Technology Innovations Research

After the reprioritisation of the National VET E-learning Strategy’s funding for the 2013/2014 financial year, the New Generation Technologies business activity’s scope included managing a program of Applied Research projects prioritised by the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG). Those projects included 'Technology Innovations' research projects to look into addressing specific technical issues on behalf of the Australian national VET sector.  

Five ‘Technology Innovations’ Applied Research projects were undertaken in the financial year ending June 30 2014.  Each of the projects addressed one of five specific topics on behalf of the Australian national VET sector, and the outcomes and deliverables were to be applicable nationally and to take into consideration the needs of stakeholders from all states and territories.

1. Making Industry Grade Technologies Available for Training

The intent of this research project was to identify what specialised industry technologies and resources are in use for training, and how they may be more widely shared with VET learners. The scope included identifying technical and non-technical barriers that restrict access, and how they might be overcome. Acuto Pty Ltd provides case studies into five facilities.

Download "Making Industry Grade Technologies Available for Training". (MS Word 880kb)

2. E-learning technologies for Foundation Skills Practitioners

The National Foundation Skills Strategy identifies that there are specialist Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) teachers whose students could benefit from additional assistance with employability skills.

The intention of this research was to identify ways to support teachers in their use of e-learning technologies in order to provide better opportunities for Indigenous, remote and other disadvantaged learners to acquire the Foundation Skills necessary to improve their employment prospects.

There are two outputs from C Y O'Connor Institute's research into this area:

  1. Download the E-learning Technologies for Foundation Skills Practitioners Project Report (MS Word 1.1MB)
  2. Foundation Skills Toolkit website

3. Enquiry into E-assessment in VET

The perception exists among some VET stakeholders that the use of technology-assisted ‘e-assessment’ represents a risk to quality training outcomes. These concerns can be based on doubts about the security of the assessment conditions, the reliability of the assessment processes and technologies, and the true identity of the individual undertaking the assessment.

There are three outputs from this project:

  1. “An Australian enquiry into the veracity and authenticity of online e assessment: a risk management approach to stakeholder concerns.”
    The Enquiry is a comprehensive research report and analysis of findings. The intended audiences are researchers and policy developers who are interested in examining the evidence and detailed logic of the findings.
    Download the e-assessment Enquiry (MS Word 1.1MB)
  2. “An Australian Guide to the risk management of VET online e assessment.”
    The companion Guide document is essentially an abridged version of the Enquiry. It extracts from the full report a guide to the findings and treatment options for practitioners. It is intended that this document may be read independently of the first report.
    Download the e-assessment Guide (MS Word 1.4MB)
  3. “Assessment e-Risk Survey of key stakeholders 2014: an Australian enquiry into VET online e assessment - support document.”
    The third report, like the first, is intended for researchers and policy developers interested in the detail. It presents the e Risk Survey methodology and collated anonymised responses.
    Download the e-assessment survey (MS Word 1.0MB)

4. BYOD Guidelines for VET

The purpose of the "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guidelines for Registered Training Organisations" project was to investigate solutions for enabling efficient, educationally productive and cost-effective implementation of BYOD both on RTO premises, and off-site while accessing RTO-owned servers/and or data.

Elan Projects provided several documents as a result of their work:

  1. The BYOD Readiness Self-Audit Online Tool is intended to help RTOs gain a clear picture of their degree of readiness to get started with BYOD by inputting information about the particular circumstances. The Tool will direct the user to the sections of the Guidelines relevant to their circumstances, and generates a report that can be provided to ICT support staff to provide clarity about the technical side of BYOD.
  2. Guidelines for the Effective Utilisation of BYOD in VET contain the complete set of considerations and potential responses for successfully introducing Bring Your Own Device practice in Registered Training Organisations. They can be accessed independently or applied together with the BYOD Readiness Self Audit Tool.
  3. Download Sample BYOD Policies document (MS Word 349KB) This is a Word document with a collection of sample BYOD policies that have been shown to be relevant in a range of VET-related and education settings. The intention for this document is for RTOs to select the policies that are applicable to their situation, customise them and add any further policies that may be required in the particular RTO's context.
  4. Download Sample Checklist for Developing a Technical Brief (MS Word 348KB) is included to assist RTO technical and non-technical team members to develop a BYOD brief. This is intended to support clear communication of vision, purpose, resourcing and any other factors that need to be understood by anyone involved in the BYOD project.
  5. Four Case Studies of BYOD in VET illustrate some current applications of BYOD in various RTO types around Australia and provide insight into any issues and solutions that were employed.
  6. Download the Guidelines for the effective utilisation of BYOD in VET Project Report (MS Word 840KB) The report describes the methodology employed for this work.

5. Interpreting Learner Analytics Data

One result of the greater use of technology in education is increasing amounts of learner information, and detailed records on learning activities and assessment have become available in Learning Management (LMS), Student Management (SMS) and other systems. CIT undertook to investigate approaches and tools for accessing and analysing learner analytics data.

Capturing information to improve learner retention and completion of courses (MS Word 3.1MB)