eWorks launches new training schedule

eWorks has recently launched its new training schedule for the first half of 2014. The program consists of a range of events that will both:

  • guide new users through a wide range of introductory topics on best practice e-learning delivery, and
  • help those who have already taken their first steps into digital delivery to go even further.

Here is an overview of the topics on offer, delivered in webinar style from 30min to 1h:

[Free] Introduction to e-learning

This session is for people who are considering adding e-learning options to their delivery mix. It will cover popular technologies and best practices and provide a strategic check list to get you started.

[Free] Live Delivery in Moodle with BigBlueButton

In this session you’ll get an initial introduction to synchronous, digital delivery using an online virtual classroom as a Moodle activity. The session will explore the features and potential of Big Blue Button functionality when your message will require webcam and other inclusive, live interactions. Deliver to attendees across town or in another country with this exciting new tool.

[Free] TrainingVC Update

Covering the latest update of TrainingVC’s popular learning management system, this webinar will provide information on new features and provide some examples of the best practices when using an LMS.

Starting out with Moodle 2

Join this session to find out about the most popular learning management system, Moodle. Beginning with a background and overview, the session will cover basics such as courses, users, how to add content, and basic assessment tools and reports.

Evidence requirements gathering using your LMS

See examples of using the popular Moodle and Totara learning management systems for evidence gathering, and discover what reporting features you need in an LMS in order to satisfy different audit requirements.

Video Basics: Pre-production and Production

This webinar will help attendees avoid some of the common mistakes, and provide a checklist of things to consider when setting up and shooting video. A non-technical session aimed at teachers wanting to create their own videos using any kind of camera.

Video Basics: Post-production and Accessibility

Attendees will learn the steps necessary to take a piece of video from their digital camera (or smartphone) to the web. We’ll cover editing, compression, accessibility requirements and publishing.

Have a burning question about e-learning? We’d love to hear from our readers on topics they’d like to see in our training program for the second half of 2014. Tweet us your ideas @eworkstweets with the #eworkstraining hashtag, or contact us on enquiries@eworks.edu.au with the subject Training idea. If you prefer, you can also use our contact form.

For more information and to book sessions, please visit the training page.

Top 5 reasons our customers choose the TrainingVC

TrainingVC

eWorks’ TrainingVC customers are not limited to the VET sector alone. As businesses become aware of the functionality of this integrated learning management platform, our clients are coming from increasingly diverse sectors and departments. And this is why:

#5. To prove compliance with quality reporting

Organisations are accountable for their training both internally and externally. Authenticated learner activity through the TrainingVC tracks and reports learning activity.

#4. To exceed customer expectations

Today’s adult learners expect anywhere, anytime access to learning. eWorks’ TrainingVC provides organisations with the ability to create, access and deliver high-quality learning resources to learners … live and on demand.

#3. To provide an effective system to grow core business

eWorks’ TrainingVC provides a powerful set of tools to effectively manage rapid growth without compromising quality.

#2. To deliver better quality training and education

TrainingVC has the capability to support a huge range of engaging learning experiences including mobile video assessment, virtual classroom conversations across continents, and fully interactive online courses in general.

#1. To increase profitability

Organisations are competing for a share of one of the fastest growing markets in Australia. Now is the time to invest in Australia’s leading e-learning platform, TrainingVC.

For more information visit the TrainingVC page or contact us for a free consultation with an e-learning expert.

Pearson vocational titles transfer to Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning is taking over future editions of the vocational education textbooks, previously published by Pearson.

Vocational & Professional Group, CENGAGE Learning

Cengage Learning continues to invest in vocational education.

  • Karen Kearns’ new editions now available from Cengage Learning Australia
  • Pearson Education future editions will be published by Cengage Learning Australia

What’s available now?

Front covers are Karen Kearns' 'Birth to Big School' and 'The Big Picture'

The brand new third editions of Karen Kearns’ Birth to Big School and The Big Picture, covering Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, are available now!

The new Diploma series will be available mid-2014.

For approved desk copies, samples or orders, contact Cengage.

Your desk copy requests and orders previously placed with Pearson are being transferred to Cengage and will be fulfilled shortly.

What about other books?

If you are using a current edition of a Pearson vocational textbook, please continue to order through Pearson Australia. It’s business as usual!

What’s in the future?

Future new editions of vocational textbooks will be published and distributed through Cengage Learning! So now you can plan ahead! Cengage have already begun reviewing these wonderful textbooks and making plans for new editions.

Let Cengage help you

This acquisition provides a certainty for the TAFE and RTO market with the knowledge that bestselling favourite textbooks will continue to be published. As the number one publisher of vocational education texts in the country, Cengage continues to invest in vocational publishing and is dedicated to working with you.

What are E-standards for Training?

E-standards for Training

The E-standards for Training are a national set of technical standards agreed by all jurisdictions and endorsed for implementation by the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG).

The E-standards are intended to remove technical obstacles to using technology for training, by identifying technologies and file formats that will work with the majority of devices that are available to users in the VET sector, and advocating that developers and creators of content use them.

The technical standards are reviewed and ratified annually by the E-standards Expert Group (EEG), which is the technical standards body for the VET sector endorsed by the National Senior Officials Committee (NSOC).

Each year the National VET E-learning Strategy’s New Generation Technologies (NGT) business activity (under the direction of the EEG) undertakes extensive research into new and emerging technologies and new and existing technical standards, and gathers analytics data that enables identification of the devices and operating systems that are being used in the sector.

The results of the research are then analysed in the content of the real world technologies available in the sector, and recommendations are made as to any inclusions or updates to the e-standards. The resulting recommended standards are circulated to each jurisdiction for comment. Once agreement has been reached by all jurisdictions, the standards are ratified and sent to FLAG for endorsement, and published for use by RTOs, teachers and trainers, and developers.

As of 2013 the E-standards for Training website is a sub-section of the FLAG site and is styled accordingly.

Rodney Spark EEG Chairs says "The site is designed to make it simple for all users to identify the information that they want, and the feedback in the recent review of the E-standards endorses that the information is valuable and easy to find."

The site has four first-level menus, which are fairly self-explanatory:

  • Technical Standards: the published E-standards for Training, ordered according to the categories of standards. The purpose of each of the standards categories can also be obtained from the summary page
  • Research: outcomes of the research undertaken to inform the development of the nationally-agreed technical standards, ordered according to the technology and/or standard that was researched
  • Implementation: detailed information and advice to facilitate the effective use of e-learning content and systems in the sector, ordered according to the technology and/or standard that was researched
  • EEG: an explanation of the purpose and membership of the E-standards Expert Group

The site also provides easy access to media releases reporting on the activities of the New Generation Technologies for Learning business activity.

Information about the business activity and its activities, including the Technology Innovations Research projects, standards and technology support can be found at http://ngt.flexiblelearning.net.au/.

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