Learning culture, 70:20:10 and digital transformations

Darcy Nicolson talking with an attendee at the Learning@Work conference

This year was the first year that eWorks both attended and sponsored the Learning@Work conference in Sydney in October 2014. We take conference sponsorship pretty seriously here at eWorks, as we feel that it is important to support events that promote the latest strategies, developments and technologies underpinning training. But eWorks consists of a bunch of e-learning experts – so why bother with a learning and development conference?

What is Learning@Work?

Learning@Work is Australia’s largest independently organised L&D conference and Australia’s only L&D trade show focused exclusively on technology for L&D Managers. The event brings together learning and development (L&D) directors and practitioners, human resource (HR) directors and practitioners, training providers and recruitment companies.

The agenda this year followed a number of important themes, including how social media and mobile learning will accelerate workplace learning and development. It also offered L&D and HR professionals an ideal platform to discuss the growing role of technology to transform the workplace.

Main topics covered were:

  • Building a learning culture
  • 70:20:10 and beyond
  • Collaboration and learning with social media
  • m-learning
  • Getting into the mind of the working learner.

What did eWorks’ staff say about the event?

“It was great talking with the Learning@work crowd, hearing their excitement about new technologies and processes that will underlie future training projects,” says Darcy Nicolson, e-learning consultant at eWorks.

MOOCs were again a hot topic, as was gamification, and the discussions we had at the eWorks stand centred around how to apply these theories to learning program design,” says Darcy.

Why did eWorks sponsor an L&D conference?

Back now to that question of why we sponsored the event. Well first of all, we’re all about making learning easier, more convenient and more efficient through technology – both for the learner and the organisation delivering the training.

Secondly, we’re not just technology experts who sit around talking about the latest developments in digital learning systems. We have really cool solutions to help you get started. We even develop your online content. Here is a bit of a spiel but in fact we offer a flexible solution (TVC Enterprise) specifically designed for learning and development management, like:

  • Individual learning plans to reflect employee roles, training needs and objectives
  • Compliance and assessment management plus business analytics and reporting
  • Facilities to track on-the-job training, guide development and assess progress towards career and company goals.

See you at Learning@Work next year. In the meantime, if you have any questions about digital learning management, do get in touch.

NVET 2014 – Making the impossible possible

Darcy at NVET 2014

Way back in September (how time flies!), three eWorks staff members set off for sunny Brisvegas to attend the 2014 National VET Conference. The theme for this year’s event was Impossible is Possible Together, encouraging all attendees, delegates, presenters and sponsors to consider:

  • the huge range of resources that is available to the VET sector,
  • upcoming changes in the VET sector and how to engage with each other to embrace these changes.

The Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry, was a keynote speaker at the 2014 National VET Conference, where he addressed the future of the VET sector. He discussed the Australian Government’s plans to revamp the training system, suggesting that the proposed reforms are designed to elevate trades and vocational education to the centre of Australia’s economy.

There was a huge amount of excited energy throughout the two days in Brisbane, as you would expect when so many passionate VET practitioners come together. It’s tough to choose the highlight of the event – excellent speakers and workshops, or perhaps the masquerade ball! But this is definitely one to mark in the calendar for next year.

“We had such a great time at NVET this year”, says Darcy Nicolson, E-learning Consultant at eWorks.

“The feedback from people accessing ready-made content through VET Commons was incredible. It is so rewarding to hear that the work we’re doing is actually making life easier for busy VET practitioners”, says Darcy.

Register today to access high-quality, easy-to-use, free content from VET Commons.

Cutting edge e-learning technology meets healthcare

In 2010 Sydney Adventist Hospital transitioned from paper-based to online training with the aim to make learning more accessible and efficient – and it worked. Gina Veliotis, E-learning Coordinator at Adventist HealthCare, shares their story.

Workplace education at Sydney Adventist Hospital, New South Wales’ largest private and not-for-profit hospital, dates back to the hospital’s opening in 1903 with an onsite nursing school. Today, onsite training has grown substantially, but the way that it is delivered has changed dramatically.

Historically nurse training was paper-based, requiring face to face training. Labour intensive and time consuming, attendance rates varied subject to clinical pressures. In 2010 Sydney Adventist Hospital (The San) transitioned to an e-learning platform with the aim to make learning more accessible and efficient – and it worked.

Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) was chosen to give hospital educators another way to deliver education and training to staff. The use of Moodle as an e-learning platform has improved compliance dramatically; employees can now complete clinical and compliance training anywhere, anytime on their computer, mobile phone or tablet. Users can engage with digital learning resources including interactive activities and videos, offering staff a compelling, helpful and authentic learning experience.

The Right Approach

Moodle has enabled the hospital to develop training programs that meet the needs of individuals as well as stringent accreditation requirements of the Australian statutory bodies. Scenario-based online training helps staff learn critical theory before they practice decisions and skills in a guided clinical setting. Bringing together the best of e-learning, skills workshops, clinical simulation labs and workplace practice learning helps bridge the gap between theory and practice.

“The quality of online, classroom and clinical simulation facilities is excellent. Integrating theory and clinical is very helpful,” says a participant in the hospital’s nurse re-entry program.

The Inaugural Health MoodleMoot

Register online: Health Moodlemoot 2014 Innovation - Sydney 27-28 Nov

The Sydney Adventist Hospital is hosting Australia’s first Health Moodle Conference (MoodleMoot) – Moodle and Innovation in Healthcare Education’ – in November 2014. The two day event will showcase successful implementations of Moodle, and related technologies and approaches, that promote exploration, simulation, sharing and collaboration in healthcare education..

Sessions will be presented by clinical educators, learning designers, multimedia experts, and Moodle experts and administrators, who will share their experience and knowledge in meeting the complex and diverse challenges faced by healthcare education.

Did you know that you can access free, ready-made healthcare training content through VETCommons? Register today and choose from over 15,000 curated learning resources such as:

  • Patient Care – Plans and Pathways
  • Health Assessment in Nursing, and
  • Infection Control in Healthcare.

ACPET Conference 2014 – MOOCs, VHS and craft beer

On the 28th and 29th of August, Bernadette Parry and I went to the ACPET Conference to represent eWorks. Fremantle was an opportune locality, with a great selection of fresh beers within walking distance of the venue—at The Sail and Anchor, Little Creatures and The Monk. I took the chance to introduce a few ACPET members to the finer points of craft beer at The Monk brewery.

Pot of craft beer

My presentation on MOOCs in the VET sector on the second day of the conference showcased the Australian Childhood Foundation which hosts a MOOC via TrainingVC. I discussed MOOCs in general as an overview, and then focused on the possibilities of technology to scale education. Don’t get me wrong, while I do identify as a geek, I am not proposing that every learning outcome can or should be delivered digitally. From my discussions with many ACPET members I noticed that the perspective of many educators of what e-learning is about focuses on digital delivery of course material. While the CBT (computer based training) of the early internet ’90s did focus on a click next style of theory delivery, modern LMS systems like TrainingVC provide so much more opportunity for improving education models outside the area of delivery. An LMS, when exploited effectively, can be used to measure learning outcomes, synchronous educator to learner or peer interactions and so much more.

I also spoke about other industries and how internet connectivity has impacted them. We only need to look at the changes in the music industry to see significant change to models. Using home video as an analogy, the audience and I took a trip down memory lane, remembering large VHS cameras and running out of tape halfway through holidays. Post internet and mobile device disruption of video, YouTube now has 100 hours of video uploaded every minute. Generation Z expects to be able to broadcast publicly as fast as it takes them to upload their video.

The ensuing Q&A session was great fun, with lots of questions on how the revenue models for educators will change in the future. If we look at the large scale MOOCs of Stanford and Harvard, an early model seems to be taking shape. Offline learning material scales really easily when delivered by the internet, and modern consumers know this. Training content, thought of by many in the past as a significant proportion of your training intellectual property (IP), is being expected for free because consumers realise the cost in delivery via digital channels is low. This has led companies like EDx to shift the revenue generating focus to where the work becomes unscaleable (i.e. 1:1), which of course is assessment, accreditation and certification. While this has a lower price point and the margin will be smaller than the massive-scale music industry for example, successful companies have the opportunity for much larger audiences.

All in all, ACPET 2014 was an awesome event with lots of great discussions on education and interesting, passionate people to meet. Thanks ACPET — we look forward to next year.