We’re working through!

We’re working through!

With the Christmas and New Year period approaching, your inbox is probably starting to receive a growing trickle of notifications from different supplier and vendors notifying you of their shut down periods. This year, we’re working through! We recognise, for some this is a great time of year to get stuff done. So, we’re hanging around to help you out. With customers (and sometimes staff) away, or lower demands on peoples time, systems and resources over the festive period, it’s a great opportunity to focus on those projects and set yourself up for a strong start to 2022. Maybe its time to update your website, LMS or course. Perhaps you want to look at your 2022 strategy or marketing plans. The good news is, this year you’re not alone. The team at OTrain will be working through to help you get these projects completed. If you have a project or have been thinking about starting one, give us a call today and let’s see if together we can get it done while the rest of Australia eats, drinks and sleeps, and let’s get a head start on 2022 together....
10 Years in business. Happy Birthday to OTrain

10 Years in business. Happy Birthday to OTrain

This month OTrain celebrates 10 years of partnering with organisations to help put their training online and helping to make their online training work. Whilst we don’t usually like talking about ourselves, this mark felt like it was a worthy exception to take a moment out and reflect on the decade past, and some of our milestones and learnings along the way. Since commencing in 2011 we’ve helped Island Resorts train and onboard their staff; helped keep Australian airports and airport workers safe; helped educate school teachers and others on how to deal with common medical conditions in the classroom; helped train a large swath of registered trainers and assessors and much much more. As a full service provider of all things online training, we’ve been lucky enough to work across so many sectors with so many different providers and needs. As a result, today we don’t have 1 year of experience repeated 10 times but instead we have 10 years of varied experience – helping clients from all sectors with a raft of different needs and use cases. In fact, after 10 years we are still surprised and amazed by the opportunities we get to work on, the companies (and people) we get to work with and by what is being put online. And for this we thank you, and are truly grateful. One of the benefits of working at OTrain is we get to embed with our clients for extended periods of time – years in fact. This means we get to see how the online platforms and content we’ve helped create or influence are implemented and...
5 Tips for your Training Budget

5 Tips for your Training Budget

With the new financial year less than a month away, a lot of organisations are now finalising their next years budgets (if they haven’t already) or considering how they will deploy whats left in this years budget to finish out the quarter and get a start on next years goals. Here’s 5 areas specific to online training platforms and content to consider when putting together your  budget for the year to come: 1. Platform Maintenance All platforms will need some form of maintenance over the coming 12 months. This includes your Learning Management System and possibly your website and Student Management System. Whether its software maintenance to keep the platform code in a safe, stable and secure working order or data maintenance to keep your information clean, updated and relevant (or both), make sure you put some budget in there to maintain your existing sites and data. 2. Upgrades and improvements Your platforms should not be set and forget. As business changes there will be opportunities to improve your processes and productivity. Maybe you want to add a new feature or plugin or integrate better with your reporting or financial system. Or maybe even its time to consider refreshing your theme to align with your new website or brand. Allow some budget this year to upgrade and improve. 3. Refresh a Course Just like your platform, your online course should not be set and forget. Its important that you keep your courses fresh and relevant. Just as you might update your PowerPoint deck or classroom notes with new examples or more recent images its important to do the same...
Google Meet – FREE* for all

Google Meet – FREE* for all

Still haven’t jumped on board the video conferencing train? Now is the time. Don’t delay training and communication with your staff.   Google has just announced that their Google Meet program will be free for everyone to use from now until September 2020!   Zoom is great but if you’re testing the waters or sceptical about how well your business will operate online then maybe Google Meet’s free trial is the place for you to start looking.   Google Meet allows you to set up secure meetings between 250 participants with NO time limits. This means only people with access to the meeting code will be able to join in on your call. There is also the option to record your meetings and get them sent straight to your Google Drive. That way you can manage your meetings and trace back to what was said.   Click here to read more about Google Meet’s free trial now!   While the video conferencing tools are great – if you’re looking for a more simple way to manage your training online or live face-to-face training, then give OTrain a call on (07) 3040 3310 or visit our website at...
What you need to know about Zoom 5.0

What you need to know about Zoom 5.0

Amongst the chaos caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, businesses and individuals have discovered that transferring online is not as scary or hard as originally thought. One of the ways businesses have discovered this is by using online meeting tools in order to connect with employees during the pandemic. One of the most popular online meeting tools is Zoom and today they have just released their Zoom 5.0 upgrade. Zoom 5.0 includes updates to the security of the tool.  The main security updates to the system is encryption to provide increased protection of meeting data and the resistance against meeting tampering. Along with the encryption upgrades, Zoom has grouped together the security controls making it easier for hosts to enable or disable certain controls for participants. This upgrade doesn’t take effect automatically and you will need to have updated to Zoom 5.0 by May 30 to continue to use Zoom. Click here to upgrade to Zoom 5.0 If you’re looking to upgrade your online training or live face-to-face training, then give OTrain a call on (07) 3040 3310 or visit our website...
5 Tips for your Training Budget

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: 1. Platform Maintenance All platforms will need some form of maintenance over the coming 12 months. This includes your Learning Management System and possibly your website and Student Management System. Whether its software maintenance to keep the platform code in a safe, stable and secure working order or data maintenance to keep your information clean, updated and relevant (or both), make sure you put some budget in there to maintain your existing sites and data. 2. Upgrades and improvements Your platforms should not be set and forget. As business changes there will be opportunities to improve your processes and productivity. Maybe you want to add a new feature or plugin or integrate better with your reporting or financial system. Or maybe even its time to consider refreshing your theme to align with your new website or brand. Allow some budget this year to upgrade and improve. 3. Refresh a Course Just like your platform, your online course should not be set and forget. Its important that you keep your courses fresh and relevant. Just as you might update your PowerPoint deck or classroom notes with new examples or more recent images its important to do the same with your online training content. Set aside some budget this year to...
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