Introducing the Key Components of Birch

Sydney, Australia – One of the most frequent things I’ve heard over the years is, “Why do I do so much training just to learn how to use my new Learning Management System (LMS)?” As frustrating as that question sounds, it really is accurate to how many administrators feel when they are just getting started with a new business tool that is supposed to be making their life easier. In reality, an organisation’s decision on an LMS is largely driven by the usability for the end user rather than for the lowly administrator(s). Being aware of this ever-present frustration, we set out to create something that focuses just as much on the administrator’s experience as it does on the learner’s. We want to keep the hard working and passionate learning administrator as happy and productive as possible. This is why, we’ve launched Birch to the world – a brand new digital learning experience for everyone – administrators, learners, managers and more.

Key Components.

  • GOALS are made up of elements which a user completes to maintain compliance or achieve completion. Use goals to easily control the flow from one element to another.
  • ELEMENTS are learning activities such as SCORM, reading a file, watching a video, attending a workshop/class, taking an assessment, assessor checklists, manager signoff, completing surveys with various types of results (certificates, CPD points).
  • CONNECTIONS remove the limits of traditional user and course structure. Connect things together the way that works for you. Create dynamic target audiences, automate compliance, group users, make teams, build workflows, and even enhance reporting.
  • TAGS amplify reporting and integration capabilities. Simplify searching, showcase featured learning activities and enhance reports.  Tags can be added to Users, Goals, Elements and Connections.

Keeping in line with making an administrator’s life easier and more productive, a simple combination of these Key Components is all you need to build and design learning programs for your organisation. This configuration can be as simple as a single activity that needs to be completed by a learner or as complex as a compliance workflow with multiple elements that renews each year. Either way, the setup and configuration is the same and very easy and intuitive to setup. Here’s an example of what a simple goal (such as a new employee program) could look like:

If you have any questions about this or just want to learn more about B Online Learning, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to connect with you!

B Online Learning Launches Birch, A New Learning Platform

Las Vegas, USA B Online Learning, an experienced learning company, today released their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) learning platform, Birch at DevLearn.

Birch is a unique, holistic learning platform that adapts to your organisation’s needs. With unmatched flexibility, simple management, and an intuitive user experience, Birch will bring out your people’s natural talent for learning.

Like the tree it’s named after, Birch is adaptable, pioneering and promises growth and renewal.

“Thanks to our long experience in learning, we’ve had the chance to learn from our clients, too.” says Rebecca Hall, CEO & Joint Founder, B Online Learning: “About valuing the administrator’s experience as well as the learners. About the role of flexibility and scalability for long-term value. About what works (and what doesn’t) when you truly want to excite people to learn. That’s why Birch is different. Birch is designed for everyone – learners, administrators, managers and trainers.”

Bronwyn Stell, Product Director & Joint Founder, B Online Learning says “Our end-to-end solution is built from the ground up, with flexibility at its core.  Our innovative, agile framework, allows you to choose how you work with Birch, selecting what you need and enjoying the ongoing value of a system that evolves with you.  That means no cumbersome add-ons and no legacy challenges.” Birch leverages one of the world’s largest cloud networks. This not only provides our clients with the security and scalability they need, but also the ability to store their data in the geographic location that makes the most sense for their business.

The launch coincides with B Online Learning expanding into North America.

About B Online Learning

B Online Learning has more than 20 years’ experience in delivering award-winning learning solutions, content and professional development for some of Australia’s most respected companies, across a wide range of industry sectors. With our wealth of knowledge and highly collaborative approach, we design, develop and deploy unique learning solutions that are flexible, intuitive and easy to use and manage. Learn more at bonlinelearning.com

Contact:
Bryan York, Business Development Director
bryan(at)bonlinelearning(dot)com
bonlinelearning.com
Australia +61 2 9571 6888
North America +1 705 230 8620

B Online @ ATD International Conference and Expo

San Diego, USA – It was a productive week spent in sunny San Diego taking in the ATD International Conference and Expo (May 6-9)! It is always great to spend time with the learning community while also taking in sessions headlined by fantastic speakers like former US President Barack Obama, and thought-leaders such as Marcus Buckingham and Connie Podesta. As we continue to partner with our clients on their learning journeys, it is continually positive to connect with so many other brilliant attendees to confirm that what we are working towards continues to push boundaries, support growth, and ensure efficiency wherever possible. Overall, it was an inspiring week, and I have a few quick stories to share about our time at ATD ICE 2018.

As I mentioned, US President Barack Obama was a speaker at this event, kickstarting the entire week as the opening keynote. I’ve been to quite a few ATD events in the past, but this was the first time I’ve ever seen a line as long as this leading up to the start of a talk. I showed up an hour before the start time, and still ended up behind approximately 15,000 people anxious to hear this man speak. After we all made it into the hall and took our seats, the lights dimmed, and the next hour just flew by! Obama offered sixty minutes of pure inspiration and down-to-earth advice; I think everyone in the room was able to take something away that they could either apply to their work, family, or even personal lives.

Following Obama’s talk, I was able to take in sessions around bureaucracy in the workplace that can hinder change and growth, with a focus on a corporate training department as well as a talk on “You’ve bought your LMS, now what?” Each session had great information around the frustrations you may experience while trying to introduce and embrace change or lead your organisation through a process of digital transformation in learning. The first session discussed the resistance to change and the roadblocks that organisations may encounter. Also presented were the many logistical questions and frustrations that can surface even after your organisation has embraced the concept of change, including the growing pains that can be experienced as you attempt to migrate processes to a new way of thinking while introducing new systems and applications. As a partner in your learning environment, we are very aware of these challenges, and it was great to talk this through with other community members that are going through similar things so that we can continue to be a step ahead and minimise the impacts of these changes on your organisation.

Days two and three were very similar: each day was jump-started by incredible talks by Marcus Buckingham and Connie Podesta respectively, who each discussed their version of work and how important it is to love what you do and do what you love. Buckingham and Podesta were equally inspiring and challenged everyone in the room to take a look at why they are doing what they are doing and to refocus on striving for great things for themselves and their employees/clients.

The sessions continued with many insightful workshops that focused on our Healthcare customers. We were able to take in some best practices that considered the transition from a traditional method of learning solely in an in-class environment, to jumping into a digital learning platform and utilising these and other applications to make life easier and provide better access to information.

These conversations were fantastic simply because at the same time I was attending these sessions and meeting with other attendees, we launched our Project Vegas #boldlp campaign!

Project Vegas is our brand new digital learning technology that we will be further introducing to the world over the next few months. Every goal we have in mind for this platform is focused on making our clients’ lives easier and giving them access to better and more relevant information. All of these conversations aligned with the direction we are headed in with our new digital learning platform. We are so excited to share more about this and how we will be able to have all the tools to really help you embrace your transformation to digital learning! More info @

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