4 Things Steve Jobs Taught Us About Cloud Computing

It's faster in every case to talk to the server than it is my local hard disk... Carrying around these non-connected computers -- with tons of data and state in them -- is byzantine by comparison.

- Steve Jobs, late Co-founder and Chairman of Apple
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Steve Jobs spoke about this in 1997 at the Worldwide Developer Conference. His speech also included a vision for bringing the cloud to everyone's personal computer. Sure enough, 19 years later today, all of us probably have adopted cloud computing for both personal and business use.

Or, have we?

Topics: Insider Technology

Wisenet-Moodle Two-Way Integration: Automation, Grade Locks, & More

Too many apps. Too many data sets. Too many teams needing access to the same files.

We've all been there - the hassle of entering data multiple times across multiple systems. Unless your business has upgraded to the cloud, the several thousand character journey is one that countless individuals are forced to make daily. 

But here's some good news: those days are now over if you are using Wisenet & Moodle.

Replace painful manual processes with automation that is as easy as getting your Facebook and Spotify up and in sync.

Our Product team has completed and shipped a brand new series of Moodle connectors that work just like LEGO blocks do. And all you need to know is that this is going to make your job easier and simpler with less risk.

Topics: Insider E-Learning

Unfunded International Provider?  Here's What You Need To Know.

Effective April 2016, Unfunded International Providers (UIPs) in New Zealand must report data to the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The MoE UIP data collection system is an improved means of collecting education data that reduces providers’ compliance costs by replacing manual collections. 

This mandatory electronic data collection provides the MoE with data on international students participating in education in New Zealand at Unfunded Private Training Establishments (PTEs). These data sets include:

  • official name, date of birth, residency;
  • provider and component enrolment;
  • component and qualification completion.

Through the system, the Ministry performs ongoing checks to ensure the integrity of the data stored in the system. 

No more exports. No more manual submissions. No more fuss.

The MoE is right on the money here. The days of manual data collections, exports, imports, uploads, and errors are fading fast. The future is here, and it is instantaneous with live links and automation between consumers, business, and government. Ignore at your own peril!

But, why? What changes can PTEs expect from now on?

Topics: Insider What's New News Compliance New Zealand

Free Guide: 5 Tips To Grow Your Training Organisation With Online Enrolment

If you build it, they will come.

While that tip from Field of Dreams has primed countless organisations of various industries for success, it has also left the clueless feeling rather, well, helpless. (Not to mention poorer!)

It's true. A website can be a powerful sales tool for virtually any business. But the harder truth is that most of us don't have the expertise or resources to build an e-commerce website which results in business growth. 

Here's some good news for all registered training organisations: we've built you a new Online Enrolment app to extend your existing web site with a self-service booking engine complete with payment processing - in minutes

Focus on marketing your website, not building it. Make your mantra instead "If you invest in the right tools, they will come."

(Psst! What would you like to see in this feature? Take this survey to help shape the next Wisenet release!)

Topics: Insider What's New

Introducing: The Automation Tool That Every VSL Provider Needs

Learncycle Workflows was released as part of a major Wisenet release back in August this year. We asked you what you think, and it turns out you loved it but want more (thank-you)!

Naturally, your responses included user feedback and suggestions for improvement. You've spoken, and we've listened - say hello to these fab new features that every VET Student Loan (VSL) Provider needs!

After all, who doesn't love tools that can make your job easier?

Topics: Insider Resources VET Fee Help VET Student Loans VSL

10 Facts About Online Learning You Need To Know

If you haven't started your online learning strategy, it's a good idea to start now. 

Online learning is growing at an unprecedented pace, with billions of dollars in revenue earned each year. It's placed universities at the forefront of education marketing, and has become a must-have for drawing candidates.

Despite its obvious benefits and countless facts about online learning, many registered training organisations struggle to kickstart e-learning strategies and incorporate them into their learning relationship management platforms or certified student management systems. 

What else should education management and training management professionals know? Download this infographic to get the full rundown on online learning statistics in 2 minutes (tops!). 

Topics: Insider E-Learning Resources Online Learning

Free iPads? Forget It - Think Free Online Courses!

In a world where disruption rules, it looks like the education industry is about to have its Uber moment.  

It seems the world has spoken, and prestigious universities are responding by accelerating the democratisation of learning.

Here's the question: is MIT, one of the most prestigious universities in the USA, really willing to sacrifice millions in student fees by offering courses for free? Is this a race to the bottom, or the dawn of something new?

Topics: Insider E-Learning

5 Ways To Make Flexible Work Arrangements Work

I can't come to work today...

That's probably one of the last statements a boss wants to hear from an employee. 

But it's not always due to illnesses (or laziness) - sometimes our Wisenet team simply can't get to the office for work due to legit reasons like:

  • Summertime Sadness, Melbourne (the office's air conditioner was out for 3 weeks)
  • Train strikes, Melbourne
  • Heavy, biting snow, Queenstown
  • Hazardous air pollution, Singapore (due to fires in Indonesia)
  • Train breakdowns, Singapore

Yet on all occasions it was Business As Usual for Wisenet across the world -- from Cairns to Las Vegas, the Philippines to Perth, and Singapore to Melbourne -- thanks to our flexible work policies for business operations and good preparation for unforeseen circumstances. Our results speak for themselves. 

We'd like to share 5 ways we've found to make flexible work arrangements work!

Topics: Insider Resources Technology

Sky Muster NBN Satellite Offers e-Learning For All Australians

Sky Muster Satellite

Thursday's successful launch of the NBN Co's Sky Muster Satellite means high speed internet access for 200,000 Australians living in remote and regional areas is a significant step closer!

Rockets and satellites are risky business - a launch failure (i.e. an explosion) would be an expensive and major setback for the NBN (despite a $50 million insurance policy price tag). Satellites take years to build; launch windows are expensive and rare. Fortunately, it was a text book launch and all systems are GO!

Topics: Insider E-Learning Technology

3 Ways Registered Training Organisations Can Build Trust To Grow Revenue

Trust is the new currency in our economy.  From airbnb to Uber; from Volkswagen to your registered training organisation, trust is a valuable commodity in this new economy. Betray your customers' trust at your peril.

If you've read our opinion piece on the Volkswagen emission scandal, you're going to want to read this. 

Here are three ways registered training organisations can build trust.

Topics: Insider Resources Customer Relationship Management Word-of-Mouth Marketing Student Management

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