Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Finding existing e-learning content for your VET course

There are a variety of repositories available (mostly for free) that can provide you with content for your e-learning programs.

A good starting point is a Flexible Learning Toolbox. If you decide to use a toolbox in its entirety it is not free however training organisations can purchase one copy and can then make the content available for use by staff and students as a learning resource.

You can view toolboxes at http://toolboxes.flexiblelearning.net.au/.

Toolboxes have also been broken up into learning objects (or chunks of content) that can freely be downloaded and are easily customised for use in your course. You can search the toolbox repository at http://toolboxes.flexiblelearning.net.au/repository/index.htm.

The LORN repository provides teachers and trainers with both user pay and free resources http://lorn.flexiblelearning.net.au/. This repository has access to about seven different databases. Learning objects are downloaded as Zip files and can easily be uploaded into Learning Management Systems such as Moodle.

The Framework website also includes free resources to assist you to plan and embed e-learning into your training delivery. Visit the gallery for some useful tips on digital stories and their usefulness. While you are there take the time to explore the site and read some fo the useful tips and hints http://designing.flexiblelearning.net.au/gallery/activities/digital_story_telling.htm

If you have other links to VET resources that you would like to share, please feel free to post them as a comment to this post.

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