Monday, August 15, 2011


And we fought so many pointless battles with those who doubted the longevity of social media, and the value of open educational resource development. They wouldn't stop and reflect on the reliability of the Australian sector, from directories and actual educational content, through to public media initiatives like POOL.

The decommissioning of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework's Learning Object Repository Network (LORN), (at very short notice, and very poor timing for teachers I might add) comes as no surprise, and is another I-Told-Youz-So (ITYS) moment for those in the sector who have consistently questioned the wisdom of such expenditure.. but will the recognition come? Of course not. Will the same mistakes repeat? Of course they will. WASTE!

May I repeat the call (6 years on), for all Australian public investments in content, to adopt a Creative Commons Attribution copyright license regime (the only real inter-operability standard, and one finally endorsed by Federal Government) and fund a campaign to get that content distributed across targeted, popular, reliable and infinitely more useful media channels, like Youtube, Archive and the Wikimedia Foundation projects, and to lobby Australian libraries and archives to do more for capturing and storing Austalian content on its way out the door to these more popular and reliable channels, but in a way that compliments that trend...

Dear Colleagues,
Some sad new about LORN...

As you may have already heard...LORN is to be decommissioned from 31 August 2011.

From 31 August 2011 the Learning Object Repository Network (LORN) will be decommissioned.
This decision comes as the result of a recent review of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework and development of a National VET E-learning Strategy by the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG).

From 1 September 2011 users can:

1. Continue to browse and download free digital learning resources direct from the
Framework's Toolbox Repository - - which hosts the
Flexible Learning Toolboxes, E-Learning Innovations and E-learning for Industry collections

2. Cirectly access the jurisdictional repositories (TAFE VC, WestOne and Tasmanian Polytechnic)
subject to any access conditions placed on these by jurisdictions.

Skills Victoria has advised that access to the TAFE VC collection is limited to registered Victorian TAFE staff and RTOs only; please direct all enquiries to:

In the interim enquiries regarding access to LORN and the downloading of learning objects book marked through the 'My LORN' function should be directed to: Helen lynch, ACT Toolbox Champion, 6207 4031 or

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