Archive for September, 2014

The Inclusive Technology Enhanced Learning project was funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education, Office for Learning and Teaching in the second half of 2013 and is due to be completed in late 2015. The project is a collaboration of four Australian and three international universities, national and international teaching and learning experts in inclusive design, representatives from Indigenous communities, the not-for-profit sector and the open-source community. Team members will work in collaboration to achieve the following project aims:

  • Demonstrate the benefits of an evidence-based approach to the design of inclusive technology enhanced learning (TEL) environments;
  • Provide guidelines for academics on the design and redevelopment of inclusive TEL curricula; and
  • Develop a prototype of an open source responsive learning system (RLS), which adapts to student needs by delivering content that is personalised to meet their individual accessibility needs and learning preferences.

The project addresses several priority areas of the Innovation and Development Grants program, with the major foci being the innovative use of technology, curriculum design, and strategic approaches to student success, progression and diversity.

Further information from the project site: http://responsive-learning.org

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Digital Enterprise: Pathways to Education and Employment for Young People with Disabilities is a national programme funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the Broadband Enabled Education and Skills Services Programme. It is a joint initiative based at the University of South Australia and involving four universities, two registered training organisations, state government and not for profit community organisations in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales. The funded period commenced in late 2013 and concludes mid-2016. The project is led by Professor Denise Wood, Professor of Learning, Equity Access and Participation at Central Queenlsnad University and administered by UniSA, where Denise holds an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow position.

Digital Enterprise programmes are being establishing in four technology-enabled spaces, in four states, to provide high –tech learning programmes for groups of young people, aged 10 to 20, who have Autism Spectrum Disorders or Acquired Brain Injury and related disabilities. Through challenging and developing their IT skills, the program aims to foster their sense of personal initiative, reduce isolation, develop entrepreneurial skills and increase their rate of participation in further education and employment.

Digital Enterprise builds on the success of “The Lab” technology clubs, which started in Melbourne in 2011, for young people with High Functioning Autism. The evaluation of The Lab found that young people who have participated in the programme have experienced enhanced technical skills, increased self-efficacy and confidence, improved motivation at school and the sense of new possibilities for the future. Parents have also benefited in terms of mutual support from other parents.

Digital Enterprise is extending these benefits to other young people with disabilities who would like to access training that will significantly develop their technical interests and increase their technical abilities and employable skills. For those who are aged 16 or over, who will learn entrepreneurial skills, the program will open up a range of post-school options including enhanced employability, capacity to establish new businesses, and pathways to further education.

Further information available from our project site: http://digital-enterprise-pathways.net/

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I am now Professor of Learning, Equity, Acces and Participation at Central Queensland University, Australia.

My role is to play a key role in the development and operation of relevant and meaningful policies and practices that provide engaged and inclusive learning experiences for indigenous and non-indigenous students, students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students with socio-economic barriers.

CQUniversity Australia has a unique and interesting history. The University was originally founded in Rockhampton in 1967 and was known as the Queensland Institute of Technology (Capricornia). By 1974 it was among only a few Australian institutes to commence the delivery of distance education.

Between 1978 and 1989 further campuses were established in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, and Mackay and in 1992 the Institute achieved full University status to become known as Central Queensland University. Along with locations in regional Queensland, CQUniversity has also expanded its presence throughout Australia with campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Noosa and Sydney, Study Centres in Biloela and Yeppoon, a Cairns Distance Education Study Centre, a delivery site in Edithvale, Victoria, and Partner Study Hubs in Cannonvale, Queensland and Geraldton, Western Australia.

Now more than 20 years on, and following a merger with CQ TAFE on 1 July 2014, CQUniversity is responsible for providing a diverse range of training and education programs and courses to more than 30,000 students studying qualifications from certificate to post doctorate level.

Further information: http://www.cqu.edu.au/

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