What is Accessace?
Accessace is a network of Ace trainers and facilitators developing unique ideas in e-learning.


Accessace played the most significant role in my career as my Community of Practice with the guidence of my e-mentors I have been able to achieve much. In 2010 I was fortunate to be chosen as ACFE 2010 e-Champion for the Gippsland region and it has expanded my networking potential and been an enjoyable project.
My role was to build e-capability throughout the Gippsland Region and a number of organisations came on board.
The e-champions with the help of our e-mentor colaborated in developing a statewide work shop session about the focus tools being used in education. This was a wonderful chance to brainstorm and get to know our fellow e-champions that help bridge many gaps in our practice.
During this time I was able to grow my connections and the East Gippsland Network of Neighborhood Houses came on board looking for instruction about the ways communication can be improved using 21st century technology.

This was how my association with ACFE Accessace first started.
I was grateful to be offered PD in online technology and was invited by my program manager, Jan Roberts at Community College East Gippsland during 2007, to join her in a project Accessace. With Josie Rose, our mentor, and a team of wonderful trainers that opened our minds to endless possiblities of e-learning our journey began. Once I started there was no turning back, in fact I still haven't stopped.

Our first project was to convert safe food handling, from face-to-face to online. I took photos of hospitality establishments and workers completing work tasks. With the guidance and advice from my Accessace community, I developed an online class and conducted a class with students from Bendoc and Benambra, using the Wimba classroom in syncronous time. It went very well and the students achieved the accredited certificate "Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures".

Our report. Project Stage. Planning and preparation
Developing the course and providing the teacher with support in both facilitation skills,content development and proficiency with Live classroom
Actions: Preparations (List actions as we identify them)
  1. Confirmation of course to be delivered, with trainer and delivery dates locked in.
  2. Convert SFH content to online format.
  3. Content developed with support from CCEG admin staff.
  4. Organisation of facilitation skills training: Gippstafe faciltiation course as well as 1:1 sessions in Live Classroom.
  5. Regular contact with Josie for advice and support.
  6. Trial LC session with Josie.
  7. Junita traveling to Melbourne to attend food safety trainers work shop to ensure content will be current.
  8. Determination of the technical requirements for the regional centres where the course will be delivered.
  9. Investigation of the possibility of developing support materials on the TAFE VC
  10. Investigate how much it will cost to run LC and train online from home using broadband Achievements (List them as they happen)
  11. Four sets set of Powerpoint slides (one for each lesson) have been completed
  12. Junita the sfh trainer has access to LC from home and has played in there to familiarize herself with the environment. (July)
  13. Junita the trainer and Jan the programs manager both enrolled in Gippstafe online facilitation course and the Live classroom training sessions in August.
  14. Jan and Junita attend Access ACE workshop in Melbourne
  15. Solved Assessment issues
  16. Three test trials with Clint helped understand the Live Classroom
  17. Uploaded PowerPoints into LiveClassroom admin
  18. Created polls that can be used as assessments
  19. Found out how to turn the assessment polls in to word documents so they may be saved as evidence
  20. Uploaded some humorous photos and developed some trivia and facts.
  21. Sent out workbooks to students via email
  22. Sent out research activity with live link to web site
  23. Found out that LiveClassroom actually keeps a record of Polls for future reference Reflections
  24. Trial LC session (even with Josie) was a disaster - audio and slides did not work well - had to rethink.
  25. Slides and information to be chunked.
  26. Investigating the possibility of setting up a companion site in TAFE VC. - Not undertaken at this stage - something to think about in the future
  27. Junita had to redo PowerPoints and change photos - discovered that we should be paying royalties for a number we had used from the web
  28. Test trial for 3rd August went well - Junita's home computer crashed but able to return on time
  29. LiveClassroom training sessions with Clint have been an excellent learning tool
  30. Junita feels that the LiveClassroom is really user friendly and comfortable to use - so does Jan
  31. Great to see that despite the technical glitches our students remained enthusiastic and committed
  32. Audio problems seemed to be the main difficulty
  33. We don't think the glitches are anything to do with distance - more like a simple setting that has been overlooked Evidence data collected
Timetable- 11th September 2pm -3pm 13th September 2pm-3pm 17th September 2-3pm 20th September 2-3pm

Poll assessment to be saved in word document
Workbook assessments emailed to participants
Research activity on food safety web site emailed to participants
Students have enrolled with Community College East Gippsland
E-mails sent to participants
On line training to be featured in next Community College East Gippsland brochure
The last thoughts a reflection
  • here are definitely Positives in converting Safe Food Handling to an online format.
  • The fact that the class now has a compliance certificate enabling them to work in the outreaches of Victoria is empowering for them.
  • Creating a presentation using local photos of food service was an enjoyable project.
  • Wimba LiveClassroom is user friendly and offered creativity for the students and myself. Being live adds a personal touch.
  • There were not any major negatives over the whole process - it took time to create and ensure the content was correct, but this is to be expected when attempting anything new.
  • We had a problem with audio that also took time and patience for us all, we still communicated with support by Email
  • Even with our problems a sense of community existed - the audio problems actually helped create this.
  • Overall I feel it certainly was a positive experience converting Safe Food Handling to an online format.
  • It is essential to maintain contact with students before / during / after!

Accessace Trials CCEG 2007

This trial has now been embedded into Community College Curriculum. The Safe Food Handling class has been tried and tested.
The change has positive implications. Rather than me having to travel 2OO kms on isolated dangerous dirt roads to train the wilderness areas of East Gippsland, I sat in a warm environment training the students in synchronous time using this wonderful technology. The only down side I have is lack of tecnichal support that I desire. For me to continue with projects like this I must learn how to solve any technical problems I face.

The trial was conducted at the College in synchronous time, with Wimba classroom over a 4 x 1 hr timeframe.
I created PowerPoints focusing on food safety, downloaded into the Wimba classroom and presented as a disscussion point.
Students were able to interact in the live classroom and were involved in the lesson. Workbooks and assessment activities were delivered via email and polls were purposely designed for evidence collection.

Without the support, training and wisdom of my accessace intrepid e-learning developers, this project would not have been such an interesting fulfilling exciting and transforming experience.

We now offer online accredited
Safe food handling at Community College.
The future looks good for residents
of the high country, the lakes and wilderness
areas of East Gippsland.

Blended learning has now been adapted to the hospitality kitchen operations classroom. The use of a blog was instrumental in encouraging my students to document their journey into the work ethos and skill of the hospitality industry.
I feel confident the students can learn more with the use of computer and internet as a training tool for hospitality given the distance we are from a city...See Connections Programs for the results....

What is e-mentor program
e-mentor sessions conducted in elluminate have shown us the skills that are now being used by very clever facilitators
using e-learning blended or completly online. I was impressed with all our facilitators knowledge.

My lack of technical support and problems with my own PC in the audio area disabled me from attending a couple of the sessions in elluminate, but from what I have experienced, the classroom is very user freindly. Having everything set up in e-mentors wiki to catch up with has been wonderful and I am discovering my way around all this new information.
Again I find myself enjoying learning new skills. This project will be ongoing over the summer holidays.
I will set up my classroom in my wiki and transfer the information to the students' wiki at the start of the year.
In 2009 I will bring blended learning on a more permanent basis into my hospitality classroom.

a presentation By Michael Coghlan

Delia Bradshaw "the power of e"

Community building on line Michael coghlan

During my time on the Accessace project, I have achieved my Diploma in e-learn facilitation unit TAADEL501A. This was part of my own personal development.I also became an e-Champion and an online Facilitator.
I was a late starter when it came to computers. I started a course many years ago although I did not have a computer at the time. Since 2007 my professional development has grown considerably.