Practical videos for online training delivery

Training Snippets is an online library of mini-videos that can be used to demonstrate workplace health and safety procedures, business development and soft skills. Using mini-videos for your safety training means clear, focused messages to your users, rather than long, drawn-out videos where the key points can get lost.

This first VET Commons release of content from Training Snippets offers the following demonstration videos of manual handling techniques, basic first aid and forklift operation:

Training Snippets

  1. Carrying Box Through Doorway
  2. Housekeeping: Clean Office Equipment
  3. Desk Posture
  4. Keep Pathways Clear
  5. Forklift: Pre-Operational Checks (Gas) – Combined
  6. Forklift: Pre-Operational Checks (Electric) – Combined
  7. Forklift: Picking Up A Pallet From The Floor
  8. Forklift: Picking A Pallet From Above Head Height
  9. Forklift: Loading A Pallet Onto A Truck Tray
  10. Forklift: Picking A Pallet From A Truck Tray
  11. Safely Retrieving Boxes From Courier Van
  12. Retrieving Parcel From Courier Van Side Door
  13. Carrying Parcels From Courier Van
  14. First Aid: Conscious Casualty
  15. First Aid: Introducing DRSABCD
  16. First Aid: Minor Scalds
  17. First Aid: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  18. First Aid: Snake Bite
  19. Truck Safety: Pre-Operational Checks.

To access these Training Snippets videos, plus an enormous range of free and paid ready-made content directly from your Moodle, join the VET Commons community today.

New Offering from Cengage Learning

VET Commons

A new offering from Cengage Learning sees ten of their top vocational titles available as fully populated Moodle courses through the VET Commons ready-made content plugin.

This means teachers can purchase the Moodle course, upload it into their own Moodle and have their students working through the course and assessments with no extra work required.

  1. Electrical Principles course (PDF, 4.48 MB)
  2. Professional Beauty Therapy course (PDF, 5.60 MB)
  3. Professional Chef course (PDF, 5.18 MB)
  4. Bookkeeping & Accounting Essentials course (PDF, 8.66 MB)
  5. Essential Clinical Skills for Enrolled / Div. 2 Nurses course (PDF, 5.62 MB)
  6. Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings course (PDF, 5.90 MB)
  7. Automotive Air Conditioning course (PDF, 4.36 MB)
  8. WHS: A Management Guide course (PDF, 5.26 MB)
  9. MGMT2 course (PDF, 5.38 MB)
  10. MKTG2 course (PDF, 5.51 MB)

The Cengage team prides itself on delivering competency based learning materials to you and your students, providing content that is easily accessible and current to the training packages.

These populated Moodle courses contain all the theoretical key components needed for the course, alongside an abundance of support materials for instructors, including instructor manuals,  test banks, customisable PowerPoint presentations, equipment lists, chapter summaries, solution manuals, activity sheets, glossaries, videos and so much more.

Vocational & Professional Group - Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services provider  for the academic, vocational, professional, ELT and library markets worldwide. Their focus is on engaging with instructors and learners, both in the classroom and beyond, to ensure the most effective product design, learning solutions and personalised services is at the centre  of what they do.

Access the content today through the VET Commons ready-made content plugin.

5 tips for designing Lectora courses

In our experience building over a hundred Lectora courses for a wide variety of clients, we’ve come to realise that making great-looking Lectora courses is a cumulative result of many factors. It’s the little details that will separate a course from the pack and give it that all-important professional feel.

The following tips are a good foundation for getting the structure and layout of your courses set up in a way that will not only produce a better-looking course, but also one that is easier to edit and maintain.

Display images at their native resolution

Let’s start with a basic one: a good rule in general is to avoid scaling images. When you scale an image up or down, Lectora uses a process called interpolation to add or subtract pixels from the image. The result is often a slightly blurry image that just doesn’t look right. Showing all your images at their native resolution will ensure that they have a uniform level of detail and that you’re not including files in your course that are far bigger (in terms of file size) than they need to be.

Inheritance

It’s important to understand that objects that appear on base (or parent) layers of your course will also appear on sub (or child) layers of your course. You can use this feature to cut down on duplicated elements. For example, maybe you have navigation buttons on every page. Using this technique you only need to include the buttons once on the base layer and they will be inherited on all sub-layers. This makes updating the presentation far easier since changes made on this base layer will affect all sub-layers as well. In general, if you have to update multiple instances of the same thing every time you make a change, you should consider using inheritance instead.

Exclude items where it makes sense

Along the same lines as the previous tip, where it’s possible to include objects from parents, it’s also possible to exclude objects where necessary. Let’s take our navigation buttons example from the previous tip. Maybe on the first and last page, you want to hide one of the buttons to make the student’s navigation options clearer. By opening a pages’ Properties menu and going to the Inherit tab, you can include or exclude objects from parents. Good uses for this might be enabling or disabling decorations, branding or instructions that are duplicated across most screens in your course.

Turn off compression when publishing

While Lectora’s built-in compression settings may help bring down file sizes, they also limit your control of the quality level. The results can be quite bad. A better solution, if it’s available and you have the required software, is to ensure any asset you import into Lectora is already compressed to your desired level. Image editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop have robust features for this purpose and will do a better job compressing your images than Lectora’s built-in feature.

Line things up

Finally, we have another basic but important tip; ensure that the position of objects in your course follows some kind of logic. By doing so, you will greatly increase the professional appeal of your courses. Straight lines almost always look nicer! To help make sure everything is positioned nicely you can drag out guidelines from Lectora’s rulers or even turn on a grid. It’s something that people often don’t notice on a conscious level, but it makes a big difference to the final product.


Hopefully these tips have put you in good stead for your future Lectora adventures. Using Lectora’s features intelligently will help keep your courses loading fast, looking good and make them easier to maintain.

4 tips for managing content development projects

eWorks’ content development team offers some words of wisdom about managing e-learning content development projects.

Managing the development of e-learning content can be a challenging balancing act of educational outcomes, interactivity and aesthetics, and technical considerations. Even the simplest course can contain hundreds of ‘moving parts’ where problems may occur, entailing additional time, work and costs. Here are a couple of handy hints for managers of content projects to help keep things on track.

Sample content development modules built by eWorks

1. Define your client’s requirements comprehensively

Your clients may be within your own organisation or an external customer, and their requirements feed into all aspects of a content project. Challenges typically arise when the requirements of your client’s stakeholders (e.g. managers, end-users and sub-committees) arise in the late stages in the project, entailing considerable re-work. If possible, it is therefore best to involve and understand the requirements of all stakeholders who are likely to have a say in the project in the early stages to avoid any surprises later on.

2. Identify and solve issues early

In nearly all cases, it is far quicker (and cheaper) to make changes to the different elements of a course at an early stage. You don’t want to get to the end of a 20-module course and discover an issue that needs to be rectified 20 times!

3. Minimise the guessing game

Never assume that your client or their stakeholders know what you are thinking, or that they can visualise how the end product is going to look. Developing mock-ups and prototypes is a great way to help your client understand the project outputs and make sure you’re on the right track.

4. Know when to stop

Content projects can be as long as a piece of string and the challenge can sometimes be knowing when to call it a day. Agreeing a detailed project scope and timelines at the commencement of a project (see point 1) will make this simple.

Whether you are updating an existing program, searching for ready-made content, or starting from scratch, eWorks can help. Contact us for a free interactive sample or to discuss your content needs.