The federal and state governments had been investing in the ICT needs for state education, this included IT infrastructure and improving capabilities within the classroom for teaching and learning. In addition to this, the state could utilise the existing federal infrastructure and broadband services which provided a unique
opportunity. There was excellent vision and ownership by the state education leadership which provided the prime opportunity to evolve digital learning for educating.
Teaching and learning is changing in the following ways:
- There is a need for anytime, anywhere access, the Education ecosystem is expanding beyond traditional boundaries to accommodate learners’ preference for time, place, style and previous levels of attainment.
- Personalised learning pathways are emerging, online learning strategies are accessed through personalised devices.
- Unlimited access to learning content, moving from lecture-oriented approach to tutor, mentor, and coach.
- Schools are becoming learner-centric and accommodating of student achievement regardless of the time, place, or source of instruction.
It was identified the need to establish a Digital Schools Strategy to progress information and knowledge. Existing projects relating to the digital learning and development were siloed and disconnected. Each school had a different strategy and approach and were competing for the same resources and budgets.
Digitalisation makes a difference to address these changes such as finding new ways to maximise value by combining new technological trends and available digital assets. As well as exploiting digital connections across people, processes, technology, and things and by providing anytime access to digital resources through device of choice.
Mindavation provided program management skills to drive and implement the client’s transformation initiative. Assistance was required to bring the fragmented strategic information together to a single digital path forward for all public schools to benefit. The digital roadmap required considerations to include student choices for devices and tools (applications) that supported learning as a service.
Access was required at a speed conducive for anytime, anywhere. The roadmap required professional development and support services for administration and teaching; policies to support bring your own device (BYOD) as well as safety of staff and students; as well as change management, communication and operational support and maintenance to sustain and evolve digitalisation.
The work implemented including delivery streams for eLearning, foundation (infrastructure) and business intelligence. The effort required significant improvements to the wireless access in over 80 schools, application integration, database development, website development and application migration as well as Cloud based learning offerings for education, and identity management and single sign-on.
The project outcomes included:
- Significant wireless coverage in all High Schools and Colleges (enabling 2 devices to one user) making this state’s public schools the best wireless internet connected schools in all of Australia enabling bring your own device and teaching and learning anywhere, anytime. All primary schools had sufficient wireless coverage enabling a minimum 1 device to one user, with the option to utilise BYOD or shared devices.
- Cloud based learning was implemented for schools to enable curriculum based learning.
- Lead the way for all projects with an improved hand-over to business as usual that could be sustained and repeated.
- The Digital Schools “learn anywhere” Program was nominated for the 2016 Australian Government ICT, Excellence in e-Government awards.
- The outcomes were also recognised as one of the best designs world-wide for Google Applications for Education from a user perspective.
- The delivery of these digital capabilities within the schools assists 21st century learning and development. It provides:
- flexibility and choice to learners with access to learning content using the applications they prefer.
- teachers and students with anywhere, anytime access to learning tools and content on a range of appropriate devices to improve personalised learning.
- schools with flexibility and choice within a set of supported parameters to ensure supportability and availability.
Edwin is a skilled project manager and business analyst with an excellent understanding of business process mapping and data modelling. His proposal to introduce Mavim rules to document our data management processes demonstrates his ability to identify gaps and build a road map to plug them.