Document Type

Conference Proceeding


University of Tasmania


G. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown & B. Cleland


Faculty of Education and Arts


Office of Assoc Dean Teaching and Learning (FEA) / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications




This article was originally published as: Mcmahon, M. T. (2011). Managing Large E-learning Development Initiatives: Lessons learnt from the Australian Flexible Learning Toolbox Project. Paper presented at the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference (ascilite). Hobart, Tasmania. Original article available here


This paper reports on a research consultancy undertaken for the Flexible Learning Framework in reviewing management processes undertaken as part of Series 13 of Flexible Learning Toolboxes. Toolboxes are e-learning products that cover multiple Units of Competency in National Training Packages. In the 13th iteration of the project a number of initiatives were implemented designed to support the development of 7 Toolboxes. The research explores the role of documentation and communication processes and their impact on the development experiences of key stakeholders such as the designers, developers and managers of the products. Findings identified a number of important factors with regard to the use of design documentation and project management processes that are important to successful development as well as some recommendations for future iterations.