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Community Engagement Projects

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It was exciting working on a programs with  educators across the world. Networking with each other allowed us to develop and trial new things. With our influencers such as Jane Hart keeping us in tune with the new technology tools that were gaining popularity Coach Carole decided to try a small MOOC around e portfolios.

 We were invited by Coach Carole our Mentor, colleague and friend who guided us around the world we would call home . I thank her and wish her well I see she has gone on to connect the Toast Masters online and is doing great things.

The Mooc and The Australia E-Series networked the team further and we have all made life long online friends.  Drew everyone in to the global network which has kept us informed to this day.   It was great brainstorming and helping develop some of the resourcres, working in forums and being part of the webinars .  So are so many clever people out there that are happy to share their skillset and knowledge.

https://sites.google.com/site/epcoplearnspace/

https://sites.google.com/site/becomeanelearner/home

Lakes Entrance Neighbourhood House

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I have had a long association with Lakes Entrance Neighborhood House it is where I predominately worked face to face as a sessional facilitator. I  delivered classes about ICT and cookery (another passion) . These classes were designed for the locals in our community.

Tutoring  Facebook , beginners computer, photo sharing, email and blog creation and helping with an online toolbox driver education program to indigenous students

We delivered a cookery class that helped long-term unemployed learn new life skills teamed up with blogs.  Helped local business develop e-portfolio.

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We ran a successful program that was ACFE funded where a group of business people developed an e-portfolio

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This project provided members of the community with the opportunity to gain Employability and E-learning skills developed through a variety of communication tools.
Participants  developed an E Portfolio assisting them to identify their skills both previous and current. This strengthened  their employment opportunities and provided them with evidence towards the RPL process.

The Project Objectives were

  •     Provide  IT training so as to successfully explore web20 tools
  •     Explore Eportfolios their styles and variety of uses
  •     Develop individual E Portfolios
  •     Explore individual employment pathways
  •     Explore individual pathways for future training at Cert 3,Cert 4 & Diploma level
  •     Provide opportunities to develop employability and team skills
  •     Develop 21st Century networking skills

Increase the awareness and highlight the value of  EPortfolios with Job Network providers and individuals working closely with local youth.

The project addressed the needs of the targeted learner group  by providing them with the skills to develop employability skills ,increase their understanding and use of web20 tools and the development of their personal Eportfolio.

http://3eskillsproject.blogspot.com.au/

Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House

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YNH (Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House Services Inc employed  me on a casual basis to co- facilitate a fully online course called
Reflect and Connect on Professional Practice 

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http://reflectinpractice.blogspot.com.au/
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The Reflect and Connect Course changed  the way I think and focus on my professional practice and my role in the big picture of things. I am not an academic but I still have a role to play.
I enjoyed being the first port of call for those that were ready to enter the world of blended delivery for classroom practice. I have watched  talent blossom around me and the learning evolve in positive ways that have engaged.
It was wonderful to brainstorm with such talented people and tpo work with them. I have made many friends on this journey that are part of my life long learning, we share information, ideas, ideals and a passion for the welfare of our students and how can we engage
The Reflect and Connect course (and innovative thinking) allowed me to get to a place in my life where I am today.

 Buchan Neighbourhood House

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The Small NFP Learn Local at Buchan has  already seen the sense in being well networked. As a isolated Neighbourhood house they used  technology to teach teachers across the state using a blended delivery. Evelyn the coordinator is a powerhouse of energy and puts ideas into reality so quickly. I loved working with her.

So although they are Isolated they now can deliver courses further afield.

The Buchan Project was an exciting community ICT project that had a team of educators  delivering innovative learning.  By creating support mentors on site and on the regular online webinars to all demographics of the township and out lying areas of the Buchan District.
This project was funded by Library’s Victoria . The team consisted of Myself, Katt Mathews, Fiona Ross and Evelyn Schmidt.

The teachers joined us from across the state of Victoria to run the webinars and there was face to face support once a week . Evelyn Schmidt coordinator of the Buchan Neighbourhood House and ACFE e-Champion was the program lead and was the person who sought the funding opportunity.

This project was launched by Tim Bull and Darren Chester Local and Federal Goverment.
This project is expanding in 2013 and a number of isolated towns are wishing to come on board and we are happy to have them join us in this community engagement project

Using technology enhanced learning provided the teacher and student with new ways of teaching and learning. And Buchan were able to get more funding to continue evolving through an ACFE Project Learn and Connect

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E-Learning can come in many forms from setting up student e-portfilios of their daily work or using toolboxes or learning management systems such as Moodle. How we developed our e- learning strategies depended on the student cohorts and what is suited to the curriculum we were delivering.

Many accredited units can be adjusted to incorporate an e-learning component or developed for a completely online course. Buchan has also gone on to great things they have connected as partners in  GELLA and working with Federation Training.

 

The Learn and Connect program was awarded a runner-up at the ACFE Awards. I was only involved for one year with this program and it continued with the expertise of my past colleagues.

http://gippslandlearnandconnect.acfe.vic.edu.au/gippsland+Learn+%26+connect+2013+-+July+2014

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 Centre for Adult Education

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http://mslyncproject.acfe.vic.edu.au/home

This project was led by Anne Hardingham with Katt Matthews and myself co-collaborators. We had a lot of fun with this and I know I liked Lync very much. It was enjoyable working with these to woman. Both had minds so sharp
The aim was to set up a number of Learn Local organisations to trial Lync in the workplace.

Lync is…. Instant messaging…voice and/or video conferencing…desktop / application / file sharing on the fly.This was an exemplar project for Learn Local organisations in the use of Microsoft® Lync™ as acommunication / teaching tool. Access to the tool is already available through the Microsoft Agreement, Through training and support.ACFE eMentors and eChamps will continue to use Lync as a communication tool across Victoria,connecting with 61 Learn Local centres currently in the ACFE eMentor project 2012 / 2013.The objectives for 2013 are for CAE and AMES to:

  • provide access to and technical support for MS Lync to managers and teachers
  • explore the use of Lync on mobile devices such as iPads, initially for the eMentors and eChamps
  • establish online communities of practice across participating Learn Local organisations in Victoria
  • focus on developing Lync as a tool in developing alternative training / support models for Learn Local centres
  • develop a series of case studies showcasing the use of Lync in the Learn Local sector

 

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