Beef industry Stocktake Reef e-learning package profile

Team Profile

Beef industry Stocktake Reef e-learning package

Project Name: Beef Industry Stocktake Reef e-learning package

‍Public Contact Details

Name: Jane Hamilton
Role in the project: Project Leader
Phone: 07 4936 0238
Partner organisation: Global Vision Media (GVM), Damien Cavenagh

‍Other team members:

Damien Cavenagh

‍Showcase presentation:


‍Project Profile:

‍What is the problem or opportunity you are addressing in this project?

The opportunity is to develop a face-to-face, (traditional) training workshop into an enriched media, online, NBN-ready, e-learning experience with dedicated follow-up and potential for RPL assessment. This will be one of the first examples of this kind for the Beef Industry.
How this fits in with the bigger picture?
  • Demonstrating the power of broadband
This project is a highly critical step in demonstrating the power of broadband to enhance outcomes for beef industry learners and industry trainers.
With around 17,000 beef producers inQueenslandalone, which is the state’s largest agricultural industry, there are severe limitations with the delivery of learning outcomes in the current, traditional mode.
  • National Beef RD&E strategy
Currently, DEEDI is the lead agent for the National Beef RD&E Production Strategy. It already has an established network with state departments, Department of Resources (NT) and the Department of Food and Agriculture (DAFWA) and industry R&D funder, Meat and Livestock Australia to deliver integrated RD&E to improve production and profitability in the industry. This project would be DEEDI’s first practical example of developing, utilising and delivering e-learning strategies through broadband-based training, to maximise the benefits of the national investment in broadband. It would also support workforce development in industry through innovative training solutions, saving producers significant travel time and time away from work. There are many instances where producers travel up to 8 hours each way to attend a training opportunity of interest.
  • Flagship for workshop/training reviews
This development, piloting and roll-out of our Stocktake4Reef e-learning package would serve as a flagship for future workshop reviews and flexible delivery options using e-learning programs.
  • DEEDI goal of 50% of services online (blended) 2012
DEEDI also has a corporate goal of having 50% of services online by 2012 and is very supportive of eTechnologies that meet client needs.
This project would be critical in demonstrating the effectiveness of e-learning technologies and learning outcomes in broadband-based training and has enormous potential to demonstrate its effectiveness to key established partnerships.
  • Integration with eExtension program, including an app, webinars, podcasts and video clips.

‍Who are the learners and how will they benefit from this project?

Primary target audience –Queensland beef producers from reef catchment areas in North andCentral Queensland.
Primary target audience will benefit from improved access and skills attainment for learners through broadband-based training programs: land condition assessment, forage budgeting, implementing Stocktake on property, field assessment, using Stocktake software, and how it assists with Environmental Risk Management Planning.
Secondary target audience – Partner organisation staff, agri-consultants and advisors (eg Natural Resource Management group staff, Department of Environment and Resource Management staff; private industry consultants; DEEDI FutureBeef staff).who wish to improve their skills in land condition monitoring and forage budgeting and understand the training package so they can promote and support their producer clients to undertake Stocktake Reef training.
Initially, this project will focus on a mix of Primary and Secondary target audiences during the 6 month trial.
If successful, with further NBN rollout, this will be expanded to beef producers in regionalQueenslandin North andCentral Queensland.

‍How are you currently delivering this training? (ie prior to the project)

Currently the Stocktake Reef package is delivered by a few accredited FutureBeef extension officers as a one-day, face-to-face training workshop. The workshop may in run in local, rural halls and community centre or on property.
The workshop starts inside, with the extension officer (trainer) covering topics such as carrying capacity calculations, land condition (in components, indicators and how it is assessed), forage budgeting and how you would relate this information to the required Environmental Risk Management Plan (ERMP/EMP) under the Queensland Government Reef Protection Act (2009) while concurrently improving their adaptive management. The training course then heads outside to a near by paddock to apply the learnt information in a practical demonstration and activity. Finally the extension officer shows participating landholders how to use the Stocktake software to record land condition assessments, produce reports, and conduct simple forage budgets. This information can then be use to make better business decisions for the landholders.
Downfalls of the current delivery style are due to;
  • The geographical distance between learners and trainers (It is not uncommon for landholders and/or extension officers (trainers) to have to travel 4+ hours each way to attend/deliver a training workshop)
  • Time required ‘off-farm’ for participating landholders
  • Requirement for a group of 10+ learners in one location to run a cost-effective training workshop (often only small groups of interested learners surface at one time. As a result, it is not cost effective for the training organisation to run a workshop for this group and individuals may wait up to 12 months for another workshop to be run in their local area)
  • Lack of dedicated follow-up and assessment of learning.
The above downfalls will all be addressed by the NBN-ready Stocktake Reef e-learning program.

How will your project demonstrate the power of broadband to enhance outcomes for learners?

Five key words:

Beef industry, e-learning program, pasture monitoring, NBN, Reef

Monthly Project Update

please complete one or two paragraphs each month to provide an update of your project
Project Update
January 2012
Following the NBN induction meeting inMelbourne, the Beef Industry e-learning team within DEEDI (QLD) have been working with their project partners GVM to plan activities, timelines and milestones. Checking VET alignment to new units with Australian Agricultural Colleges Corporation (AACC) and finalising materials to be the starting basis for the NBN e-learning program. Next steps: Script writing, media (video etc) collecting, M&E development and identification of pilot participants and NBN facilities in Townsville.
February 2012
Drafts of the script for our e-learning package was developed with GVMedia. What an experience! We are trying to document and re-create (digitally) everything that is covered in a full day, Stocktake Reef training workshop.
Draft outlines for Subject Matter Experts (SME), Mentors and Peer video content have also been prepared.
Found a NBN site in Townsville that had enough computers to host our pilot. Big thank-you to the Principal and IT staff at The Cathedral School in Townsville!
Pilot participants targeted and information about the project and their involvement circulated.
March 2012
We have a massive 23 participants set for our pilot! They represent graziers (cattle producers) in north QLD, advisors to QLD graizers (FutureBeef extension officers, NRM groups and Agforce), government agency staff (field staff, managers and policy), and Australian Agricultural College Corporation staff and students.
Video for the e-learning package recorded. (see attached photos). Photos and resources for our e-learning package pulled together for the technology 'experts' at GVM to create into our e-learning package.
FutureBeef extension officers (Olivia Pisani and Karl McKellar), Charters Towers recording video for our e-learning package

Chris from GVMedia recording myself (Jane Hamilton) as the mentor for our e-learning package

April 2012
The Beef Industry Stocktake Reef e-learning package pilot
Cathedral School Townsville on the 10-11th April 2012

Twenty-six participants representing industry, stakeholders, FutureBeef extension officers, AACC trainers and students connected to the NBN network to undertake the Stocktake Reef e-learning package training.
May 2012
Edits to e-learning package as a result of feedback from the pilot.
Preparation of final report
June 2012
Final report writing. Plans for promoting and delivering e-learning package post-pilot.

Key lessons learnt from the project
The key success of this project was the use of the NBN to pilot FutureBeef’s flagship e-learning package; Stocktake Reef. The creation of this e-learning package is an important step in FutureBeef’s evolvement into the use of e-learning and associated eTechnologies and preparedness for NBN rollout in regional and remote Australia.
Other successes included:
  • The information, skills and products from this project which are directly applicable to future work in our team and organisation
  • Information and evaluation collated at the pilot will be used to inform future workshop reviews, particularly in terms of the beef industries readiness for research, development and extension to be delivered remotely through eTechnologies/e-learning.
  • Partnerships were strengthened with key stakeholders (AACC and other government and natural resource management organisation)
  • Exposure for project, FutureBeef, DAFF, National VET e-Learning Strategy and the Federal Government NBN initiative through media articles generated through the project (see appendix 4)
  • Cross linkages with other National VET e-Learning Strategy projects. Namely through Barrier Reef Community of practice project (lead by Julie Woodlock)
  • Exposure to the NBN as a tool to provide interactive solutions for regional and remote beef producers around training, networking and business