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MARCH 2015

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Why do RTOs struggle with compliance?

It is not uncommon for an RTO to be found non-compliant in what was previously Standard 15 of the Standards for NVR RTOs 2012 when experiencing an audit. In fact from October 2013 to March 2014, 78% of all existing RTOs were found non-compliant in their initial audit for Standard 15 – the elements that underpin quality in training and assessment. But what can be done about it?

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Are your Moodle courses taking ages to load?

Smart content management can fix them

Have you noticed that the more content and resources you add to Moodle courses the heavier they become? We have. And this results in slower page response times and much longer back-up and restore times, sometimes even timing out? Yep, for us too.

Here's how we fixed it »

2015 Higher Education Report Released

NMC Horizon Project

The NMC Horizon Report 2015 Higher Education Edition describes annual findings from ongoing research designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching and creative inquiry in education.

View and download the report here »

Learning with eModules

Is it ‘all that’?

eModules are increasingly popular in online study. Learners can complete as much or as little as they need in order to fulfil their training requirements. This format is also perfect for corporate learners – upskilling staff to fill gaps in their training schedules.

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VET teacher e-learning toolkit update - We need your help

One of the E-standards for Training projects for 2015 will be to update the Teacher E-learning Toolkit. Data to inform the Toolkit and its companion document is sourced via survey. Please have your say and share the survey link with your VET colleagues.

Do it Now! »

Workplace bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination

Are you free from liability?

Let’s not pretend it doesn’t happen - no workplace is immune to workplace bullying. But did you know that employers, supervisors and managers can be held legally responsible for acts of bullying against their employees?

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Moodle and Mahara

Why do we need both?

Why do we need Moodle and Mahara when Moodle offers it all? Moodle LMS is an educator driven space, whereas Mahara eportfolio system is learner driven. Perhaps we need a Mahoodle?

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Changing your perspective on gamification

Gamification in learning program design

It’s easy to dismiss gamification as just the latest trendy, marketing buzzword, but the core ideas that underpin gamification are good ones. 

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Cengage's resources of the month

Bookkeeping and accounting essentials

This course is an essential learning resource for the career-minded bookkeeper who is keen to obtain a Certificate IV in Financial Services in either bookkeeping or accounting.

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Toolbox of the month


The Accounting Toolbox provides activities for learners which are based on real-life accounting activities for a range of business scenarios.

Preview or buy the Toolbox »

Moodle tip

Adding tooltips

By now you probably know how to add custom menus to Moodle, but do you use tooltips? A tooltip displays when the mouse is hovered over an item and is perfect for longer titles, or to add some extra information to an item description.

A tooltip can be added to any link or button by defining a "title" attribute in the link html, like so:

<a href="" title="Tooltip text goes here">Link Title</a>

This way you can add additional information to your links without cluttering the page with text.

TED talk of the month

How schools kill creativity

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children

App of the month


IFTTT (If this then that) allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called recipes, triggered by changes to other web services.

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