We design a splash pages as ’tis the season for some getting together and learning Therap. Therap has rounded up some great features and modules and those need telling too!
For a full listing of our conferences for 2011, go to Conferences. You’ll find the details there – information flyers, and schedules, that’ll help you pick the one most suitable for you. The presence of Therap staff and users from the different regions make the events very useful for both training existing users and also telling prospective agencies all about Therap’s applications for developmental disability providers.
What is a “Splash”?
Inside Therap’s application, theres a mechanism to display a message to the user as soon as he or she logs in. That message is called a ‘Splash’! You can view the splash and select to never have it shown again by clicking on a check-box there. Provider agencies can display splash messages to their staff, or Therap can display one that all users in all agencies will see. We use the splash message to inform you of updates to the system or upcoming events that will be of value.
We probably have the most amount of user presentations lined up for the upcoming conference in Fishkill, NY. We had started the Therap Certified Trainers program to identify people who have a special knack for using Therap, and the presentations will see a lot of them take the mic. We have to make sure people know about it, and for that we made a splash recently:
Now, the CD version has been updated with these also. Download
For those who haven’t tried the CD out, heres what it is and how it works:
We have created a version with all the automated training in one place. You can download a zip file using the link above and then take the contents of the zip file and put it onto a disc. Have someone in IT help you out if you are not sure what to do. After you’ve made the CD, putting it into a computer will load the training menu. You’d see T-Girl jump in and welcome you, and a main menu that looks like this:
Therap Training is training on the modules in Therap that direct care workers, nurses will use. The training for Provider Administrators is also accessible from here, as are two documents with information to assist those planning to use the CD for Automated Training. We highly recommend reading those if you want to use this CD. The CD is great for use in classroom scenarios, since T-Girl pauses the training at times so that the trainees can take time to try out what is being shown on the screen, or for you, the trainer to give out any agency specific directions. Hitting the spacebar once will pause the training. Another press on the spacebar will resume it.
The scripts are available on this CD, so a trainer can go through it beforehand and decide the pauses and interruptions necessary to either give out those directions or to provide time for those attending the class to carry out tasks on their Therap Test Mode. The CD also has a feature to set a playlist for a class, which allows controlling what topics are played and whats not. You could even decide to copy this CD for your trainees so they can go over the training at home.
We have now made available SCORM compliant versions of our automated training on our Help & Support site’s training section. SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model, and you can learn more about it from this website.
We’ve come to know about SCORM through the fine folks in Albertina Kerr. We’ve worked with them and converted all the training done by T-Girl and Mr. FirstPage. As I understand, if you have an LMS (Learning Management System) which supports SCORM, you can download the zip files of the individual training from our site and then upload to your LMS. Through that you can then get the LMS to report if your learners have completed a training, how much they’ve gotten on a quiz that T-Girl took etc. The LMS then will also remember for the learner where they had last stopped watching the T-Girl training.
It all sounds rather cool to me. Something to look into to improve your agency’s training!
Google has already had an impact on language, quite common to hear someone say “Google it!”. As of yesterday, I have been saying things like “YouTube it”, or “YouTubing”, and that is so because Therap does have a YouTube page, and lately, we’ve been updating it and using it more then ever. Everyones welcome to go pay a visit and share their thoughts on our videos, our training, and our services and do share with your friends too.
Phew! The updates to the Therap applications have been made and what a week it was. The designers had one very important item to offer this time – Therap’s Automated Training for CDs!
Just download the files from the Training Page, its inside a zip file [with instructions!], then write TherapTraining.iso onto a blank CD.
We packed up all the automated training we created before, polished them, and added new stuff too. This time we focused on making it a more complete tool for use in front of a class. Try playing the training modules on a projector in your next training and let us know what you think! Look below for some of the options put in to assist trainers in using this tool.
We were waiting in anticipation. Yes, the end of first day of conference and we were anxious to find out whose script got selected. Justin and co. came up with this cool idea that what if we translated a training script written by a user in the conference, into a full fledged animated presentation. Then have it mailed back to the US team just in time to show it off to everyone on the second day of conference. I must add, it was quite a challenge to pull it off but it was not impossible.
So there we were, waiting for Tanm to mail us the script so that we could start working on the storyboard. It wasn’t until 4 in morning when Rajiv got the script. Rajiv, started devising how the presentation could play out. We all came to office a little early for this occasion. Rajiv and I started finalizing the storyboard and planned with Tashlima how it might play out. We divided the work amongst ourselves. We set a deadline and we were on our way.
SMAsif, was given the responsibility to design Pam and her personality. With blazing fast sketches from our talented artist, we were able to help decide how we wanted Pam to look like At the same time Rajiv and I hosted short dicussion sessions with each of our animation artists Tashlima, Ayesha and Liton. The main idea was to help visualize the scenes and how to recreate them using their trusty tools. After all the art direction it was time to find the voice that could give life to Pam. Who’d you think it was? Ok, I will give it to you. It was our Training and Implementation Specialist, Deepa. She was kind enough to lend us few minutes out of her busy schedule and record Pam’s dialogues for us.
Ah, yes! Miss celebrity herself, walks into the office. Ishita (also known as T-Girl) delivers us with all the T-Girl related dialogues that was in the script. I finally found the time to sit down and work on designs that would be used in certain animation sections. We had constant communication between each other just so we know were were working towards the right direction. We grabbed a quick lunch, I’d say the fastest ever. It was fun, the sheer challenge of it all. It was just us 6 and under 9 hours of intense creative labor. Yes, thats how long it took to finish everything up and test it. As soon as we were done with the presentation, it was time for the second day of conference and the moment of truth.
Design Team would like to thank everyone, especially Ishita and Deepa. Also, Tanm, our team leader for guiding us all the way from USA. It was nothing but 101% team effort. Thank you guys!
:: Dhanad ::
During the National Provider Administrator’s Conference in Fishkill, we ran a session where we asked our customers to come up with a script that introduces Therap to new staff using our animated T-Girl, and an animated Executive Director from the agency! So, Pam from North Dakota agreed to be the director to be animated and I sent the script over to the team overnight.
Within 8 hours, the guys whipped up something really tasty for everyone to see the next day. Here are some backstage passes to see what that day was like for the team: