Sunday, June 13, 2004

Flexible Learning Leaders - Induction - Canberra - June 2004 & Workplace Visits

As a late inclusion into the FLL program, I travelled to Canberra for an Induction to the program with the project team.

Many thanks to Marie, Jenny, Jyothi, Thea and Cathy for making me feel welcome and for a thorough induction to the program.

I had the opportunity to have dinner with previous FLL - Wanda Jackson and lunches with current leaders - Kerry Trabinger, Emma Deutrom and Ellie Thompson. This was a perfect environment to "swap notes", network and to get a general understanding of what other leaders had planned for their year.

WORKPLACE VISITS

Utilising my time efectively whilst in Canberra, I took the opportunity to arrange orientations of workplaces applicable to my program focus of Remote & Indigenous.
The following faculties, organsiations and services were visiting to exchange knowledge and to gain an overview of their current methods of delivery:

*** Canberra Institute of Technology - Faculty of Business & IT - James Hamilton

James gave me an orientation of the Electronic Business Simulator prototype.
No! It's NOT a Toolbox!
Earlier this year, I was involved in an NT trial of this flexible method of delivery which supports the certificate/s - CertII Business, and CertII Information Technology.

Quite a high level of tecnical experience is required to "tailor" the simulator to your own participants needs. Still in the "tweaking stage" the simulator is very text based........Not a prefered method of my client base.

*** Canberra Institute of Technology - Australian Network of Practice Firms - Kath Billing

A practice firm is a simulated business that is set up and run by students as part of their study program with support from an educator and staff from a real business. Practice firms conduct business with other practice firms in a simulated market economy on a local, national or international basis.

Participation in a practice firm gives students real business insights and an awareness of business sensitivities. They develop skills in decision making, problem solving and in working with clients towards a positive outcome. Students learn to work effectively in a team and prioritise their work; they learn about accountability and daily work routines.

A practice firm often resembles the business on which it models itself, for example in its form, organisation and functions. As employees of the practice firm, students undertake market research, advertise, buy and sell goods; they work out their pay rates and receive a virtual salary to spend in ANPF.

Although there is no actual transfer of goods or money, all the usual business transactions take place: orders are sent, invoices issued, financial records maintained, and a business plan and marketing strategy developed and monitored. Students learn about business, but they also learn how business really works and how decisions are made. They test their skills in IT, customer relations, interpersonal relationships, negotiation, and time management.

Apparently students become highly motivated and engaged. This is "their" business! Hence the energy and enthusiasm is totally different to the standard classroom operation.


Aboriginal Community Controlled Education
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I was made aware that Tauondi College operates a Practice Firm in Adelaide - "Virtual First Aid" who I plan to visit in when in Adelaide in July.
I would be very interested to see this simulated/virtual training methodology in practice within an Indigenous context.

*** Winnunga Nummityjah
An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service that provides a culturally safe holistic health service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the ACT and surrounding areas. I had an opportunity to meet with Sharon Ingram who orientated me to her organisation. We discused flexible modes of delivery and the underlying health issues that are affecting the Indigenous people of the ACT.


Canberra Aboriginal Health Service Winnunga Nimmityjah
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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Health Training in the Red Centre

Sue Stent and Tanya Wooley, serve up a slice of life from the Central Australian Remote Health Development Service in Alice Springs.

Check out the NTEU Website to download the article:


Wide Open Spaces - In the Red Centre!
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Online Learning for Healthy Communities - 2003

In 2003 - the Central Australian Remote Health Development Services was involved in the New Practice - Online Learning for Healthy Communities project.

The project looked at flexible learning practices in remote Aboriginal Primary Health Care Services; practices such as web and email, interactive multimedia, music and theatre, were used in order to address issues related to:
• remote areas
• Aboriginal communities
• language and literacy



Establishment and Implementation Guide
Building sustainable practice: engaging remote Aboriginal communities


Dorothy Lucardie, Stephanie Mouthaan and Tanya Wooley at the Netw*rking 2003 Conference - Online Learning for Health Communities presentation

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LearnScope - Learning Both Ways

As part of my Flexible Learning Leaders - Professional Development Plan, I have nominated to participate in the Learnscope 2004 project "Working Both Ways" online forum.

The aim of the project is to connect practitioners in Aboriginal Education around the country to share ideas and learn from each other’s good practice.

This project is about “extending networks through collaboration” and guest speakers will discuss learning solutions clarifying issues and gathering ideas that work for Indigenous people. The aim is to invite the sharing of good methodology to contribute and assist Australia’s Indigenous Community in the transition to the information economy.

I am looking forward to expanding my network of like minded practictioners to share good practice, flexible and culturally appropriate methods for use in Indigenous communities.

I'll keep you posted with my findings.........


Flexible - BLOGGING

Apparently blogs have been on the Web for years, but since I operate on "Territory time" it is not unusual that this technological information has not filtered my way to Alice Springs - until now.......

Blogs can take a multitude of forms, but are mostly personal or project-related websites that users update regularly with anecdotes of their activities, things that interest them and often with links to sites and the latest news.

I intend to use this form of public communication to express my Flexible Learning Leaders "journey".

At this stage I don't have any web server space to load any digital images so my site will be mainly text based. Oh no!
But - I will explore my ISP account to see if I can access this facility.

I hope you enjoy and value the information contained within this site and any feedback would be appreciated.


BLOG Interface - You are Looking at it!
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BLOG UPDATE

Hi All!

I have mastered the art of blog creation!
To those who are interested - it is quite simple to niche your own part of cyberspace.

I will document HOW I managed to create mine.....

Blogspot is just one (of many) site that provide FREE services to have a "voice" on the Web.

Just register to create an account, choose a template and off you go!

You don't have to make all your postings "public" straight away.
You have the option to save as drafts, add, amend and publish when happy with the content.

If you want to be able to post images to your blog you have to download additional software - Hello - which you use through your Windows Explorer.
This program is also FREE!
Don't get confused and purchase the Picasa as it is not required.

It took a bit of fiddling around to trick the program into inserting jpegs into the correct location but I finally mastered the technique.


www.blogspot.com
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I still have to work out how to extend the margins to look balanced and not all squished in the centre (secret source code business!) I'll get an IT guru to look at the goobbledook and find out HOW to do this! (I have since spoken with an IT friend and rectified this problem).....

In essence, this form of weblogging (with the post comments option) could address the issue of maintaining "corporate knowledge" or as a record of the Communities of Practice models. What do you think?

Knowledge Management - Communities of Practice Model

Communities of Practice – Core Ideas

• Potential to accelerate, intensify, enrich and enhance

www.reframingthefuture.net

• establish new and enduring relationships with industry clients

• focus attention, build relationships, gain knowledge and understanding

• deliver concrete & practical output

• increase member knowledge and confidence to manage change

• bound together by common interests and a passion for a cause

• interact on an ongoing basis across many organisations

• informal, fluctuating membership

• build member capability and knowledge exchange

• add value to professional lives

• access to new knowledge

• continually evolving and changing

• facilitate inter-organisational and cross industry collaboration

• …………a group whose members regularly engage in sharing and learning, based on their common interests.
(Lesser & Storck, 2001, p.831)


CoP Water Fountain
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Sites of Interest - June 2004

MY ORGANISATION
The Central Australian Remote Health Development Service has been established to develop the capacity of Aboriginal people and health professionals to improve community health outcomes.

CARHDS is a unique service as it is directly controlled by and accountable to the Primary Health Care industry to meet the in service training needs as determined by the employer.


ABORIGINAL HEALTH IN THE TERRITORY
AMSANT - Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance (NT)
Provides an overview of statistics about Aboriginal illness and illness patterns.


SUPERHERO MESSAGE
CUZ CONGRESS
The "superhero" role of Cuz Congress is intended to bring an entertaining and healthy lifestyle message.

Designed to educate people through entertainment seems to be what's really effective rather than going through the drill of 'now make sure you do this and don't do this'

Includes links to a range of primary health care (PHC)services and has heaps of information about different PHC issues and and links to websites that may have more information.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Introduction

Hi All!

I'm Tanya Wooley - the Office Manager for the Central Australian Remote Health Development Services (CARHDS) in Alice Springs.

We are an Aboriginal organisation that provides in-service education to Aboriginal Health Workers and management in remote Central Australian communities.

I have just been offered a late inclusion into the 2004 Flexible Learning Leaders program!


CONSULTATION! With Participant, Employer, RTO and Community
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My aim is to promote and initiate change, share knowledge and develop networks which provide flexibility and innovative approaches to learning with the emphasis on ICT and remote delivery to Indigenous participants.

I am particularly interested to increase my understanding of appropriate methods of education for remote Indigenous communities and to explore the role of the Chief Information Officer in order to facilitate effective Knowledge Management systems.



Some of the "flexible" CARHDS team members
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Tanya Wooley - FLL 2004
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