E-standards supporting content development


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Presentation by Owen O'Neil. This presentation will provide an update on a number of technical standards for e-learning content that are being collaboratively agreed on through the Australian Flexible Learning Framework’s E-standards project. Topics will include m-learning, e-portfolios, computer network and firewall access, e-learning content development standards and more. The focus of the presentation will be on how such standards can be utilised by e-learning practitioners.

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    1. 1. Welcome to E-standards for Training update by Owen ONeill, e-Works This session will start at 9:30am AEDST
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>What is the E-standards for training project? </li></ul><ul><li>What are e-standards? </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile learning </li></ul><ul><li>E-portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Network and firewall access </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning content standards </li></ul>
    3. 3. 1. What is the E-standards for Training project? <ul><li>Framework project </li></ul><ul><li>National focus </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboratively researches, develops, recommends standards for e-learning in VET </li></ul><ul><li>National E-standards Expert Group </li></ul>
    4. 4. 2. What are “e-standards”? <ul><li>Technical standards for e-learning content and systems </li></ul><ul><li>Underpins key VET initiatives such as LORN and Toolboxes </li></ul><ul><li>Supports e-learning developers and users </li></ul>
    5. 5. 2. Why e-standards? <ul><li>Makes e-learning content and systems more reliable </li></ul><ul><li>Minimises technical problems for e-learning systems and content </li></ul><ul><li>Maximises return on investment </li></ul>
    6. 6. 3. Mobile learning - standards <ul><li>Recommended standards released in April 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at content developers and cover the following areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless data connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/topics/mlearn.htm </li></ul>
    7. 7. 3. Mobile learning – guide <ul><li>Aimed at teachers and trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Step by step support and information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s possible with m-learning? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can m-standards be used in practice? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating different types of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools for m-learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies, references to other useful resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/topics/mlearn.htm </li></ul>
    8. 8. 3. Mobile learning – future plans <ul><li>The domain is constantly changing! </li></ul><ul><li>Planning to update standards and guide in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in hearing from practitioners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What you found useful, what we should add, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What new/emerging technologies (such as RFID) should we address? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    9. 9. 4. E-portfolios <ul><li>What are they? </li></ul><ul><li>How are they used? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overseas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VET e-portfolio report published June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to RPL/RCC </li></ul>
    10. 10. 4. E-portfolio issues <ul><li>How can we support life-long learning: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Across education sectors? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Into industry and employment? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And keep personal information secure? </li></ul><ul><li>And allow owners to give people limited access to different “views”? </li></ul>
    11. 11. 4. E-portfolio activities in 2008 <ul><li>Addressing these questions! </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a roadmap for e-portfolio usage in VET </li></ul><ul><li>Enable diversity, but also interoperability </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with other education sectors and employers </li></ul>
    12. 12. 5. Computer network and firewall access study <ul><li>Access to computer networks and firewalls are creating barriers for e-learning practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Developing documentation on commonly used e-learning applications </li></ul><ul><li>Opening dialogue between system administrators and practitioners </li></ul>
    13. 13. 5. Activities so far… <ul><li>Developed a list of commonly used e-learning applications in VET </li></ul><ul><li>Ran a face to face workshop with system administrators, IT managers and e-learning practitioners in the same room (!) </li></ul><ul><li>Following up with meetings with IT departments </li></ul>
    14. 14. 5. Findings… <ul><li>Both sides are willing to listen </li></ul><ul><li>Policy is often not clearly defined and is interpreted differently </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine security concerns need to be better understood by e-learning practitioners also </li></ul><ul><li>Communication between IT departments and practitioners is often fragmented </li></ul>
    15. 15. 5. Outcomes… <ul><li>Documentation and report with recommendations for further action due to be discussed and agreed by the EEG in November and released by the end of the year </li></ul><ul><li>Further work is required to keep this going and is tentatively planned for 2008 </li></ul>
    16. 16. 6. E-learning content standards
    17. 17. 6. Recommended client platforms <ul><li>Describes minimum supported computer hardware and software for using e-learning content </li></ul><ul><li>Used by Flexible Learning Toolboxes </li></ul><ul><li>Currently being reviewed for 2008 </li></ul>
    18. 18. 6. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) <ul><li>WCAG were developed by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) </li></ul><ul><li>Currently WCAG 2 is in draft form </li></ul><ul><li>Many differences from the original… </li></ul>
    19. 19. More information <ul><li>http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au </li></ul><ul><li>http://lorn.flexiblelearning.net.au </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Where can you see standards working in the real world? </li></ul><ul><li>http://lorn.flexiblelearning.net.au </li></ul>