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Partnership ContributorsLead Agency Buchan Neighbourhood HousePartnering with Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre

Participating Organisations:

Gippsland:
  1. Foster Community House Inc.
  2. Churchill NC
  3. Noweyung
  4. Berry St Morwell
  5. Cooinda Hill
  6. GEST
  7. Sale NH
  8. Milpara Community House
  9. Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre
  10. Heyfield Community Resource Centre
South Metro Region:
  1. Dandenong Neighbourhood House
  2. Sandybeach Centre
  3. Lyrebird Community Centre
  4. Langwarrin Community Centre
  5. Keysborough Learning Centre
  6. Advance
  7. Peninsula Adult Education & Literacy
  8. Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre
  9. Hampton Park Community House
Aim
The aim of the SEV Connect Project is to Strengthen Key Provision to our learners across the SEV Region with the main outcome of this project being to increase capacity, effectiveness and sustainability of Learn Local provision to better meet learner needs.
The SEV Connect Project will extend the use of the Gippsland Connect Moodle to the SMR region and create the newly named SEV Connect Moodle to further provide access and create a sustainable Pre Accredited Moodle for the Learn Local sector.
Key Objectives
  1. Extend the use of the Gippsland Connect Moodle to the SEV region. We will be working closely with the Dingley Village NC Quality Teachers Community of Practice to achieve this.
  2. Integrate the Gippsland Connect Moodle into the practices of 10 organisations from SMR to become the online front end of the Dingley CoP and be a repository for all their pre-accredited teaching and learning materials, i.e. a one stop shop for teachers SEV wide.
  3. Develop the capacity of 20 (10 in Gippsland and 10 SMR) providers across SEV to develop & deliver a new course which will include A Frames, session plans & resources to support blended delivery.
  4. Research the use of digital badges in Moodle as a means of identifying and making the development of employability skills more visually appealing for learners and more explicit for teachers and learners.
The SEV Connect Project aims to:
  1. Provide Individual consultations with managers of the 20 participating organisations to identify business goals, eLearning capability, learning cohorts & gaps in delivery to develop an eLearning plan.
  2. Develop and trial 20 A Frames, session plans and resource material available to be used in the Moodle, including the use of digital badges.
  3. Workshops to introduce SMR LLs to the project & identify teacher training needs.
  4. Provide mentoring, training & support for teachers in the development & design of their course in the Moodle.
  5. Trial the introduction of Yammer as a communication tool for the SEV region
Why is this project needed?
  • The Gippsland Connect Project (CAIF Round 6) has identified that in order to grow we have to extend our reach to beyond Gippsland - i.e. increase its critical mass. Having access to a region- wide shared Moodle is the only way for small providers to access an LMS like Moodle which would otherwise be unaffordable.
  • The extension of the Dingley Village COP across the region will make both the Moodle and the CoP more sustainable into the future.
  • Experience has shown that teachers need mentoring and financial support to develop their skills and understanding of pre accredited teaching and learning, particularly in an online environment.

Both the Gippsland Connect and the Dingley consortium projects have demonstrated that teachers in the pre-accredited space need:
  • Time to adopt the PQF requirements in preparing and developing courses
  • To be supported in the development of the skills and tools required to design and deliver quality pre-accredited training particularly with an online component.
  • Require targeted just-for-me PD to increase teacher skills and knowledge
  • Collegial support through collaboration: extending this to the whole of the SEV by making it available online will support isolated teachers to access and share information
  • The (Moodle) technology provides a unique opportunity for Learn Locals in SEV to work together. This would otherwise be impossible to achieve due to the distances across the region.
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By the end of the project we will have:
  • Established a vibrant online CoP that stretches across the SEV region - building on the outcomes, achievements and resources of the Dingley CoP
  • Completed and trialled 20 A frames, sessions and courses that can be shared with the LL sector and placed on the A Frame Exchange
  • Each participating organisation will have an eLearning plan
  • Increased the Moodle membership
  • Provided a research report on the use of Moodle Digital Badges in the Learn Local Sector
  • Improved the skills and confidence of 20 teachers across the region in developing and delivering Moodle courses in the class room as well as online
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The expected impact will be:
  • Improved access to education for learners
  • Improved pathways to learning
  • Improved capacity for Learn Locals to deliver training both pre-accredited and accredited training in their communities
  • More targeted delivery of SCH through partnerships.
Duration: May 2016 to June 2017
For more information and or interest to be involved in this project contact:
Josie Rose – E-learning project manager and networker for partnerships and marketing0409 1981 23josrose@tpg.com.au josier@sevlearnlocals.org.au

Evelyn Schmidt – Lead agent, Buchan Neighbourhood House51 559 216buchanbnh@bigpond.com

Pam Gates –Project partner, Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre9558 1866dvnc@satlink.com.au