The Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG) has developed a working report on the application of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
The report is part of an ongoing watching brief being undertaken by FLAG and was presented to national senior government officials in November 2013.
The Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG) has endorsed an e-learning quality model developed for use by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to quality assure e-learning products and their delivery. Work on the model was funded through FLAG’s 2012/13 policy research resources.
Phase one of the project developed Quality Criteria and a model for assessing quality e-learning and assessment. Concentrating on relatively high-value and high risk aspects of e-learning delivery and assessment, this model complemented existing quality and regulatory frameworks for all RTOs, clearly defining particular quality expectations for e-learning.
Phase two (the pilot) involved participants from a range of RTOs across five jurisdictions (supported by the relevant jurisdictional support staff), testing and validating the structure and content of the quality model. Participants indicated that they had gained significant value from the experience of piloting the quality model on real examples of e-learning practice.
The interactive quality model is available to use from the FLAG website – www.flag.natese.gov.au/quality_model
In early 2013, the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG) partnered with the National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC) to identify good practice in e-learning for disadvantaged learners.
A literature review of past projects funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy, and other national and international literature, identified good e-practice. This research led to the development of guidelines to support VET practitioners who are incorporating e-learning into their practice with disadvantaged learners.
The final report and guidelines are now available to download:
Since 2005 FLAG has overseen an ongoing series of e-learning benchmarking surveys that have sought to gather information on the uptake, use and impact of e-learning in VET.
2013 E-learning Benchmarking Survey
The 2013 survey focuses on how technology is used by registered training organisations (RTOs) and VET teachers and trainers. 677 RTOs responded to the survey, including public, private, community-based and VET in Schools providers; a further 1,991 teachers also participated in the survey.
The 2013 E-learning Benchmarking Survey final report is now available to download:
The VET sector has led the way in sustaining and embedding e-learning. This research draws on the experiences of RTOs and their partners, and was among the first Australian examinations of the VET sector’s success in sustaining e-learning innovations.
This project focused on embedding innovative e-learning practice within a VET context, and identified models for embedding innovative practices in VET organisations.
This project positioned the adoption of social software within the context of change management. It includes recommendations for VET organisations and practitioners wishing to pursue the use of social software as an integral part of how they do business, learn and share knowledge, and in their teaching and learning environments.