This week, I tuned into ABC Radio to hear the marvellous Jean Kitson discussing the importance of educating staff about the challenges of menopause in the workplace – this being one of the last workplace taboos. Why? Because it’s very likely that some of the senior and valuable members of any given organisation may be experiencing the challenging symptoms of menopause and what looks like a person flustered and not in control of the agenda is just a person undergoing a normal and healthy process.

As a society, we have gone some way to breaking down social stigmas and prejudices around gender, sexuality and mental illness but for women experiencing menopause, this can still be an isolating and embarrassing experience. Education is an essential step toward understanding and a supportive workplace means happy and productive staff.

As developers of an online learning tool VidVersity, we want to empower organisations to easily create content within and for their organisations. Health and well-being topics are ideally suited to an online, interactive format. This enables content to be curated in a sensitive way and widely delivered within an organisation.

Video your staff sharing their personal experiences, video experts talking about how individuals are affected by anxiety, depression, pregnancy, menopause, divorce and separation.

Record your senior staff members and your HR team discussing how the organisation supports the staff. Edit the video into easily accessible chapters. Add resources such as web links, printable notes and links to external resources. Provide the opportunity for anonymous user surveys at the end of the course. And remember, the VidVersity platform is designed so even the non-technically minded can utilise it and course content can be created in a matter of hours.

Provide this as part of your annual health and well-being programme, as part of your induction programme or just as a readily accessible resource.

It’s so easy to create this content using video and to deliver this to your staff within your Learning Management System or by simply using a shareable link.

So next time, a woman is looking a little hot and bothered in a meeting, rest assured, she’s not flustered about the meeting, she has that covered. She just might need the air-conditioning on! A little education and understanding will go a long way.

I have been building online learning for over 15 years, mainly in the legal space providing professional development for lawyers. I have always wanted to use interactive video as a resource but have worried about protecting the IP in the videos and also getting some real analytics around interactions with the video.

One of the key reasons VidVersity exists is to protect your IP. Videos have been around in the learning space for many years, but delivering them in a learning management system is often difficult for two reasons.

1. Wrapping SCORM around your course if the video is longer than a few minutes is often impossible. The video is simply too large and therefore you cannot get it into an LMS unless it is an external link.

2. The problem with an external link to a video usually means the video is not tracked as part of the SCORM analytics and often the video is not protected. The video is loaded in either an external or internal hosting solution, both of which are expensive and often do not have the necessary security to protect the IP.

It is really difficult to secure your video AND get analytics.

We have worked so hard to solve both these problems. All the assets such as images, PowerPoints, documents are protected inside the SCORM file and then the video sits in our secure AWS server. The video cannot be downloaded or the URL obtained and the viewing of the video including all the clicks on resources, moving through slides is recorded to be sent back to your LMS.

This means you can really ramp up interactive video as a genuine learning experience in any LMS.

Natalie Wieland
Co Founder VidVersity
Keen educator

Current options present significant challenges in creating highly effective online learning. And it’s still far too complex, time-consuming and costly to turn your videos into an online course that delivers quality learning outcomes. In most cases, an eLearning developer has to take over and spend many hours creating the courses, adding significant time and cost. These factors all combine to impose huge barriers to creating online learning and keeping it updated.

By using a video first approach, VidVersity saves you many, many thousands of dollars and countless hours for every hour of online learning you create compared to current eLearning formats, where video comes second and is added after the eLearning is developed. To provide a complete solution We can also act as your extended team to create online learning for you if you need us but at a mere fraction of the cost of the current eLearning developers. All this means that VidVersity will very quickly pay for itself, very possibly even within the first hour of online learning that you create.

At VidVersity, everything we do is about making it simple to teach, inform and inspire online. Online learning has the potential to change lives, especially for those who can’t access traditional learning. However, eLearning to this point simply hasn’t delivered on it’s promise to fully open up learning for all because it’s placed barriers of time and cost between the teachers and student. This just isn’t how it was supposed to be and it motivated us to find a way that actually delivers on that promise. Put simply, we’re obsessed about democratising online learning.