The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) seeks to advance and coordinate the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) agenda, informed by national and state policy directions, for the Catholic schooling sector in Queensland. The Commission is provided with advice and support from the QCEC ICT Subcommittee, the National Online Assessment Capability (NOAC) Implementation Taskforce and the Executive Officer – ICT, in relation to the use of technology as a strategic tool in learning, teaching and administration.
The QCEC Secretariat provides support to the Catholic school authorities by coordinating collaborative approaches to addressing ICT issues in a range of areas such as pedagogy, curriculum, professional development, infrastructure, online content, applications, services, policy development, regulatory frameworks, reporting and research. ICT is considered to be an enabler for the goals of Catholic school authorities and a servant for the mission of Catholic education.
The education sector has agreed to a set of Principles for National Online Assessment to support the transition of National Assessment Programs such as NAPLAN from print to online and classroom-based online assessment more broadly in the future. The Australian Government has committed to developing a national online assessment platform to enable online assessment which is supported by State and Territory Education Ministers.
Other Technology in Schools initiatives highlighted by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training include the Broadband-Enabled Education and Skills Services Programme and National Schools Interoperability Program (NSIP).
National Online Learning Services are managed by Education Services Australia (ESA) and comprise:
Scootle provides access to a range of Australian Curriculum digital curriculum resources. Access to the full Scootle feature set is restricted to teachers and students in Australian schools and other bodies under license.
Teacher access is provided by their jurisdictions.
Every three years, samples of Year 6 and Year 10 students from across Australia are tested on their ability to use ICT appropriately through the National Assessment Program (NAP) ICT Literacy.
The Queensland Catholic sector has the opportunity to engage with other sectors and key education stakeholders through a range of committees, programs and events such as the cross-sectoral ICT Reference Committee, the
Learning Place Affiliates Program and the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE). The Queensland Government has also enabled access to the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) resources through Scootle for Catholic schools in Queensland.
Catholic Network Australia (CNA) was established by the Australian Bishops to provide a contemporary, secure, private information technology network and associated communications services for the benefit of the Catholic
community in Australia. The Catholic education sector was the first Church sector to connect to CNA.
Education services provided by CNA include a national online platform, Education Staff Online, allowing Catholic Educators to connect across the country to share ideas, information and resources in order to promote contemporary learning in Australian Catholic Schools.