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Delivering ELICOS online using the innovation fund

Do you have a strategy to access up to $150,000 via the ELICOS Innovation Fund? Watch this webinar where we joined our friends from Strawberry Solutions to address this funding opportunity:

Eligible ELICOS organisations have until June 30th 2021 to apply.

Let us help you in demonstrating your cohesive strategy as required by the 3.2 Selection criteria 

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Chris Hall:
Welcome to the ELICOS Online Strategy. My name is Chris Hall. I'm your host today from Strawberry Solutions. I'm still going to do a quick audio check. Will, can you hear me okay?

Will Campbell:
Yeah, I can hear you, Chris.

Chris Hall:
Thank you very much. Awesome. Listen, we've got everyone attending in the room now, so I can see that we've got people that are arriving, so thank you very much to all the providers that have registered interest today for this webinar. We're going to be taking you through our strategy for going online within the context of ELICOS today, and we're going to be showing you some insights into how you can best set your organization up for success in terms of accessing up to $150,000 via the innovation fund. What I'm going to do is I'm going to, as quickly as I can get through some quick PowerPoint slides to set the scene, and after we've set the scene, I'll introduce you to my colleagues from Canvas here today, and indeed we'll do some system demonstrations.

One thing that I'd love to emphasize, is that even if you are a user of a different learning management system, I'd invite you to be open to what CANVAS can offer today. You may already be using CANVAS. I do know we have some existing clients in this ELICOS space that are existing users, and indeed maybe you are considering transitioning. Either way, whatever happens at the end of this presentation, we're here to help. Strawberry Solutions, our organization is, and System Agnostic. If you ended up wanting to have a conversation with CANVAS, that's great, and we partnered with them very strongly for the last five or six years. But indeed if you're wanting to have a conversation about another alumnus, we can indeed do that, but we know that you'll be very impressed by what CANVAS can offer today.

Just wanted to set the scene there.

Why are we here today?

As you are all aware, the department announced that there was a innovation fund to be launched on the 30th of April, which was my birthday. It's all about growing your business models for offshore and indeed online delivery. Now, as Strawberry Solutions, being an e-learning development company and LMS provider, sorry, implementation partner. We got very excited by that because this is our bread and butter. So we thought, how can we put some on the webinar here today, that will give you some insights into how you can increase your chances of success in terms of the grant application, and then indeed, perhaps there may be an opportunity to work together ongoing after this. As you know, you can get up to $150,000 per organization.

It is indeed up to you as to how much you apply for. Of course, it would seem to, common sense might dictate that you want to go for as much as you can. But the main message I want to give here is that we've been speaking to the program administrator, which is English Australia, for those of you that don't know, and the insight that we've been getting from the administrator is that it's very important to demonstrate how will you benefit from the grant funding. There are some tips that we'll give later on about how to actually apply for the grant. But one of the key things is that, beyond the quick financial questions that you'll get to in the earlier stages of the grant application, there is a section where you can upload a document, and that document can be as long as you like.

But again, the program administrator has given us some insight that, that can benefit from being approximately a one pager, so that needs to be a one page, almost like a business plan, where you can very clearly express what your organization is about, how you've been impacted, but the markets that you want to expand into, and what your plan is for that, and why that's relevant for your organization. But then very quickly after that, see the paragraph below, it's all about demonstrating how you'll use that grant funding. Yes, it can be used for other areas such as marketing, and any other things that meet the objectives of the grant, but it is of course, relevant to be talking about developing more online content, implementing a learning management system, if you haven't done so already, etc.

If you can demonstrate in that one page document, that you've really considered a budget in a holistic manner, then we feel that, that will increase your chances of success. Super quick example, abstractly, you might say, “We're going to go into these markets, and this is our strategy, and this is why it's important to our business." We've estimated that it's going to cost us $50,000 for marketing, $40,000 for an LMS, $100,000 for e-learning, and whatever are the line items of your high-level budget. They're not expecting you to have finalized the exact detail and exact scope, but again, for those of you that are interested following this call, Strawberry Solutions is here to have a consultation meeting with you, and we can actually generate a templated proposal that will give you some ideas about scopes and costings, and you're welcome to use those as paraphrasing pieces for part of your grant application.

The one thing I would stress though, is that don't copy paste words that we send to you, because having worked with many government auditors before ourselves, we know that if you all put the same word again in your grants application, that's not going to help anyone. With all those kinds of context set, let me swiftly move on to the rest of the presentation. As we've alluded to, Strawberry Solutions is a e-learning development company and LMS implementation partner, and indeed CANVAS for those that either are using it, or could use a learning management system, is a close partner of Strawberry Solutions, and together, we're going to show you today how we can indeed be your end to end solution for an online strategy going forward, in any costs.

As I have briefly mentioned, what does Strawberry Solutions do? We do e-learning design, that can be from enhancing user experience, to doing learning designs on pieces of learning content. If you need formative knowledge checks creating, we can do that. We indeed can implement in all learning management systems. We can train you on how to use the solutions that we built for you. We do multimedia and interactive course development, with about the animated videos, live action videos, knowledge checks that are on the screen, all that fun stuff that I'll show you some examples of very shortly. Indeed, we also offer ongoing support should you need that as an organization?

This is me. My name's Chris Hall, I'm the business development director, so I am looking after the strategic direction of the business and indeed the relationships that we build. I shall be quiet at this point, and I'd like to just introduce you to my two colleagues at CANVAS, and I'll let them say hello to you all now briefly, which is Will, and Yew.

Will Campbell:
Thanks, Chris, and thanks again, everyone for joining today. For those of you who don't know, CANVAS is best in breed learning management system. We position ourselves as the premium LMS on the market, and our mantra here is an easy open cloud. Feedback we got all the time from CANVAS is that it's an easy, simple-to-navigate system, for both students and teachers, and it's designed to make the learning experience simpler and easier to use. Like I said myself, I'm Will Campbell. I'm the account executive for APAC. Please reach out to me if you have any questions around the commercials of CANVAS, anything at all. Chris will be providing you our details at the end. I've been at Instructure for just over two years now, and worked specifically in the RTO and vet space, so any questions you may have about our ecosystem or anything to do with the ELICOS grant specifically, please feel free to reach out to me. I'll just hand you over to Yew now.

Yew Eng Ng:
Hi everyone, I'm Yewy, thanks for having me today to speak and show you a little bit more about what CANVAS has to offer. I'm a solutions engineer at Instructure, I've been here for just over two years now as well. I spend most of my day working with institutions like yourselves, figure out where CANVAS fits in with your tech ecosystem. Originally from Malaysia, I had to complete the IELTS examination myself, so this topic is certainly near to heart for me as a former participant of the program. Looking forward to showing you what we've got and to answer any questions you may have.

Chris Hall:
Thank you gents, and can you hear me now again?

Will Campbell:
Yes.

Chris Hall:
Fantastic. Thank you Will and thank you Yewy. So we're very shortly going to do a system demonstration from both myself and also from Yewy as a solution architect from CANVAS. You'll see different aspects of what we emphasize in that. But just before we do, one thing I'd like to acknowledge is that we've got different types of ELICOS providers in the room and in the webinar today. These are essentially the five avenues as you know. We have General English, academic purposes, direct access, specific purposes to English, and also exam preparation. Strawberry Solutions can help you in all of these areas. We do recognize that there are different versions of content ownership with this, so, for example, if you were to do the Pearson test of English, or the Cambridge test, sometimes that involves having the particular textbooks from that particular provider.

Whereas in contrast for English for academic purposes, if you're a larger organization, it could be that you've already authored or brought in an external consultant that has given you the rights to those materials directly. Depending on the scenario that you're in, and what I want you to think about as I'm showing you these examples are, which of these five avenues do you offer as an organization, and what is the formal status of your learning and content materials, because putting it simply, if you own it and you have the right to it and you don't depend on an independent textbook, then you could be giving it to a company like ourselves, and we develop it into an engaging interactive e-learning experience. Whereas, if it's a textbook and we respect that, that will be distinct scenarios for certain providers in certain avenues, then there may be some other options that we want to consider, which I'm about to summarize now.

Let's imagine for example, that you are using Cambridge university press materials. Cambridge go across the four areas of general EAP exam prep and ESP, but they're more limited in that area. Indeed they do have a learning management system that you can access, by getting an LMS code inside their textbook. That was the way that Cambridge works, and it's quite tightly oriented around the textbook itself. When it comes to other providers such as Pearson, very similar story. They work in these areas. One of the things I would like to emphasize here is that they do also have their own learning management system when you're linking to their textbook materials.

But the thing we emphasized here is that my English lab in this instance can integrate with CANVAS, amongst the other LMSs, as you see on the screen. Now, the reason I want to mention this is that, let's imagine for a second, you do use Pearson's materials, and you do not have your own learning management system. Through this grant, there could be an opportunity to implement CANVAS and then to have all of our student data, all that branding control, all of the influence in terms of the way that you digitally design your e-learning. You can control that if you have your own LMS. There could also be a broader picture where you're delivering other short courses, perhaps you're also an RTO doing other qualms. Whatever is the situation, there might be reasons outside of ELICS, that there are benefits to having your own LMS.

If that is the scenario for you, what I would like to convey in here is that there are integration opportunities. Putting it simply, you could build certain shell structures of a course, and have all your student data inside the CANVAS, and then you basically hit that magic button and you're integrating to an external linked LMS called My English Lab in this instance, and it has things such as single sign on and all the contemporary things that you'd expect to have a good integration. Just something to think about. To emphasize where we're at now, I would say that there are different avenues. Sometimes you're using different content providers, sometimes it's textbooks, sometimes you own it yourself, but either way, there are ways in which we can explore assisting you in terms of taking your online delivery to the next step. As you are aware, there have been temporary allowances in terms of the national standards.

These national standards pre COVID are all indeed all about 20 hours of face-to-face per week. It depends which avenue you're delivering in, but for example, in general English, it might be very common story to have a 10 week or 12 week program, depending on the level that you're teaching general English. We know that class sizes are indeed limited, but the thing that has changed over the last 12 months is that we're now allowed to at least temporarily now, deliver what was previously face-to-face physically, via video conference, whether that be things like zoom. Now, what I would like to paint a picture of, as we think about these national standards, is that none of us in the industry actually know what's going to happen in the future once we get to next year, once we get to 2022.

I have spoken to the CEO of Neoss, Patrick and we've had a chat about this, and we've connected on how in many ways the industry might hope that the standards continue to evolve in certain ways that allow for continued online delivery by mechanisms such as Zoom. I think that is a good segue to talking about why should you consider enhancing your online delivery now? When I was brainstorming with Patrick, these are actually the points that we came up with. Number one, by having a great online solution and having your data inside your [inaudible 00:14:22], and not just relying on paper-based textbooks and physical classroom, etc, what you're doing is you're getting earliest stage capture of student data, and you're getting them in a pipeline of potential sales opportunities for later on.

Indeed that then, because they're in the pipeline earlier, it can lead to a longer life cycle of relationships with your students. Especially when you're really having a well-considered digital strategy that actually tracks engagements. We do at Strawberry Solutions partner with certain companies that can bring digital reporting to the next level, to really check that your students are engaging with your ELICOS materials. If you're interested in that, and engagement in particular or continuation or completion measurements, and KPIs, we can indeed talk to you about that in further consultations. The third point here is that indeed COVID has fundamentally changed the way we do business. I feel like corporate culture has very much caught up with what things like Zoom and Microsoft teams, and all that stuff offers. So getting educationally caught up is relevant in terms of students' expectations.

Then finally, as I'm sure some of you do hope to a certain extent, the standards may evolve to enable higher levels of either blended or online delivery, including live video conference delivery. It's all about having a seamless end-to-end experience. Not just sending a Zoom link via email, but having it integrated with your LMS and really considering the end-to-end journey. Now, just a couple of some three brief points before I go into the system example in a minute. Having spoken to a few ELICOS teachers about this, we discussed the topic of translation, and what we would like to point out is that whilst translation is technically possible, that you could implement all sorts of translation tools within the page. We understand it not to be really recommended from an educational point of view, because it indeed develops a crutch.

If you're a Spanish speaker trying to learn English, let's not speak Spanish, let's not be able to read Spanish on the screen. The reason I mention that, is that CANVAS offers fun functionalities where you can actually translate the menu bars if you wanted to. But again, philosophically, educationally, it's not the best thing to do. Next, in terms of enhancing your online experience, if you're doing things traditionally just in the classroom without any digital form of enhancement, then I would like you to consider a future where you can be doing listening exercises via headphones, that are administered via your learning management system. Maybe you could follow the listening exercises by a reading exercise, or indeed by a written one. Again, this starts to speak about the four key skills of English, whether it be listening, reading, writing, or indeed speaking.

For us, when we think about this from a learning design point of view, we want to have all those four core skills of English, reinforcing each other, and I think you're going to love some interactive examples that I'm going to show you in the system demo. Finally, in terms of using an LMS and actually getting digital about this stuff. Of course using a Learning Management System, you can submit your speaking exercises via the LMS, as something that the trainer can feedback on, whether it be written feedback, feedback via audio, feedback via video. I believe Yew is going to speak to some of those things later on, on his system demo in particular. When you think about enhancing your online capability, I would say really think about the end to end solution, and how you can fit what a learning management system can offer into your ELICOS educational philosophy, and we're here to brainstorm with you on that, and I'll show you examples of what we've done in the past for other clients too.

Nearly there on the presentation, and what I'm going to just quickly set the scene on now is what Strawberry Solutions can offer you, and how that then relates to an actual build in the learning management system. As a company, we have a team full of designers, we're all Australian onshore, and they come from an educational background, but also we've got a very strong suit in graphic design. That could be anything from selecting images that speak to your learning content, creating illustrations or infographics, and we're able to take your raw materials especially if you own them, and add in the necessary graphics and imagery to bring the content to life. What we then do as a recommended strategy for CANVAS in particular, is before we even start building content, we initiate what we call a wireframe design step within the project.

What the wireframe design does, is it enhances the user experience, brings your branding to the forefront of every aspect of the actual e-learning. It creates a template that you can reuse going forward with your other courses, and it brings consistency. All of those four things have the potential to fall apart if we don't do a wire frame design upfront. What do I mean by a wire frame design? The first step in a wire frame design, is to design a homepage. This is an example from vocational education, but you can have a homepage for a qualification. You can have a page for a unit. On that, you want to be able to easily access all of the relevant resources that are relevant to the beginners the course in General English, for example.

Then once we design the home page, we're also then going to think, how can we take your brand, and consistently lay it out on the subsequent pages that you might access, once you're inside a course. If we look at this example here, and we've got certain brand elements, and we're looking at the welcome page to the course. Once we build that, we then want to say, “Well, what does it look like to have a learning page, to have a learning plan, to have an assessment page?" As you can see, there's a consistent branding occurring throughout this wire frame design. What that means is that the students are having that consistent experience, where they can recognize certain buttons. You can have your, not just your logos in there, but your brand colors and indeed all of the illustrations and infographics we can do for you, and make them branded according to your brand guidelines, etc.

This is when you start to really enhance the user experience, get consistency. Indeed, there are certain tools that we use, that can bring in things like your custom font, should your brand have a particular font, which is very common nowadays. Get away from the standard REL or calibri etc. That's an idea of how we design brand, how we build out different types of pages, as you learn in different sections of the course. But the real magic of the wire frame design, is that we create an architecture, and we create that standardized way of moving throughout a course. The way that we move throughout the course is based on iconology as much as possible. 95% of the time, literally the buttons that you see on the screen in front of you, will be the way that you navigate.

That brings a very intuitive easy joyous way of navigating, and it allows your first course that we will build for you, to be just really top grade. Then once all of that's done, you are then empowered because you've got a tool that can easily roll out future courses using the same branding template. You can have a tool that will allow you to replicate this template and easily adapt certain images and all that stuff, and it will just make your roll outs quicker as well as the next level in terms of branding and consistency and user experience. That's roughly what a wire frame design is. I hope that makes sense. By the way, as we get questions, please in the chat box there on the right hand side, because we'll try our best to either answer them as we go along, or indeed we'll answer them at the end.

But if you've got any questions on wireframe design, we can tackle that a bit later. Now that I've done my monologue, thank you for your patience. I will now go to a system demo. I'm going to go away from this presentation, turn my screen on, and indeed, hopefully you'll be able to see what I'm about to show you. Will, I'm just sharing my screen now, are you able to see the welcome to critical thinking?

Will Campbell:
Yeah, I can see that, Chris.

Chris Hall:
Thank you so much. What we're in now is CANVAS as an LMS, and this is an example of a unit that we built in collaboration with a content provider called RTO works in the Vet space. It's a brief example of a critical thinking unit, and this indeed is an example of a unit built based on a wire frame design. It was based on a certain blue color scheme, as you can see here, there's iconology built in, and in order to navigate, there's a very simple learning portfolio and assessment structure to the way that you navigate. If we then drill down further into the course, we then welcome onto the learning plan. Again, the learning plan breaks it up into really digestible trunks of either read, discuss, do or watch.

When it comes to the discussion area, this is something for those of you that don't use discussions, and CANVASes, and amazing LMS for organizing your discussion. If you had let's say particular intakes, and there was the April intake, or the January intake, etc, and they can get created in CANVAS as what's called a section, and you could have one course that deals with all of ELICOS English beginner level, for example. By organizing into different intakes, cohorts, etc, it means that you can have a learner to learner interaction, which from a philosophical point of view, is really relevant because it allows you to observe and check in to see how your students are doing. But it creates that interaction between students as well. What have we got so far, we've got a homepage example, we've got a learning plan example.

Then what I'd like to show you is a quick example of a content page. This is a quick example of Strawberry Solutions sourcing certain imageries that speak to the content. In this example here, we've got critical thinking, units of competency. We've built in and baked in the words into the hero image at the top, and it draws you in to the learning content as you go down. Now, if I was looking at this raw content, and let's say, for example, I get to these first five bullet points, in the learner guide and the raw content of this course, these were literally just bullet points. You might have similar things in your PDFs, in your word documents, your PowerPoints. What we do is we take just raw information like that, and we'll create some infographics or illustrations to bring that content to life.

Another example about here is there's a bloke having to think about things and he's critically thinking, and indeed these were six bullet points, but you can see how, and this almost looks like a thought bubble coming out of his head. The illustration speaks to the content. I guess what I want to convey here is that we can take your raw content, if it's just in text form only for example, we can intersperse both images, illustrations, and infographics, that bring the content to life and make it more engaging. Also, as we just spoke to about here, we've got discussions integrated into the learning content. There might be a particular reflection point in your learning materials, and indeed there might be video resources.

Which then takes me to, what do you actually do with video?

When it comes to video in an LMS, and as I'm sure you may experience in your own educational experience, I can give you a video and say, “Hey, can you watch this on YouTube?" Or, "Can you this MP4?" Most of the time, I've got no way of actually validating if you genuinely watched that. What I'm excited to present today is the functionality of CANVAS studio. CANVAS studio is a functionality that's native to CANVAS, and allows you to upload either trainer recorded videos, MP4s that you might own yourself, or indeed YouTube content. Then once you've uploaded that content to the CANVAS studio, you can program in either discussions, if you want to have a learn to learn discussion against a video, or indeed quizzes.

Once the power of integrating a quiz to a video in particular, is that you can put your learner on the edge of their seat, because if they see a question popping up after 30 seconds, they'll probably have a quick shock and go, "My gosh, I've got to pay attention." Yes, they do have to pay attention because CANVAS studio gives you the power of analytics in terms of what students have watched the video, for what duration, did they answer certain questions and indeed what marks did they get against the quiz? I'm just going to press play on this quickly. There won't be any audio just because we're on the webinar software, but I'll just demonstrate the points of a quiz popping up 

We've watched this instance, the video for 45 seconds, and we as learning designers can look at the content and generate either true, false, or multiple choice questions that pop up using CANVAS studio. Again, it's a great way to keep the learners on the edge of the seat. You can validate through analytics at what students have watched the video to what timestamps, and their quiz results, etc. It's a great way to bring video content to life a bit more, rather than it just being something that is passive and suggested.

That's Canvas Studio. Now, let me get to the stuff that I think that you will absolutely love from an ELICOS point of view. Just in terms of the chat box, just for a bit of interactivity here, can anyone please put in there a quick yes if you've heard of H5P, and also a no, if you haven't heard of H5P. Just as the responses come in, H5P is a HTML coding standard. It's basically free internationally. It's like Linux or Linux depending where you're from, and it's an open source approach to HTML coding. It allows us to generate a whole ton of interactive content. For those of you that are familiar with H5P, you may know that in order to host H5P inside of CANVAS you do need to have a hosting provider. That's something that we can advise you on.

It's an open-source free piece of software, but you need to pay someone to host it. What H5P does, is it allows you to have interactive content, either posting to the CANVAS grade book, if you want it to be a formal summative quiz, for example, or you can have H5P contents on the actual page as a learning piece. What it means is that you can have formative knowledge checks built into the learning content on the page itself. The audio again might not work here just because we're on the webinar, but the first interactive element that I'm going to show you here, is a dictation piece of functionality. What this does, it will read off a sentence to you, and then your task as a learner is to type that back in. Let's just see what happens here if I press play.

That said to me, "The cake is a lie." Let's type that in. The next one here says, "The quick brown Fox jumped over the lazy dog," and all that stuff. I know that that's the answer, but I'm going to type in a mistake here, see what happens. The point here is I can listen to something, think about Allie Carson, four English skills. We can customize this to whatever you want. We can listen to a certain piece of content, and then the student has to then convert that into a written exercise, and we can then check in real time, and it shows me that I've made some mistakes. I can either retry in real time, or indeed it can show the solution. What's great is that it shows me exactly where I went wrong.

That's super handy if I got, say for example, the word is wrong, and I put on instead, it will tell me exactly where I went wrong. I could then go back, listen again. Indeed, it's a wonderful way of converting listening to writing. Next what I'd like to show is a reading exercise. It's saying here, click the various types of berries mentioned in the text below. This is testing how accurately you're both reading, but also comprehending the instruction. It's not saying, look for the word Berry, it's saying the types of berries. I happen to know the answer. It's bilberries, blueberries, cloud berries, raspberries, blackberries, red currants, and blackcurrants. Apparently the currants are also berries too. Here we go, well done me. I've got it all right.

But that's an example where if I had selected just the word berry or berries, that I would have got it wrong because I hadn't comprehended the reading exercise. I feel like that's super powerful or ELICOS. The next one is speaking into the microphone. It's a reading exercise converted into a speaking exercise. You won't hear the audio now, but I’ll answer the question. Four. There we go. We can do some basic maths. That's speaking the answer into the system. Then in a similar vein, this is an example of a Spanish class, but you can do multiple questions built into a mini quiz. Forgive me, my Spanish is awful, but let me see if I can remember this. I got it wrong. That's good. Let's share the solution. , there you go.


I retry.  Correct answer, brilliant. Just forget the fact that it's Spanish and imagine that was a question in English. It is getting you to read it and to speak it, read it, and to speak it with real time feedback. Just imagine the application of this, as a blended learning tool. Yes, I know that you're all used to doing classroom or indeed Zoom, etc. But imagine if you started using your learning management system as true blended learning and also a facilitation aid. Perhaps there's an opportunity to be developing in content like this, so that as you go to week three of General English for example, you bring up this stuff on the screen and you get the students to give it a go in real-time.

Even if you don't want to do it in real time, you can teach this type of stuff, and then you can release the content to the students afterwards, via the publication of CANVAS modules. Hope you enjoyed that one. Then two quick final examples before I pass over to the CANVAS team, I'm going to show you a tool that we recommend for this wire frame design. That's a tool called Loree. Just to check, Will are you able to see me going to the different tabs? Just want to check everyone can see this.

Will Campbell:
Yeah.

Chris Hall:
Thank you, sir. Appreciate it. We spoke about the wireframe design earlier on. That's a consultation piece where as educational experts, we work with you to figure out the user experience, the architecture, the graphic design, and the branding, all of that, as a document, that's like your, this is how we do things as an organization. Once you've established that, it's time to build that as a template inside of CANVAS. We recommend Loree as the add on tools to CANVAS to do that, because it allows you to bring in all of these custom branding elements in a really nice way that we can show you in further meetings afterwards. But what Loree also does, is it has something called Loree Interactives, and Loree Interactives, in a similar way to H5P, is enabling you to do branded interactive content.

Chris Hall:
For example, cue cards, what's a verb, what's a pronoun, what's an objective. These are nice ways for the students who click on the content. If you've got lots of texts that needs breaking up, you can do tabs. We can break these up into different tabs that the student can click on. For those of you that are familiar with [inaudible 00:35:57] SCORM developments and articulate rise and all that stuff, you'll notice that Loree Interactives is somewhat similar to that. I feel like that's really nice that you can do that inside of the LMS now. The last two examples of Loree interactives are that you've got the accordion tabs. We can break information up into accordions.

For those of you that don't know, this innovation grant fund is indeed the application deadline of Wednesday, the 30th of June. We'll be sharing the link in an email after this webinar today, and that has the link to the actual application portal, plus the guidelines attached. Indeed, as we talked about it, you can attach a document, but it's just one document, and it's to demonstrate the business plan and indeed how you're going to meet the selection criteria and grow offshore through online delivery. Anyway, that was accordions. The final thing of Loree Interactives that I would like to show, is something called Hotspots. Those of you who may have seen this type of stuff before, but you can have an image on the screen, so let's do a tour of the kitchen.

Chris Hall:
Let's imagine you don't know the English word for fridge. You click on the fridge, and not only do you see the word fridge, you get to see how that word is used in a sentence. Then if you want to take that one step further, you can click on the image, say microwave in a sentence, and if you wanted to, you could have some video content in now, how to pronounce that particular word. Again think about, if you're struggling to learn English, while you do know what a fridge is in your local language. This is a great way of just again, seeing what your visual cues are in terms of then your written on the screen, and then indeed, if you do a pronunciation thing, it's listening. It's starting to connect all the circles to the four key skills.

Chris Hall:
The last thing I'm going to show you today before I'm passing over to Yew for the CANVAS demo, is CANVAS new quizzes. CANVAS new quizzes again is native functionality in CANVAS, and this can be done as interactive content, it can be done as part of formal assessments, etc. I'm just going to show you quickly four different quiz types that exist in CANVAS new quizzes. The first one is a fill in the sentence with the right questions. You may be familiar with this phrase, the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. As you can see here, you can put incorrect answers in there too, which is good to get the students to really think, and then go to the next thing. This is sequencing. This is just one example. You could say what's the correct sequence of a certain methodology.

Chris Hall:
Then here, what I've done is I've put the words as a sequence that I need to correct. I went to the soccer match. There we go. That's sequencing. Next we can do matching the correct definitions with drop downs. Let's get this right. Let's have a look. We've got a verb is my action, the objective is going to be describing a noun, and then indeed noun [inaudible 00:39:12]. Here we go. There you go. It's good matching and again, incorrect things in, and then finally, of course you can integrate images here. Let's have a look at the 12 tenses, the verb tenses in English. I'm not going to preach the choir here, but these are the 12 tenses. What we've got here is something called categorization.

Chris Hall:
With categorization, I've got my category of the present, simple tense, the perfect past tense, and the progressive future tense. I could do all 12 for one to two, but that's just an example. I'm going to put my progressive future tenses in first, by 3019, we will be driving spaceships. Then what else have we got? In two months I will be eating a plant-based diet. A simple present tense would be, I eat. A perfect past tense, I had eaten, they have played football, and this one is actually an outlier that does not relate to any of those answers. As you'd expect, when you're programming in the correct and incorrect answers, you are able to do automatic marking, which can save you a trainers time if you're doing this manually now. As well as giving you the results, you can also do a feedback.

Chris Hall:
If there was feedback that was specific to the answer that you got wrong, all of that can be configured in there. Again, thank you for your patience. That was me showing a quick demonstration of what Strawberry Solutions can do, and I guess some interactive tools that I anticipate you'd enjoy. To summarize, we've got H5P doing certain, perhaps English language relevant things on the screen. We've got CANVAS studio enabling us to do interactive quizzes at timestamps within video content. We've got Loree Interactives allowing us to have all these wonderful clickable, brandable things on the screen, and indeed we've got the native CANVAS new quizzes all as part of the picture here. Again, if you've got questions on this, please do out them into the chat box and we can either address them now or at the end. But I think at this point, what I'll do is I'm going to hand over to Yew for a demonstration of the other points that he'd like to emphasize.

Yew Eng Ng:
Excellent. Cool. Can everyone hear me and see my screen?

Chris Hall:
Yes. [inaudible 00:41:35]. Thank you Yew.

Yew Eng Ng:
Beautiful. Cool. I'm going to spend the next couple of minutes or so walking us through an extension of what Chris and Will had spoken about with regards to what CANVAS can offer. Walking us through a few different perspectives of the different types of personas or characters that will inside of LMS. Particularly focusing on examples that are relevant to a delivery of English language teaching. What we're looking at today, this page here, this is CANVAS the LMS. Every user who logs into CANVAS arrives at a dashboard like this. Basically the middle section here are all the costs cars, and the courses that our user has been enrolled into, so that they know exactly which material they need to dive into and to begin participating on as well.

Yew Eng Ng:
On the right side, you have a quick to-do list that centers them and focusing them on the elements that they need to access. Basically, all of these courses within the CANVAS environment, as Chris had been demonstrating previously, can take on all sorts of shapes and flavors and look, and feel, and create different experiences and engaging environments for your learners. I'm going to quickly move into a specific course here, and walk through a few examples of some elements of a CANVAS course that is set up to showcase some of these flexibilities that are available to you. When you have a CANVAS calls set up using a list of different modules, you have a few different tools available to you to begin to give this access to your students, so that they can consume the material in a way that makes sense for them.

Yew Eng Ng:
If you rewind back a couple of slides where Chris and Will were talking about the openness of CANVAS or the ability to leverage different tools within a single LMS, one such very simple example of that working seamlessly within a CANVAS experience, is the ability for us to bring in a tool like the Microsoft Immersive Reader directly into a CANVAS page experience. You can see here, this is a CANVAS page. This is welcoming the user to the course, but on the top right-hand button here, I have the ability to open up an immersive reader, and this is a tool developed directly by Microsoft, which can then read the text on the page directly back to me. If I press play here, you should hear a robot voice reading the text back to me.

Robot:
Welcome to the course.

Yew Eng Ng:
Further to that as well, I can open up a few different text preferences to readjust the text on the page. Pull up some highlighting options here to highlight nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, just to again, elevate the English learning element there, showcasing some labels here as well. Finally, you're able to also translate the page to a language of your choice, so you can read and try to understand in a different format that's easier for you. All this is showcasing in a really high level, is that CANVAS as your vessel, as your platform, it can be a single place that you bring in different tools you choose to use as an institution, and it can help facilitate that learning, so that all of your instructors, administrators, and eventually students, come into one place to access all of their content, so that you only have to continue to manage your learning environment in a single spot.

The next thing I'm going to dive into here is just to show you a little bit of how we've set up an assignment in CANVAS.

An assignment is basically an assessment task that you can set up and present some instructions to the learner, and define how they're submitting the assignment. In this case here I'm defining that they're going to be submitting this using a file upload or a media recording. You also have the ability to define a rubric that's attached to this assignment. This rubric can obviously represent the different vending files or whatever scoring rubric you want to have associated with this assessment task, you can bring that into this CANVAS environment and assignment, and assign it directly to the students. You can easily embed recordings here as well for those listening elements as well. Again, if I press play here, you will hear that recording play back.

Robot:
In this first part, I'd like to ask you some more questions about your assignment.

Yew Eng Ng:
Then the learner can choose different methods of submitting this assignment, so that they can have several practice elements before attending the actual examination in person. I'm going to swipe across now and just very quickly look at that same assignment from a student's perspective. I'm signing here, I believe as Beth. You can see, I have that part one introduction and interview assignment in my to-do list. If I jump in here and click on the to-do list item, it tells me that this assignment is currently in progress, and I need to submit this now. I can see them on my first attempt. I see the instructions being presented here, and I can choose whether I want to upload a file, or select a media player here. From this media player here, I can click record and upload, and this allows for me to upload a recording that I've previously put up, that's already on my computer, or I can record this directly from CANVAS.

You can see, I can choose to record either just using my microphone or my full video, and this allows for me to have a few practice runs on this recording, putting it up on the assignment, and then submitting this for my instructor to give me feedback on. Once this is then ready, I can click save and submit, and this will all go through and be submitted as an assignment for me on CANVAS. One other window I have queued up as well, just to show you a different perspective of all of those same things, is the ability for you as an institution to have CANVAS that's maybe something you drive and primarily administrate from a browser on your computer, but you can have your instructors and students access CANVAS from a mobile device of their choosing.

I just have my iPad connected here. Our mobile apps for both student and teacher are free to download on both iOS and android operating systems. But you can see that the app experience here for a student, I believe this is going to be [inaudible 00:47:29] now, is a direct replication of what they see on a browser. Maybe I'm sitting on my computer learning my online e-learning material, and then I immediately jump on the bus or a train to head to work. I pull my iPad out of my phone and continue these learning activities in a different domain on my phone, but it's easy with me, and it stays with me the whole time. My to do list here is also reflected similarly, where I see all the activities that I need to go and complete. In this case, I see that exact same assignment, where if I click on submit assignment here, the options are available again for me to pull up my webcam on my phone or my tablet in this case, and I can again record myself here.

Super easy for students to practice and get repetitions of speaking, reading, and even listening, and to have these all submitted directly on CANVAS, so that an instructor or an assessor can easily evaluate that and provide feedback. Finally, once all of your students have submitted these elements, as an instructor or an assessor when you log into CANVAS to access them, you can view those submissions in a few different ways. If you have elected for your students to submit a video using the studio, what you'll see is the video rendering on the left here with this icon and the bar down the bottom, and this is studio rendering directly inside our assessment tool called the Speed Grader.

If I click play on this, you unfortunately have to watch a couple of seconds of Katy Perry's live shark performance, but you will see that blue dot popping up there as a comment from a user that has access to this video. In this case, I'm the instructor and my student Ms. Stephanie. What I'm able to do is drop in feedback directly at the timeline's spot. In this case, on the 10th second, and to give a feedback on what I'm observing directly in this video here. This is something that can easily be brought into that experience so that your assessors can have the ability to provide feedback in that rich and directed way. If I swipe across to my iPad now, I'm accessing now the app from a teacher's perspective. Jumping onto my to-do list, I can see that the part one introduction and interview assignment that I created for this demo, has four assessments that need to be marked.

If I pull these up, you'll then be able to see, this is a voice recording from Kevin that he's submitted, a rubric that I've attached here on the right, and my ability to drop in comments here to Kevin directly so that he can view the feedback that I'm giving him. Once I'm happy with that submission, I can swipe across to the next video. This is a video from Gerth. I swipe across again, this is another launch from James, and I've got all the different recordings that I've put up here that I'm marking across a consistent rubric, and I'm able to deliver feedback in that same way as well.

The last thing that I'll talk about here, and I think I’ll leave about another 10 minutes of the rest of this webinar for questions, is that as an instructor here, when you do deliver feedback to your learners, you have the ability again, to use those media tools, to either type your feedback out, or pull up your video or audio recordings, again to deliver that feedback in return to your learners. You can also have all of these really rich and easy ways engage your learners, are all from a single location without having to move too far away from the material.

Chris Hall:
That was awesome Yew. Nothing short of highly impressive. I love that. That was so interactive. Thank you. Yew, just as a quick question, in your experience as a solution architect at CANVAS, what are some of the philosophical points that institutions are making around integration with other LMSs? We talked about that person's example of my English lab for example. I think in your experience that you find that that's quite commonplace indeed, to be integrating with single sign on, to external forms of simulation labs, for example.

Yew Eng Ng:
Yeah, absolutely. I think one key element that we often advise prospects and customers to focus on when thinking about building an ecosystem, is considering one that is open and extensible. We sometimes talk about this framework called LTI. For the non-techies in the room that basically is a consistent language that teaching and learning tools globally speak. CANVAS is built on them. A lot of the tools that Chris showcase today are also built on that LTI framework, and that basically means that all of these teaching and learning tools can be seamlessly integrated into one another. Now, what that means for each of you guys on the call today as a administrators of educational institutions, is that your instructors and your students, if they are jumping into a platform that is LTI compliant, with a bunch of LTI tools installed, will be able to access all of their material from a single location.

Then from an administrator's perspective, you can choose a tool like CANVAS or an LMS that subscribes to LTI, and continue to change or grow the other tools that you have around your ecosystem. Maybe at one point you're using PSN, later on you're using another provider that's also LTI compatible. All of those peripheral tools can change depending on your needs. But everyone comes into a single spot like CANVAS to access that material. It provides you that flexibility to grow into your system by cutting on more tools, or changing them as your needs change.

Chris Hall:
Thank you. Thank you. That's a really, really great response, so I appreciate that. I guess related to that, we've had a couple of questions come in around Cambridge, learning management systems. Thank you Lynn for that. I've just answered that on the chat box here. The question was, does Cambridge LMS integrate with CANVAS? Cambridge in particular has got actually two. There's the Cambridge learning management system, the CLNS, that's the one that you may already be using now. That's got all of their current content. CLMS does not integrate with CANVAS, and Cambridge one is their new learning management system that's going to be released from July onward. The Cambridge one is still to be clarified in exact detail as to which LMSs that we'll be integrating with.

But I know that Cambridge one will be offering certain versions of LTI integration with other LMSs. It's a bit of a watch this space with Cambridge one. The thing to emphasize about Cambridge one in particular, is that because it's new LMS, they're not going to have all of the learning content on there from July onwards. It's going to be an iterative growth there. I hope that answers your question, but we'll be happy to talk to you about that through a consultation. Another question that came in, that I answered privately, but I'd like to address publicly, is that we had a common question of, can this, this is a grant for ELICOS. Can it be used for vet provision since you also may offer vocational courses?

The answer is that it's fine to be both an ELICOS and a vets provider, but no, the grant can only be used for ELICOS purposes in terms of the objectives of the grant. The main thing there is that you've also got to demonstrate that your revenue in ELICOS has dropped by certain amounts, and there's certain criteria around that, but so that you can answer those criteria, we will email all of you the guidelines, which is a PDF, and also the contact details of the program administrator should you have a specific question around that as part of your pre-work to applying. But I guess to try and wrap this up, because I'm mindful of time, what I've done is on your screen, you should see an offer to be able to book in time with Strawberry Solutions.

We're here to partner with you to answer all of these questions, and indeed show you further examples of working CANVAS and explore what's right for you. We can indeed work in any system, but we really do ... We advocate CANVAS because of the functionalities that you've seen today. The open philosophy, so what it can integrate with, and indeed the enterprise grade of the functionality itself. I think the next steps for anyone that is interested in either exploring how digital could look for you, but indeed how you can maximize your chances of success with this grant, is indeed to book a meeting with Strawberry Solutions. What I've done, is you should see that already as a offer on the screen that you can click to do, or indeed if you just go to the chat box, then I've also put the link in there to book a meeting with us.