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What do you think are the key elements in establishing and managing a successful, vibrant regional e-learning network? Ementor comments:

  • Having sufficient support time to plan and prepare the way forward for their organisation
  • Taking a regional view of how new technologies can benefit the region as well as their specific community
  • Having concrete expectations of what will be achieved and how it fits into future planning and implementation as well as Government policy and potential funding guidelines.
  • Exploring communication online and participating in all exercises and pre work
  • Understanding the life and purpose of the Network and being able to allocate sufficient time to participate as a consistent member of the group.
  • Seeing a link between the professional development intent of the network and the opportunities to implement strategies at the local provider to build opportunities for local participants and community members.
  • Preparedness to try new ways of communicating and dealing with frustration when encountering problems
    (Michael Gwyther Grampians Region)
  • Communication, awareness, patience and understanding.
    Paul Mc Sherry (Western Metro)

  • Finding participants who are eager to share and engage
  • Determining and then providing as far as possible what the participants want
  • Offering ongoing training and face-to-face networking to stimulate online participation
  • Regular, informative, useful communications from the moderator, once again to stimulate ongoing interest
    Paddy O’Reilly Northern Metro

  • An enthusiastic and committed facilitator
  • At least one committed change agent/catalyst worker in each organization to keep up the impetus.
  • Time & resources to thoroughly engage and support the participants each step of the way. There also needs to be an ongoing commitment from the funding body to continue to resource someone to maintain the facilitating role otherwise use of the portal will wane.
  • A commitment from participants to continue to use the portal
  • A user-friendly tool that will not require busy Managers to have to spend too much time learning it – wikis are ideal for this purpose (Lynne Gibb Eastern Metropolitan)
  • Supplying support and encouragement
  • Developing working relationships with the network
  • Connecting the network with each other
  • Developing rules of engagement/ relationship guide lines / netiquette
  • Defining expectations from both the e-mentor and participants
  • Setting up communication tools, eg online classrooms, Skype, email links, blog and wiki’s
  • Responding to needs according to skill levels
  • Encouraging information, idea and problem sharing
  • Identifying resources specific to their organisations needs
  • Linking with national networks and forums; Edna, Australian Flexible Learning Framework conferences
  • Supplying timely responses to requests and communications
(Sarah Phillips Loddon Mallee)


Networking is not just something you do, it is a state of mind!


The most important elements in a successful network are:
  • common interests
  • shared goals
  • committed membership
  • sustainable maintenance
  • pro-active leadership
  • frequent activities
  • reliable resources
  • engaging space
Below is a set of slides that provide some technological and pedagogical incentives for becoming a Networked Teacher. Read more aboult Carole's extensive experience by following her: networks story.


(Carole McCulloch, Hume)


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