The power of video-based learning to educate

Helen Port

Helen Bitmead is the co-director of Training Snippets, an online library of mini videos that can be used to demonstrate workplace health and safety procedures, business development and soft skills. Helen has witnessed firsthand the power of video content to educate and is on a mission to get everyone on board. Recently becoming a VET Commons publisher was one big tick on the Training Snippets journey. Are you up to speed when it comes to video-based learning?

Videos are so 2015 (and beyond!)

Video content is emerging as one of the best forms of education no matter what age. This makes sense – for Gen Y and Z it is intuitive and a seamless way of learning. But even if you’re a little more ‘mature’ than that, I bet you have noticed that the way you access information has changed over the years, with a movement towards more video content. Who hasn’t turned to youtube to work out how to fix, operate, manage or simply view how something is done. And social media can certainly put its hand up for fuelling the unquenchable thirst for video content.

A crucial part of the education sector

As an administrator, video is the fastest growing part of the education sector globally and a huge trend at university level. For industry, it is consistent in its training approach and ticks a lot of boxes for compliance in industry, especially where there is an accountability factor such as Workplace Health and Safety. Combined with a learning management system (LMS) that tracks the videos within a course and includes a test to acknowledge that the recipient has understood the content, video training can be a very powerful tool.

‘You can learn anything’

Salman Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, – a not-for-profit organisation that provides ‘a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere’ and produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. It is worth watching his Ted Talks presentation that explains how Youtube seeded the idea and how he has helped thousands of people to learn with the help of videos.

What are training snippets?

Training Snippets creates short training video snippets that demonstrate correct workplace health and safety. To give an example of its application, we recently developed a series of nine driver training snippets in conjunction with Melbourne Health. Melbourne Health has 1000 registered drivers and some 300 vehicles across their networks and recognise the need to educate their staff when it comes to health and safety.   Melbourne Health has taken a different and innovative approach by using the video medium to train all their fleet car drivers from an operational and safety perspective. But you don’t have to read my thoughts on it all – why not take a look at a couple of the videos from the driver training series…. they say it all!

WorkCover Authority NSW is another example of how Training Snippets prove to be successful learning tools. WorkCover NSW has recently made a variety of training snippet video topics available for their members to access via their website. Here are a couple of examples.

A picture tells a thousand words

Training Snippets is very excited to now be offering content via VET Commons. If you haven’t yet joined this community, which gives you access to free and paid, ready-to-use content directly from your Moodle, you’re missing out.

A humanist approach to health and safety at last!

Annabel Dawson

Annabel Dawson is the project and custom manager for the higher education and vocational professional group at Cengage Learning. Annabel’s love for the world of academic publishing has only increased with the release of this humanistic approach to management, with an emphasis on health and safety. Whether you’re after a presentation on a specific topic, a chapter or the entire book, here is a little peak at what you will find inside.

A new perspective on health and safety

WHS: A Management Guide, 4e is now available to purchase through VET Commons by specific presentation, chapter or the entire book. The updated edition takes a humanist approach to management, attempting to go beyond the accepted understanding of health and safety as a form of risk management. While the concept of risk management lies at its core, WHS: A Management Guide, 4e consider how the workplace can satisfy human needs as much as organisational objectives. Only when we step beyond safety and speak not just of physical health, but also of psychological and social needs, do we begin to see what vital, active working lives can be.

Cover of the 4th edition of WHS: A Management Guide

The legal stuff

In the previous edition of WHS: A Management Guide, the Model Work Health and Safety Act made its introduction. Harmonisation of the law has been achieved in all major jurisdictions except for Victoria and Western Australia. However, Victoria’s Act closely resembles the Model Act and the differences in Western Australia are largely procedural. In effect, most businesses are operating under a national system. This book uses the model WHS Act and is also based on health and safety best practice principles applicable to all Australian workplaces.

Key revisions to this edition

The latest edition encompasses many revisions, particularly the chapters on consultation and management systems. It has also been generally improved – simplified wherever possible and the content modified to include up to date examples and case studies. Special attention has also been made to supplement the text with effective easy-to-use online resources for teachers. The text addresses the following qualifications:

  • BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • BSB51312 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
  • BSB60612 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety

What other Cengage resources are in VET Commons?

Good question!

Brand new Moodle course

A brand new free Moodle course to support the delivery of WHS: A Management Guide, 4e has also just been launched.

Each topic in the course is supported by the following resources

  • Chapter text from WHS: A Management Guide, 4e
  • YouTube videos and activities
  • Web links
  • Instructor manuals
  • PowerPoint slides

View a PDF preview of the WHS course content (PDF, 601 kB)

Join the VET Commons community today to access these valuable teaching resources.

How to avoid social media faux pas at work

Jo manages a range of e-learning content services including Flexible Learning Toolboxes and the VET Commons online community. Today Jo announces the launch of an exciting new Moodle course to get everyone at your organisation on the same page with regard to social media.

The biggest social media faux pas to date?

It’s a tough call really. Celebrity ridiculousnesses aside, the prize probably has to go to the top Twitter executive who tweeted sensitive information to 9,000 followers instead of sending it as a direct message to a colleague. Oops. Many other boo boos I can’t even write about because they’re a bit…um…naughty – but I’ve had fun doing the research.

My worst?

Tweeting about my mother’s elaborately planned surprise 70th when she had secretly joined Twitter under an alias and started following me! I guess that’s fairly tame in the grand scheme of things, when you think that politicians and PR executives have been sacked as a result of their social media activity. My point? Social media is fabulous, but it has serious risks and consequences.

Joking aside…

It’s more important than ever to make sure that your staff are on the same page when it comes to social media. That is online services and tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest; used for publishing, sharing and discussing information. This is especially important if your organisation is being represented by multiple staff members. Of course it’s also important to make sure that the ‘page’ has no profanity, messages that contradict your company’s values and policy, or glaring errors.

That’s where social media policies come into play

Social media policies are developed to inform staff about the use of social media so they feel empowered to participate, while being mindful of their responsibilities and obligations with regard to representation of their organisation. If you don’t have a social media policy now is the time to get one. Why? Because they help your staff to understand:

  • what is confidential and therefore should not be shared via social media
  • what is appropriate and inappropriate for sharing via social media
  • the consequences of inappropriate social media activity
  • how to represent the culture and brand of your organisation.

I could go on, but if you still don’t believe that your company needs a social media policy, and training so that your staff understand it, try plugging ‘social media faux pas’ or similar into a search engine. (I should probably add a profanity warning here).

Avoiding social media faux pas

The Social Media at Work Moodle Course provides users with an understanding of their organisation’s social media policy, and how to apply it to both their professional and personal lives. Learners will be provided with this understanding of their organisation’s policy through:

  • guidelines and considerations with respect to the use of social media
  • examples of security and privacy breaches
  • supporting documents and videos
  • a forum, survey, assignment and quiz.

The course contains several resources and activities to be completed by the user in order to receive the certificate of completion.

Preview the course

If you think this course might help your staff and organisation but you need to convince others up the management chain, let the course sell itself with this free preview. Or to download the course, together with a range of other digital learning resources, check out VET Commons.

Money management help for apprentices and trainees

ASIC’s Be MoneySmart is an online training resource developed to help VET students gain money management skills which support their future careers in small business or as contractors. eWorks has been chatting with clients about ASIC’s Be MoneySmart and they are super excited – as are we! In fact we’re thrilled to be working with ASIC to help VET students develop these essential life skills.

Online money management training

Apprentices, trainees and other VET students keen to improve their money management skills now have access to an online training resource developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

ASIC’s Be MoneySmart resource covers five topics:

  • Saving, budgeting and spending
  • Personal tax
  • Superannuation
  • Debt management
  • Insurance.

ASIC’s Be MoneySmart was developed with assistance from the Australian Tax Office, Group Training Australia, Fair Work Building and Construction, Kangan Institute and Innovation and Business Skills Australia.

How does it work?

Students can complete any or all of the modules. To support learning, each of the five modules is accompanied by a student workbook with activities, an assessor/trainer guide and assessment tools. ASIC’s Be MoneySmart resource can also be used to support the accredited training and delivery of the Certificate III competency Be MoneySmart (FNSFLT301A) as either an imported unit of competency, as part of the Certificate III in Financial Services (FNS30111) or for general money management skills programs. Assessors and trainers don’t need to be topic experts as the resource is self-contained and has an online mentor.

The new resource is also available as a package for training organisations to include on their learning management system (LMS) with simple reporting requirements. Read on…

How did this come about?

In 2012, ASIC spoke to Australian apprentices and trainees to gauge their need and level of support for financial literacy training. Feedback confirmed most VET students and their trainers and mentors wanted simple, clear and engaging online learning in key financial areas such as tax, saving and budgeting and superannuation.

What is financial literacy?

Financial decision-making is an essential part of life. If you think about it, we make financial decisions every day – whether it’s how much to put aside for essentials, spend on a holiday, or invest in staff and equipment if we’re in business. It’s also important to be able to manage risk and avoid financial pitfalls. Regardless of our age, life-stage or circumstances, managing money and making financial decisions is intrinsic to every aspect of our lives and the lives of the people around us. Financial literacy is about having the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to make informed financial decisions in support of financial well being. With almost every Australian owning one or more financial products and taking on greater responsibility for financial decision-making, financial literacy awareness and education is more important than ever.

Who is ASIC?

ASIC, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, is the Australian Government agency responsible for financial literacy. ASIC’s strategic priority is to promote confidence and trust in the financial system – key to this is helping Australians of all ages and at all life stages better manage their money and make informed financial decisions.

How do I get started?

ASIC’s Be MoneySmart is available free of charge in TrainingVC or Moodle with the free VET Commons plugin. Via VET Commons, educators will be able to install a full e-learning course into TrainingVC or Moodle including a student workbook, assessor guide and assessment tools. VET Commons also allows for easy access to the National Repository and other large VET content publishers. Combined with the existing ASIC MoneySmart teacher resources, this is an easy way to deliver valuable life skills to your learners, especially those entering the workforce.

‘ASIC’s Be MoneySmart resource is the next step in helping Australians of all ages and at different stages of life make confident and informed financial decisions’, said ASIC Chairman, Greg Medcraft.

Contact eWorks to learn more about accessing the VET Commons plugin.