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Have you seen this Moodle Notification recently?
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Have you seen this Moodle Notification recently?

Have you seen this notification recently? This is a notification Moodle provides to all administrators letting them know there is a newer, more stable and secure version of your Learning Management System available. If you are seeing it, its because you are recognised as a System Administrator in your LMS. Its important that you...
5 Tips for your Training Budget
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5 Tips for your Training Budget

With the new financial year less than a month away, a lot of organisations are now finalising their 2019/20 budgets (if they haven’t already) or considering how they will deploy the training budget to get the best returns and hit their 2020 goals.

Here’s 5 areas to consider when putting together your online training budget for the year to come:

Whats in the budget for Training Companies?
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Whats in the budget for Training Companies?

There’s been lots of talk over the past few weeks about the upcoming budget and what might be in it for training companies. There’s also been a lot of talk on the election, and what both Labour and the Coalition might offer to ‘save’ the VET sector. I’ve got bad news. Neither the budget...
Is Admin killing your RTO?
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Is Admin killing your RTO?

Is the administration burden of running your RTO costing you time and money? Is enrolling students, reporting to ASQA, generating certificates and all the other administrative task stopping your from growing your business and serving your students? Would less admin free you to spend more time ON the business, with your students or better...
The most important 90 seconds in Online Training
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The most important 90 seconds in Online Training

Beginnings are always the hardest. You have to draw people away from what they’re doing and try and hold their attention. Nail it, and the rest is easy. Mess it up, and you may never recover. We all know this from delivering any form of communication; from meetings and marketing material to any level...

Interesting Stats from my LinkedIn Account. 2017

About this time last year, I wrote an article sharing the statistics for a LinkedIn experience. Specifically, it was on the number of people who reached out and congratulated me on a work anniversary with OTrain. The general point of the post was how little people were using LinkedIn to grow and leverage their...

Interesting Stats from my LinkedIn Account. 2016

I have nearly 2500 contacts on LinkedIn and this week (according to LinkedIn notifications) I celebrated 5 years in two of my businesses. OTrain, my company that puts training online, and OGroupMGMT my management and consulting company. I only know this because I started to receive messages from my contacts, telling me I was...

I did something stupid – Lessons from the Cape

Last week I did something stupid. I rode a motorbike to the tip of Cape York. The adventure itself was not stupid, in fact it has been on my bucket list for a long time, but what was stupid was that I haven’t really ridden a motorbike that much. And I certainly have never...
5 Essential Pillars of Growth
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5 Essential Pillars of Growth

OTrain is a Queensland based, full service provider of online training solutions working with training organisations just like you. Primarily we do two things. We help put YOUR training online, and we help make YOUR online training work. This includes helping you grow. One of the key things we have found helpful for training...

Completion Progress Bar

Introducing the new feature for the month: Completion Progress Bar. When the progress bar is added to your course, students can see a visual representation of their progress, including activities that have to be completed. It also allows teachers/administrators to view all their users progress for a quick overview. Watch this quick video for...
Hey Chicken Little – the Sky is not falling
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Hey Chicken Little – the Sky is not falling

There is a lot of doom and gloom around the training space right now as members of our sector learn to adapt to the new world we operate in. I am an active in a number of LinkedIn and Facebook groups, and barely a day goes by without someone jumping on board and listing...
Change Ahead for VET FEE HELP
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Change Ahead for VET FEE HELP

Simon Burmingham, the Minister for Education and Training this week announced sweeping changes to the VET FEE HELP sector.

There is lots being written about the specific, but in short, the amount a student can borrow for a course has been reduced.

The Automatic Training Machine
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The Automatic Training Machine

Have you every thought how great it would be to have more students than you could handle?
Maybe you’ve said out loud it’s the admin, assessments and reporting, stopping you from spending quality time with your students and growing business.
If you’ve ever had these or similar thoughts, what you’re really looking for is an Automatic Training Machine.

Creating a Student Avatar or Persona
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Creating a Student Avatar or Persona

It doesn’t matter the subject matter, or the client, or the budget, or the experience of the designer when it comes to creating an online course, we always start with the same question ‘Tell us about your average student’

How did the online census fail so miserably?
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How did the online census fail so miserably?

There has been much discussion about attacks on our information, attacks on our privacy and how the census site crashed due to people trying to hack into the servers that the site is/was hosted on.
It’s quite possible there was no malicious attack on our data at all, rather the volume of traffic all at once simulated an unintentional Denial of Service Attack.
So what is a Denial of Service Attack (DDoS)?

New Feedback Dashboard
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New Feedback Dashboard

At OTrain, we are always looking for ways to improve our user experience.
We have been trialing, monitoring and improving this for some time and we are pleased to say we are now ready to release it to our OTrainU clients.

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