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