Alexander Hayes NSW LearnScope Project Officer Equity Staff Workshop, Western Campus Admin. & Western Institute Managers Dubbo, NSW, Australia September 19, 2007
Messages for 2008 - 2011 Australian Flexible Learning Framework
Supporting E-learning Opportunities MEDIA RELEASE Friday 17 August 2007 National e-learning strategy gets new direction
Direction The 2008-2011 Framework Strategy will take a more strategic approach into the way technology is integrated within the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
Capability > Engagement The Framework has been progressing along a natural path from capability building (2000-2004) to client engagement (2005-2007).
Integration E-learning ( that includes m-learning & u-learning) is imbedded in and part of the Australian VET system.
Priorities <ul><li>build on national investment into essential e-learning infrastructure – standards and repositories </li></ul><ul><li>invest strategically in business–provider partnerships between public and private training providers and business </li></ul><ul><li>invest in empowering the learner. </li></ul>
Funding Since 2000, the Framework has been funded $15m annually with the backing of the Australian Government and all states and territories
Jim Davidson Jim Davidson, chair of the Framework’s managing body, the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG), said the proposed new strategy would work to ensure that e-learning resources were made accessible by anybody, regardless of technical ability.
Jim Davidson (cont.) “ Resources and repositories will be developed in a standardised way to promote interoperability across the VET sector, other sectors and globally, in turn helping provide a maximum return on investment.”
Jim Davidson (cont.) “ Using technology at work is now a normal part of doing business, with e-learning on and off the job the key.”
Jim Davidson (cont.) By focusing on empowering learners, those from traditionally disadvantaged communities, such as Indigenous, regional and remote, would be able to use technology to access education and training that others took for granted.
Jim Davidson (cont.) Framework funding for 2008 is due to be allocated by Ministers in November, but beyond that it is subject to renegotiation of Australian Government, state and territory funding for VET.