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Vision Manawatu goes live

April 9, 2009 8:17 am, Published by

Vision Manawatu, the agency responsible for promoting economic growth in the Manawatu region, has now rolled out LearningSource.  They run an extensive number of events and training courses for local businesses and LearningSource has been implemented in an attempt to reduce administration time and cost.

Over the last couple of months we have worked closely with Nikki Mills from Vision Manawatu to scope and develop some of the unique functionality they required to go live.  This included a custom migration of all the data from their old system into LearningSource. It’s great to see all the work come to life.

More than just cost cutting however, Vision Manawatu plans to enhance and extend their current training services by offering online access to course resources and supporting online communication and collaboration. Part of the way this is achieved is through the utilisation of CourseSpace, an individual space that provides learners with easy access to course resources and opportunities to participate in online activities such as discussions, wikis, and the course blog. The CourseSpace;

  • Provides easy access to course resources
  • Facilitates online communication and collaboration
  • Supports a continual growth of course content
  • Allows for extended value to be added to class learning

We’re please to have gotten Vision Manawatu up and running on our platform, and are looking forward to seeing the difference truly collabortive features like CoureSpace can add to the training relationship.

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The Microsoft BizSpark Programme

April 1, 2009 8:00 am, Published by

We just received notification that LearningSource has been accepted into the Microsoft BizSpark programme. Microsoft introduced the BizSpark programme in an effort to give new start-up businesses access to their software resource, but more importantly, to give high-potential businesses an introduction into the network of business partners that Microsoft has.

In Microsoft’s own words;

BizSpark is an innovative new program that unites Startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal of supporting and accelerating the success of a new generation of high-potential Startups.

So why is this important, and why should current and potential LearningSource customers be pleased with this move? Well acceptance to BizSpark entails a process where both the quality of the solution, and the quality of the business itself, are assessed. As well as this to be accepted a business needs to be recommended by an existing BizSpark partner. Both of these facts together show that LearningSource has been built on a robust foundation that gives certainty both about our product and about our company – a seal of approval if you like.

We’re really pleased to have been accepted to the programme – partly because of the ability it gives us to leverage both the products and the networks that Microsoft have, but also because of what it says about us as a company. It’s yet another validation for us that both our product and our business are heading in the right direction – exciting times indeed!

Calculating the Savings

March 27, 2009 9:57 pm, Published by

We had a good review meeting with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Escalator last week.  They’ve been using LearningSource for nearly 3 months now, having been with us from the start.  One of the key questions asked at the meeting was their estimate on the savings LearningSource is generating through its automation of their processes. 

The figures even surprised us.  Ben Grant (Client Services Manager) estimates that the time savings LearningSource provides equates to a day’s worth of saved administration time each week.  He extrapolated this further and worked out that the cost savings were more than $700 per month.

What’s surprising is that Escalator only run between 8-10 courses each month.  Not bad going considering there are still a number of new features on the way that will reduce their course administration overheads even further.

Quick Statistics

  • Escalator run 8-10 courses per month.
  • Course administrators save the equivalent of one day per week in administration time by using LearningSource (equates to over $700 per month).

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Escalator