Learners experience a task-based approach to their learning
as they undertake authentic activities directly related to
the competency standards addressed by the web-based resource
referred to as the "toolbox".
While working through each activity, learners may choose
to access a range of content resources to assist in completing
the task. A variety of support mechanisms are also incorporated,
including a learner's guide, links to external web resources,
chat and discussion topics and face-to-face tutors.
This learning design facilitates flexible learning opportunities
for the learners. That is, there is flexibility in the selection
of tasks, the completion of tasks, the timeframe of learner
participation and the mode of access to the learning materials.
Learning may occur in a variety of contexts, such as wholly
online, in a face-to-face setting or via a blended approach.
A trainer would set assessment tasks, provide feedback and
facilitate collaborative activities (group tasks, discussions,
NB: The 'Flexible Learning Toolboxes' are a federal initiative
developed under the Australian Flexible Learning Framework
2000 - 2004.