For quite some time now, our teams at Janison have been building and providing online assessments for a number of Australian education providers. It's been challenging and rewarding work. The sort of stuff we really enjoy, for a variety of reasons.
One, because delivering online assessments to large numbers of students or to students spread all across Australia with a range of different devices is difficult, it's a serious challenge and we like that sort of thing :)
Another, we think what we do is helping. It's making it easier to measure student performance and its allowing it to be a far less daunting event, compared to a paper based test.
This month, we take the whole idea to the next level, with a new contract to work with the Singapore Examination Board and our Singaporean partners, S & I and aZaaS, to start to deliver online matriculation exams.
This new project is a ground breaking one. Singapore will be one of the first countries to begin to transform their final year examinations from paper based events to online events. It's a great step forward.
Over the coming months Janison and its partners will be implementing and customising our online assessment system to be ready for the first examinations to be conducted online in May next year.
There is lots to do, and there is a very clear goal to achieve. In May and November next year, the first group of students will be undertaking some of their final examinations online.
We will keep you posted on the project's progress and its outcomes.
There is a lot happening at our office at the moment and we would really like to find a few more people to help us with the projects we have lined up and some of the new opportunities that are being planned for the future.
What’s it like to work at Janison ?
Well, for people who are used to working for a software company there are quite a few things different about Janison.
First, shock, horror, if you want to work with us there is a good chance you are going to need to move. Our office isn’t in Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra. We are located on the mid north coast of NSW, about 100 metres from the beach, many of our staff have a surf in the morning before they get to work. Not all of us surf, but that doesn’t stop us enjoying living in an amazingly beautiful part of the world. Yes it doesn’t have everything that a big city has, but it is balanced by some great advantages too.
Want to find out more about our location ? This video gives you a little idea of what its like.
Our company is family oriented. We don’t just say that, we believe it and feel it. As a business we have grown over a number of years, with many of our staff marrying and having children during their time of employment. Now our family get togethers see more children in the office than adults ! It’s important to us that we support our families and our communities.
We pride ourselves in being actively involved and contributing to local activities and events. Janison is a significant part of the Coffs community and with that we take our responsibility to participate and share our experience seriously.
There are about 40 people working in Coffs, we have a few in other cities in Australia and New Zealand and a small team in India. We really would like some more people to join us in Coffs.
Even though we live in a regional centre, our projects are for national or international clients.
Many of them are secured or restricted, so we can’t show too much of what they do, but one of our recent public ones is Deakin Connect - a public online MOOC for Deakin University.
You can visit, register and have a look around at your leisure. www.deakinconnect.com
If you read back through our blog you will see more examples of other projects too.
Who are we looking for ?
We are looking for software developers and project managers. We develop web applications on the Microsoft platform. We use all of the latest tools and methodologies, we create applications that can run on traditional on-premise environments and simultaneously on the Windows Azure cloud infrastructure. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Development, we send developers to TechEd every year, encourage our staff to acquire professional certifications and have been awarded a number of national awards for the our software development activities.
When we were looking around recently we saw how others measure the maturity of their development teams and were pleased to see we measure up well to many of the questions that are often asked.
(Derived from Joel’s Test - http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000043.html )
Of course, we are far from perfect, but we are committed to a program of continuous improvement that sees regular review and change. We know how important is to have great people on our teams and to give them an opportunity to contribute and develop new ideas.
We have created an environment for our teams that we think is pretty special. Our development centre uses modern infrastructure and equipment, we have fast and dedicated connections to the Internet and our new NBN connection will be turned on before the end of this year.
We have two ads currently up on Seek:
Software Developer - http://www.seek.com.au/job/25066020
Project Manager - http://www.seek.com.au/job/25077802
We are looking for experienced and motivated people, what we do is often challenging, but if you enjoy a challenge, would like to live and work in an environment that encourages your creativity and rewards your passion - this is an opportunity you should consider.
We are very proud to be switching on our solar power system this week.
With almost 100 panels spread across our office's roof, all of our operations during the day are now powered by the sun. This includes our air conditioning and our test cloud server platform that is used by many of our clients during project development phases.
This initiative is driven by our desire to minimise the impact of our business on the environment and to use technologies and services that reduce our carbon footprint.
We'll keep working on new ways to make further such improvements.
If you would like to experience this free course please visit www.deakinconnect.com
The result is a world-class MOOC platform, including:
Janison has introduced new and fresh Discussion Forums capability to the CLS. After a few years of using Facebook and Google+, people expect highly engaging, interactive and modern discussion forums. Janison combined some of the best features of social network discussions with some creativity of our own to produce CLS Discuss! - our new engine designed to stimulate debate, student participation and engagement.
CLS Discuss! is a part of our new Cloud Learning Suite product, and its Beta version was released in late May. CLS Discuss! will help deliver improved interactivity, and collaborative learning. You can use CLS Discuss! to hook directly into the Janison CLS Course Player content. From there, you can navigate directly to the fully-fledged Discussion Forum. Filter by experts, set favourite people, and create different post types – depending on if you Agree with or want to Challenge something, or if you just have a Question.
In mid-June, the Fair Work Ombudsman launched a series of online courses using Janison’s Cloud Learning Suite.
The courses are entitled ‘Difficult Conversations in the Workplace’ and are designed for both employees and managers. There are two(2) separate courses assisting manager and employees to prepare and conduct a ‘difficult’ conversation in the workplace.
FWO wanted a friendly, welcoming interface so that users felt confident to enter the site, and then found it easy to proceed with the courses. The theme of the site was customised in order to meet the needs of FWO. When registered users complete the course, they have the option of then attempting a short, 10 question quiz, which, upon achieving an 70% pass rate will be issued with a certificate.
For this project, Janison provided the Learning Management platform, while 2and2 worked with FWO to produce the courses. The timeline for the project was eight(8) weeks, which was a challenge for all parties. By working closely with 2and2, and being available to FWO when required, Janison and 2and2 were able to deliver a complete solution to FWO in the agreed
One of the new features which was developed for FWO, was the ability to enter the site as a guest user. Guest users are defined as those people who do not have the time or desire to register, but still want to view the available courses.
The main mission for FWO was to make courses available to as many employees and managers as possible, so that everyone felt more confident about addressing and resolving work place issues. Ideally, most learners will register, so that FWO has access to data which will assist them in
understanding their audience, which will be valuable information for future development.
Have a look at the site at http://fairwork.cls.janison.com
This week we were very pleased to hear that one of projects had picked up another international award.
James Sanders, from Deloitte, attended the GSummit conference in San Francisco which is the top conference for gamification globally.
As a part of the conference, they held their annual GAward ceremony which recognises outstanding achievement in the area of gamification where the Leadership Academy was nominated for their top category - the Greatest Impact category. The Leadership Academy beat out competition from BBVA, NFL, Coursera, and CapGemini to win the award.
As James says:
'Obviously this isn't an Oscar but it terms of gamification, this is as good as it gets.'
So keep watching - we will have some more exciting news soon on the next project that will use badging other techniques.
Over the past year, Janison has worked closely with The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to design and build their MoneySmart Teaching Online program, which provides educators with the knowledge, skills, strategies and teaching materials to teach consumer and financial literacy.
MoneySmart Teaching Online comprises two modules one for primary and one for secondary educators. The modules are free and provide interactive professional learning and feature expert interviews, case studies in schools, and scenarios.
MoneySmart Teaching Online was built using Janison’s Cloud Learning Suite (CLS) and makes use of simulations – interactive content where the learner chooses characters to follow through a number of scenarios, with different videos showing the outcome of the learners choices.
Simulations are a fun way to see different content, and in this case, different characters and their stories.
We’ve had lots of great comments about our simulations so far.
Why is financial literacy so important for kids?
There’s lots of reasons – registering and completing the modules will show you many, or you can watch this video to get a quick introduction.
Who should use it?
Anyone is welcome to register and use MoneySmart Teaching Online. You can register at:
For Australian school educators, MoneySmart Teaching Online is recognised as 'Continuing Professional Development'. Educators who complete the formal elements of this program will receive a Certificate of Completion which, once endorsed by their School Principal can be submitted to the relevant state/territory authority and may count towards meeting the professional learning requirements for teacher registration and renewal.
Congratulations to the teams at Janison and ASIC for bringing this initiative to life!
When your organisation focuses on one key area such as online learning, you quickly gain an appreciation for the creativity, innovation and commitment of many organisations who work in the area.
It's not just our competing vendors, we see so many of our clients and other education focussed organisations seeking to extend and develop online learning in many different creative ways.
So it is with great pride, we announce our latest award.
Last year we submitted to Brandon Hall our new online, cloud based, assessment platform as an example of a major advancement in technology and it won !
Global recognition for Australian software companies is rare, so we value immensely this acknowledgement of our technology.
What makes our assessment platform different ?
For one, it's built from the ground up using the very latest web development methodologies, it benefits greatly from a modern UI design and an incredibly flexible plug-in architecture that helps us to customise and fit the system in to a variety of delivery mechanisms or enironments.
Also it is designed to support new innovations. A great example of such innovations are its support for new collaborative assessment processes, linking for the first time, more than one student to work together in partnership to complete assessments.
Stay tuned for more announcements during 2013 on how some of our clients are taking this technology forward in new and innovative ways.