eLearning | Booking your first course in SLA Online
Once you have created your first eLearning course using the simple guidance in the previous article 'eLearning | Publishing your first course in SLA Online' you can now make a test booking as a school.
The process is almost identical to booking any other course but in the short term there are some useful hints for quickly finding eLearning courses:
As a customer go to the [Training] menu
From here in the [Jump to] panel you'll see a new link for [eLearning Courses]
Click to here to see all eLearning courses
You can further filter using the options on the left
Click the course in question
Proceed to make a booking as usual
VIEWING (when logged in)
Once booked you'll see a new link on the [Training] home page [My eLearning bookings]
Clicking this link will show you a list of your bookings
Click the course in question
If you have checked out from the basket, you'll see a video
If your booking is not yet approved, you'll see a placeholder image
VIEWING (from an email link)
You'll need to setup the new email templates in [Admin] and [Delegate Alerts]
When booking the delegate will receive the email template
The template can contain a link to view the course without logging in
Click the link to see the video (or placeholder if not checked out)
It really is that simple.
This information is also available in the Knowledge Base
eLearning | Publishing your first course in SLA Online
Following the launch of the eLearning pilot in SLA Online on the 1st May you should now be able to create a test eLearning course. Simply follow the instruction below:
Click [Create new course]
Choose 'eLearning' as the [Course Type]
Select the 'SAMPLE VIDEO' as the [eLearning video]
Complete all over training details as normal
Please note that although you can choose to enable a waiting list this isn't required so please choose 'No'.
And that's it. You can now make the course live for customers to book.
See the next news article 'eLearning | Booking your first eLearning course in SLA Online' for details of the customers journey.
This information is also available in the Knowledge Base.
eLearning pilot launches within SLA Online
We know that many of you have had to cancel or postpone most, if not all, training courses and events through the spring and summer. If you're like us you're also unsure when face to face training is likely to be possible again. We're currently imagining Autumn at the earliest, but that doesn't mean customers don't need training and support. Over the past week or so we've started really exploring ideas to support recorded training sessions directly within SLA Online.
We are delighted to announce that we are now starting a pilot with a large local authority to take these ideas forward.
The aim is to allow service teams to record their training sessions then upload to enable booking, purchase, and playback within SLA Online. This ensures that the course management, including email notifications, evaluations, course certificates and, of course, the financial transactions remain managed within one place.
We've put together a few questions and answers below based on discussions we've had with some of you over the past few weeks.
Why are we doing this?
In the past we have discussed the issues around distance and eLearning, but now this has become a real issue for many of you. We have been investigating how we can provide a cost effective and straightforward solution through SLA Online, to allow you to continue providing courses in the time that people are unable to physically travel to training venues.
Do we need any specialist software/equipment?
To get started you shouldn't need to purchase any additional software or equipment as many of you should find that you have the tools you need already installed on your laptops. Most service teams should be able to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create and record the content. They can use the slides they already have and the microphone on their laptop to narrate (or microphone and camera to include a video and voice over).
What skills do we need to create the content?
At a basic level, and assuming most service teams can use PowerPoint and the web, you should have everything you need to get started creating content. If your LA uses Microsoft Stream you can even automate the creation of captions or manually add these using something as simple as notepad. A practice run, or two, when recording your session will be essential!
What skills do we need to administer the content?
During the pilot exercise we'll support LA's directly to manage their video libraries, but we'll be working on video library management support directly within SLA Online. So, the same skills you use already to manage training courses or resource pages will apply here.
What features can we expect?
During May you will be able to publish single Vimeo videos as eLearning courses. The setup and booking process will be almost identical to how it works for a normal scheduled course today. From the start of June you will be able to add multiple videos to an eLearning course as well as add the following content, much like a Resources page: Multiple Vimeo or YouTube videos, Text, Photos, Documents, Links, and a new Comments section for delegate engagement. From July we will be working on bringing Live Streaming support as well as Test questions embedded within the course. We are also investigating the Vimeo feature allowing us to track the viewers progress through the videos.
How much will the service cost?
Until the end of August, you can use the service for no cost and with no obligation to continue in September. We'll absorb the costs involved of hosting the videos and additional support will be available to allow you to make the most of the service. While we would love to be able to support everyone we do have limited resources and so we kindly request that your LA is ready to go and committed to using videos to deliver training over the coming months. From September an early-adopter price will be available. The standard module price will be in line with the other system modules.
If you would like any more information or would simply like to discuss the options, please let us know.
Governor Module Overhaul - The big new features
The missing piece.... The governor module is no longer just a clerking tool and now has numerous dedicated pages and options for Governors themselves to view.
Below are a list of all of the major new features and changes to the module. We've also posted another news article with the other updates across all pages within the whole.
GOVERNOR HOMEPAGE (for Governors / Clerks)
New dashboard style homepage with features dedicated to making it easier for a Governor to keep on top of their meetings plus the latest news and resources. The page includes:
Term of office summary
Upcoming meetings and training
Upcoming events (adverts)
**The noticeboard is a new feature that will roll out to the rest of the system after the initial trial within the Governor module. The noticeboard will automatically include notes about:
reminders about upcoming events (training and meetings)
latest, relevant news (by Role)
Newsletters sent to the user
Course / meeting cancellations
Past meetings / courses with access to documents
A new page for governors to see the details of their board
Other governor contact details and other options will be hidden
Restricted documents (i.e. Part B and Part C) that can be made available to selected board members.
Comments that all governors can use to feedback or ask queries before or after the meeting
A new page for governors to see the details of a meeting
Other governor contact details and edit/update options will be hidden
GOVERNOR MODULE SETUP
A new page with a number of features to manage settings within the module
You can now edit Categories and Responsibilities live in the system
Toggle an option to start Governor users on the new Governor Home page (rather than the default home)
Setup the default access group for clerks creating new governors.
Manage the account locking function's access groups
If a governor logs into the system after their term of office has come to an end the system will automatically prevent their access and change their access group accordingly. If the governor was a service provider in the LA or a staff governor in the school they may not lose access entirely to the system. After this automatic process the governor will see a message that explains what has happened.
NQT Module Upgrade - A complete module update
We're pleased to announce the completion of a significant round of updates to the NQT module. The focus over the past few months has been on flexibility on leavers and extensions to ensure that admin and updates are as quick as possible, but we've also completely refreshed every page within the module. See below for a summary of the changes.
LOOK AND FEEL
All NQT module pages are receiving a refresh in line with the latest design language in use within SLA Online.
NQT MODULE HOME (for NQT provider)
The page now includes a quick summary of any NQTs requiring attention
NQT SCHOOL SUMMARY
This page also includes a summary quickly highlighting NQT status and any problems
We have introduced a new Transfer process to move NQT's between schools
This saves on the work required when an NQT is moving from one of your schools to another
Extensions are becoming much more flexible, rather than just pushing back the final date.
You can now create as many extensions as you need with each having it's own assessment.
The Tutor can now recall the assessment if errors are noticed
This means it doesn't need to complete the signing process and then be rejected
The Appropriate Body can do the same at any stage meaning small changes are much quicker
NQTs AS USERS
When you are creating new NQTs they will become users by default
This means they can have access to the system to request training and browse news/resources
For now the NQT will be able to sign the form via a link they receive through an email
BUT from September the NQT must login to SLA Online to sign the form
This improves security, the audit trail and also encourages greater engagement
Tutors and Headteachers must have full user accounts and login to complete/sign forms
The page has been updated to include the new Access Groups choice
This also allows you to setup the group for when an NQT leaves a school