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NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2013

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New Year – New Ideas

 

Welcome to our first newsletter of the New Year 2013.

 

Are you looking for new opportunities and ways to venture into online learning in 2013?

Do you want to streamline your learning and assessment systems and processes?

Would you like to use your own existing learning materials?

and most importantly……. Do you want a learning platform that works?

 

E-Cademy Solutions has the delivery platform to suit your needs!

IN THIS NEWSLETTER

Ü   Choosing the right e-learning platform

Ü   Online Learning - Tried and Tested

Ü   Hybrid Learning with E-cademy Solutions

Ü   RSA – approved for Online Delivery

Ü   Staff Inductions & In-house training

Ü   Online Learning – the benefits

Ü   Will it lower my costs?

Ü   Streamlined and effective

Ü   Lower your environmental impact

Ü   Use multiple delivery – it’s your choice

Ü   Advantages of E-cademy Solutions

Ü   Communication Tools

 

What style of learning platform is best?

Good e-learning platforms offer wide flexibility in how online educational content can be presented. There have been considerable discussions over the past few years amongst online pedagogues as to which instructional design model might be best suited in the Web environment.

 

The result?

An array of approaches have been suggested and developed, from designing deep, pseudo-realistic realms that students explore like a Nintendo Adventure Game, so as to “achieve their learning playfully” (which is more entertainment than educational), to the more humble, realistic provision of traditional text, video and presentation style training and assessment resources.

These learning platforms all have validity depending on their purpose, intended audience and outcomes required by the teaching organisation.

Suffice to say that a “well-designed” learning platform provides the ability to customise, develop and control the learning content at the source (the teaching organisation).

 

 

 

“Online learning not only needs good content from experts,

it needs the right kind of system to support it.

An online platform needs to be intuitive, easy to use and enhances the learning”

 

 

 

Online Learning – Has it been tried and tested?

In Australia, online learning may be in its infancy but online learning has been in use for around 20 years throughout the world and there are numerous studies that have been completed highlighting the differences, benefits and pedagogical methods used.

SRI conducted a study sponsored by the US Department of Education that compared online and traditional learning between 1996 and 2008. SRI International is an independent Research organisation within the USA.

The “Evaluation of evidence-based practices in Online Learning” found that:

·       Students in online conditions performed modestly better, on average, than those learning the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction

·       Instruction combining online and face-to-face elements (blended learning) had a larger advantage relative to purely face-to-face instruction than did purely online instruction

·       The effectiveness of online learning approaches appears quite broad across different content and learner types

“The quality of any learning experience depends more on instructional design than environment”

 

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Hybrid Learning with E-Cademy Solutions

Hybrid or blended learning combines some level of face-to-face time with online activities. Think of online learning as a continuum. At one end is the traditional face-to-face classroom with some online technology integration such as accessing course resources or participating in online quizzes and exams. At the end is the fully online course. There are many models of blended learning in between.

For instance, in a two-day-a-week course, students may meet one day in the classroom and conduct the other day’s worth of activities online. Some online programs groups of students who meet a few days per year in one location for face-to-face training and conduct the remainder of their studies online. Other courses offered and completed online only.

“The key is to create a blended learning approach that is pedagogically sound

and best meets the needs of the program and students”

 

 

Good teaching is good teaching, no matter how it’s done!

 

 

 

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Responsible Service of Alcohol – Approved online delivery platform

In the past the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course has been approved for delivery as a traditional classroom style method but now each of the States and Territories are recognising the need to allow for greater flexibility and are approving providers to deliver training via online learning platforms.

 

Approved online delivery platform

E-cademy Solutions is currently being used by Registered Training Providers (RTO’s) to deliver approved online RSA courses in both NSW and QLD.

 

Each state and territory has their own guidelines in relation to delivery of Responsible Service of Alcohol courses and approval for online delivery. Your own State Liquor Licensing board will be able to advise the latest guidelines applicable for your State.

 

 

Staff Inductions, Entrance Exams or in-house training courses?

Training costs and training demands are increasing exponentially. As employers compete for skilled workers, and as “free time” become increasingly precious, alternatives to traditional training and education have become more necessity than luxury, as more companies are becoming “networked”, the move to training using internet and online technology is a growing option.

 

Are you an organisation or have a client that needs a streamlined cost effective easy system to process large volumes of staff inductions, entrance exams, in- house staff training etc.

 

The benefits of using an E-cademy Solutions platform:

  • As organisations become more geographically dispersed, work/life patterns demand more flexibility and web-enable mobile communication devices are now commonplace. As E-cademy Solutions is web-based, both employees and employers can access the information 24/7 365 days a year.

 

  • E-learning enables staff inductions, training, etc delivered in a way that meets an organisations needs but reduces downtime in the workplace. Imagine new employees being able to undertake inductions, review company policy and procedures, be made aware of health and safety requirements, all before stepping foot in the door.

 

  • The content can easily be uploaded to the system, and multiple choice exams can also be used to ensure the employee has an understanding of the content.

 

  • E-learning is also highly cost-effective compared with the fixed costs of classroom based training. The costs of lost productivity, travel/accommodation and hard copy course materials are eliminated.

 

  • E-learning courses can be self-marking, making it easy to track and demonstrate learners’ progress towards course completion (essential if the training is mandatory, e.g. to meet compliance requirements).

 

 

 

With the right platform, there is no need to reinvent your brand, yourself or your training and assessment material

 

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Online Learning – The benefits

As organisations look towards technology to improve their longevity, there has been a fresh look at the potential of online learning. Over the years research and studies have examined the benefits of e-learning, including evidence of:

·       Lowering your costs

·       Faster delivery

·       More effective learning

·       Lower environmental impact

 

Lower Costs?

There appears to be little argument that e-learning can be more cost effective to deliver than classroom based training, especially for larger organisations. There are many case studies including:

Ernest & Young who cut training costs 35% whilst improving consistency and scalability. They condensed about 2900 hours of classroom training into 700 hours of web-based learning, 200 hours of distance learning and 500 hours of classroom instruction, a cut of 52% (Hall, 2000).

 

In addition to lower deliver costs there is a strong argument that e-learning is more cost-effective because there is a reduction in training time known as learning compression. This is because the single largest cost of training in organisations is the cost of staff attending the training course, rather than the direct delivery costs in terms of trainers, course materials, travel and accommodation.

E-learning can deliver benefits by reducing the time it takes to train people because:

·       Learners can go at their own pace, not at the pace of the slowest member of the group

·       Time in classroom can be spent on questions/topics introduced by other members of the group that are irrelevant to the needs of the individual learner.

·       There is less social interaction time

·       It takes less time to start and wind up a learning session

·       There is less travel time to and from a training event

According to Brandon Hall (2001) these factors can add up to an average compression (saving of learning time) of 35-45% when a course is taken out of the classroom and delivered as e-learning.

 

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“E-cademy Solutions Online learning platform -

high volume quality training delivered any-time, on-time, every-time”

 

 

 

Is e-learning faster?

At a time when change is faster than ever, a key advantage of e-learning is that it has faster delivery cycle times than traditional classroom-based instruction. There is a practical limitation on how fast learning can be rolled out with classroom-based instruction, as the capacity to deliver learning is limited by the number of available classrooms and trainers.

 

“British Telecom delivered e-business training to 23,000 employees in three months, at of a cost of £5.9m,

compared to a cost of £17.8 million over a five year time span for classroom training (Taylor, 2002) “

 

But is e-learning effective?

A nine year survey of the research literature in training published by Fletcher and Tobias in “Training and Retraining”, commissioned by the American Psychological Society, and published in 2000, concluded that:

 

·       Learners learn more using computer-based instruction than they do with conventional ways of teaching, as measured by higher post-treatment scores

 

Specific studies from Fletcher (1999), Kulik (1994), Willett, Yamashita & Anderson (1983) all confirm that learners learn more using computer-based instruction that they do through traditional classroom methods alone.

 

Brandon Hall (2001) notes that the learning most suited to e-learning conversion includes information and knowledge, processes and procedures. This report noted that learning gains have been found in:

·       Learners attitudes toward the e-learning format and training in general

·       Learners scores on tests, certifications or other evaluations

·       The number of learners who achieve levels and/or pass exams

·       Learners ability to apply new knowledge or processes on the job

·       Long term retention of information.

 

Lower environmental impact

Online learning is an effective way for organisations to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

A study by the Open University, “Towards Sustainable Higher Education: Environmental Impacts of Campus-Based and Distance Higher Education Systems”, found that on average, the production and provision of distance learning courses consumed nearly 90% less energy and produced 85% fewer Co2 emissions per student than conventional campus-based university courses.

 

E-Learning can also save trees by eliminating the unnecessary use of paper.

Many e-learning courses are entirely self-contained, presenting all learning content online or providing alternatives to paper-based forms of communication through such tools as email, PDF manuals and other web based tools.

 

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With E-cademy Solutions online learning doesn’t have to be hard work!

 

 

E-cademy Solutions let you choose your own delivery strategies

Many of us work inside a “box” of standard practice. We use methods that have worked well for us in the past. We stay in our comfort zone. Nothing wrong with that, but what training opportunities are passing you by…..

 

Some people learn through presentation, others through reading, some through interaction and others through doing,  with E-cademy Solutions, multiple delivery and assessments can be incorporated and improve the overall  training for the learners.

 

E-Learning is not about making your documents available online, it can be so much more, What if your training strategies could incorporate all this and more…..

·       Embedded Video PDF’s

·       Audible Documents

·       Online Presentations

·       Traditional PDF’s

·       Online Webinars

·       Utilise Social Media Platforms

·       Face-to-Face training

 

·       Individual Assignments

·       Multiple Choice Quizzes

·       Short and Long Answers

·       Multiple Choice Exams

·       Short and Long Answer Exams

·       Document upload submissions

·       Face-to-Face training elements

E-Cademy Solutions Platform

advantages include;

 

 

·     Use your current learner guides

·     Easily add multiple choice quizzes and exams

·     Use your current workbooks

·     Upload short videos easily

·     Deliver your PowerPoint presentations online

·     Train and Assess face-to-face elements as required.

·     Cut down on classroom time for trainers

·     Streamline your processes and costs!

·     No need for a team of IT people to make this work, it can be managed in-house by your own staff

·     Simply upload your own resources

 

 

 

Communication Tools

We realise that training providers still want to maintain that personal touch with their clients, and many online learning platforms may create barriers compared to the personal interaction that face-to-face training may provide.

 

E-Cademy Solutions platforms have many built in facilities that can enhance the communication between providers and clients by using one, a couple or all of the available methods below;

·       Online Chat facilities

·       Inbuilt Calendar to schedule face-to-face workshops 

·       Inbuilt Links available to your popular social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc

·       Inbuilt custom email messaging system

·       System automated email messaging system advising students of exam passes, reminders and expiry dates

·       Online short video presentations

·       Online Power Point presentations

·       Literacy Moderator Request Facility

·       I need help Request Facility

 

You can select which options that suits your own business and clients needs.

 

 

 

 

Streamline your systems with an E-cademy Solutions online delivery platform!

 

 

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