I recently attended the Hume ACFE regional conference in Beechworth, to present a session on the AccessACE project, togehter with the team from Yackandandah Community Education Network, one of the funded projects.
It was great to see that the conferecne had a dedicated e-learning stream, with Janet Hayes, the resident expert delivering sessions on E-tools such as blogs, wikis and podcasting, as well as the region’s own delivery platform, studyzone.
We also had the good fortune of having Dr Kaye Bowman available who shared with us some of the insights from the research into the impact of the Community Engagement project funding to communities across Australia over the past 3 years. Participants in the session were asked to comment and reflect on her research findings, and discuss ways forward for the Hume region.
Although I had the graveyard shift ( the last session on the Friday) we had a good session looking at the AcccessACE project, its aims and objectives, and in particular the role of personal learning environments in shaping the AccessACE online presence. Thanks too to Gail and Tony for their contribution to the discussion and giving participants a feel for what they are doing in their proejct.
As Pat commented on the evaluation outcomes:
The evaluation report for the conference last week showed great enthusiasm for e-learning. I was surprised at the number of small providers who have suddenly woken up to e-learning and would like to know more. I spent some time re-assuring them that the workshops were for beginners- they wanted to go to the workshops but were a bit tentative. So, it was very pleasing to see that they responded so well.
Great to see a region that covers such a diverse geographical area, embrace tools that will widen particpation for all.