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E-standards for training published

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E-standards for training published
by Chris Winter - Monday, 28 April 2014, 11:41 AM

An updated set of technical standards for creating accessible and reusable e-learning content has been published for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The 2014 VET E-standards for Training have been released, following ratification by the E-standards Expert Group, which comprises representatives from all states and territories, the Department of Industry, and other key cross-sectoral stakeholders.

Data was gathered from national and state-based VET specific sites, and more than 1.3 million visits were analysed so that the E-standards truly reflect technology in use in the sector. Key updates for 2014 include the partial support of HTML5, addition of the SVG image format and – optionally - WAI-ARIA to support enhanced accessibility. Linux was removed, as was Internet Explorer 7.

“E-standards are essential for planning, developing and managing e-learning resources for vocational education and training”, says E-standards Senior Technical Consultant, Bronwyn Lapham.

“E-standards make creation and delivery of e-learning easier by helping to ensure that resources operate consistently and are accessible to the widest possible audience”, says Bronwyn.

The annual e-standards review was undertaken by the New Generation Technologies business activity on behalf of the National VET E-learning Strategy.

This business activity researches potential technologies, standards and specifications in order to recommend and support implementation of those applicable to the VET sector.

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