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Thought About a Caravan Towing Course?

Recent statistics show that more Aussies are looking to embark on that great Australian road trip of discovery, and / or simply chill out with family and friends at a seaside tourist park over the holidays. The popularity and participation rates in the caravanning lifestyle

Moodle History and Growth – The Moodle LMS Explained

My Learning Space is an Australian Moodle Partner. In August, Chad Outten, founder of My Learning Space, presented on the History of Moodle at the Brisbane MoodleMoot. In this article, we’ll discuss where Moodle started and how it has grown into the success it is

Surf Culture in Australia

Surfing is to Australia what cricket is to Pakistan; it’s not the national sports, but people think of it as a sacred way to temporarily rid themselves of the worries of life. Although cricket is a dry sport and is known as ‘the gentlemen’s game’,

Three Features That Maximize the Value of Web Data Mining in Toronto

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Be Sure You Are Able To Approve Payments From Prospective Shoppers

Small companies often prosper online as a result of the possiblity to reach folks around the globe. Nonetheless, as a way for the small business to excel, there must be a simple way for prospective shoppers to be able to buy the items they may

Three Features That Maximize the Value of Web Data Mining in Toronto

Many local businesses have discovered the power and potential of web data mining in toronto. With so much information now available on the web, being able to automatically collect it can make achieving any number of business goals easier. Fortunately, there are now a wide

Be Sure You Are Able To Approve Payments From Prospective Shoppers

Small companies often prosper online as a result of the possiblity to reach folks around the globe. Nonetheless, as a way for the small business to excel, there must be a simple way for prospective shoppers to be able to buy the items they may

Three Features That Maximize the Value of Web Data Mining in Toronto

Many local businesses have discovered the power and potential of web data mining in toronto. With so much information now available on the web, being able to automatically collect it can make achieving any number of business goals easier. Fortunately, there are now a wide

Be Sure You Are Able To Approve Payments From Prospective Shoppers

Small companies often prosper online as a result of the possiblity to reach folks around the globe. Nonetheless, as a way for the small business to excel, there must be a simple way for prospective shoppers to be able to buy the items they may

Three Features That Maximize the Value of Web Data Mining in Toronto

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Be Sure You Are Able To Approve Payments From Prospective Shoppers

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Helpful Tips on How to Essence Issues Away inside the Sleeping quarters With Ease

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Helpful Tips on How to Essence Issues Away inside the Sleeping quarters With Ease

This extended you happen to be from a romance, the better it will be to help keep a romance living. This is the reason each the individual’s in a romantic relationship have to work hard to hold points refreshing. Failing to do this may result

Helpful Tips on How to Essence Issues Away inside the Sleeping quarters With Ease

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Thought About a Caravan Towing Course?

towing-courseRecent statistics show that more Aussies are looking to embark on that great Australian road trip of discovery, and / or simply chill out with family and friends at a seaside tourist park over the holidays. The popularity and participation rates in the caravanning lifestyle are booming. The Caravan Industry Association of Australia report that there were some 554,344 caravans registered in Australia as at 31 January 2016, representing a 4.42% increase on the previous year and a staggering 30.7% growth in 6 years from 2011. It is also worth mentioning that over 50% of those registrations are in Queensland and New South Wales. Indications are that this trend is only going to continue and accelerate.

These figures suggest that there will be many new comers to towing and those that may only have minimal or distant towing experience. Therefore, gaining good advice and some practical knowledge should be high on the to-do list for quite a few would be caravanners.

Here are five good reasons why investing in a caravan towing course should be a consideration:-

  1. Thinking about buying a caravan or camper for the first time: Part of any decision-making process to purchase a caravan, or towing vehicle for that matter, is to do your research. Learning hands on about the intricacies and implications of towing weights, weight distribution, towing regulations, on road vehicle stability and defensive driving techniques, and reversing of course may well guide your end decision.

Do we want, and are we comfortable towing a full caravan, pop top or camper trailer? Will we be able to manoeuvre and store a caravan or camper when we get it home?

  1. What will we do if the primary driver becomes ill or incapacitated? Let’s face it none of us are bullet proof but why should we let niggling health issues dissuade us from living the caravanning dream? However, the answer to this question will often figure in the decision to buy or not to buy. Rest easy, if more than one travelling companion possesses the knowledge, skills, and confidence to tow, fears about what to do in the case of sickness or injury to one driver can be alleviated.

  1. Fatigue and sharing the load: One of the fatal five causes of road fatalities. Fatigue is very real and needs to be appropriately managed. Towing for any length of time, particularly on a road trip, can be mentally exhausting. Having to be concentrate carefully on the extra dimensions, handling characteristics, and defensive driving when towing are all additions to the considerations of simply driving the family car to the shops. Having a skilled partner along for the ride allows for the load to be shared. Swapping drivers every two hours allows you both to stay fresh and enjoy the drive and comfortably cover higher daily driving distances if required. After all the caravanning experience is as much about the journey as the destination. Learning how to set up your driving position and mirrors properly will also have an impact on your safety and help manage fatigue.

  1. Communication and understanding: Having a first-hand appreciation of the skills and techniques required by a driver to reverse a caravan or camper makes for a more helpful observer. Particularly when trying to reverse unsighted into the yard at home or onto that tricky caravan site in the tourist park. An observer that, through personal experience, can advise the driver when the back of the caravan needs to go to the left or right is a real asset. After all, to my way of thinking, reversing a caravan is best done as a team effort.

Acquiring and adopting some shared communication language and hand signals can prove invaluable. We have all seen what happens when frustration sets in because communication fails.

  1. Confidence and peace of mind: The peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have all the bases covered. Your caravan and tow vehicle are compliant with regulations and best practice. You have had shared with you some of the best hints and tips from a professional with great personal and industry experience. You have acquired the skills and techniques required to tow safely on the open road and to avoid and manage dangerous situations. You are comfortable to reverse a caravan in a controlled manner with a minimum of fuss. At the very least you should have the confidence to go away and practice the new techniques you have learned on your own to further hone your new skills.

These are by no means the only reasons why doing a caravan towing course should be considered, but they are some of the more obvious. There are many providers of these courses out there from driving schools to corporate driver education companies. Courses offered can range from a ½ day private practical training to a 2-day group, nationally recognised, certificate courses. Which one you do is up to you and your budget. Course prices can range anywhere from around $400 to $900. Not cheap I know but whatever the cost, investing in the safety of yourself and your family is priceless. If you are in South East Queensland and thinking about doing a towing course check the Caravan Towing Tuition website www.caravantowingtuition.com.au Their towing course offers a good balanced combination of theory and practical elements. Caravan towing courses are not just for the new comers, there is much to be learned as a refresher for people who may have towed a box trailer or similar in the past and their skills might be a bit rusty or underdone. It doesn’t hurt to spend some time with a trainer who is conversant with the latest industry and regulatory happenings. Their insight and advice could prove invaluable.

 

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Stay safe out on the road and happy caravanning.

Moodle History and Growth – The Moodle LMS Explained

My Learning Space is an Australian Moodle Partner. In August, Chad Outten, founder of My Learning Space, presented on the History of Moodle at the Brisbane MoodleMoot. In this article, we’ll discuss where Moodle started and how it has grown into the success it is today.

The year is 2018. Moodle has more than 130M registered users from over 200 countries. There are more than 100,000 sites powered by Moodle in over 100 languages. At this time, it is the world’s most popular learning management system, empowering educators to improve our world through higher-quality education.

Where it all began

Let’s transport ourselves back into the late 1970s to regional Western Australia. A young boy, called Martin Dougiamas, finds himself more than 100 kilometres from the nearest school. And so, his family registers him into the School of the Air – learning delivered by radio wave. This is Martin’s, the founder of Moodle, first experience with distance learning. Fast-forward to 1999, and Martin begins to create Moodle as part of his PhD research project. The seed has been planted. In 2001, Martin makes the first post on the software he has developed and a year later, he releases Moodle v1 as an open software system. Action is in full swing now, and within months, Moodle is being used all over the world. In 2004, the first MoodleMoots is held in Europe, the first partnerships are being finalised. In 2008, Martin graciously accepts the Google O’Reilly Open Source Award.

 

A big step was made in 2010, with the release of Moodle v2. At this stage, there are more than 1M registered users. The Mobile app is introduced the following year and in 2013, the first MOOC (Mass Open Online Course) is released, teaching teachers of Moodle software best practises. It’s 2015, and Moodle achieves its greatest milestone yet: it becomes the world’s most used learning management system with about 18 million registered users. Moodle v3 was also released in 2015, with improvements in usability and the user interface. This new version brought so much success to Moodle, that in 2016, there were more than 100M registered users. And this is just the tip of the ice-berg as most system admins do not register their site or users. In 2016, the mobile app updates now include almost all the standard features available on desktop and we see the release of the Branded App. This is a commercial service where organisations can have their branding applied to the standard app. Just last year, Moodle partnered with ‘Education for the Many’, an investor dedicated to financially supporting entrepreneurs who are changing the world through education.

And we find ourselves in 2018 with over 130 million registered users and 80 certified Moodle partners worldwide.

Where to from now?

Looking onwards from 2018, Moodle is focused on five key growth projects.

1. Moodle Core

This is the standard software product we have learned love and it will see improvements in usability, simplicity and accessibility. Look out for sector-specific improvements, and not just limited to schooling. It is likely Moodle will evolve to appeal to the workplace and beyond. VR and AR are up and coming, and with innovation at its core, it is expected that the organisation will support this technology.

2. Moodle Learn

This is Moodle’s latest curriculum developed for educators to learn to teach online via the Moodle Certification Education Program. Educators will learn and be able to demonstrate effectiveness in 22 key digital competencies. Ultimately, this program plays an instrumental role in the success of Moodle as educators are the ones delivering content to their learners. If teachers do not understand how to best use the software, the learners will not have positive experiences. Improvements of this project will translate to business growth.

3. Moodle Net

Moodle Net will be revamped. Integrated into every Moodle site, it will become a social media platform for educators to communicate with fellow educators. Moodle Net will support the creation and sharing of content and services.

4. Moodle Foundation

This will be a not-for-profit organisation, launched somewhere in Europe, focused on research that will drive open source software development. It will drive many partnerships and play a more integral role in the LMS community.

5. Expanding Services and Partnerships

Look out for an expansion of services and partnership programs.

 

In summary, the success of Moodle demonstrates the power of humanity. One man’s vision has been nurtured and developed. Through collaboration and cooperation, Moodle has become a worldwide success, empowering educators all to deliver higher quality learning experiences.

Watch Chad’s presentation here. Find the slide deck here.

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