The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is to form an "Applied ICT in Education Panel" to support the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives that support the use of ICT in education.
The panel will provide expert technical advice and analysis and contribute to the development and implementation of initiatives aimed at the effective integration of ICT in education including the Government’s Digital Education Revolution (DER) and the Vocational Education Broadband Network (VEN) initiatives.
The panel will also assist in developing, reviewing and providing quality assurance of technical documents and reports and provide expertise around infrastructure, networking, e-Learning, technical standards, copyright, security and privacy.
In DEEWR documents the Department said the initiative was aimed at supporting the Government’s push to increase the proportion of Australians with educational qualifications.
“The Government is supporting the education and training sector to achieve this objective through the investment of $2.2 billion under the DER and $80 million under the VEN initiatives,” the documents read. “Reflecting Government policies DEEWR aims to promote the effective integration of ICT in teaching and learning in Australia.
“DEEWR has identified a need to have access to ongoing external specialist technical advice. The panel arrangements … will assist in the timely delivery of technical and specialist advice and reports.”