Ross began the session by giving an overview of the purpose of the ELPF, in particular to help gather evidence of practice in schools, as well as a road map that can provide reference points, and help identify PLD needs for a school. There was emphasis made that this is not a tool for evaluating a school's performance. He then moved on to discuss the fact that the ELPF is in particular for leaders, who may or may not, be the principal of a school.
The next stage was for Ross to move into a description of the ELPF, which has:
- Levels which indicate eLearning maturity (phases);
- Dimensions and strands with clear outcomes or goals; and
- Descriptor statements.
It was really interesting to hear about the process (long and rigorous) that is underlying the ELPF. The review of existing frameworks has avoided the obvious reinvention of the wheel, and a wide range have been utlised to inform the design process, including the UNESCO - ICT Competency Standards for Teachers; and e-Potential (Victoria, Australia). Alongside the process of drawing on existing frameworks, a panel of experts and focus groups have been consulted, and will continue to have input into the ELPF going forward.
The timeframe for the ELPF going 'live' (after the completion of the consultation and feedback stage) and available for all schools is June 2012, although whether this will be online, as indicated above, remains to be seen. My feeling is it would seem a tad ironic to have an eLearning planning framework in a .pdf format that has to be printed off!!!
The session included some lively discussion around some of the underlying principles of the ELPF, as well as some of the wording and what that might refer to in practical terms. It was superb to have an opportunity to share ideas, observations, and concerns with a great community of educators, and also to hear some of the inspirational experiences they have encountered in learning experiences.
I would highly recommend accessing the recording if you are interested in any aspect of the ELPF by clicking this link: eLearning Capability Framework