5 projects share in $100,000 for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to trial emerging technologies.
Since 2008, the E-standards for Training business activity, through the national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework), has made funding available to registered training organisations (RTOs) for the trialling of emerging technologies.
The purpose of this annual funding opportunity is to explore emerging technologies and identify areas where future standards work may be required. The Emerging Technology Trials are also an important tool for identifying ways that the emerging technologies may be utilised in teaching and learning in the wider national training system.
2012 – 2013 Successful Applicants
- TAFE SA Adelaide North Institute – Mobile video e-assessment – This project will involve hospitality students enrolled in Coordinate Marketing Activities as they work in pairs to complete an assessment. With the support of online lecturer facilitation, the students will upload video evidence via a smartphone app to Moodle, using a plug-in being developed for the purpose.
- Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE – V.O.I.C.E- Voice Opportunities in Contemporary Education – The intent of this project is to test the effectiveness of native speech capabilities of mobile smart devices (including smartphones, iPads and Android tablets) in increasing literacy fluency. The competencies being addressed include two Core Skills for Employment and Training – Communications subjects along with several other text-based skills.
- Kangan Institute – Accessible modern video for all – Stage 2 – The Kangan team completed their Stage 1 trial in the first half of this year, and will be building on that work by expanding the functionality of the HTML5 video player developed then to bring it closer to WCAG 2 AA compliance.
- Holmesglen Institute of TAFE – Beyond SCORM – New interoperability standards – The aim of this project is to investigate the capabilities of the Tin Can API and IMS LTI, which are two specifications related to measuring student activity and communication with learning management systems. The learning activities of students in theBuilt Environment Degree Programs area will be monitored via their use of a mobile app.
- TAFE NSW North Coast Institute – Augmented Reality Stage 2 – NBN ready – The aim of this trial is to investigate using a 360° panoramic workshop or workplace populated with augmented reality objects accessible with mobile devices.
2011 – 2012 Successful Applicants
- Easy eBooks for Teachers – The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) has developed and published a user guide and process for using Calibre, the open source eBook creation and management application.
- Tagging the Cloud Using the NBN – GlobalNet ICT has developed mobile apps that use Radio Frequency (RFID), specifically Near Field Communication (NFC) technology or QR tags (depending on the device’s capability) to provide access to resources – including training and assessment activities – on a learning repository.
- Accessible Modern Video for All – Kangan Institute has sought to improve the accessibility of video learning content by developing a user guide with instructions on attaching subtitles to web-based video.
- LOCO Embedding – LOCO, the Learning Object COmposer, was developed at TAFE NSW eLearning Hub(Opens in new window), and was an Australian regional finalist in the 2011 Learning Impact Awards.
- Augmented Reality for Kitchen Orientation and Safety Procedures – TAFE NSW North Coast Institute has produced an augmented reality view of a training kitchen, building upon the project undertaken by Sunshine Coast TAFE in 2010.
- BigBlueButton – Undertaken by Trainspace Pty Ltd this trial investigated the potential of BigBlueButton, an open-source virtual classroom, as a low cost alternative to commercial options.