Series of webconferencing sessions – e-gems

Upcoming March sessions

The e-Gems’ series of webconferencing sessions are unique learning and networking opportunities for people working in the vocational education and training (VET) and business sectors. Provided by the national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework), e-Gems webconferences are free and require no registration.

To participate, you must have access to headphones and a microphone and have installed and configured the Elluminate webconferencing software beforehand. If you encounter any problems, please contact Jyothi Jayaram on (02) 6207 4832 or email e-events@flexiblelearning.net.au
(Note: session access opens one hour before the scheduled time).

Presentation Overview

e-Gems industry sectors embedding e-learning

Participants in the second e-Gems webconferencing session for 2009 will hear how two industry associations used the national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework’s (Framework) Industry Integration of E-learning funding to embed e-learning in the water and medical technology sectors.

Participants will also be given information about the 2009 Framework funding opportunities for industry sectors to develop multiple year plans that include integrating e-learning in industry-led workforce development for their industry sector. Applications close Wednesday 1 April for Industry Integration of
E-learning funding. For more information visit the E-learning for Industry website at: http://industry.flexiblelearning.net.au

Presenters:

Water sector: The Queensland Water Directorate in partnership with Wide Bay Institute of TAFE, are developing a workforce development strategy to provide the local government water industry with the support and assistance to increase not only the skills and knowledge of workers, but also the capacity of the sector as a whole.

Medical technology sector: The Medical Technology Association of Australia, in partnership with the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association, will support companies to move the learning culture towards e-learning through careful change management, new incentives and success measures.

Date: Thursday 12 March 2009

When: 10:30am – 11:30am (AEDST)

Where: http://tinyurl.com/cuvffl

Full URL for session (copy the complete link):

https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=675&password=M.43F89624D183B30307C95294C75081

Presentation Overview

The shifting sands of e-portfolios

Swinburne TAFE has spent many years developing their “Skills Passport” system which allows students to document and provide evidence of their employability skills, such as communication, team work and problem solving.

Traditionally a physical document, the Skills Passport is keeping pace with the growing popularity and adoption of e-portfolios by expanding into the digital realm. In 2008, the passport won Swinburne TAFE the Innovative Business Award at the Australian Training Awards.

This e-Gems session will consider the challenges faced by RTOs in establishing an
e-portfolio system, including wide scale implementation, and technology training for students and teachers.

Presenters:
Deb Petty and Ellen Prior provide advice, direction and support to Swinburne TAFE staff, through the Centre for VET Practice. The role of the Centre is to enhance student learning experiences by assisting in achieving and maintaining excellence in learning, teaching and assessment practice. Deb and Ellen are heavily involved with supporting teaching staff to integrate employability skills into training packages, and to use the Skills Passport system to its full potential.

Date: Monday 23 March 2009

When: 12:30pm – 1:30pm (AEDST)

Where: http://tinyurl.com/an2aky

Full URL for session (copy the complete link):

https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=675&password=M.F9159C6D3DD779FCDED9C375B73BAF

NEW STRATEGY FOR ADULT LEARNING IN VICTORIA

Victoria’s largest adult education provider, the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) has set a new benchmark for professionalism in the adult education sector, with the launch of the new Strategic Framework 2009 – 2013. Officially launching the framework today, Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Jacinta Allan said the framework was a comprehensive response to the Victorian Government’s skills reform package released last year. “The Brumby Government is taking action to encourage more Victorians to expand their skills and create new jobs,” Ms Allan said. “CAE has quickly responded to the Brumby Government’s skills agenda and highlights the flexible way that adult education providers integrate into the communities where they operate,” Ms Allan said.

ELECTION 2009 – PREMIER TO EXPAND QUEENSLAND’S TRAINING SYSTEM

The State Government will invest over $124 million to help create nearly 150,000 training places over the next four years in a record expansion of the Queensland skills base. Premier Anna Bligh said the State’s $124 million investment will secure an additional $259 million from the Commonwealth Government and nearly $31 million from industry to complete a $414 million program. The plan is in addition to the Labor Government’s existing commitment under the Queensland Skills Plan to deliver an additional 17,000 training places a year by 2010.

ELECTION 2009 – PREMIER TO EXPAND QUEENSLAND’S TRAINING SYSTEM

The State Government will invest over $124 million to help create nearly 150,000 training places over the next four years in a record expansion of the Queensland skills base. Premier Anna Bligh said the State’s $124 million investment will secure an additional $259 million from the Commonwealth Government and nearly $31 million from industry to complete a $414 million program. The plan is in addition to the Labor Government’s existing commitment under the Queensland Skills Plan to deliver an additional 17,000 training places a year by 2010.

Social inclusion in higher education and VET

When: Wednesday, 18 March 2009, 1–2 pm

Where: Monash University, Clayton Campus, Building 6, Room G23

Presenters: Fran Ferrier & Sue North

The Australian government has adopted a social inclusion agenda to address poverty, deprivation and other social ills. This seminar discusses social inclusion and exclusion in the context of higher education and vocational education and training (VET). It will explore different meanings of social inclusion and exclusion and how these concepts can be used to advance knowledge of inequities (and their causes) in education. It will discuss measures of social inclusion and exclusion and possible ways to identify those groups most affected by social exclusion and the factors that contribute to their experience. Finally, the seminar will briefly explore some of the social inclusion policies and strategies that have been adopted in Australia and overseas.

Fran is senior research fellow in CEET. Her research interests include: equity in education and training; innovation and the skill needs of industry; and intellectual capital.

Sue is research fellow in CEET. Her research includes studies of the role of digital technology in the education and wider life experiences of secondary school students, equity funding for students in schools, evaluation of state-wide education programs and teacher professional learning.

Inquiries:
Norma Coull
Tel: (03) 9905 9157
Fax: (03) 9905 9184
Email: norma.coull@education.monash.edu.au

Reminder re Infrastructure Funding Meeting

On 12 December 2008 the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Minister for Education, announced the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training, a $500 million injection into public skills and training infrastructure, as part of a $4.7 billion nation-building infrastructure package announced by the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP. The Teaching and Learning Capital Fund initiative consists of three elements:
Better TAFE Facilities ($200 million) – all TAFEs across Australia will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $8 million to help them address immediate maintenance needs, small capital works and equipment and plant purchase.
Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow ($200 million) – TAFE Institutes and consortia led by TAFE will be able to apply for competitive grants of up to $10 million to adjust to the emerging training needs of the local economies in which they operate, and enhance the viability and capacity of the training system to address industry’s emerging green skills requirements.
Investing in Community Education and Training ($100 million) – Community Education and Training providers are eligible to apply for small grants of up to $100,000 to assist with maintenance or the purchase of equipment and for larger grants of up to $1 million for major upgrades.
In order for the department to implement these initiatives effectively, the department extends an invitation to you to attend a meeting at the Melbourne Airport Hilton on Monday 16 March 2009 as part of the consultation process. Further information on the consultations, agenda and draft guidelines will be provided prior to the meeting.
You are invited to attend between 2pm and 5pm to assist in planning program implementation.
If you or a nominated representative (please provide details) wish to attend the consultation, please advise Adele Bright (adele.bright@deewr.gov.au) or Michelle Brown
(michelle.brown@deewr.gov.au) by close of business Wednesday 11 March 2009.

Reminder re Infrastructure Funding Meeting

On 12 December 2008 the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Minister for Education, announced the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training, a $500 million injection into public skills and training infrastructure, as part of a $4.7 billion nation-building infrastructure package announced by the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP. The Teaching and Learning Capital Fund initiative consists of three elements:
Better TAFE Facilities ($200 million) – all TAFEs across Australia will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $8 million to help them address immediate maintenance needs, small capital works and equipment and plant purchase.
Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow ($200 million) – TAFE Institutes and consortia led by TAFE will be able to apply for competitive grants of up to $10 million to adjust to the emerging training needs of the local economies in which they operate, and enhance the viability and capacity of the training system to address industry’s emerging green skills requirements.
Investing in Community Education and Training ($100 million) – Community Education and Training providers are eligible to apply for small grants of up to $100,000 to assist with maintenance or the purchase of equipment and for larger grants of up to $1 million for major upgrades.
In order for the department to implement these initiatives effectively, the department extends an invitation to you to attend a meeting at the Melbourne Airport Hilton on Monday 16 March 2009 as part of the consultation process. Further information on the consultations, agenda and draft guidelines will be provided prior to the meeting.
You are invited to attend between 2pm and 5pm to assist in planning program implementation.
If you or a nominated representative (please provide details) wish to attend the consultation, please advise Adele Bright (adele.bright@deewr.gov.au) or Michelle Brown
(michelle.brown@deewr.gov.au) by close of business Wednesday 11 March 2009.

Reminder re Infrastructure Funding Consultations

On 12 December 2008 the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Minister for Education, announced the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training, a $500 million injection into public skills and training infrastructure, as part of a $4.7 billion nation-building infrastructure package announced by the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP. The Teaching and Learning Capital Fund initiative consists of three elements:
Better TAFE Facilities ($200 million) – all TAFEs across Australia will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $8 million to help them address immediate maintenance needs, small capital works and equipment and plant purchase.
Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow ($200 million) – TAFE Institutes and consortia led by TAFE will be able to apply for competitive grants of up to $10 million to adjust to the emerging training needs of the local economies in which they operate, and enhance the viability and capacity of the training system to address industry’s emerging green skills requirements.
Investing in Community Education and Training ($100 million) – Community Education and Training providers are eligible to apply for small grants of up to $100,000 to assist with maintenance or the purchase of equipment and for larger grants of up to $1 million for major upgrades.
In order for the department to implement these initiatives effectively, the department extends an invitation to you to attend a meeting at the Melbourne Airport Hilton on Monday 16 March 2009 as part of the consultation process. Further information on the consultations, agenda and draft guidelines will be provided prior to the meeting.
You are invited to attend between 2pm and 5pm to assist in planning program implementation.
If you or a nominated representative (please provide details) wish to attend the consultation, please advise Adele Bright (adele.bright@deewr.gov.au) or Michelle Brown
(michelle.brown@deewr.gov.au) by close of business Wednesday 11 March 2009.