Article Updated, 7 July 2017
Skillslive has been formed to execute a global commercialisation strategy for the Loft Group’s Digital Education Platform, establish in 2012. Skillslive Edu Pty Ltd was recently acquired by Loft Ventures Pty Ltd with an established portfolio of technology companies focused on global opportunities though cloud infrastructure and scalable technology.
When I first began working in a Registered Training Organisation in Victoria, I was amazed: And not in a good way. Paperwork had the administration offices packed and struggling for space. Staff spent hours labelling forms and moving them between various colours of manila folder. Filing cabinets and document storage boxes were stacked in teetering piles right up to the ceiling.
Aside from the obvious OH & S concerns this arrangement should raise, the organisation was bearing an undetermined addition to commercial rent costs. And that was just on site; there was also an off-site storage facility similarly stacked with paperwork, costing thousands per year; not to mention the cost of sending staff to and fro in search of items that should have been on hand at the touch of a button.
Rather than espousing the labour-saving, reliability, cost, sustainability and numerous other benefits of digital over paper-based record keeping (If you’re not already convinced of these, you really needn’t read on), I’d prefer to explore where Australia sits on a world scale.
Firstly, Australian bureaucracy is legendary. Even the Brits have taken note of the antipodean love of the old rubber stamp. Whilst this may be useful for the verification of facts, agreements and dates (often known as ‘covering your backside’), few would disagree that excessive bureaucracy is a hindrance to business and a handbrake on the economy overall.
Secondly, while we love to view ourselves as an innovative nation that punches above its weight on a technology basis, the reality is far from it. Australian adoption of digital technology is in fact slow at best, and places us a long way down the table, well behind such countries as Spain, the US, the UAE, Italy and Estonia (World in Figures 2017: The Economist Group).
Think about it: For a nation that mandates voting at three different levels of government, even today we require every registered voter to schlep down to the local community hall and line up to cast a vote. On paper. Those we elect to lead our nation are similarly trapped in the formalities of yesteryear. If you have ever listened to broadcasts from the House of Representatives, you will know, for example, what riveting radio a division makes: Four minutes of mumbling, chuckling and the sound of collegial elbows hitting ribs at a cost of thousands to the taxpayer, all for what could be decided in seconds if only the honourable members were equipped with a ‘Yes/No’ button at their seats. Or a smartphone app. Heck, even Facebook’s voting function would have the question unequivocally resolved in moments – We could even watch it live and see which way our local member voted.
Sadly, education remains another space in which our little nation is left behind. We can protest that successive governments, both State and Federal, have been the real cause of the sluggish uptake of educational tech. This, however, is just an excuse. If compliance is a word that causes eyes to roll at your organisation, digital solutions are precisely what you ought to be exploring. And you should probably start yesterday.
That’s okay – It’s never too late to make improvements to your business processes, and we’re here to help! SkillsLive’s commitment is to help bring Australian business out of this quagmire and into the future. If you prefer to be on the leading edge of this trend, let’s start the conversation.
Skillslive Digital Learning Solutions
Skillslive is a learner-centric Learning Management System (LMS) and Learning Record Store (LRS) that is designed to help organisations increase learning engagement while enhancing an individual’s learning outcomes and improved organisational performance.
Skillslive enables on-demand education and contextual learning, collecting data and presenting analytics and insights to provide a 360° view within an organisation's learning ecosystem. SkillsLive contributes to creating visibility across an organisation, its employees and contractors, plus aligning learning pathways with professional development, competencies, compliance, certification and accreditation.
Skillslive remains innovative and at the forefront of education technologies. Focusing on corporate learning ecosystems and the benefits that big data will contribute to creating visibility across an entire organisation at a local and global level. Additionally, the utilisation of cognitive systems that are able to exhibit adaptive, proactive and emotive behaviour. When implemented in support of educational activities a connection between communities and the process of learning, content delivery, assessment and collaboration can all be individualised, measured and presented in an enterprise dashboard. What drives this process is a common cognitive framework that humans use to inform their decisions: Observe, Interpret, Evaluate, and Decide.
Skillslive Pty Ltd was recently acquired by Loft Ventures Pty Ltd. Loft Ventures has a portfolio of technology companies focused on global opportunities though cloud infrastructure and scalable technology. Skillslive was formed to execute a global commercialisation strategy for the Loft Group Digital Education Platform.
Digital Education Platform (DEP)
The Digital Education Platform is an enterprise grade mobile content delivery solution for education and training. The training application enables companies such as L'Oreal to deliver sales and product training to their entire national salon network, retail stores, staff and clients. Development of the training application commenced with Kerastase in 2011 and has since been deployed within the L’Oreal Professional Product Division Australia and New Zealand across global brands such as L'Oreal, Kerastase, Matrix and Redken.
The solution identifies with the need for a software application upon which an individual can engage with content through self-organised educational models, beneﬁt from proven social collaboration and be encouraged through the sharing of their efforts with industry professional mentors and peer groups. The purpose of this tool is to assemble the large concepts of education and make them more accessible and consumable by the individual.
Our vision for the ideal digital classroom is emerging. It meets the needs of the students and the community that surrounds them. It assists in the creation of innovative content design and supports delivery and assessment. It provides opportunity for active learning and collaboration amongst peers and mentors by putting control into the hands of the individual. In short, it's not a room at all.
Integrated Attendance and Assessment Mobile Solution (VTO / RTO)
An E-learning platform developed to assist Vocational Training Organisations (VTO's) and Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) to efficiently manage student administration and business operations in order to comply with mandatory Government funded activity and reporting standards coming into effect in Australia.
Integrated Attendance & Assessment Solution developed for Educators & Students; an application for inspiration and capturing course evidence. Using the best, most intuitive features of the tablet and smartphone, we have created the ultimate user experience. The Integrated Attendance & Assessment Solution puts the focus on user experience which guarantees engagement and as a result content retention. This solution provides a visual way to involve all users which guarantees easy navigation along with a user friendly and positive learning environment.