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  • E-Learning for Natural Resource Management

  • Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Working towards the equitable, efficient and sustainable use of water, land and other environmental resources of the Queensland Murray Darling Basin

  • E-learning for natural resource managementAim:To embed e-learning in rural & remote communities involved in natural resource management To enrich delivery options for accredited training

    Series of fun, interactive

    e-learning workshops

    Showcase a range of

    online tools & software

    E-learning starting point Personal web pages (igoogle) starting point for everyone at the e-learning workshops as they provided a place to store links and created a web identity for joining/using other spaces & tools and were also fun & engaging.

    Smorgas board taster of the tools people can test & taste then choose the tools most suited to each individual or group for further learning & development. Each participant also received a CD ROM with explanatory notes of all the tools plus a range of other goodies.

    Were also shown the community organisations use of tools eg Protopage - Can have public pages and private pages.

  • Learners

    QMDC staffLandcare CoordinatorsCommunity members Land managers

  • Workshop Tools and Software Wikis Blogs Social bookmarking Concept mapping Audio & video tools Digital storytelling, photo sharing,

    storing & manipulation Aggregators & podcasts Online conferencing &

    communication

    Starting point: Personal web pages - igoogleFor community groups ProtopageWikis Wikispaces, pbwiki Blogs Blogger, Wordpress Social bookmarking Del.icio.usConcept mapping Cmap & Mindman Aggregators, podcasts, & voice recording using Juice, Bloglines, Audacity, VoicethreadDigital storytelling flikr, irfanview,Online conferencing & communication Elluminate, skype, Googledocs

  • ChallengesDistance delivery of face-to-face workshopsVenues capability of technologyPre-existing mindset

  • OutcomesOrganisational culture shiftReducing our carbon footprintOnline collaboration & communication toolsOnline International Landcare ConferenceCatering for different learning stylesCollaborative online learning e.g. WikisBlogs to stimulate discussion on particular issuesProviding course materials in alternative formatsDigital story telling for learning support, showcasing good NRM practices and reporting.Ripple effect

    Culture shift - Using Skype & Googledocs for team meetingsCover a large region of SW Queensland. Using online communication tools to reduce amount of travel over large distances for short meetings. CECB team leading the way.Currently exploring the option of hosting an International Landcare Conference with reducing carbon footprint (reduced travel requirements) to be a major benefit/theme. Organisation is still very immature (technologically) in terms of know how. The desire and the motivation is there, but not yet the skill major challenge but one we want the take on.Wikis under development by workshop participants include:Landcare group, NRM Stanthorpe, Irrigators Australia, Cotton-extension, carpbusters, qmdcelearning, family history, Farleighdowns, teacher PD and sustainable schools hub

    Course materials in alternative formats (Water quality monitoring & river restoration course) CD ROMS with audio recordings, slide shows with audio, interactive activities such as quizzes, case studies etc Will also be made available as on line course material using Edna Groups, Exe

    New partnership with Landcare Queensland & Feral Art Digital Story telling expanding on the placestories conceptPipeclay SCG

    Workshop participants becoming advocates for the tools and technology - Ripple effect most people involved in Landcare are also involved in many other groups/projects in their community

  • The FutureContinue integrating the use of e-tools into the way the organisation does business and collaborates with clientsShowcase our champions and groups who are becoming advocates for the technologySupport clients & partners in using the technologySeek further funding opportunities to roll out more

    e-learning workshopsContinue to develop and expand the use of e-tools to support the delivery of accredited training.

    E-learning starting point Personal web pages (igoogle) starting point for everyone at the e-learning workshops as they provided a place to store links and created a web identity for joining/using other spaces & tools and were also fun & engaging.

    Smorgas board taster of the tools people can test & taste then choose the tools most suited to each individual or group for further learning & development. Each participant also received a CD ROM with explanatory notes of all the tools plus a range of other goodies.

    Were also shown the community organisations use of tools eg Protopage - Can have public pages and private pages.QMDC staffLandcare CoordinatorsCommunity members Land managersStarting point: Personal web pages - igoogleFor community groups ProtopageWikis Wikispaces, pbwiki Blogs Blogger, Wordpress Social bookmarking Del.icio.usConcept mapping Cmap & Mindman Aggregators, podcasts, & voice recording using Juice, Bloglines, Audacity, VoicethreadDigital storytelling flikr, irfanview,Online conferencing & communication Elluminate, skype, Googledocs

    Culture shift - Using Skype & Googledocs for team meetingsCover a large region of SW Queensland. Using online communication tools to reduce amount of travel over large distances for short meetings. CECB team leading the way.Currently exploring the option of hosting an International Landcare Conference with reducing carbon footprint (reduced travel requirements) to be a major benefit/theme. Organisation is still very immature (technologically) in terms of know how. The desire and the motivation is there, but not yet the skill major challenge but one we want the take on.Wikis under development by workshop participants include:Landcare group, NRM Stanthorpe, Irrigators Australia, Cotton-extension, carpbusters, qmdcelearning, family history, Farleighdowns, teacher PD and sustainable schools hub

    Course materials in alternative formats (Water quality monitoring & river restoration course) CD ROMS with audio recordings, slide shows with audio, interactive activities such as quizzes, case studies etc Will also be made available as on line course material using Edna Groups, Exe

    New partnership with Landcare Queensland & Feral Art Digital Story telling expanding on the placestories conceptPipeclay SCG

    Workshop participants becoming advocates for the tools and technology - Ripple effect most people involved in Landcare are also involved in many other groups/projects in their community