Learning communities

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  a learning community strategy or evaluating one already in place.

Wheeler, L., Wong, S., Blunden, P. (2014). Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit. Volumes 1& 2. Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, University of Technology, Sydney

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.

Wheeler, L., Wong, S., Farrell, J., & Wong, I. (2013). Learning as a Driver for Change. Volumes 1 & 2. Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, University of Technology, Sydney

Practical resources

Learning Communities Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit, Vol 2

ACELG Framework – Learning as a Driver for Change

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

Australian Learning Communities Network

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

Go to: ALCN website

Report: Innovating in Learning Communities through the EcCoWell2 Approach

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)

Smart Learning Cities Forum

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.

Program

Forum Bios

Background paper

Introduction

Professor Mike Osborne

City of Wyndham

City of Melton

ALA paper

Summary

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