The National Digital Learning Resources Network (NDLRN) comprises a resource collection, delivery infrastructure and metadata standards. The NDLRN has been collaboratively developed and is jointly owned by all Australian school education jurisdictions.
The NDLRN is a network of infrastructure and processes that enables the management and distribution of the national collection of digital resources to education authorities. It comprises systems to manage content, standards, networks and distribution infrastructure.
Education Services Australia manages the NDLRN for the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC). Education Services Australia also acquires resources to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, and distributes resources through the NDLRN.
There are more than 16,000 digital resources in the NDLRN; they are free for use in all Australian schools. The resources are accessible to teachers through portals and Scootle. Preservice-training universitiescan access the resources through the eContent Repository (subject to licence registration).
Digital curriculum resources are delivered in a variety of formats:
- interactive multimedia student resources designed to promote constructivist and inquiry learning
- primary source film, image and sound materials suitable for teachers to adapt when developing their own learning sequences
- thematic collections of resources in popular topics that have been collated and made available to teachers
- resources for teachers to share strategies when using materials sourced from the national collection
- units of work developed by teachers and professional associations on implementing the Australian Curriculum
- formative assessment resources
- web resources sourced from international repositories
- links to professional resources hosted by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
- datasets sourced from scientific and government organisations and presented in online tools that promote open-ended learning and allow students to analyse authentic data.
The national infrastructure includes:
- content management and distribution systems
- an exchange that enables the sharing of resources by web services, linking state and territory repositories
- state education portals and Scootle
- intellectual property management systems and licensing protocols.
The national operating environment is supported by the Schools Online Thesaurus (ScOT), agreed education value standards for digital resources, technical infrastructure, metadata and rights management through the NDLRN.
The NDLRN is an outcome of Australian Government initiatives such as The Learning Federation and of state and territory government initiatives to provide education portals.