[Offtopic] e-Tools n Tips (free) Australian Flexible Learning Framework

Stephen Loosley stephen at melbpc.org.au
Thu Aug 23 00:31:48 EST 2007

e-Tools n Tips

Australian Flexible Learning Framework 


Are you NEW to e-learning and interested in: 

  'how to' workshops on e-learning tools? 

  'tips' for implementing e-learning training? 

Come and join us for a series of PD online opportunities during September using the synchronous 'virtual classroom' software, 'ElluminateLive!' 

If you are new to Elluminate login half hour before the session for a quick overview and to test your audio. To make the most out of your session you will need a headset with microphone. 

Registration to these 'How To' sessions is NOT necessary!

MOBLOGS (Images, Audio and Video)

Presenter: Leonard Low, Canberra Institute of Technology
When:  Monday 3 September at 12:00pm to 1:00pm AEST
Where:  Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/2elxw5

What is a moblog? 
Try it out! 
Why would someone use a moblog in education? 
Overview of various sites which enable simple moblogging (using various media) 
Creating customised (and more flexible) moblogs by connecting your social web services 
Advanced moblogging techniques: geotagging and locoblogging 

Who:  Leonard is Educational Technology Strategist at the Canberra Institute of Technology.  He is author of the Mobile Learning Blog (http://mlearning.edublogs.org), ACT Representative on the E-Standards Experts Group (EEG), and was Lead Researcher for the EEG's Standards for M-Learning project. Leonard has over ten years of experience in flexible learning as a student, teacher, manager, administrator and developer, and combines these perspectives in his work in flexible and mobile learning

PODCASTING  - Stop, look and listen

Presenter:  Michael Abulencia, RMIT University
When:  Wednesday 5 September at 1:00pm to 2:00pm AEST
Where:  Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/2szjat

What:  This workshop will discuss 3 factors: 
STOP - Do you really need to podcast? If so, how should you podcast?
LOOK - Let's review some data taken from survey results and feedback from actual users.
LISTEN - Come and discuss the next steps in podcasting

Who: Michael Abulencia works as a Web Support Officer (eLearning) at RMIT University.  His role is involved in supporting, training, and assisting academics develop online solutions and find ways to deliver their content flexibly and innovatively http://www.linkedin.com/in/mabulencia


Presenter:  Jo Kay, Illawarra Institute
When:  Tuesday 11 September at 8:00pm to 9:00pm AEST
Where: Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/2wofwy

What:  Jo Kay will provide an overview of the educational projects currently happening in Second Life - an online 3D virtual world which is being used by thousands of educators and their students from around the world.  During the session, Jo will introduce participants to the main characteristics of Second Life, before providing a number of case studies relevant to educators who are interested in exploring this new and emerging environment for teaching an learning. 

Who: Jo Kay is a freelance geek, web designer, artist and facilitator based in Wollongong, NSW. She has broad experience in educational technology, web development and virtual worlds. In recent years she has worked for a number of organizations - supporting the research and implementation of new and innovative technologies for teaching and learning and online community building. Her current research is around virtual worlds, with a particular focus on Second Life and the possibilities that it offers for education, communication and collaboration.

Frappr, del.icio.us and Flickr (SOCIAL BOOKMARKING) 

Presenters:  Kerry Trabinger (Frapper), Sue McShane (del.icio.us), Jyothi Jayaram (Flickr), Canberra Institute of Technology
When:  Thursday 13 September at 2:00pm to 3:00pm AEST
Where:  Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/2xxmc6
What: Heard of these terms but not sure what they are? or how they can save you time?  Join this session to discover how to-  
create your own online map using Frappr
save your ever growing list of favourite websites in Delicious 
upload your photos to Flickr 

Kerry Trabinger has been involved in online Learning since 1998, initially as an online tutor for Qantas College and then as an online lecturer with the Department of Tourism Studies at the CIT. In 2001 Kerry moved into online course design and has developed many successful online subjects incorporating toolboxes and e-Kits. Kerry has completed a Masters of Professional Education and Training with Deakin University with a focus on flexible and online delivery and has presented at many conferences across Australia and internationally. Kerry was a 2004 Australian Flexible Learning Leader. Kerry is the Flexible and e-Learning Training Manager for the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management at the Canberra Institute of Technology and is also working two days a week as Facilitator of the E-Learning Networks Community Forum. 

Sue McShane has worked as a casual teacher with the CIT in the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management since 2001. For the past three years Sue has taught online, incorporating new technologies in her teaching such as Wikis and the use of del.icio.us. Sue is currently compiling 'A taste of learning objects' as a portal from the E-learning for Industry website. This portal will enable RTOs and e-learning developers to showcase a learning object, for business and industry to explore. This portal will be launched at the industry showcase in late November 2007. 

Jyothi Jayaram has been involved in Framework projects since 2000. Jyothi worked on the prestigious Flexible Learning Leaders project in the main and also provided support to Legal Issues in Flexible Learning and ACT LearnScope projects. Currently Jyothi is working on the E-learning Networks Project in maintaining the project's website, community forum and online events platform. Jyothi provides technical support especially with Elluminate virtual classroom software and high level admin support to the project. Jyothi also reports and monitors the Strategic and National Projects finances. 

PERSONAL LEARNING SPACES (ispaces and third places) 

Presenter:  Carole McCulloch, Macro Dimensions
When:  Wednesday 19 September at 2:00pm to 3:00pm AEST
Where:  Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/2atur8 

What:  Is the Internet information overload getting you down? Do you have a bunch of frequently visited websites? Are your bookmarks getting out of control? Do you long for another space online where you can feel organised and in control? Will you be exploring some of the popular social networking sites in the near future? Would you like to find out more about personal learning spaces?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may find it useful to join Coach Carole in an exploration of these popular e-tools and learn some tips on managing them along the way. Come along and immerse yourself in the latest phenomenon of ispaces and third places! 

Who:  Carole is a virtual e-learning consultant and as 'Coach Carole' has an ongoing role in mentoring e-learning online networks funded under the E-learning Networks Project. She regularly conducts face-to-face digital storytelling, portfolio, personal learning spaces and network building workshops; and provides PD on 'implementing e-learning creatively online' using Moodle and a variety of web conferencing platforms. 

Carole also manages the Digital Storytelling Network at: http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/user/edit.php?id=370&course=107 and invites you to visit to see what the storytellers are up to. 


Presenter:  Sally Drummond
When:  Thursday 20 September at 10:00am to 11:00am AEST
Where:  Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/2w5j2e

What:  Digistories are great for telling personal stories and reflecting on experiences.  eBooks are handy for reading on the go, they are light, easy to create and share with friends.
Who:  Sally is a passionate participant in the process of life long learning, she experienced in online and mobile learning from both the learner's and the teacher's perspective.  She has worked in adult education for 18 years as a teacher, education designer and program manger.  


Presenter: Sue Waters, Challenger TAFE
When:  Wednesday 26 September at 3.30pm to 4.30pm AEST
Where:  Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/24wbh8 

What:  Predictions are that the true potential of online video will be unlocked in 2007. The driving force for the rise of online video has been user-generated content hosted free on sites like YouTube and Google Video.  

The session will explore online video and video podcasting, tools for creating videos and how you can use video in e-learning. 

Who:  Sue Waters, an Aquaculture Lecturer from Challenger TAFE, has challenged the e-learning boundaries and is now actively engaging in the world of mobile learning (m-Learning) and podcasting.  Sue's inquisitive nature in combination with her 'trial by practice' approach has made her a leading innovator in this field.  Sue is well known for her video podcasts.

WIKIS AND BLOGS - Tools for learning

Presenter:  Margaret O'Connell, Canberra Institute of Technology
When:  Thursday 27 September at 10:00am to 11:00am AEST
Where:  Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to http://tinyurl.com/2ql72g 

What:  Ever wondered what all the fuss was about with wiki and blogs? Want to try them for yourself?
This session is aimed to get you started using wikis and blogs in your teaching and to support students' learning.
Understand the basics, start a wiki or blog, and apply it to a teaching strategy or learning situation. 

Who:  Marg O'Connell is an educational designer and e-learning strategist at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Marg has a keen interest in the use of social web tools and services and is exploring their impact on learning and contemporary learners in the VET context. Marg has worked in the community education and university sectors and was a Flexible Learning Leader in 2002. She is currently undertaking a Master of Education at University of Technology, Sydney.

For further information regarding participation in the e-Tools n Tips or if you require any technical / non technical assistance in logging into Elluminate virtual classroom please contact: 

Email:  networks at flexiblelearning.net.au
Phone:  +61 2 6207 4832


Cheers, people
Stephen Loosley
Victoria, Australia

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