Australia’s BRW Top 100 Fast Company partners with world’s open-source learning platform to deliver edtech solutions in Asia Pacific

eCreators – one of Australia’s leaders in elearning and technology – today announced their partnership with Moodle to deliver their learning management expertise internationally, into Singapore.

Together, both companies will continue their mission to deliver innovative and powerful edtech tools that empower growing educational demands in Singapore.

eCreators expansion to the Singapore market means that organisations in the education, government,

not-for-profit and corporate sectors can now take advantage of the range of quality eLearning products

and services eCreators has offered the Australian market over the past 10 years.

eCreators aims to provide market leading SaaS based services to Singapore’s small to medium business

market and bespoke enterprise services to tier 1 organisations across all industries.

Additionally, eCreators will provide content development services to all areas of the market, allowing

Singapore access to a fully-fledged eLearning provider.

Dean Saunders, CEO of eCreators, commented on the exciting opportunity and challenge ahead as they expand their Moodle services into Singapore.

“The team and I are excited about extending our services to the Singapore market,” said Dean.

“Off the back of our success in Australia, we’re positive Singapore will also benefit from our range of

dynamic and innovative Moodle products and eLearning content services.”

“I see Singapore as a natural regional partner, especially as we’ve already had some early success in the

region.”

“Many of the people we speak to in Singapore understand the important role that Moodle plays in the

global education space and we aim to spread that message further through delivering quality Moodle and

eLearning products to the market.”

Dr Martin Dougiamas, Founder and CEO of Moodle, also commented on the importance of eCreator’s

expansion to offer quality Moodle services in the Singapore region.

“I congratulate eCreators on their achievement of becoming a Certified Moodle Services Provider in Singapore,” said Martin.

“We have been working in partnership with eCreators over the last 4 years to provide high level edtech solutions to leading Australian higher education and corporate sectors.”

“We are now looking forward to working more together to meet the growing demand for digital education in Singapore through the provision of powerful, innovative and flexible tools in Moodle.”

The Moodle Partner network continues to grow, with the addition of eCreators’ certified Moodle services in Singapore totalling 87 certified Moodle partnerships based in 44 countries.

ENDS

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About Moodle

Moodle, the world’s open source learning platform, allows educators to create a private space online filled with tools for collaborative learning. First released in 2001 by Martin Dougiamas, Moodle is now used in every country in the world. Moodle is a key part of operations for leading education institutions such as Open University UK, Monash and Columbia, as well as big organisations such as the United Nations, UK Government and US Defence force.

Moodle’s open source project and development is supported by its global community of users and network of certified Moodle Partners, who offer a range of tailored Moodle services and support. For more information, visit http://moodle.com .

About eCreators

eCreators are a Moodle Certified Partner, specialising in the development, deployment and customisation

of Moodle LMS sites. Our SaaS platform is designed to provide secure, highly available services, across

multiple geographic locations, with self-scaling and self-healing capabilities. With years of experience we

have established an outstanding record for tailoring platforms to our client needs, which includes

government, corporate, educational and not-fot-profit sectors.

With a team of comprehensive in-house specialists, comprising of Engineers, Coders, Architects and

Designers, we deliver solutions to organisations such as Telstra, The Australian Red Cross, Ergon

Energy, and the Police and Nurses Bank.

Underpinned with a robust Project Methodology, Analysis and Design phase to deliver Moodle solutions,

we are also leaders in creating self-paced eLearning content and have previously assisted Australian and

international organisations in the delivery of innovative content solutions.

Along with our other partnerships with Citrix, Samsung and Intelliboard, we were recognised in the

Australian Financial Review in 2016 as Australia’s fastest growing eLearning company.

More information can be found in eCreators website.


We’ve been receiving a common question yesterday, so here’s to filling in a few blanks for you!

 

1.What’s this new acronym I need to learn? 

I know, we’ve heard it before. Let’s create an acronym thats so difficult to understand that it needs a manual. LTI stands for Learning Tools Interoperability. Say that at a BBQ and you’re own your own. Know what it does and you may make a friend or two.

2. So what does LTI allow me to do?

OK, lets say you have a existing Learning Management System. From that Learning Management System you want to be able to share content to another Learning Management System. It might be a partner, a customer, anyone at all.  After you upload your e-learning course, providing your LMS is LTI compatible, you can now allow access to the said course.

3. And that helps me how?

This is the great bit. One of the ways LTI can assist you is to allow you to provide full access to your e-learning course or course library without the course leaving your system.  Let’s say you’re an RTO – maybe even one of our RTO customers. LTI allows your customers to host, manage and/or sell your content from their own platforms. From the customer perspective, they can report, run and view the course just as if it lived on thier own LMS; and; if you ever need to revoke access, you can just pull the plug!

This is just one of the ways LTI can help your business. To see a live demo of how it can work, call our Sales team for a demo today.


Confused where to start?

Many of our enterprise customers that we meet with are often faced with the challenge of where to begin when implementing an LMS and a wider learning strategy across their organisation.  This is where eCreators offers a Learning Lab.  A learning lab is designed to assist you in determining your core requirements to ensure:

  1. You’re implementing the right product into your business
  2. All of the correct stakeholders are involved
  3. Your system is providing you with the right reporting tools
  4. Your system is integrated – and behaving correctly through other multiple systems
  5. You have a long term sustainable strategy for learning in your business

There are many other items we cover off in learning labs, these are just a few.

Typically, a learning lab will last for one to two days, and on extended projects we may recommend a permanent business analyst from our team to assist you on the client side implementation.  The types of team members we commit to Learning Labs are:

Digital Technology Manager

Business Analyst

User Experience Designer

Solutions Architect

Learning Labs have seen eCreators create successful implementations for many organisations. Call us today to fid out more.


 

Over the past few months, the eCreators content team has been converting the Vic Roads motorcycle training booklet to online training. I have found this to be an up and down adventure as the course has changed considerably since the last time I did motorcycle training.

The aim was simple “To convert the booklet to online training with an assessment at the end that people would be able to do before their riding course. This would remove some of the class room based training that you received on the day”.

The Issue

The main struggle that I was having with the eLearning was getting the message across to such a wide audience but still being able to keep the correct language level and explain how important the information is without diluting its importance or leaving it up to interpretation.

Finding out I would do the training

So as an early Christmas present from the boss, I was enrolled in the course. I think it was for me to get a better understanding of the course not pretend to be Valentino Rossi around the track. It really did open my eyes though to how much the course had changed and why it had changed.

How the days were run.

The course was two full days with a mix of class based and practical learning. Before this course, you are required to read though the booklet that Vic Roads offers, so you have all the specific information and road rules that apply to bikes. The book gives you the answers to the written test that you take at the end of the first day.

So along came the 28th of December a nice 33oC day in Ballarat perfect day for riding in anyone’s book if you wanted to lose a few KG’s. We started off inside and were given an overview of how the day would run. We would spend 30 – 45 mins inside learning about road craft and then we would go outside and apply this to the practical side. This concept worked great as you didn’t have to remember a full day of classroom training and then apply it to the practical side on the second day.

After I had completed the first day of the course I had a new understanding of why they wanted to move away from the booklet that is offered by Vic roads (nothing against the book), but there is an issue with the written word “People can interpret it different ways” and I could see this happening just by the questions that were being asked.

The fix

So, coming back after the Christmas break and with the training in mind, we have decided to incorporate a lot more video to explain how certain crash types are caused, what the advantages of buffering are, how to handle curves and what are the best ways to reduce risk. When you read about these is the booklet they can be harder to understand because you have no concept of space, speed or time whereas with the animations that we use we try and incorporate all of this in there which is then reinforced by the practical training that you would do on the day.

By using video the hopes are that it can only be interpreted one way as these small 10 second animations that also incorporate a question at the end of it which means that if the user has interpreted the information in a different way they will get the questions wrong and be given feedback to reinforce the information and how it should be understood.

We are still in the development phase, but it has defiantly gone a lot smoother now that I have done the practical side and can relate to the issues that we were having in the design phase. So you can look forward to another update once it has been rolled out and we have had a chance to evaluate the training.

On a side note, I would highly recommend that if you get the chance to do the practical side of any training that you are developing I would do it. It opens your eyes to what the issues could be and might completely change the way you are designing the training.


What is My Team?

My Team is a feature we created for eCreator’s Moodle theme, Learnbook, as a response to customer feedback lamenting the difficulty they had empowering managers within their organisation to monitor their team’s learning progress.


What can I do with My Team?

With ‘My Team’, managers can see the learning progress of their team members at a glance.

That means, they can log into Learnbook and with a single click, get a snapshot of the learning progress of everyone they manage, including a handy progress bar.

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Managers can drill down further by clicking on a team member’s learning profile.

They’ll get visibility right down to the activity level and be able to send messages to members of their team  directly from the LMS.

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How do I set it up?

My Team works through system context cohorts. For managers to get visibility, you’ll need to make them Cohort Managers.

system context cohorts

 

Ok, great! How do I create system context cohorts?

You can create these cohorts in accordance with your organisation’s structure by going to:

Site administration > Users > Accounts > cohorts

1. Select the ‘Add new cohort’ tab.

2. Name your cohort.

3. Make sure your cohort is created within a system context by selecting the ‘System’ dropdown option in the Context field.

4. Create a Cohort ID (especially important if you’re going to add users to cohorts in bulk via CSV).

add a new cohort

If you are creating many cohorts, it might be more convenient for you to add cohorts in bulk.
Read more about how you can do this here.

 

How do I add users to Cohorts?

You can do this one user at a time or in bulk.

One at a time:

You can add users to a cohort by going to:

Site administration > Users > Accounts > cohorts

1. Click on the ‘add user’ icon next to the cohort you’d like to add users

2. Find users in the potential users space and add them to the cohort using the ‘Add’ button

In bulk:

You can users in bulk in two ways:

Via Bulk User Actions –

You can add users to cohort in bulk by going to:

Site administration > Users > Accounts > Bulk User Actions

1. Create a filter to search for the users you want
2. Add them to the selected users list
3. Add the selected user(s) to a cohort

use filter to search for your users

 

Via CSV –

You can upload a CSV which lists your users, adding a cohort field to automatically add them to a cohort using a Cohort ID.

Find out more about building your CSV here.

 

Finally, how do I add a Cohort Manager?

To add someone as a Cohort Manager, go to their profile and select ‘Edit profile’.

edit profile

In the field, ‘Cohort Manager’ add the cohort you’d like them to be the manager of.

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Once they’ve been made a Cohort Manager, Managers will be able to go to ‘My Team’ and see the progress of their cohort!

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We hope you enjoy discovering ‘My Team’! Let us know how you go –  [email protected]

 


Love the way you Learn

 

 


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 23, 2016

Digital Learning solutions provider, and Certified Moodle Partner, eCreators, has been ranked as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies by BRW Magazine, joining their renowned FAST 100 list which ranks the fastest-growing small and medium sized businesses in Australia.

This is eCreators’ first time on the list and it is an exciting time for the company, but success didn’t come overnight. It is the result of years of continuous improvement and a focus on building quality relationships and strong partnerships with both client organisations and the world’s biggest learning management system, Moodle.

“Productive partnerships and co-creation are central to how we operate. We hear it over and over again from our clients, they want to work with a partner not just a vendor. When we work with clients, we aim to become extension of their organisation,” says Dean Saunders, eCreators’ Founder and CEO. “We’re also a Certified Moodle Partner, so our financial contributions ensure the ongoing success of the Moodle Product.”

In the past decade, one of eCreators’ key achievements has been the launch of their flagship product Learnbook, which extends Moodle’s functionality and UX design. Learnbook is now recognised by Moodle as a formidable theme.

“Our development process puts client feedback and input first. Our users should be able to jump into the platform and intuitively complete the tasks they need to do. If you have to explain how to use it, it’s not a good interface,” says eCreators’ Digital Technology Manager, George Pana. “It’s for this reason we attract everything from SMB to enterprise clients wishing to implement tech-enabled learning. Plus, Moodle is great to work with. It’s modular, and with our expertise, we can really build tailor-made solutions.”

Moodle Founder and CEO, Dr. Martin Dougiamas, also congratulated eCreators on the company’s BRW ranking.

“At Moodle our mission is to empower teachers and learners worldwide with open, powerful and flexible education tools,” said Dr. Dougiamas. “We are able to do that through the support of our Certified Moodle Partners, such as our fellow Australian company eCreators, who help institutions and organisations with expert services and solutions so that Moodle users get the best out of their learning environments.”

“eCreators’ dedication towards advancing online education, innovating the edtech scene and providing quality customer service always goes above and beyond typical approaches, and I’m so glad this has been recognised in their recent BRW ranking.”

“Huge congratulations to eCreators on this achievement and I look forward to all the great things we’re going to do in future.”

In addition to eLearning content, bespoke Learning Management Systems, Learnbook and Moodle Training and consultation, eCreators will be adding to their catalogue of products and services with two new game-changing learning management products that will hit the market in 2017. They also plan to formally expand their products and services to the UK and US markets on the back of significant organic growth in the number of clients they service overseas.

About eCreators Digital Learning Solutions

eCreators is a Certified Moodle Partner that provides digital learning solutions that help organisations realise the full potential of their people. From eLearning content and learning management systems to product training and consultation, eCreators provides end-to-end support to design tech-enabled learning solutions that work for your business. Their catalogue of clients includes Open Universities Australia, Northrop Grumman, The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, and The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

For more information, contact Jean via jean(at)ecreators(dot)com(dot)au or by calling 1300 913 112.


Learning Management Systems, like other applications, can be highly underutilised. Sometimes people are completely unaware of the power that lies ‘underneath the hood’.

 

Think about Microsoft Word.  Numerous articles on the web will point to the fact that learners use less than 40% of the entire feature set, the LMS can be much the same.

 

These days, organisations can become disorganisations by underutilising, or not utilising their LMS in an effective manner.  When it comes to proper use of a Learning Management System, it should be considered the ‘Go To’ place for all organisational learning.

 

So, how do you achieve this?

 

  1. Make it accessible and easy to use. Let’s face it, if the interface isn’t slick or user friendly, I’m not coming back in a hurry. Information needs to be well organised, searchable and easy to reference and tagged. If its quicker to do a Google search every time, that’s the choice learners will make.

 

  1. Have your LMS reach out to your learners. This can happen in a variety of ways by configuring your notifications block to tell learners when different things are happening, such as new course availability, a new webinar or a chance for a new badge for performing a certain action.

 

  1. Identify which plugins are going to give your community the most value. These could be video plugins, webinar plugins, or even something special you’ve made just for your site. The plugins that appeal to the wider community are going to draw the most traffic, so think about them first.

 

  1. Consider hiring an e-learning analyst. Customers current and new quite often come to eCreators to discuss ways to increase engagement on their Learning Management Systems. This can be a great step to consider when looking at your long term strategy.

 

 

The Moodle Community has the largest collection of plugins of any LMS.  On Moodle.org you will find a range of LMS plugins that will assist you with integration with other apps, gamification and collaboration tools, free webinar plugins and much more. Careful selection of these plugins can be paramount in your success to create a community, not just a site.


IBSA recently engaged eCreators to develop a new look Learning Management System (LMS) to provide multi tenancy features for their customers.

These features include an extensive range of e-Learning resources, helping you deliver excellent content no matter where you or your students are. All you need is the internet.

The new user-friendly interface makes it quick and easy for trainers to enrol students, customise activities and upload and manage assessments. Students can access interactive learning materials however it suits them, be it on a computer, iPad, Tablet, or even their smart phone.

IBSA customers can make the LMS their own by customising it with your company logo and colours. Add forums, chatrooms or glossaries to suit your student and trainer needs. IBSA’s LMS is also AVETMISS compliant, making compulsory reporting a quick and easy process.

Want your own LMS? Contact us and you can use Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) to seamlessly connect to IBSA’s e-Learning resources with your LMS.

Find out more below, or contact eCreators on 1300 913 112.

eCreators will soon be co-presenting at the MoodleMoot in September – come as see the system in action there!

https://www.ibsa.org.au/e-learning


In this article we explore and demonstrate how you can commercialise your LMS and turn that idle time into profitability.

Many organisations under utilise their LMS and don’t realise that what they actually have at their fingertips is a profit making center.

The Learnbook LMS has built in ecommerce where, via PayPal or Stripe, organisations can have prices associated with courses, materials or any other services.

One of our customers, who owns a company that provides training in radiation hazard awareness has had outstanding success, and operates her business on a money while you sleep model, waking up every morning to see how many enrolments they’ve had overnight – those enrolments turn into payments.

So how does it work, and why would I want to commercialise my LMS?

 

  1. Most LMS’s are subscription based, be it annually or monthly. It’s great to have a way, at an absolute minimum, to offset those fees. If you don’t sell online learning courses for example, think of what you can do to make subscribers want to buy from you. It may be that your customers pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to recourses specific to your industry that aren’t available through regular web channels.

 

  1. It’s the worker that never sleeps. An LMS can be a serious profit centre. Additionally, it’s available 24×7, so people, on a global scale, can seek out your content and services at any time, from any place meaning you reach a wider customer base. Many people these days too, prefer to learn online, and; after hours.

 

 

  1. The education revolution is moving digital. The tell-tale worm is heading up, and more and more people are choosing to complete their studies online. If your business is just paper based, and lends itself to an online mode, consider making that move – sooner than later. Take a look around at businesses similar to yourself. What are they doing? Are you being left behind?

 

Remember to think of your LMS like an employee – would you let them show up only to perform one hour of work a day? Make the most of its idle time and let this fabulous system contribute towards the success of your business.

 

Your ecommerce strategy can be a key player in the success of your organisation. Your Learnbook platform is ecommerce ready out of the box and you can start transacting immediately. eCreators have assisted many organisations to get their products online and contribute to their ongoing success.

Talk to us today, and schedule a demo so your business too, can make money while you sleep!


eCreators are pleased to announce that we are now an official Samsung Partner. This move is a part of our ongoing mobile and VR strategy and allows us to recommend and supply Samsung hardware to our local and international clients.  eCreators can now look after both the hardware and software side of elearning mobility, providing a range of tablets, headsets and 3D cameras.

Some of this technology will be on display at our upcoming conferences in Melbourne and Sydney where consumers will be able to get hands on with this cutting edge tech, and, see our latest Moodle and Learnbook products interacting with them. In addition, we will be showcasing our latest content offerings, where our responsive design will be on display.

We look forward to seeing you at the Travel Industry Exhibition in Sydney and Melbourne, and the Moodle Moot’s in Perth and New Zealand this year!

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