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Standards and specifications

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The [email protected] Federation is committed to supporting international and national standards. TLF actively contributes to the development of standards and specifications to meet the needs of the school education community in Australia and New Zealand.

TLF has an important specification-setting function for schools online infrastructure. The specifications cover:

  • educational soundness: this ensures that learning objects and digital resources have end-use 'educational integrity';
  • technical issues: this includes interoperability, accessibility and metadata.

All contractors undertaking projects for TLF must comply with the specifications outlined below. Standards and specifications are updated in conjunction with extensive consultation with stakeholders, teachers, content developers and software vendors.

Standards comparisons

The E-Standards for Training business activity maintain the e-standards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. TLF and the E-Standards for Training business activity have collaborated on a comparison of our standards and specifications to identify where differences in standards may cause technical issues with content interoperability and exchange and where the standards are compatible and facilitate exchange between the schools and VET sectors.

Comparison of ANZ-LOM and Vetadata

Published: April 2008

Metadata requirements are set for the schools and VET sectors by the ANZ-LOM 1.0 (Jan 2008) and Vetadata 1.03 (March 2007) metadata application profiles respectively. Vetadata uses a subset of the elements used by ANZ-LOM.

TLF and the Australian Flexible Learning Framework's E-Standards for Training business activity undertook a comprehensive comparison of the ANZ-LOM (TLF) and Vetadata (VET) metadata application profiles in order to identify potential interoperability issues with the exchange of ANZ-LOM and Vetadata.

Comparison of TLF and VET e-standards

Published: October 2008

This comparison work was undertaken to identify where differences in content and systems development standards may cause technical issues with content interoperability and exchange and where the standards are compatible and facilitate exchange between the schools and VET sectors.

Content development

Project specifications and quality assurance processes ensure the pedagogical quality of content. The specifications are based on exemplary practice in the planning, design, development and use of online curriculum content. They are underpinned by principles of learner focus, integrity, usability and accessibility.

Educational soundness specification

Published: June 2007
Audience: members of an educational design team.

This document ensures the pedagogical quality of TLF's online curriculum content.

Technical specification for content development

Published: December 2009
Audience: project managers, multimedia developers, multimedia analysts and stakeholders (including jurisdictions and schools).

This document defines the use of technical specifications and standards for content developed by TLF.

Technical specification for content development release notes

Published: December 2009
Audience: project managers, multimedia developers, multimedia analysts and stakeholders (including jurisdictions and schools).

This document summarises recent updates to 'Technical specifications for content development'.

Technical specification for content sharing, harvesting and procurement

Published: December 2009
Audience: project managers, multimedia developers, multimedia analysts and stakeholders (including jurisdictions, schools and partner organisations).

This document defines the use of technical specifications and standards for content shared, harvested and procured by TLF.

Accessibility specification for content development

Published: May 2007
Audience: project managers, multimedia developers, multimedia analysts, writers and subject matter experts.

TLF ensures that telecommunications, online content and authoring tools conform to Australian laws relating to accessibility.

Publication and distribution

Learning Object Repository Access and Exchange (LORAX)

Published: June 2009
Audience: project managers; multimedia developers.

Learning Object Repository Access and Exchange defines a web service for interacting with the Exchange repository of learning objects. The web service provides a simple programmatic interface allowing client systems to discover and download metadata and content items from the Exchange.

 

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