Exploring dimensions of e-learning in competency-based settings: Case studies in the mining and oil and gas sectors
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AbstractThis paper describes two e-learning tools that have been implemented in Australia the area of workplace safety. The first tool, the Mining Toolbox, is a generic resource made available by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. This tool has been taken up by the Bendigo TAFE Institute in Victoria as part of an on-campus flexible learning strategy. The second tool is a purpose-built e-learning safety program being used by Apache Energy, a multi-national oil and gas company. Both tools were guided by design principles that seek to engage learners in real-life activities and scenarios. However, both also acknowledge the core objective of providing learners with opportunities to attain specific workplace competencies. The paper is the start of an exploration into what constitutes good practice e-learning in competency-based settings. In particular, it seeks to unravel real or perceived tensions between encouraging higher order learning and facilitating rapid achievement of competency.