Harnessing Rural Skills: People, Place and Pastimes


[Find out more at their "ProtoPage" site] [or find updates on their blog]

Here, you can listen to Carole McCulloch, aka Coach Carole, introduce the project at our Induction Sessions, April in Melbourne.


Project team: North East Community e-Learning Precinct

North East Victorian rural communities have experienced multiple disadvantages in recent years leaving its citizens with reduced access to employment and learning, and diminished capacity for economic growth. This project will focus on the learning needs of the communities and provide a sustainable approach to their e-learning capacity.

Over recent years, the collaboration between Wodonga Institute of TAFE and the Hume Regional Council of Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) - and the ACE providers it supports - has improved take up of e-learning opportunities by adult learners and youth in the region. This project began with a collaborative approach to enhancing elearning opportunities in five small towns in NE Victoria, Beechworth, Corryong, Mt Beauty, Tallangatta and Yackandandah.

Online Stories

This creative group from Wodonga have used a digital story, to engage their community workers.


One of their digital stories focuses on the experience of migration to Bonegilla.


More stories from the participants will soon be made available as they finalise their movies for uploading to the web and storing in their own eportfolios. Showcases for celebrating their successes are now in the planning as we approach the end of the project timeline.

For more reflective feedback from Coach Carole, one of the program designers, you can

Catch up with their headlines here:

News from the Harnessing Rural Skills project
  • Celebrating and showcasing: horses gets their sashes Nov 27, 2006
    1. What have you accomplished that you are most proud of by using social software? What enabled you to achieve this? • Some participants completed their personal digital stories and uploaded to their personal websites.• Others were ab...
  • Stories of the journey: horses are approaching the finishing post Oct 31, 2006
    Here we are in the final month of the Harnessing Rural Skills projects across the NE Victorian towns of Beechworth, Corryong, Mt Beauty, Tallangatta and Yackandandah. The race has been a fast one and one that faced lots of hurdles. To continue ...
  • Digital Storytelling, blogging and eportfolios: horses are racing Sep 23, 2006
    September Progress Update:Check out the Protopage, our front page for the Harnessing Rural Skills project, for an update on the start dates for each of the People, Place and Pastimes program in our NE Victorian centres. http://www.protopage.com...
  • People, Place and Pastimes: horses are in the paddocks Aug 9, 2006
    The first centre has launched their program and successfully conducted their induction event. The centre coordinator is now most proudly spruiking about the enthusiasm of the participants in joining the program - and performing the best form of...
  • Harnessing Rural Skills - horses still in the stables Aug 8, 2006
    What a flurry of activity there has been just getting up to the launch of the program for the participating centres (partners) in the NE Victoria Elearning precinct. We have five partners located at:Beechworth, Corryong, Mt Beauty, Tallangatta ...
  • ECCP Induction Workshop - April Apr 30, 2006
    Each of the steering group looked forward to the start of the project for 2006 and three of us were able to attend the Induction workshop in April.My first impression was one of convenience to hold the event so close to the accommodation chosen...