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Pathways Cloud now includes the latest 2014 Victorian Work Experience and Work Placement agreements - if you would like us to upload these to your cloud account please contact the helpdesk.

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We've been busy over the christmas months preparing more than 60 new helpdesk articles and how-to guides that are being published before the end of February. The Help Center is quickly becoming our online manual and guide and shortly will become our single point of reference for program documentation, tips, hints and helpdesk access. Our training videos for individual features of Pathways Cloud will also be published here so keep your eyes peeled.

Pathways Cloud Hits 110,000 placements! 
We're elated to announce that our next generation student placement and transition management web app has hit a major milestone recently. 100,000 placements was our year 1 goal, and at 11 1/2 months we thought we might just miss it. But in the last week of January more than 10,500 placements were added to Pathways smashing our estimate and giving us a wonderful start to 2014. Warm thanks to all our lovely customers for your faith in our new ideas about how students in the workplace can be better and more easily managed using circa 2014 technology :)

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SMS is often the easiest way to directly engage with students, and Pathways Cloud now includes both Bulk SMS and SMS templating features. Students can reply to text messages and these replies are logged and emailed to the sender also - perfect for paperwork reminders, start of placement notifications or scenarios where you need a rapid response from a student.

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One of the biggest requests in recent years has been to somehow provide select school teachers with read-only access to their own placements and classes, to promote more self-service of information requests and also give teachers huge vision into what’s happening with their own placements in real time. Less reports to run!

Where do I find a teacher’s login username and password?
Visit the school record in Pathways Cloud (from the top menu) then click on the teachers name on the right of the screen. You will see a username and password in BLUE ready for use.

Where is the Teacher Login Screen?
From the normal login screen click the yellow button labelled “Switch to Teacher Login”

We are 8 weeks into our speedy gonzalez project – the aim of which was to make all screens and operations in Pathways complete in under 1500 milliseconds. This means that after click the page will load a second later no matter what you are doing or what data is being presented. So far more than 90% of the screens are actually under 500ms (half a second!) and extra lag is typically a result of the user’s broadband connection (or Youtube addiction)

Using some cutting edge monitoring software we can xray into each page and function and see where things are slowing us down. For example we recently adding our custom lists functionality which allow the dynamic creation of filtered student, host and placement lists for work experience and work placement customers. Having dynamic queries on huge databases can take some time. But using these tools we break down every function and use the information to deliver one thing – FAST web pages. Net outcome? HAPPY customers.

We recently spotted this great article on the Xero blog that addresses the exact same scenario we work with on a daily basis – migrating from legacy systems to next generation web apps. We’re big fans of Xero here at Activ8 and see them almost as a poster child for well funded, forward thinking web businesses that don’t mess with their vision.

This particular article addresses the scenario where introducing new systems, in this case a web app for accounting, requires as much un-learning of old systems and processes as it does re-learning. And how you can tailor your materials and process to account for the transition.

Xero and Pathways Cloud are both web apps which dramatically rewrite the ground rules and assumptions for software in their respective markets – and both follow long periods of locally installed software and processes that originated decades ago. These new platforms are built with the future in mind and not constrained unnecessarily by historical process not relevant in the future. And in transition we also try to respect past processes, but not be bound by them as more often than not they are nothing more than habits ripe for improvement.

Good on you Xero. Keep the bright light shining.

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Placement Checklists Defeat Paperwork in Pathways
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