Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2008

Summary of Projects

Project Title

Teaching and Learning-Video Streaming with Zing Technology

Project Leaders

Tony Robins

Funds Approved

$15,222

Summary of the project, outcomes, impacts and dissemination

The project has successfully trialled combining Zing Technology with RMIT’s videoconferencing facilities to deliver training simultaneously in classrooms across Victoria.

Feedback received from RMIT staff involved in the project is overwhelmingly positive, with many staff indicating an interest in expanding the program into the future.

Feedback from the client, the Electrical Electronic Industry Training Pty Ltd, has also been extremely positive. EEIT have indicated that there is great potential to extend the pilot to deliver a wide range of industry-based courses.

An example of how the pilot may be extended involves a new project which proposes to train students at RMIT in Mandatory Testing, which is part of a broader industry course to train electricians in green technologies.

In March 2009, the Director Secretary of EEIT announced that the RMIT Mandatory Electrical Installation Testing Course will be incorporated into the Global Green Electrician sustainable energy training program.

A “Pilot” for the Global Green Electrician project will commence in mid-March 2009 with a number of industry partners. This project will trial a new concept of training electricians to enhance their knowledge and skills in this new and emerging industry of renewable energy.

The Zing Technology pilot has proven successful, with the assistance of this LTIF Grant, enabling the School of Engineering (TAFE) to trial Zing Technology in a videoconferencing environment. The grant has been the catalyst in ensuring that RMIT becomes a major player in this exciting new industry consortium to trial the Global Green Electrician Project.

RMIT’s has the ability to showcase to industry how easily the teaching and learning can be enhanced to meet industry needs. The Global Green Electrician builds on earlier work in which RMIT trialled the Mandatory Installation Testing Fundamentals Course using RMIT’s innovative training techniques, and incorporating a number of e Learning technologies. This LTIF Project has provided an incubator for the concept to be hatched for a specific client and demonstrates how quickly RMIT can respond to specific client needs.

The Global Green Electrician is a project to address the skills shortage in the electrical trade and in particular the new and emerging technology of sustainable energy. The client will recruit licensed electricians to upgrade their knowledge and skills in energy efficiency, renewable energy and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Electrical Regulator, Energy Safe Victoria, is a major supporter of the Global Green Electrician program. Ken Gardiner, CEO, Energy Safe Victoria, has indicated his strong support for the project, which will involve a partnership arrangement between RMIT and the Electrical Trade Union and a range of other organisations.

In conclusion, the Zing Technology project will deliver long-term benefits to RMIT and position the organisation as a leader in the delivery of innovative, responsive curriculum and programs which meet the current and future needs of Government, industry and the wider global community.

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