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CONNECT Weekly Newsletter – 27/01/2021

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Wednesday 27th January 2021

This week is all about: 

  • Development Updates for Connect Web and Mobile App 
  • Virtual Work Experience 
  • Webinars 
  • Education & Training
In light of the current landscape, we strongly recommend your attendance at tomorrow’s Virtual WEX webinar, details to access the event can be found below. 

Dashboard Previous Years Placement Creation Tracker

What have our developers been up to? 

We are pleased to share with you the new functionality which enables more detailed information to the placement creation timeline graph located in the dashboard. The purpose of the chart is to clearly outline progress against previous academic years. We believe that this chart will act as a clear indicator of the impact COVID-19 has had on your work-based learning programmes.

This allows you to:

  • Display more data about the placement creation timeline.
  • Add additional data points to move from monthly to weekly information.
  • Update the graph to show calendar years. January on the left and December to the right. The current year will show as a dark line. All previous years for which data is available will show as lighter lines. Each year will show in the key and will highlight on hover of the key and display values upon hover of the line and points (screenshot below).
Note we will update the chart to start at the beginning of the academic year (1st September to 31st August)  

Development Update

What have our developers been up to? 

Completed and deployed – Mobile App:

  • The ability for students to download and share CVs
  • Placements ended early now update to ended rather than active
  • The ability to view and share employer appraisals 
  • The ability to search and apply for placement opportunities 

In development – Mobile App (For January release):

  • The ability to submit and view placement student feedback 
  • An enhanced Work Personality questionnaire. Redesigned for improved user experience and engagement

Completed and deployed – Web App:

  • Opportunities – Verify applications – new staff tracking functionality 
  • Multiple minor updates throughout CONNECT (x10)

In development – Web App:

  • New filters on status tables.
  • Add a mandatory field to the Risk Assessment to submit next visit required date.
  • Ability to send student health updates to the employer.
  • Turn the attendance ticks to actual times which can be edited.
  • Ability to add multiple students to a placement.
  • Ability to remember the last hour’s input at placement creation to auto show on next placement creation.
  • Bespoke email/document service.

As part of our ongoing commitment to you, we have extended the Employer Engagement and Placement Opportunities CRM bolt-on for all of our clients for 6 months at no additional cost. 
 

Click the links below to access the webinar video user guides. 

How Advertise Placement Opportunities
Navigating the Employer Engagement CRM

Introducing Virtual Work-Experience…


Virtual Work Experience Showcase

The Changing Education team have been working hard to develop a meaningful virtual work experience programme in partnership with multiple colleges, most recently Croydon & Coulsdon college. Please take a couple of minutes to watch the above video in preparation for our webinar which will showcase a meaningful outcomes focussed approach in action. 

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CONNECT – Attendance Tracking

This week’s webinar will focus on placement attendance management and tracking. We will explore how staff members can utilise CONNECT to log daily attendance via the tracking tools. In addition, we will explore the automated attendance functionality, and how the employer appraisals can be utilised to log placement attendance.

Key Points:

1. Placement attendance tracking tool

2. Daily attendance tracker

3. Hours completed tracker

4. Automated attendance functionality

5. Employer appraisal attendance

6. Exports and reporting on complete attendance

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Our future events

Tuesday 9th Febuary 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST

CONNECT – End Placements Early Functionality

This week’s webinar will focus on end placement early functionality. We will explore how staff can tag a placement as ending early with clear justification and actual hours completed. The session will also focus on the functionality that enables staff to mark placements as not starting or the student failed to attend to ensure placement activity reporting is concise.

I’m interested

Tuesday 29th Febuary 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST

CONNECT – Placement Creation

This week’s webinar will concentrate on how create work placements within CONNECT, and how students can submit digital self placement forms via the Student App.

I’m interested

Missed a webinar? 
 

Don’t worry if you didn’t have the chance to catch any previous webinar.  
You can access them all on-demand via our website. 

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Education & Training

We have been in touch over the past couple of weeks to book a CONNECT refresher session, if you haven’t done so already please confirm a date/time for this. Please email connect support to reserve your slot.

What have our developers been up to? 

I’ve had the pleasure to catch up with a number of clients over the past couple of weeks to complete a review of provision. I would like to catch up with all of our clients by the end of January. If you haven’t done so already, please email me directly at s.hackney@changingeducation.co.uk 

Stephen Hackney

Director / Co-founder

s.hackney@changingeducation.co.uk







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CONNECT Weekly Newsletter – 15/01/2021

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Friday 15th January 2021

This week is all about: 

  • Development Updates for Connect Web and Mobile App (for January) 
  • Developments for Virtual Work Experience 
  • Webinars 
  • Education & Training
In light of the current landscape, it is crucially important that you attend our next two webinars to aid meaningful outcomes for your students whilst maximising your knowledge of the Connect platform. 

Development Update
 

What have our developers been up to? 

Completed and pending deployment – Mobile App:

  • The ability for students to download and share CVs
  • Placements ended early now update to ended rather than active
  • The ability to view and share employer appraisals 

In development – Mobile App (For January release):

  • The ability to search and apply for placement opportunities 
  • The ability to submit and view placement student feedback 
  • An enhanced Work Personality questionnaire. Redesigned for improved user experience and engagement

Completed and deployed – Web App:

  • Multiple updates to the Data Exchange Service – DES
  • Multiple updates to the role and risk-assessment functionality 
  • Careers activity access and view rights updated 

In development – Web App:

  • New filters on status tables
  • Dashboard ‘Placement Progress’ – The ability to cross-reference vs previous years performance
  • Bespoke email/document service

As part of our ongoing commitment to you, we have extended the opportunities bolt-on for all of our clients for 6 months at no additional cost. 
Further details will be shared during the next webinar on Tuesday 19th January. 

Virtual Work Experience Developments

Building on the work of the structured Changing Education virtual programme, we have invested significantly in ensuring our Mobile App and Web platform is fit for purposes. Here is a snippet of some of the key changes: 
  • Enhanced ‘Search for opportunities’ screen to include Virtual opportunities from a range of providers 
  • Applications tracked as Careers-Activity to allow you to manage and track student activity 
  • Connect Web will track all engagement and report back as attendance activity 
If you would like to find out more, please attend the Introduction to Virtual Work Experience webinar on Thursday 28th January at 3:30 PM or click the button below to ask any questions. 

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Using CONNECT during lockdown…

This week’s session will focus on getting the most out of CONNECT during the lockdown, and how specific functionality will help you prepare for meaningful work placements post COVID-19.

Our team of college ambassadors will be sharing best practices on how work-based learning teams can effectively deliver employer engagement, work placements, and risk management during this lockdown. 
Our confirmed guests include:

  • Cheshire College 
  • University Centre Peterborough 

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Introducing Virtual Work-Experience…


Virtual Work Experience Showcase

The Changing Education team have been working hard to develop a meaningful virtual work experience programme in partnership with multiple colleges, most recently Croydon & Coulsdon college. Please take a couple of minutes to watch the above video in preparation for our webinar which will showcase a meaningful outcomes focussed approach in action. 

Reserve your place

Our future events

Tuesday 19th January 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST

CONNECT – Advertising Placement Opportunities

This week’s webinar will concentrate on how staff can log placement opportunities to CONNECT. This includes advertising placement opportunities via the Student App which students can apply for. We will also focus on how staff can approve and deny any placement opportunity student application.

I’m interested

Tuesday 26th January 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST

CONNECT – Home Page Statistics & Data Tables

This week’s webinar will concentrate on navigating the Dashboard and Department Home Page Statistics. In addition, we will focus on the Work Placement Status tables and how staff can effectively manage, track, evaluate and report on all aspects of work-based learning and careers provision.

I’m interested

Missed a webinar? 
 

Don’t worry if you didn’t have the chance to catch any previous webinar.  
You can access them all on-demand via our website. 

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Education & Training
 

We have been in touch over the past couple of weeks to book a CONNECT refresher session, if you haven’t done so already please confirm a date/time for this. Please email CONNECT support to reserve your slot.

What have our developers been up to? 

I’ve had the pleasure to catch up with a number of clients over the past couple of weeks to complete a review of provision. I would like to catch up with all of our clients by the end of January. If you haven’t done so already, please email me directly on s.hackney@changingeducation.co.uk 

Stephen Hackney

Director / Co-founder

s.hackney@changingeducation.co.uk

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CONNECT Weekly Newsletter – 08/01/2021







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Friday 8th December 2021

This week is all about our webinars!

We have five exciting webinars this January commencing next week as listed below. We love to see you at them all. However, if you are limited on time we’d suggest attending our two showcase events: 

  • CONNECT & COVID-19 (Using CONNECT during lockdown)
  • An Introduction to Virtual Work Experience 

Using CONNECT during lockdown…

This week’s session will focus on getting the most out of CONNECT during the lockdown, and how specific functionality will help you prepare for meaningful work placements post COVID-19.

Our team of college ambassadors will be sharing best practices on how work-based learning teams can effectively deliver employer engagement, work placements, and risk management during this lockdown.

Reserve your place

Introducing Virtual Work-Experience…


Virtual Work Experience Showcase

The Changing Education team have been working hard to develop a meaningful virtual work experience programme in partnership with multiple colleges, most recently Croydon & Coulsdon college. Please take a couple of minutes to watch the above video in preparation for our webinar which will showcase a meaningful outcomes focussed approach in action. 

Reserve your place

Our future events

Tuesday 12th January 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST

CONNECT – Internal Placements, Proposed Placements & Work Related Activity

This week’s webinar will concentrate on how staff can log proposed future placements without the need to create a full placement. The session will also focus on how a staff member can flag students as not placement ready via the internal placement functionality, in addition to documenting any work-related activity.

I’m interested

Tuesday 19th January 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST

CONNECT – Advertising Placement Opportunities

This week’s webinar will concentrate on how staff can log placement opportunities to CONNECT. This includes advertising placement opportunities via the Student App which students can apply for. We will also focus on how staff can approve and deny any placement opportunity student application.

I’m interested

Tuesday 26th January 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST

CONNECT – Home Page Statistics & Data Tables

This week’s webinar will concentrate on navigating the Dashboard and Department Home Page Statistics. In addition, we will focus on the Work Placement Status tables and how staff can effectively manage, track, evaluate and report on all aspects of work-based learning and careers provision.

I’m interested

Missed a webinar? 
 

Don’t worry if you didn’t have the chance to catch any previous webinar.  
You can access them all on-demand via our website. 

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Development 

We continue to enhance CONNECT as per our development schedule which means we are actively working on finalising the Student App phase 2 spec along with multiple editions to the CONNECT web platform which we will share with you on a weekly basis. 

We are currently working in partnership with several clients to create an Apprenticeship / Business Development CRM as a single portal solution to ensure clear reporting and communication across all your work-based learning teams. A key ingredient to this is working in partnership with Apprenticeship units at our valued partners to better understand the exact requirements and most efficient user flows.

If you would like to get involved in this exciting development then please click the button below. 

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Stephen Hackney

Director / Co-founder

s.hackney@changingeducation.co.uk

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