The latest releases to Ausmed's organisational learning products.
Policy Management System | 24 May 2022
Learning and policies in one integrated platform
When we introduced Ausmed for Organisations last year we promised to continue investing in areas focused around continuous improvement, and quality and safety. The Ausmed Policy Management System is our latest delivery on that promise.
By managing policies and learning within the one platform you help to avoid the duplication and staff confusion that comes with managing multiple systems. Whilst enabling staff access to the latest policies when and where they need them, all nativley hosted within their Ausmed account.
Maintain version history and organise your policies by mapping them to the relevant standards, topics and job roles to make reporting and finding policies simple for both you and your staff.
Reporting now spans across both learning and policies. On the policies side, you have a database of acknowledgement records right at your fingertips. Giving you a clear view of who has and who hasn’t read and understood your policies.
Updating policies is a relativley frequent practice amongst organisations, but not all updates carry the same level of importance. So after an update is made, we give you three options:
Apply changes without notifying users
Apply changes and notify required users
Apply changes and require re-acknowledgement
This helps to reduce overloading the user with menial updates and gives you confidence that the most important changes are being understood.
23 May 2022
Course Builder | 16 September 2021
At Ausmed, our mission is to inspire and enable healthcare providers to improve their care through effective education. A core part of doing so is by providing organisations with a vast range of high quality content curated by the Ausmed Education Learning Centre (AELC) as well as our Third Party Content Providers.
However, we understand that no matter how broad any one provider's content library may be, organisations have a need for content that is specifically customised to their unique training and compliance requirements. Evidence of this can be seen at McLean Care, where this year alone they have generated almost 1000 learning records from in-house courses.
Tailor Education to Suit your Organisation with the Course Builder
There will always be a need for education that is tailored to your specific and unique context of practice. It’s for this reason we decided to develop our new self-service authoring tool - the Course Builder, which allows you to create effective and engaging courses that go beyond the constraints of slide-based presentations.
The Course Builder replaces the need to have external authoring software sitting alongside your learning management environment, making it faster to stitch together resources like videos, articles, files or weblinks and giving you the option to attach assessments to these to determine if learning outcomes have been met.
Since releasing the Course Builder to all Organisations just last week, we have already seen so many diverse and impactful use cases arise, beyond the tailoring of training and education for learners. This includes the delivery of policies and procedures, welcome handbooks and induction guides for new starters, fire evacuation training, and even stand alone competency assessments that are built to accompany practical activities.
“Having the ability to tailor courses and assessments specific to our organisation’s needs enables us to be flexible with our Learning and Development approach. Building on the impressive Ausmed Resource Library, we can customise and strengthen our Training Plans to also include modules developed in-house.”
- McLean Care
Assessments are a crucial component of the learning process, allowing both you (the assessor) and the learner to determine whether or not key concepts have been grasped. In saying this, there is no one way that works best for each and every organisation.
To honor this, we have incorporated some flexibility into the way in which assessments can be built by allowing you to create graded or ungraded assessments. You can also easily set a pass mark, number of attempts allowed, and even a recovery point whereby if the pass mark hasn’t been met, you can elect which part of the unit the learner must return to before retaking the assessment. Additionally, you can diversify your assessments with four different question types, including:
True or False.
Course Design Made Easy
Restructuring and editing your course shouldn’t be a tricky, time consuming process. Our simple user interface lets you have complete visibility over course structure while you build, allowing you to expand and collapse units or assessments within the left side panel. Not happy with the structure? Simply drag to reorder units, resources within units or questions in assessments, giving you full flexibility and control over the order of the course.
Links to Standards
Not only is all of Ausmed’s content mapped to the Standards, but any course you create with the Course Builder can be mapped to the Standards of your choosing as well.
Imagine this - you’ve been asked to report on all training that has been done in accordance with Standard 3: Personal Care and Clinical Care under the Aged Care Safety and Quality Standards. This may be due to an organisation-wide audit, a board meeting or a performance appraisal for a specific individual.
In Ausmed’s Standards Report, you can surface this information with a few clicks - including both Ausmed content, and any custom courses you have made. This means not only is the data easy to surface, and updated in live time, but it’s also accurate - reflecting all relevant learning that has taken place.
Save Time Reproducing Courses for Other Cohorts
We know you won’t always need to create a new course from scratch. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a slight tweak here or there to add relevancy to a particular facility or job role. With the Course Builder, you have the option to ‘Make a Copy’ of any custom-built course and edit the details, resulting in a brand new course relevant to the learner’s scope of practice. It’s built in minutes - not hours or days.
Prior to publishing your course, you have the option to preview what it looks like from the viewpoint of the learner. All courses you build will seamlessly integrate with the My Organisation page within their Ausmed account, resulting in a learning experience that is familiar to your learners.
Functionally, your courses act the same as any other course within your learning environment. Therefore, you can add your course to a training plan, assign it to learners, include it in reporting and evaluate the results of any assessments in your course to determine how well learners have grasped your key learning outcomes.
Bridging the Gap Between the Online and the Offline Learning Environment
It’s often assumed that a Learning Management System is used to assign and monitor only learning that takes place in an online environment, whether it’s a course, article or any other form of digital media.
At Ausmed, we understand that not all learning happens online, so why should your Learning Management System be limited to just online resources?
It’s not uncommon for face-to-face learning to make up the majority of an organisation's training plan. In fact, at McKenzie Aged Care Group, over 60% of staff training takes place in an offline environment.
To help bridge the gap between the online and offline learning environments, we are excited to introduce you to a new item within the Ausmed for Organisations platform - the Practical Activity.
You can now create and assign face-to-face training to your learners within their training plan as well as add any record of face-to-face learning that has taken place. Now, all of your workshops, demonstrations, in-services and other offline learning can be managed in the one place, right alongside the rest of your online education.
“The ability to manage face-to-face learning incorporated with our online learning has been a game changer. It has taken the focus off administration and centred it around the specific learner, improving opportunities to have individuals working on the front line upskilled and learn in areas that improve resident care. It ensures organisational confidence that all data has been captured. This system has been well received at MACG by all stakeholders, being a time saver and educationally beneficial.”
- Brett Stephenson, National Learning and Development Manager @ McKenzie Aged Care Group
Getting started with Practical Activities
The Practical Activity feature places you and your management team in the driver's seat. It allows you to easily maintain quality assurance and the integrity of reporting, as learners themselves cannot record completion of a Practical Activity - only the Org Manager has the authority to do so.
If you would like to learn more, or want to find out how you can start managing Practical Activities alongside online learning within your own organisation, feel free to book in a time to speak to us here.
03 August 2021
Prehospital Care Learning Hub | 15 October 2020
Ausmed is excited to announce the development of prehospital care CPD specifically for paramedics, prehospital emergency care providers and other health professionals.
Our recently-launched Prehospital Care Learning Hub contains almost 150 resources, making it even easier to find CPD relevant to prehospital settings.
A range of resources will be available, including:
ANCC accredited courses with built-in self-assessment;
Short, TED-talk style lectures;
Articles for quick reference;
Short microlearning video modules; and
Streamlined reflection and documentation directly into your Ausmed portfolio.
Our Prehospital Learning Hub already includes current Ausmed resources most relevant to those working in the prehospital setting, including: