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mine.edu.au can be accessed from http://apps2.vetvirtual.org/mahara . It currently has 41 members. At this stage Mahara is being trialled but the response has been positive in that other organizations have now implemented their own version of Mahara. One important aspect of Mahara is the ability to upload videos, images and audio to use in your portfolio. Having a high speed network provision will allow students to load there portfolio media quickly which will reduce the frustration caused by slow networks when trying to create your portfolio. This alone is a key reason to provide these types of services on high speed networks. There are many career paths that now require large digital files that would otherwise be difficult to put into a portfolio, such as architects, musicians, video producers, clothing designers, advertising and many other IT-based careers. 3.4 Applications Projects The major aim of the Project was to test the hypothesis that a high speed dedicated network would provide benefits and advantages to vocational education and training. To do this the network, once built, needed to be used and the outcomes of the use evaluated and the Applications Projects were intended to do this. The extensions of time required for the network build made it almost impossible to run the intended projects over the network. A budget of $250,000 was available for this purpose. The small amount available was problematic for this aspect of the Project. An Applications Coordinator was appointed in January 2009, three days per week, reporting to DEEWR. The role was increased to 4 days per week in July. The purpose was to coordinate and guide the Applications Projects and support the practitioners. A Practitioners’ Network was established and met monthly. Membership comprised representatives of each participating institution and the collaborative partners (see 6.2). Engagement structures with practitioners varied from jurisdiction. CIT was straightforward from a jurisdictional Proof of Concept Network Project Final ReportJanuary 2010 Page 23 of 55
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perspective. In South Australia one person was nominated to be the point of contact and to work with practitioners in SA. In Victoria a two tier approach existed, with Skills Victoria and with the institutions themselves. Again, in Victoria, the engagement was with e-learning practitioners or managers. A wiki was set up for the members to use at http://pocn- practitioners-network.wikispaces.com/ . Project submissions were called for and submitted in April. At this stage the Project from an applications perspective was hampered by the limited funding. Five applications were received: ACT – E-portfolio ($50,000) SA – Dental Hygiene Project (in conjunction with ACT) ($120,000) Vic – TAFE TV ($30,000) Vic – Cisco Telepresence ($350,000), and Ricoshae Pty Ltd (Chris Richter) – Large File Streaming ($20,000) Anne Caddy, Wayne Hoare and Jen Dunbabin met in Hobart on 7 April to assess the applications. At this stage it was understood there was up to
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