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North Coast TAFE & Virtual Enterprise Australia Project

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We made the news team!


Our North Coast TAFE Virtually Hyperconnected project made the Manning Times! Woot! Great job Taree business students & teachers and special thanks to our business mentor Meredith Collins – @videosocialcode

Manning River Times - Virtual business with international potential

Manning River Times – Virtual business with international potential

You can read the online article here –


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Virtual Trade Fair event

Congratulations to our wonderful North Coast TAFE business administration students from Taree campus. What a fabulous event!

Led by teachers Deborah Kelly and Marie Power, and supported by their business mentor, Meredith Collins, NCTAFE business administration students students held a Virtual Trade Fair. The Virtual Trade Fair was to replace the physical Trade fair that students are required to develop and host for their course assessment event.

To find media from the event, you can view any off the links below.

Here are some snaps from the day.

You can view more project details and project case study on the National Vet eLearning Strategy Wiki.

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Students up working and collaborating at 1:30am!

Well it’s finally here, tomorrow is our Virtual Trade Fair. North Coast TAFE business students have been busy preparing their booths for some virtual trading and visits from international visitors between 11:00 am and 13:30pm AEST, tomorrow (Monday May 27th). This event forms a major part of their assessment for their business studies and North Coast TAFE. If you haven’t contacted me for a guest avatar and pre-event training, then you’ll miss this amazing event. Luckily though, I shall be recording it, so stay tuned for the video.

What makes this event really special is not just the work that the teachers have put in, but the many, many hours that the students have spent collaborating and working with each other, the teachers, industry contacts and their business mentor, you only have to look at the classes private Facebook group (to which I am lucky to be privy), to see the high level of engagement with this project and its subject matter. It is also evident on our project Facebook page, and tweets (#virtualhype), many of which have been collated on storify (part 3 details the preparation for the Trade Fair).

I have seen this group of students in-world on several occasions late at night, weekends and more recently into the early hours of the morning. So, I am left with some questions that I hope you will add to in the comments below and that the students will respond to honestly (perhaps sometime after the main event).

Questions for the students

  • Why are you working in-world at such unusual hours?
  • Have you engaged in the social media side of your learning? If so, has it affected/ changed the way you learn?
  • Has the industry collaboration added value to your studies?
  • What have you learnt from this experience?
  • What aspect has been the most challenging?
  • How as the reduced number of students/ project participants affected your journey?

Looking forward to reading your questions and responses.

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Project Update 2 – The Virtual Trade Fair

Are you ready for our Virtual Trade Fair?

Right now we are very busy preparing for our Virtual Trade Fair on Monday May 27th.  The Trade Fair will operate between 11:00 and 13:30 pm.

What will happen?

Students will meet and greet guests at the booths they have been busy designing and conduct trading using virtual currency (‘tokens’) with virtual world guests. Clients and guests include other staff looking at the potential use of virtual worlds in education, business contacts and even some international attendess (think of the money they are saving on flights!!)

How are we preparing for the event?

Students and project members have participated in virtual world training sessions alongside Trade Fair guests, business mentors, Virtual Enterprise Australia staff and interested North Coast TAFE staff.  Currently, students are busy creating booths for virtual trading.  Our business faculty teachers, Deb Kelly & Marie Power are guiding the students with creation of marketing collateral for the booths, brochures for trading, developing presentations and much more.

We’re also busy promoting the event to ensure that we have plenty of virtual visitors to keep our student busy! Here are some images of our spaces and training.

Like our Virtually Hyperconnected Facebook page for Trade Fair information and updates.

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Getting down to business!

Creating lanyards for our avatars in preparation for our Virtual Trade Fair on Monday . What do you think?

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It’s a wrap! Social Business Matters…

It’s a fact, Social Business Matters! Our wonderful speaker, digital and social media strategist, Meredith Collins from Video Social Marketing joined North Coast TAFE as part of our Virtually Hyperconnected project to share her expertise on just how much social media impacts business, how important it is to have a strategy and a plan and to measure the results. Meredith took us on an engaging and powerful journey into our past (highlighted by a purple Malvern Star bike), with a sneak peak at the future (which looks to be all mobile, mobile, mobile). You can view some images, tweets and the YouTube videos on our Storify page.

The event was held physically at Taree campus, North Coast Institute and online using Adobe Connect. The event was recorded and filmed and is currently being edited.

After the event, Meredith (the Business Mentor for Taree campus Business students) was invited into the classroom to workshop ideas for the project and to enable students to develop their relationship with her by discussing ways they could work together for the duration of their study. We caught lots of this user based design, planing and collaboration on film, along with feedback from the students. As we go through the footage, we will grab any significant bits to share with the project via this blog.

Here are some images from the event. You can find more here on Flickr


Social Business Matters


Measuring your return on Social Media Investment

This exciting Social Media for business event presented by Meredith Collins (Social Media Strategist), is part of our Virtually Hyperconnected project. It is a fabulous opportunity to hyperconnect North Coast TAFE business students and teachers, with Virtual Enterprise Australia and business mentors in a virtual context.

Download the Social Business Matters Flyer

When: Monday March 18th , 12:00 – 13: 30

Where: Library seminar room Taree campus, North Coast TAFE
Attend online by clicking this link –

What you need to do

Download the flyer here

What will we be talking about?

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Outline the psychology of social media
  • Identify how social media can impact a business’s reputation online
  • Name the four main keys that Google looks for in a website and how social media contributes to the keys
  • Identify how social media can influence online visibility
  • Identify two ways to measure the success of social media

There will be a Q & A session, so bring your questions.

Don’t leave without your ‘free set of steak knives’ (we’ll give attendees access to a set of very useful, business focused social media checklists)

How do we join online?

You can attend online by clicking this link –

  1. You’ll need a headset plugged into your computer before entering the online session.
  2. Enter as a guest using your full name (it would help us if you put your organisation in brackets as well), or if you’re with DEC, then log in using your usual details (with @detnsw at the end).
  3. We recommend coming in at least ten minutes prior to the start of the session to test your audio.
  4. Run through the Audio setup wizard before you start (Meetings > Audio setup wizard)
  5. Make sure your mic is turned off unless it is your turn to speak

Note: This session will be recorded and a link placed here after the event.


Who is Meredith Collins?

Meredith Collins is a Social media Strategist.  Meredith’s passion for social media began in 2003 as one of TAFE NSW’s first teachers to begin to utilise and assess blogs, wikis, podcasting amongst other online technologies to support both students and teachers in distance and eLearning solutions.2009 saw her open her own consultancy, Video.Social. Marketing and having watched the progress of social media as a business tool and communication channel in a very short time. In line with this changing environment, she too evolved her service offering education for the business market – being a sought after and entertaining speaker – “Keeping it Real”.

Meredith delivers practical, engaging and easy to follow keynotes, breakfast seminars, workshops and mentoring programs in a dynamic way and she is committed to bringing her audience the very latest and most relevant content. More info

What you can expect from meredith

  • Entertaining, engaging and relevant content and delivery – start to finish
  • High interaction and multi-media content – an energised audience
  • High-quality information woven through with stories and humour
  • Well researched and prepared content specific to your needs
  • No death by PowerPoint!
  • Challenging, thought-provoking and memorable experiences
  • An audience who remembers your event for weeks afterwards!


“Social Media was a confusing and out there media that we didn’t think was for us…..Meredith changed all that. She made it easy to understand, showed how powerful a tool it actually was and proved that it was necessary for any company wanting to grow and be leading edge. Video.Social.Marketing did all that and we have now embraced this technology and are engaging new and potential customers each and every day. Meredith is highly recommended by us as both a consultant and mentor and she and her company will definitely make you better resourced and a leading edge market player. A powerful business to be associated with.” MD – NSW TAFE Institute

Virtual Enterprise Australia

Who are Virtual Enterprise Australia?

Virtual Enterprise Australia (VEA) is a not-for-profit company that manages the network of Virtual Enterprises (VEs).

The Virtual Enterprise program is an opportunity to get your students experienced in business without the risks of running a real business. Whilst the products and money are virtual everything else is real. This business program can support participants at school, TAFE, university and in business, and it is hands on, interactive and global. More info

What is the Virtually Hyper connected project?

North Coast TAFE and Virtual Enterprise Australia partner again in the Virtually Hyperconnected project, embedding learning and assessment opportunities in a virtual world environment with audio capability and social streams and developing a hyperconnected learning model. ‘In-world’ students can train, learn, perform assessment tasks and develop employability skills associated with running a business and the relevance (and in fact importance) of using on line social mediums in 2013. More info

This event will be hosted by North Coast TAFE. For further details contact:

Alex-Miller, Learning Resource Development Officer, North Coast TAFE
m: 0418 227 066