Resources

Below is a selection of online resources that may be of assistance when writing and developing content.

ARED

This tool is designed to allow teachers and trainers with little more than basic computer skills to easily build their own e-learning resources.

Australian Flexible Learning Framework

The Australian Flexible Learning Framework site has information on getting started in e-learning, a resource centre, news and events plus a comprehensive outline of their business activities.

Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a quality assured national framework of qualifications in the school, vocational education and training (VET), and higher education sectors in Australia.

Competency navigator

The Competency Navigator database is underpinned by over:

  • 30,000 national competency units
  • 100,000 elements of competency
  • 3,000 qualifications
  • 2,000 occupations

The Competency Navigator also contains performance criteria, skills and knowledge as well as evidence requirements to support recognition of prior learning for a range of popular qualifications.

Employability Skills

To search for what employability skills are included in a qualification, access the website above. Go to the Employability Skills Summary section and enter the qualification code into the search box and click on the Find button. You will be provided with a list that contains the Employability Skills that this qualification covers.

Employability Skills for the Future

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Business Council of Australia have undertaken research to provide the Department of Education, Science and Training with a detailed understanding of the employability skills needs of industry. This report provides a consolidation of research with small, medium and large-sized enterprises during 2001. The outcome of the research has been the development of an Employability Skills Framework that has strong industry support from a representative sample of stakeholders.

The Impact of E-learning on Employability Skills Development

Employability skills are being written into VET competency standards in training packages and their explicit development has been made a requirement from July 2008. This report, produced by the national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework), considers how technology (e-learning) can assist.

Designing e-learning

This site provides some answers to two big questions

  • What is e-learning? The Gallery of strategies has over 100 click-and-view samples plus teaching guides
  • How do you do it? The Learning design and Learning materials sections offers detailed sample designs and course maps
To help you find what you’re looking for, there are a range of different e-tours through the resources on this site.

E-standards for training

This site outlines the national training system's recommended technical standards and guidelines to enable interoperability. Some standards and guidelines may be education or sector specific, while others are general internet standards.

Improving your instructional design

When you've developed a course outline, you can generate a graph to see how engaged the learners will be at each point. On the graph you enter values representing the factors you want to measure, such as interactivity and challenge, and immediately see how well each part of the course meets your requirements. It's a simple spreadsheet with instructions included.

Learning object repository network

LORN currently has seven member repositories contributing more than 2500 learning objects for download in a wide range of industries and subject areas, including business, community services, electrotechnology, horticulture, tourism, and hospitality. The number of learning objects increases as repository owners build their collections.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you’d like to know more about RPL, visit the AQF website at for a complete overview on RPL. In June 2004, a set of National Principles and Operational Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) was endorsed. These guidelines are also in the 4th edition of the AQF Implementation Handbook (p91-97)

Social e-learning; Your guide

In this resource you can explore the opportunities and challenges that you might discover with social e-learning in practice, and get practical guidance and tips from e-learning practitioners. Listen to the keynote from Anne Bartlett-Bragg to find out more about the practice behind the case studies, strategies, tools and activities presented in this resource.

Storytelling techniques

A one page handout that lists fiction techniques that make e-learning more engaging.

Storytelling: The vital role

This whitepaper describes why leaders should develop their storytelling skills to better engage people, ensure their ideas stick and to form strong interpersonal connections. It also offers some ideas on how to find and recount your personal experiences in a business context.

Toolboxes by series / code

This website provides you with access to all Toolboxes. You may want to review the previous series of Teacher guides for guidance or clarification.

VET Teacher E-learning Toolkit

This document was developed by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework), through the E-standards for Training business activity. It specifies the minimum web and desktop-based functionality requirements needed to support elearning in the national training system. The purpose of this document is to inform the development of vocational education and training (VET) Standard Operating Environments (SOE) to support the e-learning functionality required by teachers and trainers.

Web 3.0 technologies

Web 3.0 has been described as “giving the internet itself a brain”. If you would like to see where the internet could be heading in the next decade or so you may enjoy reading Web 3.0 and beyond: the next 20 years of the internet and What is Web 3.0? available here.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

A report on the implications of the introduction of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 for the VET sector.

Wiki projects

Designing a wiki project involves seven essential steps to building the framework for a collaborative wiki project. These seven steps are listed on this website.

Listening to students’ and educators’ voices

This report outlines findings collected from listening to and analysing the views and expectations of students within Australian education and training institutions about learning with technologies.

23 learning 2.0 things

Listed on this site are 23 Things (or small exercises) that you can do on the web to explore and expand your knowledge of the Internet and Web 2.0.