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August 2014

a newsletter by eWorks

 
 



What is the best Moodle course? The e-learning industry has been asking this question for more than 20 years. And there is no absolute answer, as different businesses have different goals, needs and resources. There are, however, some Moodle golden rules—simple ways to quickly improve your courses. Here is what the experienced team at eWorks came up with…

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Toolbox updates
Vote for your favourite Toolbox!


Do you have a favourite Toolbox you’d like to see updated? We’ve compiled a list of our most popular titles and would like your vote. Four Toolboxes will be aligned to the relevant current training package and updated to meet the recommended technical standards for content development from E-Standards for Training. Everyone who votes and then tweets about it will be entered into the running to win a free Toolbox of their choice.

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Out and about
eWorks at ACPET and Velg conferences



If you are attending the ACPET or Velg conferences in August and September, remember to stop by and catch up with the eWorks team. We will have lots of information about exciting new updates to TrainingVC and VET Commons and would love to put a ‘face on the name’!  Also, if you are partial to smarties, you won’t be disappointed.

Cengage’s resource of the month
WHS: A Management Guide


The latest edition of WHS: A Management Guide is a practical and contemporary introduction to work health and safety management. This best-seller includes fully updated text to address the latest changes in WHS law and policy, uncomplicated language and case studies to reinforce learning.

The premise is that work should satisfy human needs as much as organisational goals. Going beyond the risk-management model of physical safety, the Guide takes into account the larger perspective of human health needs, including psychological and social needs.

The latest edition addresses the following qualifications from the BSB07 Business Services Training Package: BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety BSB51307 Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety.

Access this resource from VET Commons »

Cloud delivery increases engagement at Chisholm
By Charles Crouch



Chisholm Institute shares a great success story on using TrainingVC to increase access, and subsequently enrolments, on their Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing.

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Technology Innovations Research published



Deliverables from five Technology Innovations applied research projects funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy have now been published on the New Generation Technologies website. The projects were undertaken to promote: effective teaching in the 21st century, improvements in student completion rates, and assessment of outcomes and student employability.

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Are you accessing the full potential of your LMS?
Introducing integrated e-portfolios



Mahara is an extremely powerful e-portfolio system, which offers support to learners in many ways. Even though it’s one of the core components of TrainingVC, Mahara often falls under the radar. The pending upgrade to Mahara 1.9 is the perfect opportunity to re-discover the e-portfolio system and have a look at some of the improvements that will shortly be available to TrainingVC clients and users.

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TED talk of the month
What makes a word "real"?


In this talk, language historian Anne Curzan looks at the people behind dictionaries; the ones that decide which of the latest Internet slang words are lucky enough to make it into the new editions.

Watch the talk »

Moodle tip
Make your course pages load faster – images


Here are a few performance tips in relation to images:

- Always resize your images to the size they are being displayed on your course.
- If possible, link to images rather than embed them in your course.
- Avoid using decorative images; prefer images that add real value to your course.
- Consider cropping your images to show only the most relevant parts.

App of the month
FireChat


FireChat lets you chat without an Internet connection! The app allows multiple devices in relatively close proximity from one another to communicate over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. iOS and Android users used to not be able to chat to one another because of technological limitations, but this has now been resolved.