><ul><li>Use common file formats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Australian Flexible Learning Framework’s (2011b) E-standards for Training’s Standards: e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/standards.htm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>. JPG vs .RAW </li></ul></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    9. 9. Findings and discussion <ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 & cloud storage: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube/Flickr etc as proxy storage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Concerns over longevity, privacy, security and ownership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organisational policy, service level agreements, ICT infrastructure policy etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web accessibility </li></ul></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    10. 10. Findings and discussion <ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pedagogy/Course design (learner centred) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital literacy skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate evidence/artefacts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff/Learner training/inductions </li></ul></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    11. 11. Conclusions <ul><ul><li>Important to consider storage requirements as part of implementation: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Portability (Leap2A) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose and pedagogy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy/Security of storage options </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bandwidth and file formats </li></ul></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    12. 12. Acknowledgement <ul><ul><li>Helen Galatis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>formally of Education Services Australia) </li></ul></ul>flexiblelearning.net.au/e-portfolios
    13. 13. Questions or Comments
    14. 14. Contact us: <ul><ul><ul><li>Allison Miller [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>0400 732 270 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jerry Leeson </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>08 8334 3215 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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