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					WSI Audio                       Mlearning Richmond                                        September
                                Stage 1 completed: mLearning as a
                                tool for workplace delivery.
                                Stage 2 wrapping up: moving e-
                                resources from f2f to blended and
                                online learning.
                                Ready to report any time up until
                                September
WSI Video                       Mlearning Video                                           Finished
WSI Audio                       Audiodynamisms                                           Finished
technologies with               iPods iVideo Pods, iRivers Mp3,                   http://audiodynamism.blogspot.com
web 2.0                         PDA’s and 3G Motorolas
applications
WSI Video                       Learning in field                                         September
WSI C&J                         CLAMS on PDA - software not                               September
                                loaded until April 2007, need
                                time to train staff and implement
                                over a greater period of time
WSI C&J                         Evidence Collection templates for                         September
                                PDA - need more time to liaise
                                between teachers, employers,
                                learners and other institutes
WSI Admin & Library             Mlearning and Connect                                     September
WSI Adobe Connect               Adobe Presenter & Captivate                               September
                                licences installed - Trials and
                                PD in progress across institute




Western Sydney Institute

Contact Details…..Paula Williams
Institute        …….……………………Western Sydney……………………
Ph: ……9715 8441 ….. Mobile ……0400017851………………………
Date: ..........1st June 2007................................................
Period Covered: January – 31 May 2007
1. For each nested project please briefly discuss the progress so far i.e. has professional
     development taken place, have trials started, have staff and students agreed to take part in the surveys?

     1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)

          CLAMS - Teachers are finally able to use CLAMS on PDA in the field and are finding it of
          great assistance. We have also this month re-allocated 3 PDA devices to workplace
          assessors in Lean / Competitive Manufacturing at Mt Druitt College.

          Our WSI CLAMS Coordinator has been involved in discussions around preparing training
          suitable for CLAMS on PDA and I have now been given access to the training database.

          I have also sourced a screen capture program which allows me to then upload screenshots
          as images to the PC.

          Templates – Following considerable experimentation, it has been found that the templates
          on PDA are not able to meet the needs of the teachers so … we are trying a different
          approach.


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        We are now looking to follow a similar approach to the CLAMS program where there is a
        very limited file on the PDA and this is then synchronized with a database on the PC. Our
        intention is to trial 3 units of competency only and then progress to an entire course.

        However, the aim of the project is to create the PC side with the capacity to create
        templates for the PDA from any course / units of competency.

    2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
        Trials have taken place using different technologies in different location/situations
        These have largely been quite successful in proving the concepts that were originally
        envisioned
        Some staff have been surveyed, most students originally declined to be surveyed, although
        some that were involved in last years trials have since completed their courses and left.
        Some teachers have also left.

    3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)
        Trials using mobile technology (laptops and wireless connectivity) to deliver Certificate IV IT
        (Helpdesk) to workplace students are complete.
        Podcasting, vodcasting and online documents have been successfully used to provide gap
        training for workplace students needing to complete modules that were unable to be
        covered by RPL or workplace delivery.
        Online meetings using audio, video and a range of applications and documents are now
        being used to provide regular training and support to online students.

    4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)
        There have been great advances with the utilisation of iRiver recordings. We
        now have iRiver recordings for two complete unit offerings – Complex
        Spreadsheet and Complex Database. These have been very well received by
        students and they are using them to assist them with revision of lesson content
        as well as (of course) the gap training they were originally designed.

        Other teachers have also commenced using the iRiver on an ad-hoc basis and
        this will continue to (hopefully) increase.

        Digital stories are still being created for use by trainees and students via
        notebook technology (and also classroom use), although these are far more
        time consuming and have not taken on the same rapid upward swing as the
        iRiver recordings.

        There has been no particular professional development taking place, rather
        there has been a sharing of knowledge happening in the section

            Audio dynamism

            Great uptake with teachers in ABE and Youth at Risk in distance education at OTEN.
            Teachers participated with PD in using iRiver MP3’s, 3G mobile phones and ipods to
            moblog, videoblog and develop resource material to trial auditechnology to students
            across ABE. The resources are continuously being refined and updated using these
            technologies in conjunction with Web 2.0 services like podomatic, audiblogger, Blogger
            and wikispaces.




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2. Have any issues arisen that may prevent any of your nested projects continuing within
    the projected completion date of September 2007? I.e. hardware not installed or working properly,
    team members leaving. All surveys and reports will need to be completed by September 2007.


    1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)
        Inability of the PDA operating system to allow Access databases has been an issue as this
        also means we can’t use any VBA in our templates
    2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
        Software for the PDAs using GPS capabilities has not been forthcoming from the company
        due to a change of the company direction in conjunction with another TAFE institutes
        priorities
        The capability of having streaming media capacity on the supplied server has temporarily
        halted the use of this technology it outdoor recreation skill areas. The concept was proven
        using blipTV.com

    3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)

        No.

    4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)
        Our projects are already effectively complete, with digital stories and iRiver
        recordings being used around the section. The projects will only continue to
        gain momentum.

        Audiodynamism
        Issues occurred as follows:
                 Project Manager left at the beginning of the year 2007
                 Team dwindled in numbers due to lack of time to attend PD and workload issues
                 Firewall issues and upload restriction with file size
3. Can you forecast any potential risks to any of your nested projects?
    1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)
        CLAMS on PDA – the templates are still a risk. We keep finding it difficult to create a
        usable template that is not too cumbersome to be useful. When you are trying to record
        e.g. 15 students x 15 competencies x 5 elements and sometimes x 5 performance criteria,
        that is a very large document and the PDA is not designed for large documents.

        We anticipate that in the long run, it may be necessary to write a specific application in
        VB.Net (which is the program that CLAMS on PDA is written in). However, this would be
        much more expensive.

        We hope to have a useful working product by end of June but this may still be cumbersome
        in the field.

    2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
        I think we have now largely proved the concepts we targeted at the start. We are now about
        improving on concepts

    3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)

        We have achieved the original targets of our project and are now working on sharing the
        experience gained more broadly within our unit.

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        We believe we’ve proved the effectiveness of the technology. The greatest potential risk is
        probably the human factor. There is a degree of inertia and ignorance amongst some of
        the staff who have been exposed to the project. We are fairly confident that time, education
        and patience will prevail.

    4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)

        No – they are already underway and self-sustaining
        Audiodynamism
        Firewalls and access to resources potentially at risk when creating material
        using social software sent by these technologies. These technologies are the
        medium in which information is sent to the connected learning spaces in web
        2.0. Therefore, it is critical the the DET ITD server allows permissions to access
        these files and sites for teachers and learners respectively.


4. Can you attach details of your actual expenditure to date and forecast expenditure?
    1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)
       Not until mid June
    2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
       Spent nothing – all trials have been at our own time/cost

    3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)
       All contributions have been in-kind. No further expenses are expected.
    4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)
       We have spent nothing beyond the initial use of the equipment and one staff
       member attending training provided under the project.



5. Do you have a particular feel good story from a nested project from the 2007 period?
    1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)

        We will be starting to put some fantastic photographic evidence collected by the PDA
        cameras into a SharePoint site and of course, the TOL2 Wiki. If nothing else, the students
        and teachers have improved the collection of quality evidence through ability to immediately
        record either photographs or notes of actual work being done by students in the field.

    2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
        Not this year

    3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)

        One of our online students who lives in St Georges Basin area, and whom we have never
        met, was initially very sceptical concerning our strategies for delivering the Cert IV, Website
        Design online. He had completed several courses through OTEN and found our style very
        different.

        This student provided much critical and helpful feedback on our podcasts, vodcasts and
        online resources made available through SharePoint, but it was not until we started meeting
        with in Adobe Connect on a weekly basis that it all started to come together. Regularly
        scheduled personal online contact has proven to be the key to success. The best


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        podcasts, vodcasts and online resources cannot be relied upon to keep our students
        engaged if regular live interactions are not maintained.

    4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)

        Our digital stories have taken on a small life of their own and have gained some
        notoriety within the college (and even the Institute) in a slight way. A staff
        member created a digital story for our Open Day last year (we will improve and
        refine this for this year) which has become the “talk of the town” (well the
        College anyway)!

    Audiodynamism
    Youth at Risk responded greatly to materials developed during the project for online
    assignments. Engagement with the resources was greatly enhanced because of these
    technologies being able to make the material readily available which otherwise could never
    have been produced without the emergent audio tools that this so possible for todays
    ubiquitous learner. Eg. (Podcasts vodcasts etc with students using mobile technologies
    PDA/Mobile Phones/Mp3 etc)



6. Have you been able show and explain the concept of the Knowledge Packs to all your
    team members? http://www.jokay.com.au/ANT_Pack/index.html

        1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)
           Not yet
        2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
           Not yet

        3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)
           Not yet.
        4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)
           Not yet

            Audiodynamism

            The resources are readily available on http://audiodynamism.blogspot.com


7. If we supply funding and templates do you feel you and your team will be able to create
    knowledge packs?

        1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)
           Yes
        2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
           Probably

        3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)
           With funding and templates a knowledge pack should not be difficult to create, and
           should be a useful resource in helping to bring more staff on board.
        4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)
           Of course we could – especially with appropriate funding

            Audiodynamism
               Only if teacher release funds are made available
               Firewall restrictions lifted
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                   Access to more technology to sustain the delivery to the learners


8. Are there any conclusions that you can draw that describe the value your Institute has
    gained from the TOL2 - ANT project?

    1. Nirimba Team WSI 0306- Bronwyn Davies (Team Leader)

        Students and teachers are more inclined to think about everything they are doing and to
        look at what evidence they can collect and what competencies they are demonstrating in a
        holistic manner. It has improved their approach to assessment across all units.

    2. Blue Mountains Team WSI 0606 Collin Tyrell (Team Leader)
       We have shown that it is possible to use technology in and out of the traditional class room
       to extend the learning experience.
       Examples include:
       The use of video of skill sets (Outdoor Rec) and the possibility of tying these to online
       documentation. This can be either streamed from a server where there exists a broadband
       internet connection to locally loaded on a laptop
       The use of MP3 players to record client interviews by students as part of there evidence
       collection (Web Course)
       Use of laptop with course material in locations where there is no network connections
       (Environmental studies; Business management (Jenolan Caves training)

    3. Richmond Team WSI0106 Bob Thurlow (Team Leader)
       The project has been invaluable for Richmond College. It has been proven to be an
       effective means of taking courses to students in the workplace. Ongoing use of the same
       technologies is starting to instil confidence and enthusiasm amongst teachers as they
       progressively adopt the technology and incorporate it into their teaching practices.

        While we are satisfied with the project outcomes, we don’t yet feel ready to implement
        these technologies and practices on a large scale. Teacher education will take more time,
        and there are a number of significant pedagogical and procedural issues yet to be
        overcome.

    4. Richmond Admin team WSI 0806 Jane Lees (Team Leader)
       Greater flexibility for students. Use of technology extending outside the
       classroom. We will be delivering better services – using new technologies is
       assisting us to implement new learning options to improve student outcomes.
       We are positioning the Institute effectively in a competitive VET market and
       increasing teaching technologies being offered to school students. Sharing the
       learning and teaching of the new technologies is aiding our Workforce
       development by preparing our workforce for the challenges of tomorrow.

        In addition, the use of these technologies aligns directly with our Institute’s
        Vision: “We will be a recognised leader in the provision of quality education
        and training that meets the diverse needs of our customers”

Audiodynamism

Reconnecting with the Youth at Risk the Net Geners has allowed teachers in ABE to greatly
communicate with their students using their tools to teach them how to learn and vice versa.
Teachers learnt through their students new tools to enable them to connect with them and so have
bridged the generation gap in collaborating across the learning styles for the 21st learner.



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