Are you our next Project Manager? We’re Hiring!

Join our tea, we're hiring a project manager To support our continued growth in local and overseas markets, Aurion Learning is recruiting an experienced Project Manager to join our expanding digital learning team.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to join Aurion at an exciting stage and become an essential part of a great company.

Working closely with the Operations Director, the successful candidate will progress quickly and take on a broad range of responsibilities to help ensure the future success of Aurion.

As a Project Manager, you will be running projects for our clients, from conception through to delivery. You will create project plans, liaise with the design team and client contacts, schedule meetings and create reports. You will also help clients to inform their decision making across key projects.

If you are passionate about delivering projects to the highest possible standard and able to engage with clients at all levels, we’d love to hear from you.

Responsibilities

  • Providing project management for a range of digital learning solutions to existing and new customers.
  • Producing and maintaining project plans, project control documents, and project reports.
  • Managing overall project deliverables and each project stage deliverables.
  • Identifying and managing project issues and risks.
  • Assisting with the documentation of customer requirements.
  • Identifying and managing project resource requirements (liaising with departmental managers).
  • Assisting pre-sales activities as required, such as providing project plans.
  • Organising and assisting with customer workshops and customer project meetings.
  • Managing internal project meetings.

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The qualifications, skills, capabilities and experience we are seeking from you are:

  • 3rd Level Qualification (Business, Engineering, Science or IT).
  • Project Management qualification (e.g. Prince 2).
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Project Manager in the software industry.
  • Experience of working within an agile development environment.
  • A proven track record as a project manager within a Software development environment, successfully delivering such projects within customer and commercial expectations.
  • Robust Risk Analysis and Risk Management skills/experience.
  • Well-developed communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations using structure and style appropriate to the audience.
  • Good commercial awareness and a sound understanding of project and business dynamics.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and make sensible decisions under pressure taking a balanced view of client demands in tandem with agreed project scope.
  • Capable of effective prioritisation of tasks and personal time management, while recognising and flagging issues outside the area of own expertise.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Appreciation of good customer care practices.
  • Good team player capable of leading the project team to deliver in what are sometimes challenging circumstances or timeframes.
  • Willing to travel.

Desirable:

  • Experience in the educational software industry.

Salary: Negotiable based on experience.

We offer continuous professional development opportunities and a range of other benefits including a contributory pension scheme and health plan.

To apply for this role, please send a detailed curriculum vitae to info@aurionlearning.com.

10 eLearning Trends You Need to Know for 2017

If you influence, or are responsible for learning and development in your organisation, you may want to keep an eye on the eLearning trends that are likely to make an impact in 2017.

To help you stay ahead of your game and on schedule for completing the annual reporting and forecasting, we’ve done the hard work for you and evaluated industry information and predicted the top 10 emerging eLearning trends of 2017, leaving you to take on board what’s happening!

We’ve also designed a handy 10 eLearning Trends for 2017 infographic for you that also shows whether each trend predicted is a design or tech trend, and a rating in terms of affordability.

1: Microlearning

There is constantly pressure in eLearning to do things quicker and shorter, but there is also limit to how far you can push that in the context of learning. Typically online learning courses are delivered in one complete scorm module. Microlearning goes against this, it isn’t however just very short learning, but a longer course broken into chunks or shorter sessions, typically less than 5 minutes. As online learning courses develop, we can expect to see more microlearning over time with one learning outcome per activity and linked typically to a pathway in a coherent way.

 2: Interactive Video

Interactive video is more popular than ever and when applied well in eLearning it has great benefits for learners. However, video is changing and becoming interactive. The use of interactive video is a great way for user to learn and reflect on learning content, and we can expect to see more of this.

3: Games and Gamification

This trend has made the shortlist again as it is still yet again, an emerging theme. Like most new trends, this one has been slow to adopt, with cost playing a big factor in that part as adding these elements can be a costly approach, but illustrations can be a lot more affordable.

Gamification is adding game like elements to learning, things like points, badges and challenges to the content to increase motivation and encourage completion. As we get to understand games and gamification, you can assume to see more of these elements appearing in content as it is a great way of learning.

4: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

This is one of the hottest topics at the moment, just look at the Pokemon Go craze! Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two technologies which are rapidly changing. Many organisations are adapting these technologies, in particular, virtual reality to facilitate the creation of real-life scenarios to create an immersive experience for the learner as they interact with the digital environment.

We are already seeing green shoots of this emerging trend, right here on our own doorstop, pupils from Pupils at Edmund Rice College near Belfast are one of the first schools in Northern Ireland taking part in a Google project to bring VR to one million pupils across the UK. Although you can pick up a VR headset at a relatively cheap cost, the actual expense is in the designing and building of the content.

5: Responsive Design

Responsive design has largely been driven by the uptake of mobile device. Client organisations are increasingly asking for content that work across all mobile devices. To solve the multi-device issue eLearning is doing what most web sites have already done….gone responsive. Responsive design is an approach to ensure that we can have the same content on all our devices and demand for this is only set to grow.

6: Adaptive and Personalised

Personalised learning has proven that learning outcomes are improved when applied. Adaptive and personalised learning makes content dynamic and interactive, placing the student at the centre of his or her individual learning experience, whilst the platform uses data and analytics to continuously updated the learning pathway by adapting the content in real time. As more research is done on this type of instructional strategy,  more of this approach is likely to be adapted.

7: Brain Friendly

There is a lot more research emerging about how our brain actually works and how it processes information. Instructional Designers and learning experts now applying this neuroscience evidence and applying these ‘brain-friendly’ principles and approaches to design learning.

8: Learning Analytics

As more and more learning activities are taking place digitally, more data is being gathered about learner progress. The growing interest in learning analytics reflects wider interests in ‘Big Data’ a trend that has been popping up for the past few years. Learning analytics will play an increasingly bigger part to support learners as there will be the opportunities to be more evidence-based in how we support learners.

9: Learning Experience Design

Organisations are now acknowledging something that Instructional Designers have known for quite some time that design thinking can positively impact workplace learning. Learning experience design has been on the radar for some time now, but over the next year we can expect to see more organisations integrating learning across all disciples and job functions.

10: Articulate 360

The authoring tool, Articulate released Articulate 360, a brand-new subscription offering that provides everything required to develop an eLearning course.  As we increasingly see more and more organisations developing their own eLearning in-house, course creators using Articulate 360 will have everything they need in one place to create eLearning quickly and easily.

So what do you think will be big in 2017?

Please let us know your comments or share with others who you think may benefit from this. Follow us on twitter @aurionlearning for our latest blog articles and updates.

We’re hiring a QA Engineer to join our development team

Join our team QA Engineer roleWe are on the lookout for a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer/Software Tester to develop and execute exploratory and automated tests to ensure the quality of our products.

Our small, but perfectly formed development team is seeking an energetic, self-motivated individual to join our team in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The ideal candidate will take responsibility for driving and improving engineering practices especially related to testing within the team.

We are looking for someone who is more than an awesome tester – we are looking for someone who understands that building quality into the entire development process is more effective than verifying quality after a feature is built.

In this role you will:

  • Participate in the complete software life-cycle process from requirements design to post release issue resolution.
  • Take responsibility for the provision of comprehensive test strategies for each release.
  • Responsible for translating business/functional requirements into test requirements/cases and will carry out functional and regression testing using the in-house defect tracking tools.
  • Become familiar with the full product range in Aurion including online learning programmes and online learning management tools.
  • Translate business/functional requirements into test requirements/plans and cases.
  • QA online learning programmes and online learning tools.
  • Record QA activities using Jira.
  • Ensure our ISO QA policy and testing coverage is applied.
  • Complete manual regression tests based on software requirements.
  • Perform testing activities (functional, integration, end-to-end, infrastructure) to support the continued development, enhancement, and deployment of products.
  • Provide customer support, resolving queries where possible and referring to other team members when necessary for resolution.
  • Apply “Lessons Learned Management” to all projects, ensuring application of lessons from other projects and capturing lessons learned on specific projects under your control.Computer searching for bugs

Essential Criteria:

  • Minimum 2 Years QA/Testing experience in an online software environment with experience in:
    • black box, white box and software automation testing
    • collaborating with a team of developers to meet deadlines
    • conducting automated testing and using automated test tools
    • conducting different types of testing (functional, integration, end to end, acceptance, etc.)
    • creating and executing test cases, and test data to ensure testing validity.
    • Using a QA issue tracking tool such as Jira.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and creativity skills related to software Quality Assurance.
  • Excellent prioritization skills.

Desirable, but not essential:

  • Customer Helpdesk experience
  • Experience in the educational software industry.

Location: Belfast

Salary: Negotiable, depending upon experience.

We offer continuous professional development opportunities and a range of other benefits including a contributory pension scheme and health plan.

To apply for this role, please send a detailed curriculum vitae to info@aurionlearning.com.

 

We’re brewing up this Christmas for NSPCC

Aurion is a great place to work: we’ve the best bunch of designers, developers, innovators, educationalists and eLearning gurus EVER, if we do say so ourselves! But our small company is more than just work and play; we are a really generous bunch too.

Over the years, our commitments to both community and charity have not only been recognised with awards, but by giving a little something back, our team have also gained a big dollop of gratification.3 cute christmas mugs merry christmas

This year won’t be any different.

We consider our community and charitable involvements to be a vital role of any responsible organisation and take great pride in the support we are able to offer our chosen causes.

This Christmas, Aurion Learning are proud to support NSPCC NI, a charity that is very dear to us, as we had the pleasure of working with the NSPCC NI’s amazing education team to design and develop ‘Keeping Safe’ –  a suite of learning resources that would teach primary school children about keeping safe from abuse.

So in the season of goodwill and in our very modest efforts to raise awareness of the wonderful work that this charity does, we are brewing up and hosting a coffee morning later this week to raise funds for their cause, which we hope will help and contribute in some small way to support children across Northern Ireland.

It’s certain that our coffee brewing and brownie baking skills are not on par with our custom eLearning development skills, but we will give it a shot and hey – everyone loves cake!

If, like us, you’d like to make a donation and help NSPCC fight for every childhood, you can do so online.

The Aurion family would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In particular to our clients and partners that we’ve had the pleasure of working with this year,

THANK YOU!

We look forward to working with you in 2017 and indeed the years to come! 

Are you our next Front End Developer?

Front End Developer Job TitleNew clients, projects and support commitments means that we are on the lookout for new talent to join our Belfast team. We are currently recruiting for a Front End Developer with at least 2 years’ experience to help our award winning team deliver fantastic learning experiences.

As the successful candidate, naturally you need to be front end fanatic, creative, with great user interface design and development skills and want to out-do us with your front-end thinking.

Reporting to the Operations Director, you will have freedom to work directly with clients based throughout the world on varied online learning projects such as; custom eLearning programmes, learning portals, learning assessment tools and learning management systems.

Our team isn’t huge, but have a great mix of skills, allowing us to take projects from concept through to design and development, meaning you’ll get real input into the process at all levels. You will work in a close knit team of fab web application developers, digital, graphic and instructional designers.

With every day introducing a new standard, we expect you to keep an eye on what’s happening in the industry so that you can actively contribute to our design and development approach, so we continue to lead the way in learning design and technology for our clients around the world.

HTML5 JS CSS imagesEssential criteria:

  • 3rd level degree web design or computing qualification (or similar).
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as a Web or UX Designer in a commercial working environment.

Proficient in:

  • Photoshop/Illustrator.
  • JavaScript – jQuery- AngularJS/ or similar.

Experience in:

  • Working with a team to scope user interface flows and designing high fidelity mock-ups/prototypes for a client.
  • Designing and building creative and responsive web applications with graceful degradation.
  • Building an interface that works across multiple browsers.
  • Able to work independently as well as within a close knit team to ensure we delight our clients and project managers who make sure we keep things on track delivering on time and within budget.

Desirable but not essential criteria:

  • Experience working in ASP.Net MVC projects.
  • Experience using Visual Studio.
  • A working knowledge of a Content Management System.
  • Experience in using version control tools (such as GIT or SVN).

Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience + benefits

So if you are a Front End Developer and would you like to be designing applications that are that little bit different from what others are doing and you’re interested in pushing people’s perception of what learning is and where it can happen? then we would love to hear from you. Please submit your CV to info@aurionlearning.com.

3 things you will learn from our upcoming webinar on eLearning trends for 2017.

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L&D professionals had a lot to keep up with in 2016. 2017 doesn’t look to be any different either. Staying on top of your game means you have to keep up with, or at the very least, a keen eye on the ways our industry shaping.

Yet, with the rate of change in our industry, staying on top of trends can often seem like a full time job. Yes, trends come and go and it can be all too easy to just switch off and turn a blind eye to what’s going on outside our own little comfy bubbles of doing what is always done, not to mention the constant interruption of new information, which can be over whelming and hard to digest.

But what good will it really do just to put your head in the sand and ignore what developments are being made in eLearning?

Keeping abreast, now more than ever is so incredibly important. Things do change. And staying up-to-date on industry trends allows you to be in the best possible position to made any necessary informed decisions about strategy and plans going forward. And hey – we’re not saying that you must adopt the trends and developments, just be conscious of them.

So if you feel you have fallen out of the loop and want to get back on-trend or you want to stay ahead of your game, we’ve done all the hard work for you and disseminated the industry information and predicted the top 10 eLearning trends of 2017, leaving you to take on board what’s happening!

Under the guidance of Gavin Woods, Client Services Director and our Associate Director and Chair of the eLN, John Curran, we will take you on a digital journey for an hour, during a live webinar on Wednesday 16 November at 12noon to explore our predictions on the latest eLearning trends that will likely make an impact in 2017.

So reserve your online seat and join us online and learn:

  1. The 10 eLearning trends to watch for in 2017
  2. What impact the key trends will have on L&D strategies
  3. New opportunities available

So what better way to get over the American Election results than to get back to the task at hand and gain great knowledge relevant to your working practice? Hope to see you online next Wednesday.

Sign up and register for free 

 

Introducing You to Keeping Safe

 

Every once in a while an eLearning project comes along that stops you in your tracks. It’s the kind of project that just gets to you. This happened to our instructional and design team about 6 months ago.

As well as being educationalists, designers, technologists, gurus, strategists or what job title you go by, we are all humans. We all have another role. We are also a mummy, daddy, sister, brother, auntie, uncle, cousin, grandparent, grandchild and of course a friend.

We knew from the very start that this wasn’t going to be a standard eLearning project. Rather than the dreaded January blues that a new year can bring, there was this incredible buzz in the office. Of course we LOVE all our eLearning projects, but this one was extra special. It was special because it affected each and every one of us. It’s was the stuff of design dreams. We were given an incredible opportunity to design and develop a project that would ACTUALLY changes lives.

Let me introduce you to this ground breaking project, Keeping Safe.NSPCC Keeping Safe eLearning Resource

Research carried out with 1,700 7-11-year-old children in Primary schools throughout Northern Ireland by NSPCC, highlighted that there are still gaps in children’s knowledge around what abuse is and who can pose a threat to them.

NSPCC NI decided to do something about that. It’s what they do, prevention. Effective early education can help children to disclose abuse earlier and get the help they need to recover sooner.

NSPCC NI commissioned Aurion Learning to create an engaging, accessible, age-appropriate and educationally sound suite of learning resources that would teach primary school children about keeping safe from abuse.

Working in collaboration with the educational team at NSPCC NI, we produced a fresh, exciting and interactive programme that applied a sensitive approach to this difficult area of education.

NSPCC Keeping Safe Home PageThe materials have been developed around three themes:

  1. Healthy Relationships
  2. My Body
  3. Being Safe

The programme includes:

  • Four interactive eLearning modules on a range of topics including bullying and abuse, including sexual and domestic abuse, incorporating best practice instructional techniques and focuses on a high illustrative approach. Each module contains a range of interactive features and includes knowledge checks, clickable diagrams, drag and drop activities, ranking/rating activities, sliders, vignettes, scenarios, and digital stories templates.Sample of interactivity from P3 lesson
  • Video clips of head to camera interviews and school footage for teachers, such as examples of good practice.
  • Classroom resources including; case studies, teaching aids and interactive animated interactions. To support the delivery of the programme, we designed four characters with two age variations, called Amy, Ziggy, Jack and Cara that reflect NSPCC brand guidelines.
  • Characters of Keeping Safe ResourceAssembly and age appropriate lesson plans that will be delivered three per term to each year group. Printable lesson plans and PowerPoint templates reuses iconography, photography and illustrations to ensure a consistent look and feel throughout the 12 assembly presentations.
  • Parent homework resources. We also weaved the technique of storytelling within the programme to reinforce the messages being taught and strengthen the learning impact of the resources. The resources have been purposely designed to be suitable for each primary year, helping to build knowledge and skills.

The initiative was commissioned by the Department of Education. Keeping Safe will be piloted across a select number of schools in Northern Ireland to assist teachers, support staff, parents and school children. It aims to finally reach every primary school pupil in Northern Ireland and hopes to save every child in Northern Ireland from abuse, neglect and bullying.

This initiative implemented by NSPCC NI is the first of its kind in Europe is a great step in educating our kids about the abuse.It has been an absolute privilege to lend our expertise to this eLearning programme and we hope that it achieves its aim of reaching every school child and to save children from abuse, neglect and bullying here in Northern Ireland and further afield.

Reminder: Last chance to register for Using Templates to Create your own eLearning Webinar

If you are registered for tomorrow’s free webinar, “Using Templates to Create your own eLearning”, fantastic – we will see you online then! If you haven’t yet registered, it’s happening at 12 noon BST and is a must for anyone interested in, or are responsible for delivering learning and training.

Hosted by Aurion’s Client Services Director, Gavin Woods, we will present an expert guide on using templates to help create your own eLearnng and give an insight into the best practices as well as some of the tricks of the trade.

During the free online event you will learn:

  • Types of eLearning templates
  • Importance of a content style guide
  • Instructional design techniques to designing courses
  • Best practices to use
  • How to make the most of resources available

Register now to join this informative session and share your views and ask questions by submitting them real-time during the webinar or on twitter using hashtag #DesignBuildDeliver

We look forward to seeing you all online tomorrow.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.aurionlearning.com/community/events/webinar-essentials-for-using-templates-to-build-your-own-elearning.aspx

Are you making the most out of visual content?

 

blog-4-Techniques-To-Ignite-Your-E-Learning-ContentIt’s said that we eat with our eyes. The same can also be said about the way in which we process information – through our senses. The brain is a complex, creative processing system and its handles information at different rates. This information processing starts with an input from our senses and in the majority of cases, this is through our eyes at a rate that is 100 times faster than our smell and hearing.

So what does this mean for eLearning? Transforming content to make it more visually appealing can help learners’ process valuable information quickly without losing its educational effectiveness

Here are four ways in which you can convert content to make it more visually appealing. You can also view, download and share our handy infographic.

  1. Data visualisation

Not all information demands graphic treatment. You first need to consider what information or content that you want to share. If it is data, a graph will better tell the story rather than a row of numbers.

Have a look at our 10 elearning trends infographic for example. If you are considering using data visualisation, such as an infographic, make sure that your content is concise and relevant and doesn’t end up like an article with colourful adornments.

  1. Videos

Using video instead of providing stacks of written content is a fantastic way to present information to learners. Videos can add interactivity, interest and engage the learners by immersing them with the topic being presented.

When used correctly, they also help learners remember information easily. Videos are also great for instructional techniques like scenarios, demonstrations and products sims. Learn more about using videos in elearning.

  1. Images

First off – don’t add or use an image just to have one. In many cases, using short and scannable text can often do the job. Remember that images and photographs are used to maximise learning content and reinforce the message that you are trying to convey, not distract or confuse the learner.

Your main goal in using an image, is to connect and engage with your learners. When selecting the right image, try and evoke the learners’ emotions by using an image that they will remember – getting the balance on the image is imperative though! Have a read to get some tips on using graphics in e-learning.

  1. Icons

Don’t underestimate the power of a great icon set. Often these little multi-use images are one of the most important images in your e-learning as they are the interaction and navigation. It is important to note that, like images, iconography must serve a clear purpose and are not simply placed there because they ‘look pretty’.

Don’t forget that icons are part of the brand family, so make sure that they fit with your font, colours and style. iconfinder has a good free range of icons to use.

Do you have any other tips on utilising visual aids to compliment content?

View and download infographic our handy infographic on 4 ways to ignite your elearning content. 

 

We’re hiring more great people to join our team.

We're hiring. Take a lookCome join us.

Aurion Learning is a learning solutions company based in Belfast. We’re also established, with more than 16 years of experience in technology enabled learning. We produce some amazing work for some great clients. Our super team of designers, developers, educationalists and Instructional Designers help organisations move their learning and development online with a little help of technology.

We are also busy, super busy. New clients, projects and support commitments means that we are on the lookout for more great people to join our team. We’re currently recruiting a Project ManagerASP.NET Developer, UX Web Designer and Software Tester/QA Engineer

By joining our highly skilled and award winning team, you will get the opportunity to think creatively and work on a wide range of interesting and varied projects in the e-learning and digital media field.

As well as a competitive salary and a generous benefits scheme, we offer:

  • Great working environment in a friendly and supportive team
  • Long-term career prospects
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Free fruit and awesome coffee
  • Team socials

If you are looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to put your own stamp on things, then we’d love to hear from you.

To apply…

Email info@aurionlearning.com with a brief overview of why you think you are perfect for the role you are applying for along with your CV.