Onfit Training College, founded in 2008, is an Australian Health and Fitness College that specializes in nationally accredited online courses. As a pioneer of online education, Onfit leads the way in offering highly flexible learning solutions.
All Onfit students are required to submit a video assessment as part of their course completion. Originally, the education team at Onfit had a process in place for students to submit videos and for teachers to assess these submissions. This process, which consisted of a patchwork of different solutions including Dropbox and Google Drive, was initially manageable – but not for long.
Jordan Murphy, Onfit Training College’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, described the process as “basic” and “broken.” Every time a student submitted their video assessment with a link to a file in Google Drive, Murphy and his colleagues had to check each link to ensure that the sharing permissions were correct and request access to videos in instances where sharing permissions were incorrect. It wasn’t providing a good experience for students, and it was an enormous time burden for teachers and staff.
When the global fitness company, F45 Training, partnered with Onfit to certify its trainers for the Prodigy program, Onfit suddenly acquired an additional 350 students. To achieve the certification, F45 students were required to complete a 15-hour course and submit two videos for assessment. Onfit’s unwieldy assessment process suddenly became untenable.
Murphy was familiar with Panopto from his time as a student at the University of South Australia and thought the platform could help streamline the video submission process at Onfit Training College. When he initially proposed Panopto to his colleagues, they were also evaluating Vimeo. Murphy championed Panopto as a turnkey solution that could sit at the center of several other systems and integrate them into a holistic system. The Vimeo option, while less expensive, was still a “Frankenstein solution,” according to Murphy, with five or six disparate systems coming together without talking to one another.
While the Onfit team continued to debate the various offerings, the addition of the F45 project made the decision easy. “With a project as big as F45, and without hiring a full team to support the new workload created as a result, we needed a solution that would enable myself and three or four colleagues to service 400 students efficiently,” says Murphy. “The only way we could do that was with Panopto.”
“Using Panopto has transformed our business in ways that I didn’t expect. I knew that product was good coming into it, but actually seeing it in practice and having it all flawlessly executed has been one of the most reassuring experiences I’ve ever had purchasing a product for our business. It has delivered absolutely everything that was promised and then when I look at all the features that we currently aren’t using, and think about how we can use them in the future - it just excites me in a way that I didn’t think would be possible from one single product.”Jordan Murphy, Strategic Partnerships Manager – Onfit Training College
Since implementing Panopto, Onfit Training College teachers and the education team have saved hundreds of hours and the entire process of reviewing assessments has become 2.5 times faster. Initially, Murphy thought they should stagger the Panopto rollout, but after introducing it in a few courses, the teachers asked if they could use Panopto in all Onfit classes since it was such a time-saver and enabled easier workflows.
Murphy explained that Onfit has an internal goal to review and grade every student assessment in under three weeks. But now, since implementing Panopto, they have shortened that turnaround time to less than one week.
Central to Onfit Training College’s teaching and training philosophy is providing the best experience possible for students. Murphy says that current students will notice the big difference that Panopto makes for their teachers’ review times. Having teachers spend less time on tedium and manual tasks frees up their time to focus on continually improving their materials and providing content that keeps students engaged and learning.
While Onfit Training College uses Panopto for one specific use case – the submission and review of video assessments – Murphy says he’s excited by future possibilities and other use cases. “Using Panopto has transformed our business in ways that I didn’t expect. I knew that product was good coming into it, but actually seeing it in practice and having it all flawlessly executed has been one of the most reassuring experiences I’ve ever had purchasing a product for our business. It has delivered absolutely everything that was promised and then when I look at all the features that we currently aren’t using, and think about how we can use them in the future – it just excites me in a way that I didn’t think would be possible from one single product.”