UC developed a suite of e-learning resources to increase disability awareness among school staff by explaining their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education (DSE) 2005 and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992. Ten education agencies from around Australia invited the University of Canberra to lead the collaborative project from the research and development through to the delivery.
With a potential learner base of 300,000, the cost of delivering face-to-face training was prohibitively expensive. E-learning was chosen as the key method of delivery, enabling the University of Canberra to maximise the reach of the training and to deliver it cost-effectively.
UC needed a place to put these seven e-learning courses to ensure it would reach as many learners as inexpensively as possible.
The learning needed to reach teachers across Australia from remote rural communities to inner cities. The learning had to be accessible via dial-up internet connections, as well as being intuitive and user-friendly to account for the wide variation in computer literacy of the learner base.
The learning also needed to fit seamlessly within the systems managed by each of the ten participating agencies, enabling each one to deliver the e-learning in its own brand that was recognisable to its own staff. Each of these agencies also needed the ability to generate their own customised reports on user statistics which would be relevant to each of their separate accountability requirements.