eLearning provider Learning Nexus, has received the AIM Awards Quality Mark and obtained ‘AIM Awards Quality Focused Organisation’ status. As a result of the stringent quality assurance process, Learning Nexus is now able to award Continued Professional Development (CPD) points to its generic eLearning courses. 

The AIM quality stamp and awarding of CPD points highlights Learning Nexus’s commitment to quality in achieving effective learning outcomes, in addition to promoting professional development to thousands of learner’s worldwide.

Derby based awarding body, AIM Awards, offers over 400 qualifications across the United Kingdom and has begun collaborating on several projects with Learning Nexus, including qualifications to be delivered via eLearning.

Chief Executive of AIM Awards Linda Wyatt said, “we are delighted to recognise Learning Nexus as a Quality Focused Organisation. The high standards applied to the development of learning materials and clear processes, made it very easy for us to approve the award. I am sure that learners will value the opportunity to gain CPD points from Learning Nexus courses.”

Managing Director Peter Howell said about receiving the approval, “we are proud to have received the Quality Focused Organisation accolade, which continues to demonstrate our commitment to high quality. By having CPD points attached to our courses, will can offer added value to our customers and our thousands of learners”

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eLA Annual Survey:
Last week saw us the launch our Annual Survey.  This piece of work helps us to track trends in the eLearning market, allowing us to keep a weather eye on what you see as the current and important issues. 

The survey results also help us to monitor how the market is moving.  We will collate this years data with that collected in previous years, and this will help to show the movement there has been in the key issues.  This data helps to add a degree of certainty, to what is often only a gut feel.

And finally, the survey provides the Alliance with information about the services we provide, and helps us to identify possible changes we may need to adopt moving forward.

The survey is open for 6 weeks (closing on 1st August), and I would be grateful if in this time you could find a few minutes to complete the questions and help in the continuing development of the eLearning Alliance.

We will send a summary of the results to all eLearning Alliance members, and to all non-members who complete the survey (and leave a contact e-mail address).

In our March newsletter, we highlighted the launch of the Skills Investment Plan by the Scottish Government and its' objectives and four themes.  With a view to exploring the Plan and it's relevance to the eLearning industry in Scotland, we will soon be kicking off research into this field to identify the skill and competencies within our sector.  In addition, we'll look at the anticipated skills moving forward, any gaps which may exist and, how & where these gaps can be filled.

This research is in addition to the eLA Annual Survey, and we'll be looking to contact a number of organisations directly to get a picture of the skills requirements of the sector.

Complete the eLA Annual Survey

eLA events:
Over the last few months the Alliance have run workshops aimed at delegates using Articulate Storyline and Courselab.  These practical hands-on workshops are aimed at getting you up to speed with the software so you can go back to your desk and start developing courseware straight away.  We'll continue to run these hands on workshops (Adobe Captivate coming soon), and in addition, we're also looking to run a variety of other workshops aimed at helping you in the wider field of eLearning.  With a growing number of freelancers joining the Alliance, we'll also be running some sessions on helping you develop your business – the first of these being scheduled for 20th August.


Upcoming Workshops:
ROI – Planning for Impact – 15 August
90 Days to Business Growth – 20 August
Adobe Captivate Essentials – 26 August
Developing a Social Network – 19 September

Other eLA Events:
Members Meeting – Delivering eLearning to large & complex audiences – 29 August
Learning Essentials Conference – 29 October – tbc

Learning Essentials Conference – planning is underway for this years conference, and we are now accepting submissions for presentations/seminars.  This is a great opportunity for you and your organisation to contribute to the wider eLearning community and to demonstrate your successes/learning in using the tools of our trade.

New Members:
The Training Foundation helps clients unlock the full potential of their people by facilitating best-practice learning and development capabilities through TAP (the Training Accreditation Programme), and by developing managers' abilities to build high-performance teams through the CHOICE Programme.  Passionate about unlocking human potential: their products are designed, developed and delivered with performance improvement in mind.  They have assisted more than 1,400 clients, ranging from Tesco to the NHS, from Oxford University to Leeds City Council, from Barclays to the MOD and from Rolls Royce to Specsavers.

Member News:
Software Beta Launches – two of our Members have recently launched beta version of software.  The software from Create eLearning and Aurion is still in the development phase, but the launch of beta testing allows users to try out the software, and to have a say in how the final product will operate.
The software from Create includes a course development tool and a marketplace where we can not only offer our courseware, but also our skills and it gives us the ability to search for skills we may require for a project.  Meanwhile, storee from Aurion, is a digital storytelling tool that allows us to create and share our stories using text, audio, video and photos online.
Members can sign up to take part in the beta testing by visiting Create eLearning and Aurion.


In our last newsletter, we mentioned that eCom were about to launch a sales programme with Andrew Carnegie Business School, well this is now up and running, and you can read more about it via the case study outlining the blended learning solution for the School’s ISMM accredited Sales and Marketing course.

Safety4Business, the Health & Safety Division of eLearning provider Learning Nexus, has had its Health & Safety courses approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).  The RoSPA approval is the second recognition for Learning Nexus, the first being The British Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) quality mark which was awarded last year.


The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has partnered with Aurion Learning to develop a new E-Learning programme to support the training of team members in both the use of new eProcurement software and the business processes in the SPS. The E-Learning content and supporting resources, will be used by an expanding target audience of SPS staff.  In addition, Aurion will also develop internal capacity by providing training and templates for SPS team members so they can maintain and modify the E-Learning content over time.

Opportunities:
altc 2014 Conference – This years altc conference is running from 1st to 3rd September at University of Warwick, under the headline of “Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave”.  Information about speakers and booking is available here – one of the co-chairs for this event is Joe Wilson from SQA who presented at the Alliances Learning Essentials event last year.
City of Glasgow College – Senior Learning Technologist Vacancy – The College are looking to fill this vacancy which has a closing date of 4th July.  Details available from College Vacancy page.
City of Glasgow College - U Lib Web Developer Vacancy – The College are looking to fill this vacancy which has a closing date of 4th July.  Details available from College Vacancy page.

Web Presence:
We have recently updated our website, rationalising those parts that weren't being used to any great degree.  The new format is aimed at making the Members News and  Events sections easier to access.  In addition to the change to the website, we've been looking to use LinkedIn more actively to publicise our activities and those of our Members.  We're also looking at using the forums which are available on LinkedIn, both for general discussions about eLearning, and also possibly for event related chat.  If you have not already done so, you can connect with us on LinkedIn.

Become a Member of The eLearning Alliance:
Membership of the eLearning Alliance is available to; public and private sector organisations, corporate users of eLearning, training providers, technology suppliers, software developers, colleges, universities, publishers, broadcasters, professional bodies, consultants and others. When you join the eLearning Alliance you become part of a vast community of knowledge and resource; a support network that can help you realise your individual and organisational goals.  As Members, you get free access to our networking events, as well as discounts on our workshops and conference. Annual cost is £119 for individuals and £300 for organisations, and we are currently offering a discount if you take out two years worth of membership.

Safety4Business, the Health & Safety Division of eLearning provider Learning Nexus, has had its popular Health & Safety courses approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

After a rigorous review by RoSPA auditors, all the courses in the Health & Safety range have received a RoSPA seal of approval, which recognises the quality of the content and demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to reducing preventable accidents in the workplace.

Research by RoSPA indicates that each year, about 14,000 people across the UK die as a result of accidents, and RoSPA, a safety charity, is committed to reducing this number. UK legislation requires employers to be responsible for safety training and employees’ safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

Rob Burgon, RoSPA’s workplace safety manager, said: “Learning Nexus has worked hard to produce courses that will make a difference to people’s lives. The prestigious ‘Approved by RoSPA’ mark assures training providers and their prospective clients that courses have been independently assessed and are deemed to embody best practice. We are delighted that Learning Nexus has successfully been through our thorough approvals process and can now use the ‘Approved by RoSPA’ mark with pride.”

Managing Director Ruth Howell said about receiving the approval; “We are delighted to have our Health and Safety range receive the approval from such a worthy and inspiring organisation. Coming after our acquisition of the Safety4Business brand, this not only demonstrates the high quality of our content but also our wider objective of providing effective and life enhancing eLearning solutions.”

The RoSPA approval is the second recognition for Learning Nexus, the first being The British Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) quality mark which was awarded last year.

The full RoSPA approved Health and Safety Range is available for purchase now, direct from the Safety4Business website.

 

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has partnered with Aurion Learning to develop a new E-Learning programme to support the training of team members in both the use of new eProcurement software and the business processes in the SPS.

The E-Learning content and supporting resources, which will be used by an expanding target audience of SPS staff who are spread throughout Scotland, include;

  • animated explainer videos,
  • product simulations,
  • interactive knowledge checks and assessments,
  • downloadable job aids and infographics and
  • role-based digital media scenarios incorporating audio, video, photos and illustrations.

The E-Learning programme will also play a role in refresher training and just-in-time learning relating to the eProcurement system.

In addition, Aurion Learning will also develop internal capacity by providing training and templates for SPS team members so that they can maintain and modify the E-Learning content quickly and efficiently over time.

Commenting on the appointment, Gavin Woods, Business Development Manager at Aurion Learning said:

“We are thrilled that SPS have selected Aurion as the most suitable provider to deliver this forward thinking E-Learning programme. The proposed solution and methodologies draws on our experience of designing and developing similar E-Learning solutions, something that will only serve to benefit SPS.”

He added:
“This recent appointment with SPS will strengthen our position as one of Scotland’s leading digital learning and development providers and our team are thoroughly looking forward to working with the SPS team to deliver highly engaging E-Learning content that will ultimately have a real impact!”

For more information, visit www.aurionlearning.com or follow @aurionlearning on Twitter.

 

Aurion Learning is pleased to announce the beta availability of their new digital storytelling tool; storee.

The beta release is made available to allow a broad user base to test, evaluate and provide feedback on the new online storytelling tool.

Aurion Learning designed and built storee to help make it easy for people of all technical abilities, to create and share their stories using their own text, audio, video clips and photos online.

“We’re excited about creating a vibrant digital storytelling community,” said Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning “storee’s features combined with its easy to use interface will provide the best user experience and most importantly one of the efficient ways to create and share short stories online.”

“We're excited to be starting this storytelling journey, and look forward to sharing our storee vision with users as we continue to develop new and enhanced capabilities and features in this online tool.” Added Maureen.

The storee beta is available to Aurion Learning customers, partners, and members of the public. If you are interested in trying storee Beta, you can sign up and access the beta Access the beta here.

eLearning provider Learning Nexus will be conducting an interactive workshop entitled ‘eLearning: Business as Usual’ at the 3rd Annual AIM Awards conference that takes place on 17 June 2014 at Loughborough University.

The workshop will be jointly delivered by the Learning Nexus Customer Care Director, Debbie Fairman and by its Production & Learning Design Manager, Sarah Keates.  The workshop will review the evolution of the eLearning market, the training benefits it provides, and explore the fundamentals and principals of eLearning design.

Customer Care Director Debbie Fairman said, “We are delighted to have been invited to AIM Awards 3rd Annual Conference to deliver this workshop.  It will give us a great opportunity to meet some of AIM’s customers, answer their eLearning questions and promote our Partnership moving forward’.

This year’s conference, which is organised by the awarding organisation AIM awards, is themed around ‘4 years on… Reflecting on government changes’ and focuses primarily on how qualifications can be used to respond to transformations required by government and the economic environment.

Over 100 delegates are expected to attend the conference which will provide an excellent opportunity to network and hear presentations from industry experts. Fourteen workshops are scheduled throughout the day and cover subjects such as, Entry Level Qualifications, Careers Education, Traineeships, Functional Skills and eLearning.

Attendance at the conference is free. Please visit the AIM Awards website for further information.


Students who perform above and beyond their everyday studies will now be recognised by Forth Valley College with a new Flexible Learning Award.

First recipient of the new award is HNC Business Studies student Carrie Gentles from Tullibody.
 
As well as coping with the demands of full time study Carrie has also committed to achieving the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) to enhance her qualifications. 

ECDL is a globally recognised information and communication technology (ICT) and digital literacy qualification consisting of seven separate modules of study.

Carrie has been supported through her extra study by the College’s Learning Development service which has included mentor support and alternative assessment arrangements. 

“Carrie has been a pleasure to work with throughout her ECDL course, with her can-do attitude and determination she now only has one exam to sit to fully achieve this qualification,” said Flexible Learning Coordinator, Lisa MacLaren.

“ECDL is brilliant additional qualification to have as it is transferrable across any career that Carrie chooses to pursue in the future.”

As well as the award Carrie will be presented with an iPad Mini which was kindly donated by Learning Nexus, a flexible learning materials supplier to the College.