Summary Data: 3000 Staff learn Office 365 with Synergy’s Cloud training Services
Synergy was chosen as Macquarie University’s training partner for the migration to Office 365, in late July 2015. Macquarie needed a training partner with Microsoft product knowledge and training certifications, as well as a working knowledge of Office 365 in Education. Synergy’s team of MS certified consultants and trainers developed custom training material that directly addressed Macquarie staff needs; from Academic to Administrative staff.
Macquarie University undertook the email migration from Gmail to Office 365 for over 3,000 staff in the second- half of 2015. The project required an approach that offered a variety of training methodologies due to the differing needs of staff. The training approach accommodated a series of seminars, group training courses and hands-on labs/workshops to ensure all staff were given the opportunity to learn how Microsoft’s Office 365 would be utilised by them.
University specific training materials were developed in the traditional electronic .pdf format as well as Wiki online tutorials stored in a training site on Macquarie’s servers.
Synergy’s initial meeting with Macquarie project team members concluded that Office 365 Champions would help fast track and promote the change and assist with the smooth transition to Office 365 and these people were selected and trained immediately.
Synergy then conducted a TNA which included staff surveys and interviews and provided an insight in to the huge variation of skills and training preferences amongst the staff.
‘The survey found 72.5% of Professional Staff and 81% of Academic staff have never used Office 365 (professionally) however 96% of respondents stated that they have used it previously at home or school.’
‘The survey found that the respondents like a mix of self-paced (53%) and classroom based (47%) learning.’
The TNA was our guiding document and set the targets that we needed to achieve. We identified the skill levels of trainees and roles and targeted hands-on training for a discrete set of Power Users who would require an in depth knowledge of O365.
The Synergy team set about creating nine custom courseware manuals and the presentation packs for each of the courses. Courses, dates, time and locations were published and staff started enrolling in courses. Some courses sold out quickly and more dates were added to the schedule to cater for the demand. Synergy’s ability to resource additional staff from our skilled pool of local in-house trainers meant we could meet the increased demand immediately.
To ensure training was hitting the mark we surveyed each set of trainees after each course, utilising unique questionnaire links so each trainer and course could be evaluated. The Synergy PM consistently communicated with management on the progress and the participant feedback on the courses. This allowed changes and adjustments to be made when the need arose and produced a much higher level of knowledge and awareness of the change impact for trainees.
In addition to the seminars, courses and courseware Synergy resolved a number of training related questions and scenarios via Macquarie’s centralised service desk. Synergy also participated in the go live process by manning a drop in centre for staff to attend when they needed assistance or to get their devices configured to Office 365.
The overall result for Macquarie University was a comprehensive program of training that introduced staff to the core features of Office 365 and allowed them to hit the ground running after the launch on 14th December 2015. This assisted in a very smooth transition to the new software and allowed staff to be productive on Office 365 from day one.
Course attendance increased due to positive feedback and internal referrals which resulted in a far greater reach than predicted with over 2500 trainees attending classes and many more accessing online material.
The training solution has provided for the future by allowing current staff to refresh themselves via the online courseware and training environment. Future training needs of any new staff that join Macquarie University have been catered for in the full-suite of high-quality relevant courseware.
"Synergy’s Cloud training services provided a flexible programme of work that delivered a range of training to our various stakeholders, including staff, Service Desk, IT and support. Synergy delivered workshops, Seminars, Technical training and End User training to ensure our transition to Office 365 was smooth and the University staff found the training very beneficial”
— Georgina Rossendell, Director, Client Services, Macquarie University