Frequently Asked Questions

What is eLearning?

Quite simply, eLearning is web based electronic learning, which means using a computer to deliver part or all of a course, whether it’s in the comfort of a learner’s own home or at their place of work. eLearning courses are structured learning packages that contain a series of information screens, video and audio content along with exercises and tests that ensure the learner understands the materials. Learner activity on courses is reportable so managers can monitor progress as and when required.

What are the benefits of eLearning?

There are many benefits of using eLearning for both your business and your customers, these include:

Reduces the cost of delivering learning – no room hire, trainer or travel expenses
Secure access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Ability to control pace of learning – progress at the learner’s own speed
Automatic course bookmarking allows learners to take a break and return to the learning at the point they left off
Learners are in control of their own learning which increases motivation, engagement and retention of learners
Engaging interactive multimedia learning experience
Ensures that content is fully understood through online assessments (using the Psittacus Controlled Environment Assessment Tool CEAT™)
Up to date industry standard content
A consistent message is given to all learners
Certificate of Completion with every CPD course, including evidence of Knowledge Assessment (using the Psittacus Controlled Environment Assessment Tool CEAT™)
OFQUAL & TQUK Accredited Regulated Qualifications available

What is a Blended Learning Environment?

The Psittacus Blended Learning Environmentis a Patent Protected software application that contains, runs and administers eLearning courses, offline learning and regulated assessments using the CEAT™. It tracks learners’ progress online and as well as recording any face to face courses your learners attend. Used internally by organisations for their employees, the BLE enables efficient administration, documentation and reporting of training programmes.

Customers have the access rights to review all learner activity on their BLE, which means the administrators can not only monitor the courses sold and completed but they also have the ability to order courses on behalf of their clients if required, therefore offering your clients a fully managed learning solution.

With the Administrator Options available, Pisttacus can make your BLE fully automated direct from your existing website.

How does the BLE work?

How do I access the online (Blended) Learning once I have purchased it? – The first time you make a purchase you will be emailed a link to access your Blended Learning Portal, please bookmark this in your browser, or save the email with the link. When you login to your Blended Learning Portal using the username and password you created when registering, your purchases will be available to view.

Do I need an Access Code to login to the Blended Learning Portal? – No, normally, all managers and learners can login using their email address and a password. The only time you would need an access code would be if your manager has created your account for you and didn’t know your email address. In this instance the system will generate an access code for the manager to give to you for you to use.

I’m purchasing online Learning on behalf for my Organisation, how do I manage my learners and monitor their progress? – If you make an initial purchase for more than one item of online learning, an account will be created for you as a manager and you will be emailed a link to access your Blended Learning Portal.

What is Online Accreditation?

The blended learning environment is the only online learning system which is able to deliver and assess regulated qualification 100% online without the need for the learner to attend a classroom based invigilated assessment.

This means that Regulated Qualifications can now be completed anywhere, anytime in anyplace without restriction when it is convenient for employers and learners alike. Psittacus are leading the way and setting the minimum standards for ALL Online Learning Systems.

Accredited qualifications, also known as regulated qualifications are those that are reviewed, recognised and monitored by the regulatory bodies in order to make sure that they meet specific criteria and quality standards.

Regulated qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are in either the:

Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
Regulated Qualifications are outcome based

ADVANTAGES – The most obvious advantage of accredited qualifications is that they provide the learners and stakeholders with a guarantee of quality of both the qualification programme and the awarding body that offers accredited qualifications. These qualifications are fit for their purpose, they include relevant content and appropriate methodology for assessment is used.

QUALIFICATIONS – Once proposed qualifications meet the requirements set out in the required document, they are listed in the Register of Regulated Qualifications where can also be found a list of recognised awarding organisations who have the power to award qualifications within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), the national credit transfer system in England, Wales and Ireland. Scotland has its own framework – the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework which is jointly regulated by several awarding and regulatory bodies.

REGULATORS – The regulators use several methods to ensure high quality of accredited qualifications before and after they are listed in the Register of Regulated Qualifications. In order to be recognised and have their qualifications accredited by the regulators, the awarding organisations have to submit their proposition to the regulator which then carefully reviews both the awarding organisation and the proposed qualification. If the qualification programme meets the regulator’s criteria, it is recognised and listed in the Register. If they do not meet the set criteria, they are rejected. In order to make sure that the accredited qualifications maintain appropriate standards and quality, they are kept under review by the regulators.

What is Online Invigilation?

What does the typical assessment for Accredited Level 3 & Level 5 Exams entail?