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E-Commerce Toolbox teachers guide

File names

All filenames will be lower-case, no spaces (use underscores instead), and a maximum length of 20 characters.

The extension will be .htm for web pages, with other extensions as required and as per Windows associations – limited to three characters.

So that files can be grouped within a learning object, they should begin with the competency descriptor

i.e.yyy_[description].ext

Disaggregation

The Toolbox has been designed for disaggregation, allowing a facilitator to remove one or more resource packs (Units of Competency) from the Toolbox, or to disaggregate the project and resource pack from the rest of the Toolbox.

The resource pack contains simple formative assessments while the project area provides summative assessments. Both areas are independent of each other.

The advantage of this model is that:

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RTO’s can edit the projects page to change or replace the list of projects, for example to use a workplace-based project. Changes to the project will have no effect on the content of the resource pack

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the resource packs (resources relating to specific units) can be stored in a selfcontained folder and accessed by any of the projects.

Because the core units are common to the majority of IT Diplomas, it is envisaged that some RTO’s may choose to disaggregate the Toolbox by using the core units only.

To disaggregate a unit of competency and project from the rest of the Toolbox, you should take the main project folder relating to that unit of competency (eg wd_map_proj), the respak folder relating to the same unit of competency (eg map_respak), and the ‘shared’ folder.

To disaggregate a unit of competency without the associated project, just take the resource pack folder (eg map_respak) and ‘shared’ folder.

Customising assessment

Formative assessment is embedded within the activities of the resource packs, summative assessments are embedded as part of the projects. Where possible, all assessments within an activity or a project are contained in one page, so that the course facilitator can easily update or change assessments.

Customising communication tools

All communication or collaborative activities provide a link to the communications page. This strategy means that RTO’s only have to edit the links on the communications page, rather than edit links throughout the Toolbox.

Before you begin a course you should edit the communications page to provide links to:

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Facilitators’ email

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Discussion forums

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Chat rooms

Discussion forums are suggested rather than chat rooms, because they are asynchronous - i.e. they do not rely on all participants being present at a specific time. However, a link to chat rooms is provided for those facilitators who prefer this method. The discussion forum link can point to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) tool such as Janison or WebCT, or to a Yahoo forum set up

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