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E-learning Innovations

Australian Flexible Learning Framework

Ymca perth
YMCA Perth

  • Community based not-for-profit

  • Operating in Perth for more than 100 years

  • Being an RTO is a small part of the Y

  • Mission driven

Ymca perth training
YMCA Perth Training

Strategic intent –

We grow the capacity of individuals through the provision of flexible and innovative training and assessment


  • Geographically dispersed learners

    • Many in rural/remote locations

  • A focus on the individual rather than large cohorts

  • Very limited resources

    Technology based learning is a natural fit

What makes innovation work seven key drivers
What makes innovation work? Seven key drivers –

  • Strategy

  • Senior leadership

  • Business case

  • Resourcing

  • Champions

  • People supports

  • Technological support

Callan & Bowman 2010

Innovation requires a safe space
Innovation requires a ‘safe space’

  • Framework funding can provide that ‘safe space’

  • YMCA Perth has innovation embedded in it’s strategic intent

    • Framework funding has provided a safety net for some risk taking innovation

Innovations projects
Innovations projects

YMCA projects have aimed at improving learning and overcoming disadvantage

  • Geographic isolation

  • Lack of time

  • Literacy

Innovations projects1
Innovations projects

The use of technology has to be appropriate and has to add something

  • Often the old technologies are the best

    “After 400 years, print is still superior”

Hsu & Mitchell 1997

Innovations projects2
Innovations projects

2008 – Hand-e-fit

2010 – Choose your own learning

Hand e fit technology
Hand-e-fit technology

  • Nokia 6131 NFC

  • RFID tags

  • Video files

  • Telstra Next G network

  • tagIT application

Hand e fit

  • Participant uses the phone to swipe a tag located on a piece of gym equipment

  • Tag activates a request for a video and checks against a server in Tasmania

Hand e fit1

  • Participant views a video on how to operate that specific piece of equipment

  • Central server records the action

Hand e fit2

Participant swipes RFID tag

Usage recorded by the server

Video downloaded to phone via Next G

Video request sent to server

Server checks current version of video



Play requested video


Process flowchart

Hand e fit3

  • The idea and technology worked well

    • We proved the capability

  • The application/context wasn’t right

    • Lots of environmental noise

    • Small screen size and bright environments

    • Some interference from the metal frames of the equipment

Choose your own learning technology
Choose your own learning technology

  • ARED

  • Existing LMS

  • PC/Internet

Choose your own learning
Choose your own learning

  • Learners access computer based scenarios

  • The scenarios are a rendering of a ‘decision tree’

Choose your own learning1
Choose your own learning

  • By choosing their own pathway (and receiving feedback) they are able to construct knowledge

Choose your own learning2
Choose your own learning

  • The approach ‘worked’

  • Maybe ARED wasn’t the ideal tool

    • Required a bit of post production tweaking

  • Feedback was positive

    • This mode of object creation and use will be more widely implemented

Benefits of the projects
Benefits of the projects

  • Opportunity to test new ways that may not have been trialled otherwise

  • Provided an alternative to heavy text based material which engaged learners

  • Opened up avenues for better supporting distant learners

Our learning
Our learning

  • The learning objects weren’t the major outputs

    • the professional learning was!

  • The technology wasn’t the major challenge

    • The old fashioned job of developing the content was

    • Coupled with ‘how’ to best utilise it

Looking forward
Looking forward

  • Framework funding has enabled us to try a number of new things

    • Existing participants have benefited

    • Future participants will benefit even more

  • Innovation is part of our strategic intent

  • We hope to have more opportunities to learn as part of the framework

Any questions
Any questions?

Thank you