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The Risks of Online Delivery of the White Card

Whether white card training can be effectively delivered online is primarily a matter of risk management. The risk management process requires that the risks involved in delivering the course online need to be identified, control measures put in place to control the identified risks, and these control measures monitored and periodically reviewed.

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E-learning professional development for RTOs in construction and property services

CPSISC is once again holding a round of e-learning professional development workshops to demonstrate the latest products and techniques available within the VET sector.

Mike and Tim from the Ammonite/Inscope Training Team were asked to deliver a presentation on their experiences of delivering the White Card course using Ammonite’s Validity Assessment Technology which not only identified the applicants but also addressed the issues where students are required to identify hazards, ask questions and participate in general communication.

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Identification

If your RTO is required to sight or record a copy of a students photo ID, you will be pleased to know that an identification capturing process is natively built into the Ammonite TOMS.

Aside from just recording students photo identification (such as a drivers licence), the process can be used to capture a profile photo of the student or their signature. These can all be printed directly onto a certificate or card through the platform.

Watch this short clip to get an insight into the process:

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Validity and Authenticity Technology

Ammonites Validity and Authenticity Technology is natively built into the Ammonite platform and provides the basis for delivering effective online assessments. Watch our short video to gain a feel for how simple, yet powerful this methodology is.

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Online Training Myths

Not that long ago I attended a training course in Brisbane held by a highly regarded registered training organisation. It was a great chance to speak with like-minded trainers about their training needs. While speaking with different people around the room it became quite apparent that a lot of trainers either completely don’t understand online training or are overwhelmed by the idea of it.

Over the course of the conversations I was repeatedly told the same myths and misinformation. It made me wonder why industry seems to have such a negative reaction to online training and its value in the training industry. I even found myself targeted by the teacher in relation to verification.

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Forgeries - Impossible to stop?

What document can’t be changed or fraudulently manipulated? The federal police have their hands full identifying and bringing to justice counterfeiters of the Australian currency for goodness sake. What chance do Training Organisations have at eliminating scanning, copying and manipulating qualification certificates?

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Is it possible for the White Card to be done online in a way that meets all of the requirements of the Unit?

How can an online course satisfy the unit requirements when it clearly requires that students:
  • Identify and explain applicable OHS requirements;
  • Identify and explain own responsibility to comply with safety requirements;
  • Identify and discuss common construction hazards
  • Identify and explain the role of designated OHS personnel
  • Identify and explain procedure for responding to incidents and emergencies
  • Verbally report construction hazards and risks;
  • Ask effective questions.
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Online White Card Course that meets the concerns raised by the ASQA review?

There has been much debate of late about whether the White Card course can be done online in a way that addresses the concerns raised by the recent ASQA White Card review.(See the ASQA White Card review.)

These concerns need be addressed as they have implications for the future of e-learning.

At Ammonite, we believe that we have created a White Card course that utilises methods and technologies that address all of the issues raised. But, for a student to complete the course online they must have access to and use a webcam.

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ASQA White card review

The long awaited review by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) into the unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A, commonly known as the White Card, was released on the 16th December 2013.

ASQA’s review into the effectiveness of the Construction White Card, a mandatory nationally recognised accreditation card for work safety induction training, makes six recommendations to help improve the safety of workers at construction sites.

The report also highlighted from their audit of RTOs delivering this unit of competency, many key areas of non-compliance with respect to selected standards from within the Standards for NVR registered training organisations 2012. Particular focus of many of these non-compliances was on the online mode of delivery.

Over the next few weeks, we will look at the report’s recommendations and non-compliance issues and show how the Ammonite TOMS learning management system, resources and methodology provides solutions to these problems.

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