Is Admin killing your RTO?

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 yet more time with family and friends? At OTrain we’re all about increasing productivity and reducing administrative workload. We work with our clients to use technology to automate processes and reduce the administrative burden and overload. Some examples of past projects include Created Online Assessments and Quizzes to reducing marking time and automated issuing certificates and SOA’s. Integrate Learning Management Systems with Student Management Systems (including aXcelerate and VETtrak) to reduce the double entry of student enrolments and completion data Built Online Enrolment forms to collect AVETMISS and other required enrolment data Created online Language Literacy and Numeracy tests to identify student ability prior to enrolment or training commencing Automate Retraining notifications and follow ups to increase re-enrolments Provide Live Chat support to students and administrators allowing user issues to be dealt with immediately and effectively. We’ve also been involved in a number of other customisation and configuration projects that have provided significant benefits in terms of time savings, cash savings and improved user experience. There is no reason to be buried in paperwork and admin. With the right technology, integration and process you can reduce your burden and get back to business. If you’re ready to reduce your administrative burden give us a call on 07 3040 3310 or reply to this email. I’m...
The most important 90 seconds in Online Training

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 of face to face training. But did you know when it comes to online training, its even more important to nail the first 90 seconds. In a face to face environment you can change your voice, ask a question or run you nails down the blackboard to regain attention, but in an online environment when the message is set, if you haven’t got the first 90 seconds right, you may never recover. And in online training it is about more than an interesting opening line. Or a large loud noise or any of the other traditional methods to grab and hold attention. It’s a formula for success with each piece being equally important. Get it right and you set your students up for success. Get it wrong and you can alienate your students and demoralize their efforts regardless of how good your content and messaging is. So how do you get the first 90 seconds right? It starts with your LMS, and specifically the ease in which your students can find it, login and navigate to the course. Any friction here can leave the students with negative feelings towards the process, your content and your training organisation or department. Once a negative bias is developed, its hard to recover from. Make it easy. Have short...
Creating a Student Avatar or Persona

Creating a Student Avatar or Persona

At OTrain, we run a series of training programs via our Training Success Club that show people how to create their own online training.  These programs are based on the exact process we use to create online courses for clients, and the same process we use to work with clients developing their own courses. To date, this approach has been used to develop over 400 courses, so it’s fair to say we’ve had a little experience, and we’ve seen a few things. 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 THE AVERAGE STUDENT?   See most people run off and start thinking about themes and templates, interactions and assessments and start getting into the nuts and bolts of the course design.  But designing an online course should always start with the student in mind. At OTrain we start with what we call a Student Avatar.  This is an idea or concept borrowed from marketing.  We look at who is the typical student that is going to undertake our course?  Sure our course could be taken by ANYONE, but the reality is there are usually a fairly defined set of characteristics for the ‘average’ student. The more we can define these characteristics, the more we can build our course to meet the students specific needs.  This is a basic fundamental practice of training, but something often overlooked and lost when creating an online course, especially when we get dazzled by all the pretty options...
Adobe Captivate joins with Adobe Stock

Adobe Captivate joins with Adobe Stock

Adobe Captivate joins with Adobe Stock At OTrain we use Adobe Captivate as our preferred Authoring Tool to create great online courses. Last week Adobe launched an update to Adobe Captivate 9. The updated version of Captivate offers: Performance Improvements – With the latest updates to Adobe Captivate 9, performance and slide load time on devices gets a boost. This version shows an improvement of 2.6x on slide load time. As well as performance improvements Adobe Captivate has joined with Adobe Stock, so finding the perfect images just got a whole lot easier. With the addition to 50,000+ free assets they have already given you when joining with the eLearning Brothers, you can also download assets from your Adobe Stock subscription within Captivate 9 Assets tab as well. If you do not have an Adobe stock subscription you can get the basic package from $35.99 per month for 10 images. As well as these Adobe have created a brand-new Adobe eLearning Community. A perfect way to browse relevant information with blogs, tutorials and product conservations there is plenty to explore. You can access the community from the top toolbar in Adobe Captivate. Click here to join https://elearning.adobe.com/?trackingid=4NM89DWT&mv=email&promoid=70114000002KaLLAA0 If you do not have Adobe Captivate 9 yet, you can download a free 30 day trial from here https://www.adobe.com/au/products/captivate/download-trial/try.html. You can get the full version on a monthly subscription of $34.99 a month. So once again, Adobe have lifted the bar, proving why Captivate is one of the preferred Authoring tools for online course development worldwide. If you’re interested in Captivate, why not join our ‘Create your own online training course’...
10 Sleep Hacks Every Student Needs to Know

10 Sleep Hacks Every Student Needs to Know

A handy tool for the student toolbox is a few sleep hacks.  If there is one thing that goes hand in hand with that pile of text books it’s lack of sleep. Whether it’s pulling an all nighter finishing off that assignment due tomorrow or celebrating the night with friends.  There is usually one reason or another that sleep didn’t seem all that important at the time. Sleep deprivation can make it very difficult to succeed, having an adverse affect on your mental health, concentration and memory. SleepPeople.com have put together a great infographic ’10 Sleep Hacks Every Student Needs to Know’ which provides students with some great tips for getting the best nights sleep possible. A great night sleep is a very important requirement and should be a focus for any student wanting to succeed at learning.  ...
How to Use Cinemagraphs in eLearning

How to Use Cinemagraphs in eLearning

Some great tips from Chris Pappas, Founder of The eLearning Industry Network, on how to use cinemagraphs in eLearning. The original article can be found here, but just in case it is moved we have copied it to our Blog below. Here’s Chris’s 5 Tips To Use Cinemagraphs in eLearning. How To Use Cinemagraphs In eLearning: 5 Tips For eLearning Professionals The term “cinemagraph” was first introduced by two American photographers, Kevin Burn and Jamie Beck. Cinemagraphs are a unique blend of video, GIF, and static image. In essence, they are a subtle GIF that features smoother and more focused animations. Typically, only one area of the image is in motion. For example, a cinemagraph might depict an autumn landscape with a single leaf falling from a tree in the foreground. There are also some cinemagraphs that are a bit more interactive. These feature short video clips that are edited down to depict a specific motion or step in a process. In many respects, cinemagraphs help to make eLearning experiences more interactive and immersive. Instead of just looking at a standard image, learners are treated to a moving picture that immediately grabs their attention and creates an emotional connection. In fact, one of the most significant benefits of using cinemagraphs in your eLearning course is that online learners simply do not expect them. While many eLearning courses feature eLearning videos or pictures, cinemagraphs are rarer and offer a more artistic feel. It catches them off guard, so that they are compelled to actively participate in the eLearning process. 5 Tips To Use Cinemagraphs In eLearning Grab their attention with a...
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