Benefits for Tertiary Institutions
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* Students may use the Platform either as VISITORS, or join the Community within the Platform as MEMBERS.
Why join the Community?
The One Zoo Tree Platform is the most comprehensive career preparation tool available, focusing currently on careers in working with animals. The Platform aims to assist the students in choosing a career, as well as in planning and preparing for it.
Students can choose from over 500 careers, network with other students, communicate directly with expert role players, access a calendar of events, job board and list of bursaries, as well as learn about all the animals they will work with.
To ensure maximum exposure to and knowledge retention of careers and animal facts, the Platform incorporates various role players into the community software.
Institutions are the private or public tertiary institutions of higher education, such as Colleges, Universities and places established for online education.
An institution is represented in this community by an individual who interacts with the students and other role players on behalf of the institution.
What are the Benefits for Tertiary Instituions?
When you join as an Institution, you will be able to access special tools to interact with other members, contribute towards the information, as well as have a lot of fun.
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Registration as a Tertiary Institution is FREE
Benefits for MEMBERS only
Register and create your own personalized Profile.
When you register as a member, you need to create your own Profile, in your own name.
What does your Profile offer you?
- Personalize your profile with an avatar and background image
- Show or hide your info
- Post daily updates on what you are doing
- See your daily activities within the Community, including rewards
- Network with your students, or make new friends
- Message your contacts
The Community is protected by various levels of security.
Students need to supply only the basic info when registering:
- Different levels of authentication during registration
- Choice of choosing a username, instead of exposing real name
- Avatars can be used, instead of real photos
- Profiles can be made public or private
- Address is NOT required, only Country with the OPTION of including city/town.
- Rules prohibit students from supplying unnecessary personal info
Don’t want to add or share a real photo as an avatar?
Here is a link to an online app where you can easily create your own cartoon Avatar. When you are done, save it to your PC, and then upload it on OZT to your new Profile.
Create a Group for your Institution
Besides interacting on the Platform as an individual, you will also represent your Tertiary Institution through your Group.
Students can join the Group you created and interact with you as Administrator, and access any material you may add.
What does a Group offer you as an Institution?
- The ability to communicate directly and collectively with students interested in further studies at your institution
- Create and manage your own Topics in the Group Forum
- Add documents, such as a prospectus or campus map in the content area for your members to download
- Add links to online articles, videos and images to promote your institution
- Add a special link to your own OZT short courses (you can create your own courses to help prepare students).
Complete free Short Courses or add new info
Short Courses help students gain much needed knowledge to bridge the gap between High School and further studies, or to start an animal related career/business. They also teach them which career skills are required, as well as facts about the animals they can work with.
There are a lot of special short courses where they may learn things such as surviving in the wilderness or basic controls of flying a helicopter.
When you create your own Group, you may also submit your own course(s), or you may also bundle OZT courses to showcase to your students. A special link on your Group will direct the students to the right courses.
The current breakdown of Courses:
Add your Institution’s Courses
More than 50% of the visitors to the OZT Platform do so through a search, which includes specific places and courses they may be able to study after High School.
The Institution Directory allows visitors (and members) to find your courses based on tags such as course subject or animals.
You are welcome to load all of your courses for free, even if you do not want to join the OZT Community. The advantage as a member, is that we can add a special link on each of your courses to direct more interested members to your Group.
Access or contribute to Resources
Students can access free career resources to help in choosing and preparing for a Career.
We would like to encourage you to add any info you might have, or ensure that your group members know of those they can use.
These resources include:
- Links to future Events held by Tertiary Institutions, Schools and Animal Organizations
- A list of Bursaries
- A Job Board with the latest vacancies, including volunteer opportunities and Internships
Rules and User Policy
The One Zoo Tree Platform makes use of community software to allow members to create their own Profiles, join Groups and communicate with each other directly via an onboard messaging system.
As international law places restrictions on the age of users without adult consent, the Platform has made the MEMBERSHIP part available for students aged 14 and up.
Parents take FULL responsibility to supervise members 13 and younger. All students will be required to read and agree to a strict USER POLICY.
We have a very strict USER POLICY and set of operating RULES. These documents, together with operational GUIDES can be found in the MAIN MENU, as well as within the FOOTER towards the bottom of all pages.
If you want to join OZT as a member, you are forced by law to read through the USER POLICY, and agree to it’s terms when registering. Any violation of the USER POLICY and RULES will lead to immediate account termination. This will never be negotiable, as we value the safety of our users more than the Platform itself!
A quick scan through the User Guide within the Member Portal will help you to know how to use the different elements in the Platform.
Steps to Join
If you want to join the Platform as a Tertiary Institution, please keep the following steps in mind:
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* Membership remains entirely FREE for as long as you remain a member.
If your subscription is not renewed, the media and content you added or supplied will still remain to ensure students get the most out of the Platform. Non-subscription will only delete your profile and ALL of your private details.
Frequently Asked Questions
All levels of Membership tacitly or automatically renew after 12 months. Membership can be terminated or closed by following the prompts under the MANAGE tab in your profile.
Groups stay active, even after you have terminated your membership. This is done to avoid the loss of valuable information and material that students can access on the Group. If you do wish to terminate your Group, it can be done under the MANGE tab in the Group menu.
All the Groups on the Platform are automatically open to all members, but you can change the status of your Group under the MANAGE tab to make it Private or even Secret. Members can then only join after you invited them, or requested permission to join.
We have a strict security policy, which includes locking accounts when we detect a possible breach attempt. Multiple wrong login attempts will cause an account lock, so if you have forgotten your password, rather ask for a new one under the LOGIN page.
You can add links or documents directly to your Group, either through the activity page, or under the MEDIA tab. You may also contribute information to any of the careers, species pages or short courses by clicking on the red beetle on that page, or the CONTRIBUTE TO OZT option at the top menu.
Whether you are a member or not, we will gladly assist in adding your courses to the Directory. Just send us a request through the CONTACT link in the footer.