Category: VET

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One of the fundamental truths about any Education system in the world is that a motivated teacher will always bring out the best in a student. This doesn’t change because the student is an adult, and this doesn’t change when the training is done using a Learning Management System (LMS).

Students of all ages tend to excel more when their teacher (or in the case of VET, the trainer) is more devoted to the task of teaching, and this is why it is important to keep staff morale high in any learning environment.
In a world where more and more learning avenues are becoming digital, it is more important than ever to make sure that satisfaction is high, even for the instructors responsible for planning and coordination of various courses.
With a platform like Canvas integrated into your RTO, you can increase your trainer satisfaction. This is because Canvas is not only a tool for students, but an LMS for instructors and trainers alike. Having been a trainer in the VET environment for many years, I can tell you the joy of working on an easy to use system like Canvas. Canvas goes an extra step in ensuring that trainers have the easiest time possible when delivering their content to their respective students. Some of the features it offers VET trainers includes:

– Simple rescheduling capability
Canvas, as a program, is nothing if not easy to use. Lesson plans can be organised and rescheduled through the simple drag and drop feature, making it easy for Trainers s to make changes to their lesson plans quickly. It also makes communication easy! With the ability for a trainer to send a mobile or social notification to their students in one click. Ensuring students stay informed on any more of these changes.

– Ease of upload of content
With a feature that makes it possible to embed audio and video clips, trainers can easily integrate outside content into their lessons, adding to the wealth of teaching material available to their students. This gives the educator freedom to customise their own lesson, making it a unique and enriching experience for the students. When I was training, we use to photocopy handouts or even overhead projector slides and save them in big folders in the staff room, this is the digital equivalent.

– An exceptional resource centre
With a well-equipped resource centre, Trainers can make use of the myriad of tools and apps that they can simply download and include in their lesson plans to make them more engaging or less time consuming. This means that materials can be adjusted and used for different student cohorts. You can have a different set of resources for CRICOS students to Domestic students. Different for blended students to trainees. The contextualisation possibilities are endless. This means you are catering to your specific group of students easily and with less effort. A sure way to keep students engaged and trainers motivated.

– Personalised support
Any well working LMS needs a capable support system for its staff, and Canvas has its trainers covered on that front very well. The capable experts and support professionals will tirelessly address any issue instructors face, making their experience while teaching all the more satisfactory.

Long gone are the countless days of frustration over issues that can now be solved through the click of a button. Very little time is wasted and an trainer can genuinely focus on what they need to do, which is to help the student learn as best as they can. It truly speaks to its ability to guarantee that trainers working within the VET system are satisfied with the service and can go on to do their best for their respective students.

If you want to know how Strawberry Solutions can help your RTO discover the benefits of Canvas for your RTO contact us on hello@strawberrysolutions.com.au

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Strawberry Solutions has had a number of queries from our clients on Arc. A new feature in Canvas that essentially makes videos come to life.

What is Arc?

At the core of it, Arc brings together the most fundamental aspects of e-learning; information, interaction, inclusivity and productivity. How so? You may ask. Well, this next-generation online platform is designed to promote active collaboration of instructors and teachers through video and audio media.

When Arc as a feature of Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), both instructors and students stand to enjoy a number of benefits and conveniences. These benefits are discussed below.

Benefits of Arc

Student Engagement and Participation is Increased

What most media interfaces offer users is just a means of interaction by commenting. However, Arc’s interface goes above and beyond the conventional media platforms by providing time stamps and aligned time in the media during which the comment was made. These public comments can be used by other students for discussions or by instructors to provide insights to students.

Improved Analytics

Arc’s analytics provide per-user based information such as:

  • Popular media
  • Viewing lengths (start and stop points)

Instructors can the use this information to assess and optimize the media to ensure teaching effectiveness as well as monitor student interaction with the interface.

 

 

A New Approach to Asset Management

Instructors can organise media for each course and tag them appropriately to make it easy for the students to locate them. This comes in handy especially when the user (student) has forgotten the title of a particular media they are looking for. Also, the interface provides a section where descriptions can be provided for each media to give some sort of overview of what it entails.

 

How Can Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) Benefit from Arc in their Canvas instance?

Makes it Easy for Trainers to Assess Students’ Progress

Using the Arc feature in Canvas makes it easy to view and assess students’ behaviours and interaction with the platform in the form of the comments they provide, time they spend on different media and how often they re-visit certain articles and media. All this information makes it easy for VET trainers to assess a learner’s progress.

Increases Learning and Engagement for Digital Natives

The interactive nature of Canvas LMS and Arc interface promotes engagement with other learners as well as instructors. Since these are online platforms, digital natives will surely feel at home when using them. They allow important information and learning material to be passed on to students much faster and at the convenience of a smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Makes the Course Fun thus Improving Courses Completion Rates

The course is more fun when you get engage with fellow students through an interactive interface. For instance, the comment sections can spark fruitful discussions about certain topics related to the course among the students as well as between the students and the teachers. Also, shared media makes it easy to visualize various aspects of a course thereby making the course more fun. All these will definitely reduce dropout rates among learners.

 

Want to see more on Arc?

Views a sample of Arc at this link: https://www.arcmedia.com

 

If you want help IMAGINGING how you could use Arc and Canvas in your RTO, feel free to contact Strawberry Solutions at hello@strawberrysolutions.com.au