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BlogEd - Web 2.0 comes to TAFE

BlogEd is now available for TAFE staff to use.

BlogEd graphic

Next time you logon to http://portal.det.nsw.edu.au you will find BlogEd under Applications (staff employed after 1 July 2010 will need to request access). With BlogEd staff can create a blog for students and other staff to view and edit. Once created, students will find the teacher's blog when they log onto the DET Portal. Contact the Learning Technologies Officers, David Gilchrist and Jane Lally if you need assistance using BlogEd.
BlogEd FAQs: https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/it/learnsyssupport/bloged/faqs/whatisablog.htm

By JLally, 15 July 2010.

Finding Resources

Before you grab your video camera or sit at your computer for hours to create a teaching resource check if it already exists.
Check the NEI Intranet page for links to the LRR, TaLe and AFLF. On these sites you will find all sorts of resources licenced for TAFE use.
Educational tab on NEI Intranet

For more ideas on finding resources log onto Moodle where you will find handouts such as this and a recording of the 40-minute Adobe Connect session on finding resources.

By JLally, 15 July 2010.

Virtual Learning Environment

Screenshot of VLE newsletter no.1

What is the VLE? How will it impact on you? Take a look .
Contact David Gilchrist, Learning Technologies/VLE for more information.

By JLally, 15 July 2010.

eLearning Design Workshop

If you are thinking of getting into eLearning, or if you have been delivering courses this way for awhile you should take a look at the eLearning Design slide presentation by CLI.


By JLally, 15 July 2010.

Student and Staff Awards

The awards for the year 2009 were given out at West Tamworth Leagues Club on May 15th, 2010. Click to learn more.

By JLally, 17th May 2010.

New eLearning Research Addresses Skills Shortages

Check-out this story from the AFLF on how business and industry are looking to eLearning to speed-up learning.

|| Horizon Report ||


What does the next year hold for education? The next five years?

What is the future of mobile learning, open content, ebooks and augmented reality? Read the report and find out.


By JLally, 10 May 2010.

=Self-Help Guides =

Have you seen the Self Help Guideswritten by the Learning & Assessment Team?

There's a guide for everything from Adobe Connect to Word 2007.

By J Lally, 7 May 2010.

Yammer is the DET staff's own version of Twitter - a micro-blogging site.
It's great for networking with employees across the state. Why not join the NEI group?

If you have trouble joining the DET NEI group please email jane.lally@tafensw.edu.au.

By J Lally, 7 May 2010.

NEI Media Channel

What would you give to have your own TV station? Have a look at ours! Go to NEI Blip TV.
Topics covered include everything from RPL to Industry Partnerships.
By J Lally, 7 May 2010.

=Senior Managers' Forum 2010=

A hundred staff attended the Senior Managers' Forum on 28-29 April. As well as our own Institute Director there were three guest speakers :
  • Karen Schmidt
  • Peter Ellyard
  • Janet Leung

Please see the Meetings & Conferences page for photos, film and stories from the Forum. You really don't want to miss seeing footage of the TAFE band (view outside Terminal Server).

By J Lally, 7 May 2010.

=Learning Technologies Help Line=
Got a question about wikis, tablet PCs, audio recordings, learning management systems, web conferencing or other educational technologies?
Ring our Help Line
Monday to Thursday
8:30-9:30am and 3:00-4:00pm.
Outside these times you may leave a message.
By J Lally, 7 May 2010.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research Conference

Was Held at Ballarat University from 8 - 10 July 2009. Some of the interesting presentations included a lot of discussion on VET in the higher education space:
        • Higher education students in TAFE Institutes: their views and experiences
        • Higher education in TAFE: policy, perspectives and prospects
        • RPL ... what is there still to do?
        • e-portfolios for skills recognition of Aboriginal Artworkers in central Australia
        • Communication improved with ePortfolios
        • Co-operating in a competitive world: tales of success and struggle from the coalface
        • Belonging, becoming and being: the role of 'proximal participation' in apprentices' decisions to begin an indenture
        • Research on VET and disability: where to from here?
        • The value of completing an apprenticeship or traineeship [presented by Peter Mlotkowski]
        • Reflections on the history of TAFE in Australia [keynote address]
        • Credit transfer: beyond assessment
        • School leavers and the decision to participate in post-compulsory vocational education
        • Labour market outcomes of vocational education and training (VET) for people with a disability
        • VET practitioner views and practices of Continuous Improvement in teaching and assessment
        • Our space: deploying new technologies to engage Certificate IV multimedia students
        • Practitioner publishing: pleasures and pitfalls
        • Providing learning and clinical practice solutions using an education framework and patient simulation
        • Addressing the gap for VET between the classroom and the workplace in aged care
        • Tamaiti Whangai: developing our future leaders
        • Improving trainee results: new assessment techniques

Check out the presentations at this link. //No Frills conference 2009//

posted 18/08/09 by Anne Bowen
Educational Developments Unit
"Changing lives through learning"

Copyright - SmartCopying

Click here to go to the website: http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/scw/go/pid/1

The Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE
Extract from website
Teachers may want to customise class material by copying and communicating materials. In order to do this,
teachers must first find out whether the TAFE owns copyright in the material.
A TAFE institute or the department will own copyright in the material if a teacher employed by it has created
the material for teaching purposes as part of their job. A teacher can use material in which the TAFE owns
copyright in any way the TAFE authorises.
If the TAFE does not own copyright in the material, teachers must ask the following questions:
1. Does the TAFE have permission to use the material?
2. Does a statutory licence apply?
3. Does flexible fair dealing apply?

This resourse has been created for School/TAFE teachers, and should be able to answer any
questions you may have relating copyright matters.

If you still can't find an answer here, please contact Anne Bowden, David Gilchrist or Di Van Berlo

posted 28.07.09 by David John Gilchrist

Educational Developments Unit
"Changing lives through learning"

CodeBaby - immersive learning environments

Screen-shot W/elearning strategies & solutions : http://www.wslash.net/world/demo.html

TAFE NSW New England Institute has just acquired CodeBaby

Codebay offers the potential to build 3D immersive learning environments with human like
characters that can add a feeling of human connection in a digital world.

Many studies have show that using 3D digital instructors in eLearning applications drives
measurably higher rates of course completion and retention.

Please contact Anne Bowden, David Gilchrist or Di Van Berlo if you are interested.

Have a Look at some examples of Immersive 3D enviroments here.
CodeBaby showcase

posted 04.05.09 by David John Gilchrist

Educational Developments Unit
"Changing lives through learning"

New England Institute bliptv Media Channel arrives

Screen shot of NEI BlipTV

Get the latest video on demand (VOD) here.

Click here to watch the NEI media channel: http://neimedia.blip.tv/
Episodes Archive: http://neimedia.blip.tv/posts?view=archive&nsfw=dc

TAFE NSW New England Institute now has a media channel to let you know "what's up" across the Institute.
The channel will be regularly update with the new video clips, so you might want to book mark it.

If you are interested in your own teacher channel to distribute video content, or embed in your Moodle course
or wiki,
please contact Anne Bowden, David Gilchrist or Di Van Berlo if you are interested.

posted 22.04.09 by David John Gilchrist
Educational Developments Unit
"Changing lives through learning"

POV capablity comes to New England Institute


Click here to watch the Adobe Connect Session: http://webconf.det.nsw.edu.au/p6509256/

In this session the panel talks with teachers using POV cameras for training and assessment of students.
Watch practical examples of how this new technology is being used "in the field". Panel discusses Copyright,
Intellectual property, Authority to publish, privacy, validation of task assessment as well as different types of
POV cameras and creative ideas for using the gear.

EDU has just added a pair of POV glasses and a POV camera to New England’s technology arsenal,
so please contact Anne Bowden, David Gilchrist or Di Van Berlo if you are interested.

Have a Look at some examples of POV usage here.
http://edupov.blip.tv/#1899614, http://edupov.blip.tv/file/1886253/

posted 19.04.09 by David John Gilchrist

Educational Developments Unit
"Changing lives through learning"

OH&S made fun with the virtual office

virtual office

Image source: http://www.comcare.gov.au/virtual_workplaces/virtual_office/
OH&S learning can be made a lot more fun using this interactive tool!

Virtual Office is a risk management tool to help you identify hazards and control risks in an office environment.
It is designed to assist employers, employees and health and safety representatives operating under
the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991.

It can be used when:
  • Developing and reviewing your health and safety management arrangements (HSMAs)
  • Developing practical solutions for applying the risk management principles of
    the Occupational Health and Safety Code of Practice 2008
  • Looking for specific guidance on common objects or hazards found in the workplace.

Virtual Office uses a cross section of typical rooms found in an office environment. Where appropriate,
Virtual Office provides links to relevant publications, guidance material and legislation. You can navigate
Virtual Office by clicking on the objects in each room, or by using the left-hand menu. If you have any
questions or feedback about Virtual Office please contact the OHS Helpdesk. Enter Virtual Office

posted by: Educational Developments Unit "Changing lives through learning"

Learning space of the future?

No, this is the present!

Take a moment to be amazed by the Erika-Mann Elementary School II in Berlin.

posted 07.02.09 by:
Educational Developments Unit "Changing lives through learning"