Well this year's event was a great two days

Thanks to all our delegates for participating so actively , to all our great presenters and to the 2009 Innovations Project teams for working so hard to present their showcases. Thanks also to our sponsors, Adobe Systems, Cliftons for their significant contributions and to Telstra also .

On to 2010....

We will be starting soon to plan next year's event so will be eagerly awaiting feedback from the delegates to help us to make 2010 even better.


There will soon be podcasts available of the keynote and most other Breakout Session presentations on


Welcome In the current climate businesses and individuals are demanding greater flexibility and choice in how they access training. The widespread use of social networking tools has created a demand for highly interactive and self-directed learning. The challenge for training providers and practitioners is to respond to that demand, and e-learning is proving a viable solution.

Whether you are starting out in e-learning or a seasoned online practitioner, elearning09 will provide stimulating and practical sessions about the latest e-learning developments and trends. This will include examples of e-learning trials, new technologies, and good practice models.


Date: 7-8 December 2009
Venue: The Menzies Hotel, 14 Carrington Street, Sydney
Cost: $198.00 (incl. GST)
Please register early as Conference numbers are capped at 260 attendees due to space. We will establish a wait list also.
CLICK HERE for details on registration, accommodation and the conference dinner

Program overview

The program includes:
  • international keynote speaker and leading Instructional Designer, Cathy Moore, will show you how to ‘Dump the drone’ and create engaging and effective online material. (See presenters page for more information)
  • 39 NSW E-learning Innovations teams funded in 2009 will showcase their e-learning project outcomes and the valuable tips and lessons they have learned.
  • A range of hands-on computer workshops as well as seminars, workshops and presentation sessions.
  • Computer workshops will be tailored to participant’s skill levels.
  • Expert panel discussion on assessment in digital education.
  • E-portfolios in education and employment.
  • Launch of Series 12 Flexible Learning Toolboxes.

eLearning09 will provide time to network and talk to people who share your interests and challenges, offering opportunities to hear new ideas and learn how to select and apply the right tools and resources for your e-learners.

Full program

A draft program is being formulated here.
An electronic version of the final program will be available here in PDF closer to the days

Keynote speakers and panelists

Day 1 Plenary - 9.15 am Welcome address

Simon Paine - Simon Paine New South Wales' representative on the Flexible Learning Advisory Group which manages the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.

Day 1 Plenary " Dump the drone" 9.30 am
Cathy Moore - Dump the Drone
Tired of boring e-learning? Join the crusade to "dump the drone." You don't need fancy software, just an action-packed design and some simple techniques from the worlds of marketing and fiction.

Day 1 Plenary - Series 12 Toolbox Launch 4.00 pm

Harriet Wakelam is the Business Manager for Toolboxes in the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.
Shane Dowd is the NSW Toolbox Champion
David McElvenny is Director of McElvenny Ware and is the developer of a new Toolbox for the timber industry - its first - called
Louise Housden is at WestOne , WA and has managed the development of several Toolboxes.

Day 2 Plenary - Assessment Excellence in Digital Education - 9.30 am

Michael Coghlan is an e-learning consultant with
Margaret Willis is Director of NSW Vocational Education and Training ( VETAB)
Annie Fergusson is the Business Manager of Research and Benchmarking with the Australian Flexible Learning Framework

As e-learning techniques and technology spread through the vocational education sector to meet learners' need for flexible ways to engage with training there is increasing discussion about how much assessment can be undertaken digitally and are there some areas where it just won't work. As RTOs face the challenge of meeting learner needs and still meet the requirements for robust assessment under the Australian Quality Training Framework ( 2007) . Our three panellists will explore the issues in e-assessment and discuss a new research project which will shed light on some current and emerging practices.

Day 2 Plenary -" Garma " 1.45 pm
Roger Bryettt - Garma
Roger Bryett is the Northern Territory's representative on the Flexible Learning Advisory Group ( FLAG). FLAG is responsible for guiding the implementation, evaluation, ongoing planning and review of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. FLAG has representatives from every state and territory and the commonwealth and the adult and community education sector. In early 2004 Roger joined the NT Government as the Director of Training. Then in 2005 he moved to Guangzhou, China and consulted to the Australian Trade Commission and the United Nations Trade Authority on Workforce Development and Training design for multi-national companies entering the China market. He also established a training comapny to support these clients. In 2008 he returned to the NT Department of Eucation and Training as Director Training.He holds a Bachelor of Management form the University of New England, NSW , a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies form the University of Malaysia and a Masters of International Relations from Deakin University, Melbourne.Roger belies that the future of e-learning lies in bridging the geographical and cultural deivide in rural and remote Australia.

Roger will join us online to talk about the recent application of online learning in a very remote area of the NT where the Annual Garma Festival was held. This major event provided some unique opportunities to provide some accredited training to the workers on the site and to showcase the possibilities for online learning in a very challenging environment

2009 Innovation team presenters

Team 81 : Deadly skills, deadly future - TAFE NSW North Coast Institute
Team 46 : Gamilaraay - TAFE NSW New England Institute
Team 62 : Boolarng Nangamai - Kiama Community College
Team 17 : Diving into elearning - ADAS
Team 35 : Foot-e-club - TAFE NSW Western Institute
Team 38 : Lachlan IT LAB Online- TAFE NSW Western Institute
Team 21 : Cotton elearning - TOCAL College
Team 40 : Cultural Points of View - NSW State Emegency Services
Team 25 : Oral Health in Aged Care - NSW Dental Assistants Association
Team 61 : Byte-size assistance - Australian Institute of Management
Team 69 : Adaptive Technologies - TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute/OTEN
Team 70 : OSR'n'DET - TAFE NSW Western Institute (hands on workshop at Cliftons)

Workshops and break out sessions

Visit our workshop page for details of each session.

The Conference Program includes options to suit a range of preferences and needs, and can be viewed online as it develops. Over the two day period there will be a number of breakout sessions as part of the program. Some of these sessions will be hands on computer workshops and will be held at Cliftons, at 190 George St. Cliftons is a major sponsor for our conference and it is based only 5 minutes walk from The Menzies but for anyone with a disability or difficulty in walking that distance transport will be provided. You will just need to let us know of your needs prior to the event.

Registrations for the conference are now available. Please register now to avoid missing out. Please note that registrations for individual breakout sessions will be available a little later.

You will be notified by email if you have already registered and invited to visit your registration page to select your session options. Places in some sessions are limited and are on a "first in" basis.


Tags are key words used to classify online content and increase searchability. Our conference tag is elearning09 : please use this for all related media located and created in relation to the event

Live Blogging

We will be using Cover IT Live to enable those present and those listening to the audio stream to converse via text chat.
You can either chat via Twitter (The hashtag #elearning09 is fed into Cover It Live) or chat direct into the Cover It Live chat box.

Live Conference Audio Stream

Keynote and plenary sessions held in the Sydney Room will be live broadcast via Adobe Connect throughout the conference.
To access the live audio click on the following link http://webconf.det.nsw.edu.au/nswframework
What you need :-

One option is to minimise the window and engage in the chat conversation on the live blog

Conference Podcast

The eLearning09 keynotes and panel were recorded and podcast on Talking VTE

You can subscribe to the podcast using the following feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/talkingvte
You can also subscribe to the entire podcast in itunes

The podcasts from eLearning08, eLearning07, eLearning06 can also be found at Talking VTE if you missed out.

FlickR Feed

Photos from the day will be displayed here.
Our conference tag this year is elearning09 - please use this with your images in FlickR.


Participants and friends wishing to use twitter should use the hashtag #elearning09
A feed from this hashtag will be fed into the Cover It Live chat embedded on this wiki
You can contribute to the chat via Twitter or direct into the chat box.