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  • 1. Colleagues Connect Accommodation & Social Participation Conference 2010 field & Reactive
  • 2. Introduction
    • The Colleagues Connect Project has been funded by Collaborative Internet Innovation Fund (cIIF) and field.
    • cIIF provides $15 million in a competitive grants program to accelerate the innovative use of the next generation of ICT by Victorian government, business and community.
    • ‘ In kind’ funding contributions have been made by Melbourne City Mission and the Australian Quadriplegic Association
    • cIIF Round 2 will focus on the development of innovative applications for the high capacity broadband environment and is due to run in 2010.
  • 3. Victoria’s Innovation Agenda
    • cIIF is an initiative under the Victorian Government's Innovation Statement, Innovation: Victoria's Future intended to accelerate the innovative use of the next generation of ICT by Victorian government, business and community.
    Health - to support our ageing population and their health needs, and to maintain our quality of life Sustainability - putting innovation to work to meet the climate change challenge, Protect our environment and ensure we have the ongoing capacity for long term growth Productivity - to compete internationally and ensure Victoria has the infrastructure, skills and resources to work more efficiently and turn new ideas into new products, services and solutions
  • 4. cIFF funding
  • 5. Current situation
    • Changes in models of service delivery (including de-institutionalization and individualized funding) have resulted in many people with disability receiving services in their own homes and communities.
    • This is a worthy achievement and one of the principal aims of the Victorian Disability State Plan 2002 -2012.
  • 6. Current situation
    • Cost prohibitive for employers to bring staff together regularly
    • Issue of how to keep the workforce supported and continuously improving in terms of service quality.
  • 7. Colleagues Connect
    • Interface to better connect disability support workers and provide opportunities for collegiate support, learning and development, debriefing, supervision and sharing best practice.
    • Utilizes established web2.0 tools
  • 8. Pilot groups
    • Pilot will be conducted with
      • Melbourne City Mission
      • AQA Vic – rural and metro
    • Other partners of the project include
        • National Disability Services
        • Office for the Community Sector - Department of Planning and Community Development
    • Evaluators – Synthesize
    • Design and Consultancy - Reactive
  • 9. Colleagues Connect Videos David Carlos Project Manager Melbourne Citymission Video Presentation on the Colleagues Connect Project at: www.vimeo.com/11617881
  • 10. Colleagues Connect Videos Peter Trethewey Chief Executive Officer AQA Victoria Ltd Video presentation on Colleagues Connect at www.vimeo.com/11618277
  • 11. Objectives and benefits of Colleagues Connect
      • Benefits to support workers
        • Regular staff supervision
        • Access to organisation information
        • Greater capacity for ongoing learning and development
        • Sharing best practice
        • Collegiate support
        • Potential to develop smarter ways to work
  • 12. Objectives and benefits of Colleagues Connect
      • Benefits to the organisation
        • Increased productivity
        • Reduced costs in relation to workforce wellbeing (ill health, stress, Work Cover premiums etc)
        • Greater ability to communicate with staff
        • Mechanism to provide organization information to staff
        • Structural support for new models of service delivery
  • 13. Objectives and benefits of Colleagues Connect
      • Benefits to the people with a disability
        • Use of Web. 2.0 to support greater social inclusion (including access to the e environment)
        • Tool to assist people with disability to direct their own services
        • Platform to update information to their support staff
        • Access to organisation information
        • Capacity for online community building with consequent benefits for wellbeing
  • 14.  
  • 15. “ The web is more of a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect – to help people work together – and not as a technical toy.” Tim Berners-Lee ‘ Weaving the Web, the original design and Ultimate destiny of the World Wide Web’
  • 16.  
  • 17. Colleagues Connect and Social Tools
  • 18. Web 2.0 technologies - Yammer, Skype and Vimeo
    • The benefits of implementing Web 2.0 social tools are:
      • Proven tools that fit the need
      • significantly reducing the technology cost of the project.
      • benefiting from ongoing improvements to the chosen solutions as a result of wider user feedback.
  • 19. Web 2.0 technologies - Yammer
  • 20. Web 2.0 technologies - Yammer
    • Yammer is a simple real-time communication tool for organisations
      • Microblogging
      • Social networking
      • Collaboration tools
      • Knowledge Base
      • Mobile tools
  • 21. Web 2.0 technologies - Skype
  • 22. Web 2.0 technologies - Skype
    • Skype is an IP-based communications tool
      • Skype to Skype phone calls
      • Skype to phone/mobile
      • Skype video
      • Instant Messaging
  • 23. Web 2.0 technologies - Vimeo
  • 24. Web 2.0 technologies - Vimeo
    • Vimeo is a full-featured video sharing platform and community space
      • Video sharing
      • Groups
      • Secure areas
      • Advanced privacy features
  • 25. The Social Web
  • 26. The Social Web Information Source Participation platform Static Dynamic Reading Writing Organisations Communities Owning/Selling Sharing Portals Social Networks One to Many Many to Many Centrally controlled Reciprocal control E Business Peer production
  • 27. The Social Web
    • Socializing activities form the basis of the social web
      • Authoring content
      • Conversation
      • Tagging
      • Sharing
      • Bookmarking
      • User generated content
      • Each element has a different engagement quality
  • 28. The Social Web
    • The social web in action...
      • Amazon.com recommendations and wishlists
      • Facebook Tools
      • Photo sharing (Flickr, etc)
      • Chatting and Instant messaging
      • Google maps and mashups
      • User generated content
      • Twitter, Yammer, Vimeo, many, many others
  • 29. “ People have been interacting with other people for much longer than the internet has been around, so give them the tools and set them free” Rolf Skyberg
  • 30. Project Update
    • Meeting with partners commenced (ongoing)
    • Development of ICT application completed. Content to be uploaded
    • Evaluators appointed and baseline data being collected
    • Training to commence in May with project participants
    • Full pilot scheduled for June
  • 31. Colleagues Connect Videos Leonie Morgan Manager Projects Office for the Community Sector Department of Planning and Community Development Video presentation found at: http://www.vimeo.com/11618822
  • 32. The Future
    • Colleagues Connect has the capacity to be a new and innovative resource that can:
      • Enhance the capacity of any workforce largely employed in isolated settings
      • Increase communication in organisations to enhance productivity
      • Impact on the wellbeing and autonomy of people who, for whatever reason, are largely home bound
      • Place the disability sector in the front line of innovation
      • Provide people with a disability with an active interface to allow them to determine their service needs
  • 33. Contact Details
    • Field – furthering inclusive learning and development Linda Budd
      • Tel: 03 8686 5621
      • Email: [email_address]
    • Reactive – Simon Julian
      • Tel: 03 9415 2310
      • Email: [email_address]