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Innovative Technologies in Training Conference


The information and communication technologies available in today's world provide both challenges and opportunities for training in the fire and emergency services sector. The new technologies are complex and there are multiple platforms available - mobile internet, social networking and virtual worlds to name just a few.

The greatest challenge, and opportunity, is to re-think classroom delivery and the type of learning opportunities these technologies provide. It provides trainers with the opportunity to shift learning out of the classroom and direct to the student. This enables students to learn in a way that works best for them.

To increase awareness of these technologies, and address the opportunities and challenges they provide for the sector, SAFECOM sponsored a conference on 29 January titled 'Innovative Technologies for Training'.

The conference highlighted four innovative technologies, with presentations provided by Adelaide-based experts:

  • Amanda Hassett, from Top Dingo, demonstrated the use of the application Second Life to create online simulations.
  • Jerry Leeson, from, discussed the benefits of using social networking applications to support learning.
  • Michael Coghlan demonstrated the use of web conferencing technology to simultaneously deliver training presentations to students in different geographical locations, creating a virtual classroom.
  • Leo Gaggl, of, presented information about the many types of mobile devices that are used to develop, deliver and assess training. Of particular interest to the participants was a video camera built into sunglasses.

The conference was attended by 33 representatives from CFS, MFS, SES, SAPOL, Attorney General's Department and the Courts Administration Authority.

For copies of the 'Innovative Technologies in Training' conference presentation, or to participate in online discussion regarding innovative technologies in training, visit

  David Place - Training Conference

David Place presenting at the conference
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