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Go1 Product Guide: understanding awards

Erin O'Connor
2018-09-19

The Go1 Product Guide, is designed to help you learn some tips and tricks of the Learning Platform. In today's guide, you will discover everything you need to know about Awards, and learn whether they are the right learning solution for your organisation.

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Awards vs Courses: Choosing the right learning option for your organisation

We know when our customers are creating content on the platform, they often overlook Awards in favour of courses. We have put together this guide to highlight when Awards might be the better solution for you. The course functionality is excellent if you want to create structured learning, with the option to carry out assessment. If however, you are looking for flexibility in the way your users undertake learning, you should be looking to create an Award.Awards combine different courses, content and/or learning items, which can be individually weighted to achieve a greater learning outcome.  Put simply this means, Awards allow you to pick and choose different learning items available on your portal,  that are relevant to the topic of your Award, and when combined and completed will give your learner competency on that topic. 

Keep reading if your interested in finding out, how organisations are using Awards in the Go1 Learning Platform. 

Examples of how our customers use Awards. 

As a record of external learning:
When there is a requirement in your organisation for staff to have current certification, a licence or specific training which can’t be obtained on the Go1 platform - you can use an Awards as your management tool, to capture and track in the status of your learner's external learning. Examples of certification commonly required for specific roles: Forklift licence, First-Aid certification or an RSA. TheAwards feature is also useful to track certification of remote workers, who will just need to upload their certificate for you to view and approve. Don't forget, if you don’t assign an assessor to approve your learners external learning, it will be assigned to you (the Award creator) to approve! 

Here's how to set-up Awards to record external learning:

  • Create the Award and Select a Goal →, for example, Reach the Target 
  • Select to Allow External Learning Records to be uploaded
  • To approve external learning: Select to view details (to see the certificate) and select that they passed the Award. You will be able to view a report on your users status of that certification, to ensure all your staff are compliant. 
  • By default, the requirement for external learning to be moderated before its passed will be switched off. If you want to use Awards for staff to track their own professional development keep that switched off, otherwise select external learning records require moderation so you can track and manage your staff’s external certification. 

To track CPD:

If your organisation or industry recognises Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training ,  individuals and employees can use Awards to track their training against the CPD categories that are relevant to their role, as well as their CPD points as a whole.  You can select a numerical target measured in credits, hours or points for the Award, and attach numerical values to all the content you add to the Award. Your user, will then undertake different learning which must add up to reach the target set, to retain their CPD certificate. When constructing CPD training within an Award;  organisations often add many different content options for their learners to choose from. You could include,  Events of different durations (such as a lunch-and-learn or all-day seminars), as well as Go1 Premium content or courses part of a Go1 CPD content package, or courses you have created yourself. These options give the learner flexibility and promote higher rates of completion.

  1. Create the Award and Select a Goal → for example, Reach the Target
  2.  Identify your Unit of measurement: hours + credits + points and aIdentify your Unit of measurement: hours + credits + points and aIdentify your Unit of measurement: hours + credits + points and aIdentify your Unit of measurement: hours + credits + points and aIdentify your Unit of measurement: hours + credits + points and assign values to the content. 
  3. Assign the learning. Your user will pass the Award after achieving the target.

 We also find customers are curating Awards for different business skills, that staff can complete as part of their annual professional development training. Make use of the Go1 marketplace or premium content library and pick a variety of relevant courses that address a soft-skill topic, such as communication in the workplace.

Tiered rewards systems; Bronze, Silver and Gold:

Another common use-case for Awards, is where they are used to achieve competency in a certain skill by completing the content you have determined is necessary, for example, Leadership. Alternatively, learner skills can be measured using a  tiered scale such as Bronze, Silver and Gold. In this case, your staff would be required to work their way through each level of the Award and achieve the target, before moving onto the next. With each completion, they become more competent and you can combine this with an incentive scheme if you wish.

Create individual Awards (eg Gold, Silver and Bronze) and assign a target number of credits a user must achieve for each award. Decide on the learning items to include and the points allocated for completing each learning item. You can embed the Bronze Award inside of the Silver Award as mandatory learning. Your learner will have to complete the bronze Award to obtain the silver, ensuring they work through each level of the Award and the relevant content.

Get started with Awards today. 

Now that we’ve taken a look at the most common ways Go1 users have introduced Awards into their learning solutions, it's your turn to get started! You can begin creating Awards within the My Teaching tab -> Resources tab and select Create.

If you want tutorials covering more detail on the ins-and-outs of creating Awards and the different functionally available, have a look here.

 

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