HSELanD Change Hub Signs Up 10,000th Member

multi device hubsWe are pleased to announce that HSElanD’s Change Hub has enrolled its 10,000th member.

The Change Hub is one of 14 collaborative learning hubs on HSELanD that we have designed in collaboration with. The Hubs on HSELanD facilitate knowledge sharing among multidisciplinary groups staff within hospitals, units and divisions throughout the HSE and beyond.

Based on the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Change Model, the Change Hub supports all staff to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to approach change in a way that improves the prospect of a good outcome for all involved.

placeit (48)The Change Hub contains practical tools for:

  • planning,
  • managing and sustaining service improvement the shared experience of colleagues,
  • collaborative document sharing and discussion facilities and
  • a host of learning resources and supports.

Speaking about the announcement, Patricia Blunden from HSE Change Management Resources, Advice and Support said:

“This week saw the registration of the 10,000th member on the Change Hub, a milestone which seemed improbable when we started out in 2008. Thank you all for your ongoing support since then, which has helped to bring the Change Hub to where it is today: the go –to change management resource in the HSE.”

placeit (47)As well as delivering support and maintenance to HSELanD, Aurion Learning also provide a full range of online learning and development services, including custom eLearning modules and online learning consultancy to support the HSELanD team.

Congrats to the Change Hub team on this fantastic milestone!

10 tips for taking part in a video

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The use of video in eLearning is on the rise. More and more organisations are using this medium as an effective technique to deliver training and learning.

What’s more, learners have come to expect engaging content, and for a good reason too. The benefits of using video in eLearning are well documented.

As more organisations use video, they are tapping into the wealth of skills and experience from their own people and using them to film.

To help you get prepared for your moment in front of the camera, we’ve created 10 tips to help you shine!

  1. Be prepared: Being prepared helps you focus on what you want to say and identify the main points you need to get across.
  2. Make your point: You should have two or three talking points that are well crafted and communicate everything you need to within the first minute. Divide each point into a single thought that is easy to understand. That way, after the interview is edited what you said will stand alone as a complete thought. Once you make your key points, any additional time should be spent expanding on what you have just said.IMG_20161201_155613904
  3. Be present in the moment: When the camera rolls, don’t try to be perfect. Be authentic and passionate about what you do, and be real. Sometimes people try so hard to do it right, they become flat and omit personality. The secret is to truly listen to the other person rather than think too far ahead. If you’re not present in the moment, you may miss something.
  4. Think of the camera as a third person: Usually, you will be looking at the person interviewing you, not the camera. The only time you should look directly at the camera is if you are making a specific point to the viewer.
  5. Use your natural voice: Be energetic and speak with authority. Be yourself and speak to the camera like it was your best friend. Not only is it more natural, but it’s what people expect. You want your video to reflect who you are, not someone else.
  6. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: The video will be edited afterwards, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Take a deep breath and start your point over again.IMG_20161205_092734358
  7. Appearance: Avoid stripes, checks, neon colours or optical illusions in your clothing. No white, red or too much black.
  8. Fidgeting: Try not to fidget with your hands or gesture outside of the camera frame. Find a comfortable position to sit in. If you’re nervous, it can be tempting to lock your hands together, put them in your pockets or sway back and forth. However, this is to be avoided as it will make your positioning less natural or distract viewers.
  9. It’s a conversation: Remember when you are being recorded for video, you are not giving a public speech. You are having an engaging conversation; instead, focus on the one person you are talking to at that moment.
  10. Talent release: It is standard practice for interviewees to sign a talent release form which gives permission for the organisation to use the footage you’ve just taken part in

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.

Are you able to think dynamically about digital learning concepts and ideas?

We are recruiting a Senior Learning Consultant, Instructional Designer and a Digital Design Lead

We need talented digital learning and design professionals to join our growing team. We’re looking for great people who can help us design and deliver outstanding learning experiences for our client organisations.

We are currently recruiting:

We are a small, but perfectly formed bunch of tech, design and education folk. New clients and new projects mean we need like-minded design and learning professionals to join our team.

You need to be creative to work in the Aurion team, with a deep understanding of learning, have strong attention to detail, and be able to communicate and negotiate with confidence.

As Senior Learning Consultant, you will work closely with client Subject Matter Experts and the in-house digital learning development team in the design and production of online and work-based learning materials across multiple subject areas and sectors across Ireland, the UK and further afield.

You will have a dynamic approach with exceptional communications and negotiation skills and excellent client liaison skills, with a background in e-learning and blended learning as an instructional designer.

We’re after an Instructional Designer that has a detailed knowledge of learning theories, methodologies and techniques and you need to be able to demonstrate innovative and creative solutions to meet client needs.

Working in the role as Instructional Designer, you will design creative content storyboards that really bring the learning to life and use a combination of media to create a learning experience that will motivate the learner to apply their learning in practice and deliver the performance improvement that is needed.

You will work alongside your learning technologist and AV colleagues to ensure that your vision for the content is transformed online and adds to our award-winning body of work for clients around the world.

As Digital Design Lead, you will work closely with colleagues to ensure that Aurion produces creative, multi-platform digital learning resources for our broad range of clients. If you are a talented Digital Designer who us passionate about using their design skills to create amazing experiences and willing to learn and share their knowledge with others, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested and think you have the skills and profile required, please email your CV to info@aurionlearning.com

We are on the lookout for a superstar Digital Design Lead

Digital Design LeadOur amazing team here at Aurion design, create and build market-leading elearning experiences. So much so, that demand for these experiences have grown, and with this, our team too. We are currently looking for an all-round enthusiastic Lead Digital Designer to join us.

Working with the elearning design and development teams, you will lead and coach the respective teams to produce creative, multi-platform digital learning resources that meet the very highest quality standards for our broad range of clients.

If you’d like to be part of a creative and talented team, where you have a high degree of ownership and want to influence learning experiences, we’d love to hear from you.

As part of Aurion, you will get to work on some really interesting projects with an impressive client list and fantastic colleagues.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and coach the digital design team in the creation of creative, high-impact multi-platform digital content that meets the very highest quality standards.
  • Manage the overall design of a client solution, working with a design lead, instructional lead, technical lead and others to produce the project’s design specification.
  • Take ownership and quality assure the deliverables of the digital design team to ensure that the outputs meet the needs of the client and project specification.
  • Oversee AV production throughout the company. This might involve working with the Procurement and Finance Director to commission and quality assure external AV teams; acting as producer/director on a project, working with an assigned Instructional Designer to script materials for an AV project or reviewing and quality assuring post production work.
  • Contribute to new product development in line with the company’s business plan.
  • Drive innovation through the use of new digital content tools and technologies throughout the organisation.

On a personal level, you should:

  • Be creative and passionate about the design of visually rich digital learning content that works beautifully across multiple platforms.
  • Be passionate about developing your skills on an ongoing basis to ensure that you keep informed about developments in digital media.
  • Have excellent analytical, problem-solving and strategic thinking skills.
  • Have experience of multi-platform digital content design and implementation.
  • Have experience of UI/UX design.
  • Have a 3rd Level Qualification in Design, Media, Business or IT.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Digital Design Lead or senior designer with team lead responsibility in the software or media industry.
  • Have well-developed communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations using structure and style.
  • Have good commercial awareness and a sound understanding of project and business dynamics.
  • Have the 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.
  • Be willing to travel.

Desirable:

  • Experience in the educational software industry.
  • Have experience of mobile app creation and gamification.

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 cover letter outlining relevant skills and experience, a link to your portfolio of work, and a detailed curriculum vitae to info@aurionlearning.com

Meet our new Learning Architect, Michelle Gallen

Michelle Gallen, Learning Architect Aurion LearningAs our company continues to grow, we continue to add brilliant talent to our team.

We’d like to introduce you to an incurable edtech geek and a super-agent in delivering learning, our new Learning Architect, Michelle Gallen.

In her new role, Michelle will work with our clients to assess, scope and develop high quality learning experiences and map the learning needs to their business needs.

For the past 15 years, Michelle has worked with organisations of all shapes and sizes to create creative, innovative and engaging learning products for classroom, online and mobile.

She is an expert at working with clients to identify and understand emerging learning and development needs and priorities from the bottom up and we’re delighted to have her and her wealth of expertise on board.

A trained BBC content producer and an award-winning elearning blogger for her work on TalkIrish.com, Michelle was named a Talk Talk Digital Hero NI and a Hero Innovator at the Learning Without Frontiers awards. She is also a member of the British Council’s TN2020 network of future leaders and influencers and advised the British Council at Board level as a member of their Provocation Group.

Our new Learning Architect has a sincere love for learning, digital technology and goes all out to identify and create innovative learning solutions that benefit both learners and organisations.

As Michelle says in her own words:

“I’ve a long history of promoting elearning across organisations. I’m fascinated by key technology developments and their impact on how we learn. Throughout the years, I’ve learned how to balance the requirements of organisational goals and learner needs versus available budget and technical constraints.

I’m thoroughly immersed in traditional and emerging pedagogies. My long experience in learning has given me the skill to clearly see and analyse a learning solution all the way from the ‘big picture’ right down to nitty gritty of course specifics.”

We are a lucky bunch to have her on our team and over the coming months, Michelle will blog on a wide-range of topics and bring you her insights and perspective on the latest in digital learning. So get hyped and ready keep an eye out for her blog posts!

If you’re interested in joining our team, we are currently hiring a Project Manager and QA Engineer/Software Tester – pop on over to our careers page for details on the full job description and how to apply.

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.