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a practitioner. Learning – collaboration There is a strong collaborative spirit within the VET sector and enthusiasm for innovation in teaching. However, practitioners and administrators have many demands on their time and skills, performance criteria to meet within their organisations, and little discretionary time. It would be unwise to rely heavily of gratuitous contributions from VET practitioners and administrators for a project’s success or to underestimate the amount of people hours it will take in future projects of this nature. Proof of Concept Network Project Final ReportJanuary 2010 Page 40 of 55
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6 Attachments 6.1 Project Workplan (14 November 2008) Proof of Concept Fibre-optic TAFE Network Project Workplan 1. Description of project a. Aim/purpose This project will: demonstrate the benefits a high speed dedicated network can provide to vocational education and training assist in developing effective strategies for cross-jurisdictional and cross-sectoral collaboration for any future national tertiary education network. b. Significance i. VET needs All Australian universities, and many nationally significant research institutions, are connected to high speed network services through the Australian Research and Education Network (AREN), which is operated and managed by AARNet Pty Ltd. With access to very high bandwidth, the higher education sector is using resources such as video to enhance other modes of teaching delivery. Researchers, teachers and students are collaborating online and using online tools and resources to reduce duplication, enhance the learning experience, share resources, work collaboratively and access online tools. TAFEs, however, are connected to separate state and territory networks, with variable connection speeds and significant challenges in conducting collaborative activities. ii. Advantages of high speed network A high speed network will: o enhance the capacity of TAFEs to meet the skills needs of the future o enable the widespread use of interactive e-learning materials and virtual classrooms o provide easy and speedy access to content collections no matter where they are located in Australia o facilitate mutual recognition, credit transfer and cross-jurisdictional and cross- sectoral portability o expand the number of course offerings for learners in regional, remote and Indigenous communities o reduced time-frames for completion of courses of study o facilitate microeconomic reform of TAFEs by allowing them access to markets across Australia o in the longer term, influence future funding directions to ensure effective use of public funds to reduce duplication of teaching effort and resources across the nation. iii. Policy context Tertiary sector/network The policy context for this project includes a move towards a tertiary education sector where the boundaries between university-based and VET-based education and training are becoming more and more blurred, with increased collaboration across, and increased mobility between, the sectors.
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