Learning communities

Australian Learning Communities Network

The Australian Learning Communities Network (ALCN Inc) exists so that Australia becomes a nation of connected, life-long learning communities.

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Report: Innovating in Learning Communities through the EcCoWell2 Approach

UNESCO Global Learning Cities – Australia

Circular Head – Tasmania

Wyndham City Council – Victoria

Melton City Council – Victoria

Local Government and Community Learning strategies

Brimbank City Council Learning Strategy 2018-2023 (Vic)

Hume City Council – Learning together 2030 (Vic)

Kentish Community Learning Plan and Strategy 2016 (Tas)

Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres Delivering in the City of Maribyrnong (Vic)

Melton City Council – Community Learning Plan 2015-2018 (Vic)

Wyndham City Council – Learning community strategy 2018-2023 (Vic)

Practical resources

Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit

This report builds on ACELG’s 2013 Learning as a Driver for Change project and in particular aligns the Learning Community Framework to UNESCO’s framework of the key features of learning cities. Volume 1 includes a literature review of evaluation frameworks; an in-depth case study on evaluation practices; and background information on the development of the Measuring Impact Toolkit, designed to help local government practitioners create, adopt and evaluate a Community Learning Plan for their LGA. Volume 2 provides practical templates for planning and reporting, checklists, and further Australian examples of Community Learning Plans.

The framework will be the useful resource for communities embarking on developing Ā a learning community strategy or evaluating one already in place. Learning Communities Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit, Vol 2

Learning as a driver for change

This paper explores how learning partnerships between councils, their communities and learning organisations can help improve social outcomes, build community capabilities and strengthen community governance. A supplementary framework for the implementation of learning partnerships is also available.

These 2014 publications consist of a toolkit to accompany the framework, and a further report. Again, the toolkit is the practical resource to help communities set up a strong evidence base for their strategy that includes targets and measurable outcomes. ACELG Framework – Learning as a Driver for Change

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning – Global Network of Learning Cities

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practice. https://uil.unesco.org/lifelong-learning/learning-citieGlobal Network of Learning Cities

Conferences and Forums

Smart Learning Cities 26 February 2020

A partnership event with Adult Learning Australia, RMIT and the Australian Learning Cities Network – 26 February 2020.

The forum examined Smart City developments and linkages with Learning City approaches.

ProgramĀ  Forum Bios Background paper Introduction Professor Mike Osborne City of Wyndham City of Melton ALA paper Summary


ALCN virtual professional development roundtable about learning and entrepreneurship – 23 November 2020

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