Reaching Out - Moree

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LearnScope visit/s: ¦ 20 Sep ¦


Manager: Leanne Kennelly – leanne.kennelly [at] tafensw.edu.au
Facilitator: Lara Blackwell - lara.blackwell [at] tafensw.edu.au

Team Members: Lynne Loughrey, Mandy Gillan, Jacqui Vickers, Sue Holmes, Miklos Kovacs
Hi, after a few false starts and not really knowing what I am meant to be doing I am on the right track and enjoying looking for information that will support the FAVE students in Literacy and Numeracy. It's great to be paid to be researching great information that will help us out in delivering the information online. My Partner Lynne is a great help and knows lots of things that help me out! Good luck everybody with your Learnscoping.Cheers Mandy
Hi, I enjoying surfing the net looking for resources but I find it a little bit frustrating finding specific module resources that are available for all to use. Hopefully we will get there in the end. It is great seeing what other team members find and even better to be able to apply it to our students. I look forward to seeing some of the other learnscope projects. Lynne
Sponsoring RTO: Moree TAFE, NE Institute

Target client groups: Youth; Indigenous; Community

Project summary:
TAFE Moree, General Education and Equity Services – is able to offer a range of programs to remote Aboriginal communities in NW NSW. A range of flexible delivery options are used in such programs as the Aboriginal Education Assistants (AEA), School Assistant Traineeships and Language Literacy Numeracy Program (LLNP).
The LearnScope project aims to:
· Develop teacher’s skills to support student learning in remote communities via some form of technology-based flexible delivery.
· Offer learners access to existing, but under-utilised learning ware available in the General Education faculty.
Trialling and evaluation of this project will be implemented by using acquired E Learning skills with the Aboriginal Education Assistants in Mungindi.

Online presence:
Blog - http://moreelearnscope.blogspot.com/
Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/16518278@N00/tags/moreelearnscope06/
Moree Learnscope Wikispace - http://moreelearnscope.wikispaces.com

Writely -

TPC - http://www.writely.com/Doc.aspx?id=dkjsmhb_3fq5kcm
Lit & Num. - http://www.writely.com/Doc.aspx?id=dkjsmhb_2dtdxt8
CGVE - http://www.writely.com/Doc.aspx?id=dkjsmhb_1dtg5pd
AEA - http://www.writely.com/Doc.aspx?id=dkjsmhb_0d9jtk8
Aboriginal Studies - http://writely.com/Doc?id=dkjsmhb_5gbs7ck

Postcard from the Field due date: week starting 11 September

Team events (focus, date, time, availability to other teams)

Team Discussion

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FURTHER DETAILS:

Background to the project:
The project aims to:
1. Blend e-learning delivery, into an existing offering, and thus improve its effectiveness for students who are predominantly Aboriginal, are dispersed over a wide geographic area, and who range in age from 15 years to mature adults. It will enhance delivery in:
- Community based programs
- LLNP programs
- School Assistant Traineeships which is a work based clientele
- AEA course.
2. Introduce a cross-section of staff to e-learning by:
- offering options to our staff and learners
- supplementing exiting delivery models
- better utilizing resources e.g. photocopying
- understanding IT capabilities by exposing students and teachers to the diversity available through the electronic medium.
Once we gain the skills for accessing the e-learning material we will then be able to model/mentor members of the local communities. The staff will then be able to:
· Successfully deliver outreach programs to remote areas.
· Fulfil the potential of existing technology.
Service the Collarenebri, Mungindi and Boggabilla communities by delivering LLNP in partnership with Centrelink.

Proposed project outcomes:
· Search and locate existing e-learning material in:
° TAFE Curriculum Centres – Curriculum Centres Gateway and Learning Gateway
° Online Showcase
° Virtual Campus New England Institute
° Flexible Learning Toolboxes
· Confidently accessing these sites with required passwords and logons and becoming competent in using these sites.
· Increasing familiarity with the main online learning genres
· Considering strategies that aim at ensuring learners have a successful online education experience
· Ensuring that cultural issues and literacy/numeracy issues are addressed, as learners move to new technologies
· Developing our on-line data retrieval skills (eg accessing research data bases on the net) in adequately supporting learners who also need to access this information
· Providing generic online learning support to students
· Planning for the introduction of online delivery in 2007, in using this LearningWare, with a small group of off campus learners.


Benefits to client group:
The impact of the project will be significant to those students who are located in remote isolated communities. It will widen their learning experience and engage these learners by providing alternative learning experiences and options. Accessing suitable material, providing flexible options and accessing current technology will provide an enormous benefit to learners.
In these remote areas we aim to blend e-learning into an existing offering, whilst in some areas Moree TAFE is initiating courses into the community in partnerships with Centrelink, Department of Housing, outlining communities, Catchment Management Authority, Links To Learning and Juvenile Justice.
Availability of the mobile satellite will hopefully enhance delivery options by making e-learning more accessible in these remote communities.
Some of the new activities these learners will engage in are:
- Digital cameras
- Digital story telling/movie making
- Email
- Online delivery
- VLC
Individual and community feedback will be sorted informally via community meetings and an introduction of pilot online modules.

Evaluation strategies:
- Informal feedback from individuals and community members
- Positive feedback by community elders and leaders
- Improved retention rates for learners
- Course completion for learners
- Active participation and involvement of community members in these programs
- Ownership by Community members in delivering parts of these programs

We are capturing our learning via:
· Skills analysis- beginning and end of project
· Reflection times at team meetings- beginning and end of each meeting to keep focused
· Minutes and brainstorms- informally incorporated into each meeting
· Email recordings- keep record of emails accumulated by team
· Anecdotes and quotes from team members-
· Evaluation forms- end of project evaluation form so that we can build on the acquired skills
· Use of EdNA Groups- link in with other LearnScope teams and management to discuss ideas, resources and stories
· Digital photos- publish team’s progress, milestones and events
· Postcards- snapshot of team’s progress at that time

We hope to share our learning via:
· Presentation with supported materials within the institute, faculty and community groups
· Publish LearnScope project onto such sites as NEIT, intranet and EdNa
· Presentation at E-learn 06 NSW LearnScope showcase
· NEIT intranet and on faculty network drive
· Community involvement and ownership
· Team members will be encouraged to become members of the Flexible Learning community and contribute to online discussions, follow other LearnScope projects and actively seek out ways of applying their shared learning experiences.

We’ll connect with others via:
· Active participation in NSW LearnScope EdNA Group
· Active participation in National Framework events
· Active participation in NSW LearnScope network groups
· Faculty Showcase and Local Campus events
· Showcase to participating communities
· Demonstrate to interagency groups such as Juvenile Justice, Department of Housing and Links to Learning
· Liaison with past LearnScope ‘junkies’
· Participate in staff developments- realising that learning occurs both ways
· Research online materials nationally- eg indigenous programs in the Northern Territory and experts in the related field
· Liaison with TAFE online- for sharing of resources
· DiscoverE- using this as a conference room where multiple users talk to each via the computer, using voice and text.

Proposed project products/outputs:
· Collage of milestones in this project (trials and tribulations)
· Collated list of usable resources and links for each program (AEA, Educational Assistants, IT, lit/num)
· Publish selected narratives and observations of our learning to the GEES Faculty web page and the Australian Flexible Learning Community web site
· Formal Report to LearnScope