eWorks’ highlights and successes in 2014

Happy Holidays from eWorks

2014 has been a busy year for eWorks and it’s not surprising when you consider just some of what we’ve been up to…

We won! Deafness forum captioning award

eWorks and the E-standards Accessible HTML5 Video Player won the Deafness Forum of Australia’s online captioning and digital innovation award. Development and provision of the video player means that web-based video can be made accessible to hearing impaired, low-vision and compromised-mobility audiences at no extra cost.

Read more | Awards night and photos

VET Commons ready-made content channel launched

VET Commons is an easy way to locate existing learning resources that are relevant to vocational education and training. VET Commons currently contains over 15,000 resources and is continuously expanding to include new material from a variety of public and commercial publishers. There is also a large collection of useful free assets for building your own learning resource, such as images, videos, quizzes, case studies and more.

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Five Technology innovation research projects published

Five Technology Innovations research projects were managed through the New Generation Technologies business activity, staffed by members of the eWorks team, to promote:

  • effective teaching in the 21st century
  • improvements in student completion rates
  • assessment of outcomes and student employability.

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TVC Enterprise LMS for learning and development launched

TrainingVC Enterprise is an online solution specifically designed for learning and development management. This comprehensive LMS supports instructor-led training, self-paced e-learning, virtual classroom sessions and performance management among many other facilities.

TVC Enterprise flyer (PDF, 1.19 MB)

Accredited Consultant Program launched

eWorks Accredited Consultants are training, learning and development specialists that eWorks has selected to champion its learning solutions. The program launched this year with Accredited Consultant Kylie McKeon – a lover of the outdoors, the 70:20:10 framework, and everything e-learning.

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National VET E-standards published

An updated set of technical standards for creating accessible and reusable e-learning content has been published for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The annual e-standards review was undertaken by the E-standards for Training, staffed by members of the eWorks team.

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eWorks nominated for prestigious e-learning excellence award

This year eWorks was nominated for an e-learning excellence award for some fantastic work the team did with the Australian Childhood Foundation. The project involved creating an online training system to support personnel working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma. We didn’t quite win, but send our heartfelt congratulations to The Australian Children’s Television Foundation for winning the award in the community category for a brilliant little micro-documentary app.

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My eWorks administrator portal released

My eWorks provides TrainingVC administrators with a single point of access to eWorks’ sites and services. Features of the portal, which will in time will be rolled out to all of eWorks’ clients, include:

  • Direct access to your TrainingVC sites
  • Access to Google Analytics
  • Status overview (active users, data usage)
  • Direct access to the Zone and the support desk.

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ACPET, NVET and Learning@Work conferences sponsored

In August, September and October of this year eWorks proudly sponsored the ACPET, NVET and Learning@Work conferences respectively. The general feeling of the eWorks team members that attended these events was how lovely it was to hear positive feedback from people using our products and services. That’s what makes our jobs rewarding.

ACPET 2014 | NVET 2014 | Learning@Work

As the year draws to a close we would like to thank you for your continued support and business. The eWorks team wishes you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and all the best for the year ahead. We look forward to working with you in 2015.

eWorks finalist for eLearning Excellence Awards

Last week there was an extra buzz in the eWorks office after finding out that we are finalists for the 2014 eLearning Excellence Awards.

The annual eLearning Excellence Awards, hosted by the E-learning Industry Association of Victoria, recognise and celebrate the industry’s achievements in innovation and excellence, highlighting the top projects for the past year.

This year eWorks was nominated under the Community category, which recognises e-learning that is focused on a number of informal community situations such as health, self-education and skills development. The nomination was submitted based on some fantastic work the eWorks team did with the Australian Childhood Foundation, to create an online training system to support personnel working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma.

What is the SMART Program?


The SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) program is a suite of online learning tools and modules that focus on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings. It is a state-wide initiative funded by the South Australian Government Department of Education and Children’s Services, as part of the Keeping Them Safe child protection reform agenda. It seeks to enhance the capacity of school and early childhood personnel to effectively respond to the needs of children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma.

The SMART online training program consists of ten e-learning modules, each of which contains a small knowledge check which must be successfully completed (with the user achieving a score of at least 50%) in order to advance to the next module. Once the user has successfully completed the course, a certificate of completion is provided.

Why online?

The online delivery format for the SMART online training program removes the geographic and time barriers often associated with nationwide delivery, as users are able to access the training modules at any time from an internet-enabled device. Consistent delivery of information is also ensured, as all users receive identical information through the online learning portal; something that cannot be guaranteed during face-to-face delivery. Once successfully completed, the e-learning modules are available for the learner to review and re-attempt as many times as they like through the online learning portal; providing a convenient knowledge base accessible from all internet-enabled devices. All eleven e-leaning modules were developed in HTML to enable functioning on mobile and tablet devices, while the theme of the online learning portal was also developed to be responsive to different screen sizes and devices.

And the uptake?

The uptake of the program has exceeded the initial expectations of the Australian Childhood Foundation, with research showing the online learning modules are reaching staff and professional community members that would otherwise not have had access to the SMART program in a purely face-to-face format. This has increased the breadth of participants far beyond its original intention. The online learning program has been utilised across Australia and internationally with consistent positive feedback.

The SMART program made it clear why traumatised children act like they do, and showed a way to help heal these damaged and vulnerable children. Very valuable.

eWorks is thrilled to have been involved in this hugely successful project and looks forward to the Gala Awards Dinner in November. In the meantime plans are coming together nicely for the Annual eLearning Showcase on 9 October, so if you’re planning on attending please come say hi and show your support during this very exciting time!

eWorks Accredited Consultant Program

Recently, we have been contacted by businesses wishing to re-sell our solutions. As a result, we are launching today the eWorks Accredited Consultant Program. This program will give businesses the flexibility to provide both ready-made and customized e-learning solutions to their customers.

eWorks is looking for consultants from small, medium or large companies, who already provide e-learning services, consultancy, products or solutions. The Program has been designed to provide e-learning consultants with everything they need to start delivering e-learning solutions. Comprehensive training on our products is included, along with full eWorks Accredited branding for our Accredited Consultants.

Our Accredited Consultants will be supported by the following opportunities:

  • Ability to resell the full spectrum of eWorks’ products and services
  • Free training and support for eWorks’ products and services
  • Listing on the eWorks website
  • Potential for exposure in eWorks’ social media channels
  • Potential for exposure in eLink, eWorks’ e-learning newsletter
  • Priority access to all eWorks events
  • Support for new business proposals and tender responses
  • Leads for new business opportunities from eWorks’ existing networks

The program will operate at three levels of commissions and arrangements, giving our Accredited Consultants the flexibility to refer opportunities to eWorks or to work with the client, using eWorks’ support and delivery services.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Darcy Nicolson on 0411 787 172.

My eWorks – new administrator portal

eWorks is pleased to announce the release of its new administrator services portalMy eWorks. This site provides TrainingVC administrators with a single point of access to eWorks’ sites and services. In time, the service will be rolled out to all of eWorks’ clients.

Features

The features of the portal include:

  • Direct access to your TrainingVC sites
  • Access to Google Analytics
  • Status overview (active users, data usage)
  • Direct access to the Zone and the support desk.

Additionaly, you will soon be able to access your LCMS dashboard from the portal. This feature is currently being developed and we will let you know as soon as it is released.

To access the Google Analytics feature, a valid email address is required. Please provide this address to us via the support desk, accessible from My eWorks.

For further information, we invite TrainingVC administrators to log in to the portal.

New support desk – Zendesk

As a result of feedback from our 2013 survey, eWorks has implemented a new support desk. Access via My eWorks will make it easier for our customers to log tickets and check the status of their previous tickets.

eWorks is confident that these changes will enhance your experience with TrainingVC, but we would love to hear your feedback. Contact us with any comments, queries and suggestions – or message us through the portal.