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.

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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).

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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’.

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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]

 


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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!


There’s an app for just about everything now. What we’re starting to notice here at eCreators though our own research and by chatting to our clients is that this is changing.

Just like weeding out the cupboards during spring cleaning, we’re weeding out the apps we use on a day to day basis – if I haven’t touched it in 6 months – I’m getting rid of it!

Well – here’s a keeper – the Moodle App.

There’s not a great deal of apps out there that work seamlessly with your LMS, but this one’s great (all bias taken away!)

With the Moodle App, you can:

 

  • Take Photos
  • Record Video
  • Record Audio

 

And a big one – complete your courses offline, by downloading them to your mobile device, both Samsung and Apple.

 

This has proven hugely popular with many Moodle users. Some of our customers record video blogs with their mobile phones and upload them to their Moodle site. Others use the photo feature to run internal competitions – best is, its all instant.

Any video, audio or images you capture are instantly uploaded to the LMS.

One other grand advantage of the Moodle app is the ability to brand it in your own colours. This mean’s your app can appear on the App Store and be nicely dressed in your company brand where you can charge for it, or have it freely downloadable.

If you’d like to find out more about the Moodle app click here. And, if you’d like it enabled on your site, give us a call!


eLearning in the outback…Australia is one of the largest countries in the world, with regions that are incredibly remote and isolated.

Traditionally, students who lived in these areas had to communicate with their teachers via radio (remember those old TV shows about the School of the Air?!) and assessment tasks were sent by snail mail. When a student is physically isolated from their teacher, it’s an obstacle to learning that’s not easily overcome…until eLearning came along.

Thankfully, eLearning has transformed what used to be called ‘distance education’. Not only does it provide effective and efficient online learning tools for students and teachers, it is a far more engaging and interactive experience, especially when using tools like Moodle.

By simulating the traditional classroom experience online, eLearning creates a superior environment in which to study. Imagine an electronic whiteboard and video call that students can tune in and out of, where they can ask questions and share thoughts. It really is the perfect way to bring learners from far flung corners together and foster peer-to-peer development of concepts and ideas.

Another great plus of eLearning for remote students is its ease and immediacy; there’s a wealth of current information at their fingertips. Long gone are the days of outdated literature and hours spent at the library with an encyclopaedia! Assessments can be completed, submitted and marked online, meaning that results, feedback and (if necessary) resubmission can all happen so much faster.

There are also great benefits for parents of students. eLearning provides a line of communication with their child’s teacher and the ability to log in to track their child’s progress and grades. Moodle even includes live chat functionality.

eLearning is also suitable for remote students with special needs or different learning requirements. The online platform allows teachers to tailor lesson content specifically for a particular student and, if the student needs extra time to complete, allow the teacher to easily track progress.

It’s a fact… living in the outback is no longer an obstacle to getting a great education!

Be sure to check out the new Moodle app for Android and Apple which allows you to also take your courses offline.


Why should you get excited about e-learning?

Ease of use and accessibility are major benefits but e-learning has many more less obvious benefits over classroom based learning too. E-learning frees up learners and learning in many ways – here are just four.

1. Freedom from the timetable

The classroom space creates a fixed relationship between students and teachers constricted by time, traditional learning roles and institutional spaces. E-learning breaks these constrictions resulting in a greater flow of information.

If you want to study at 3am, you can access course work immediately and from anywhere in the world. It’s quite literally, a world of information at your fingertips!

2. Freedom of communication

E-learning also means instant and multiple means of communication. Submit your completed work online, view and managed your grades and seek feedback from your teachers, discuss work with other students all without having to pick up the phone or trawl through paperwork. Connect instantly with the latest course news, events and updates and check assessment deadlines and requirements.

3. Freedom from distraction

Away from the classroom experience, a student can learn at their own pace, focus on the subject at hand and also access help when it’s needed (rather than having to worry about the class clown making too much noise!). Everyone has a direct channel to the teacher, so it’s not just the loudest ones that get heard.

4. Freedom to go ahead and be challenged

If students want to get ahead and push themselves even further academically, e-learning allows them to hone their skills, and be the best student they can be. In the classroom is it is difficult for the teacher to differentiate the needs of each student and meet them where they are ready to learn. E-learning allows students to dig deeper and go beyond the essential ‘must know’ information in areas where they have a fascination for learning.

If you have any ideas about how e-learning brings freedom to learning compared to the classroom, let us know in the comments!


Implementing a Learning Management System is an exciting move for any learning institution…and it comes with a whole range of benefits!

While the advantages of LMS based learning is pretty long, we’ve narrowed it down to our three favourite wins, and it’s all about ease…

Win 1 – Ease of access
When learning is kept inside a classroom, there are a whole host of limitations schools face. Students and teachers are only available during school hours, work and feedback cannot be accessed at home, and interactions between students and teachers are exclusively on campus.

However, an LMS can connect the institution, students and teachers 24/7. Work can be viewed, downloaded and uploaded at any time and students can ask teachers questions at any time. Being away from the classroom no longer means that learning stops.

Win 2 – Ease of use
While the idea of integrating a new online system can be daunting, a Moodle LMS is actually incredibly easy to set up and use. Systems are able to be customised to your needs, with additional features available on request. Phone support, feedback, and Moodle training are offered as a part of the Learning Management System package, meaning that a custom, easy-to-use system is offered to every customer.

Win 3 – Everyone’s life is made easier
Everyone involved with your institution has something to gain from LMS based learning. Students have access to education material and help from teachers, while teachers are able to manage their classes, grades and monitor student progress and engagement inside and outside the classroom.

Education administrators also benefit from moving things online. It’s easy to keep track of who’s enrolled, who has commenced learning and who is eligible for a qualification. Parents are also able to monitor their child’s progress and be able to keep in touch with the school and the latest news.

So these are our three big wins for a learning management system. If you have any others, please add them to the comments!


Not a confident internet user but want to learn something online? Read on!

E-learning is just like classroom learning, except it’s from the comfort of your own chair – or couch!  Online learning has revolutionised the lives of students; it means anyone, anywhere can access the most up to date and relevant information at any time.

E-learning can work as a virtual classroom, where students and teachers can communicate with ease no matter where they are in the world. But it also means that students don’t have to be in a traditional school-style arrangement at all.

You have probably participated in e-learning without realising it. Have you ever engaged with others in a chat room or forum, listened to a podcast of your favourite radio show, teleconferenced or played games online?  If so, you’re already an e-learner.

Whether you’re learning purely online or through blended learning – both online and in the classroom – your e-learning portal is easy to use and simple to manage.

The Moodle learning management system (or Moodle LMS – a fancy name for the portal) keeps track of everything for you.  The first thing you’ll notice is the user friendly dashboard as you log in – the dashboard is like the portal control centre.

Once you’re familiar with the LMS dashboard, the next thing to have a look at are the communication tools.  These will enable you to chat with fellow students, subject matter experts and your teachers.

The Moodle LMS contains all you need to begin, continue and complete your studies. It’ll keep track of what you’ve studied and suggest what you should look at next… meaning you direct your own rapid e-learning.

The Moodle e-learning system also allows you to check your marks, see where you’ve done well and where you can do better.  There’s also an exportable calendar, so you can record deadlines and assignment due dates and make that work with your other personal activities.

In short, your e-learning system is an effective, efficient and exciting way to study or teach…you can create a personal study space and connect to others when you want to.

And of course, by choosing a Moodle e-learning portal with eCreators, you have access to prompt, expert support when and if you need it. So give us a call to discuss how we can make rapid e-learning work for you!

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